The Nativity of Our Lord 2017 by the Rev. Dr. Julia Gatta

For the Gospel: Luke 2:1-20 Saint Luke paints his nativity scene on a very wide canvas. He begins by solemnly invoking the Roman imperium: “In those days a decree went out from the Emperor Augustus that all the world should be registered” (Luke 2:1). It is within this sweeping landscape—universal to those experiencing it—that his story […]

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Advent 3, December 17th, 2017, First Profession of Sister Hannah, CSM by the Rev. Dr. Chris Bryan

Advent 3, Year B: Old Testament Isaiah 61:1-4, 8-11, Gospel John 1:6-8, 19-28 I spent a very interesting hour last Tuesday talking with Rebecca Wright[1] about this morning’s Old Testament reading—the reading from Isaiah. She thinks that what the prophet may be talking about when he speaks of “the Year of the Lord’s favour” is what […]

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Advent 2, December 10th, 2017 by the Rev. Dr. Rob MacSwain

When I was preparing my sermon for this morning, I went back through my files and found that I preached here at the Convent on this exact same Sunday, the Second Sunday of Advent, Year B, three years ago in 2014. If any of you were here then, don’t worry: I’m not going to repeat […]

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Trinity Sunday, June 11th, 2017 by the Rev. Dr. David Cobb

Trinity Sunday, Year A:  Genesis 1-2:3;  Matthew 28:16-20 There is a point of connection between creation and the resurrection-  we arrive at both after the key moment.  You will remember that none of the Gospel accounts of Jesus’ resurrection mention anything before the Tomb is found empty-  even Matthew who brings in an earthquake along […]

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“Thoughts on Joshua and The Promised Land,” Sunday 12th November 2017 by the Rev. Dr. Chris Bryan

For the Old Testament Reading: Joshua 4:1-3a, 14-25. Joshua leads Israel into The Promised Land I’d like to spend a few minutes with you this morning looking at our Old Testament lesson. It’s a dramatic and memorable scene—even somewhat iconic. It begins with Joshua gathering together the elders, heads, judges and officers of Israel—all the movers […]

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