Monthly Archives: December 2016

The Christmas You Need: Choose from Five

I posted this two years ago, the last time I was on a medical leave of absence from work. It’s a sermon I’ve preached three times – once fourteen or fifteen years ago in the Parish of Pender and Saturna … Continue reading

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The Last Day of An Advent Calendar: Christmas Day!

Sunday, December 25, 2016     Christmas Day Zechariah 2.10–13 1 John 4.7–16 John 3.31–36 The text of the readings follows after the comments. While I’ve been on medical leave I’ve been reading, among so many other things, The Iliad. Not in … Continue reading

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Day Twenty-Eight of An Advent Calendar (Evening): Christmas Eve – Pouring Out Divinity into Humanity

Saturday, December 24, 2016 (Evening)     Christmas Eve Isaiah 59.15b–21 Philippians 2.5–11 The text of the readings follows after the comments. The reading from Philippians this evening is at the core of the third chapter in my PhD dissertation. So it’s … Continue reading

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Day Twenty-Eight of An Advent Calendar (Morning): The Invitation

Saturday,December 24, 2016 (Morning)     Saturday after the Fourth Sunday of Advent Isaiah 35.1–10 Revelation 22.12–17, 21 Luke 1.67–80 The text of the readings follows after the comments. I’ll be doing two posts today, as the readings in the Daily Office … Continue reading

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Day Twenty-Seven of An Advent Calendar: Jerusalem – Old, Current, and New

Friday, December 23, 2016     Friday after the Fourth Sunday of Advent Isaiah 33.17–22 Revelation 22.6–11, 18–20 Luke 1.57–66 The text of the readings follows after the comments. People often ask me if I have been to the Holy Land, to … Continue reading

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Day Twenty-Six of An Advent Calendar: Visitation & Magnificat

Thursday, December 22, 2016     Thursday after the Fourth Sunday of Advent Isaiah 29.13–24 Revelation 21.22—22.5 Luke 1.39–48a, (and Luke 1.48b–56, if desired) The text of the readings follows after the comments. Continuing to read from Luke, we go with Mary … Continue reading

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Day Twenty-Five of An Advent Calendar: Annunciation

Wednesday, December 21, 2016     Wednesday after the Fourth Sunday of Advent Isaiah 28.9–22 Revelation 21.9–21 Luke 1.26–38 The text of the readings follows after the comments. This morning at 2:44 am PST we have had the winter solstice, which is … Continue reading

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Day Twenty-Four of An Advent Calendar: See, I Am Making All Things New

Tuesday, December 20, 2016     Tuesday after the Fourth Sunday of Advent Isaiah 11.10–16 Revelation 20.11—21.8 Luke 1.5–25 The text of the readings follows after the comments. The Reverend Canon Howard Buchner of blessed memory, Dean of Divinity at Trinity College, … Continue reading

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Day Twenty-Three of An Advent Calendar: The Peaceable Kingdom

Monday, December 19, 2016     Monday after the Fourth Sunday of Advent Isaiah 11.1–9 Revelation 20.1–10 John 5.30–47 The text of the readings follows after the comments. The reading from Isaiah and the reading from Revelation both deal with the reign … Continue reading

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Day Twenty-Two of An Advent Calendar: Light

Sunday, December 18, 2016     The Fourth Sunday of Advent Isaiah 42.1–12 Ephesians 6.10–20 John 3.16–21 The text of the readings follows after the comments. The days of Advent are variable. At it’s shortest Christmas comes the day after the Fourth … Continue reading

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