Adventures with Breaking the Rules! (Sermon Aug. 21, 2016)

Hello Friends!

This week’s Gospel comes from Luke and tells the story of Jesus healing the woman who was bent over for 18 years.  Yes, Jesus heals her, but then is chastised for working on the Sabbath.  Can the leader of the synagogue really be so cold as to begrudge a woman her healing?  Short answer: no.  Longer answer: it’s complicated, take a listen:

Luke 13:10-17, Sermon, Proper 16, Year C, August 21, 2016

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-Rev. Lauren

 

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Adventures with Living in the Kingdom! (Sermon, Aug. 7, 2016)

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This week we read more in Luke and hear about how God gives us the kingdom and then how we should live our lives in that kingdom.  Is this a checklist to get into heaven?  No, of course not.  So what is it?

Luke 12:32-40, Proper 14, Year C, August 7, 2016

Next week I am off back to NY for the weekend, so there won’t be any sermon.  Maybe you will get another treat though….

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Rev. Lauren

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Adventures with the Rich Fool! (Sermon, July 31, 2016)

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This week some people ask Jesus to settle an inheritance dispute, and in return he tells them a parable.  In this parable a rich man hoards his wealth and then ends up alone.  Some think that this is about wealth, but rather it is really about greed, isolation, and hoarding.  Take a listen:

Text: Luke 12:13-21, Proper 13, Year C, July 31, 2016

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Rev. Lauren

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Adventures with Prayer! (Sermon, July 24, 2016)

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In this week’s selection from Luke, the disciples ask Jesus to teach them to pray.  This might seem odd to us now, but it wasn’t such a strange request.  What we get from Jesus is one version of the Lord’s Prayer, a parable, and some catchy sayings.  Take a listen to hear more….

Luke 11:1-13, Proper 12, Year C, July 24, 2016

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Rev. Lauren

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Adventures with Mary and Martha! (Sermon, July 17, 2016)

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This past Sunday we read the story about sisters Mary and Martha.  We all know this one, Martha is working hard, while Mary sits and listens to Jesus.  So, understandably, Martha is a little upset, but why?  What is she doing wrong here?  Is this a competition between the two? (spoiler alert:no)  Take a listen to find out more:

Text: Luke 10:38-42, Sermon, Proper 11, Year C, July 17, 2016

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Rev. Lauren

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Adventures with the Samaritan! (Sermon, July 10, 2016)

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After a week of horrible-ness (I know, not a word) in news and the world, we find ourselves with the familiar tale of the Samaritan who helps a man left for dead on the side of the road.  What a timely message for our broken world.  Take a listen:

Text: Luke 10:25-37, Proper 10, Year C, July 10, 2016

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the Rev. Lauren

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Adventures at our new home!

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As you may have read in my last post, I have changed churches and am now the Rector at St. Anne’s Episcopal Church in North Billerica, MA.  Moving states was a big change and stressful, as you can imagine.  But Fr. Kenny and I are settling in nicely.

Old friends and new have joined Kenny on his shelf.

Old friends and new have joined Kenny on his shelf.

I found the little moose in my new desk.  It is from the Barbara C. Harris Camp in NH (that is our Diocesan summer camp).  Then Fr. Kenny and I explored the church and grounds:

practicing Rite I for Sunday

practicing Rite I for Sunday

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Hmmm, no room for Kenny's vestments.

Hmmm, no room for Kenny’s vestments.

Kenny appreciates the sanitation situation here.

Kenny appreciates the sanitation situation here.

Kenny stops to smell the flowers in our lovely memorial garden

Kenny stops to smell the flowers in our lovely memorial garden

reminds me of a Spanish style mission....

reminds me of a Spanish style mission….

garden with niches!

garden with niches!

I am sure we will find a lot of fun things around the church, so keep checking back for more.  Also, here in Massachusetts, they don’t call priests Mother and Father (generally), here at St. Anne’s it is Reverend, so Kenny and I have to get used to that change and many more.  We are looking forward towards a bright future here!

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the Rev. Lauren

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