Archive: Dec 2014

  1. The Road to Bethlehem

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    Luke 2: 1-20; Christmas Day 2014 Well, here we are again in that famous little town of Bethlehem. Or, perhaps I should say that we’d all like to get there.  It’s not the easiest place to get to, I can tell you that.  Oh sure, we’ve all heard the stories and sung those fine old […]

  2. Shepherds of the Night

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    Luke 2: 1-20; Christmas Eve; 12242014 Our Collect for this evening’s service is an ancient prayer that dates back to at least the eighth century, and probably well before that.  It finally found its way into the most recent version of the Episcopal Book of Common Prayer, the 1979 version which we are still using. […]

  3. St Nicholas Midland Bishop Mayer’s Sermon

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    St Nicholas Midland                   2 Advent – Year B                   December 7, 2014 Opening Remarks Today on this Second Sunday of Advent we celebrate the Sacrament of Confirmation as 14 already baptized persons (approximately half from Holy Trinity and half from St Nicholas) deepen further their life in this beautiful tradition – the Episcopal Church.   To those […]

  4. Mantles of Authority

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    John 1: 6-8, 19-28; 3 Advent 12142014 When I was a young lad being raised by my parents, our family did a lot of camping.  My dad liked to camp, but I’m sure that vacation economics also had a lot to do with it.  Raising five boys on a teacher’s salary in those days was […]

  5. Blue Christmas & Lamentations

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    Blue Christmas; Lamentations One of my favorite authors is Cormac McCarthy, though I have to say that with a grain of salt.  His books are so intense that I just can’t read one right after the other; I need some time to recover and process things each time I read one of his novels.  His […]

  6. Mary Mann Funeral Sermon

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    Mary Mann Funeral; 12022014 It is always difficult to speak about someone you’ve never met, as is the case today.  I was never blessed to meet Mary Mann, as I’ve only been in Midland a little over a year.  But she was a northerner just like me, another yankee you might say.  And, we shared […]