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St. Gregory's Abbey, Three Rivers, MI

 January 16, 2012

St. Gregory’s Abbey, Three Rivers, MI Benedictine monasteries pray all of the psalms over the course of one week, beginning with matins in the wee hours of the morning, through lauds, terce, sext, none, vespers and ending with compline before going to bed.  I have wanted to experience this for some time, just had to […]

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St. Gregory’s Abbey, Three Rivers, MI

 

St. Gregory’s Abbey, Three Rivers, MI Benedictine monasteries pray all of the psalms over the course of one week, beginning with matins in the wee hours of the morning, through lauds, terce, sext, none, vespers and ending with compline before going to bed.  I have wanted to experience this for some time, just had to […]

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Bird by Bird – Psalm by Psalm. Welcome New Readers

 January 11, 2012

Bird by Bird – Psalm by Psalm I’m still in the beginning stages of this venture through the Psalms.  When I look at the entirety of the book, I am overwhelmed.  So many of the same themes are repeated over and over, how will I ever come up with new sermon material for each one?  […]

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Psalm 72, A Vision of a New Social Order, Epiphany 2012

 January 5, 2012

Epiphany, 2012, Jan. 8                        Psalm 72 – Vision of a New Social Order Isaiah 60:1-6               Psalm 72          Ephesians 3:1-12         Matthew 2:1-12 “A man’s reach must exceed his grasp, or what’s a heaven for?”  Robert Browning  What are you reaching for, hoping for, working for?  Perhaps a world at peace?  A better world for your children […]

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Psalm 148 – All Creation Praise the Lord – Happy New Year!

 December 30, 2011

New Year’s Day, 2012 Isaiah 61:10-62:3        Psalm 148        Galatians 4:4-7            Luke 2:22-40 Should old acquaintance be forgot and never brought to mind? Should old acquaintance be forgot and days of auld lang syne? For auld lang syne, my dear, for auld lang syne, we’ll take a cup of kindness yet, for auld lang syne. Why […]

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Psalm 97 – Repetitions that Delight – Christmas 2011

 December 22, 2011

Christmas 2011             Repetitions that Delight Isaiah 9:2-7          Psalm 97              1 Titus 3:4-7                  Luke 2:1-20 When my son, Dan, was a baby, he had one book he wanted me to read over and over and over, Busy Timmy, to point where he had it memorized at 1 year.  Needless to say, I grew tired of this […]

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Psalm 126, Great Expectations

 December 6, 2011

December 11, 2011                 Great Expectations! Isaiah 61:1-4, 8-11                  Psalm 126        1 Thes. 5:16-24          John 1:6-8, 19-28 “It was the best of times, it was the worst of times,” Charles Dickens, author who in his writing on Christmas, The Christmas Carol and others, did more to save Christmas from a neglected, little observed celebration than any […]

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Psalm 85 – Now and Future Salvation

 December 1, 2011

December 4, 2011                   Now and Future Salvation Isaiah 40:1-11             Psalm 85                      2 Peter 3:8-15a                        Mark 1:1-8 Advent begins a new year for the church – out of sync with secular society which celebrates beginning of new year on January 1.  The church is also out of sync with holiday celebrations that are part of this […]

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Advent Preparations

 November 30, 2011

Porch swing down in advance of snowstorm.  Listened to Handel’s Messiah to clear my head of Thanksgiving in order to focus on Advent, reflecting on end times and working on sermon.  Opened book of daily meditations by C.S. Lewis this morning and found the perfect quote to finish sermon.  Love the creative process!!!

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Happy Thanksgiving!

 November 22, 2011

I get a break from preaching this week so took advantage of the break to submit posts for earlier psalms:  Psalms 1-9.  Check them out when you have a chance.  Wishing everyone a wonderful Thanksgiving!

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