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“You Have Died (a Little)” – A Sermon for Easter Morning – April 20, 2014
Fr. Funston's Easter Sermon, April 20, 2014, is now online: Sometimes those little deaths are the result of our own actions; sometimes they are the result of other’s actions; sometimes they happen because that’s just the way the world is. The world, though created by God to be good, is out of kilter; it is, we say theologically, fallen. The world and everything in it, including you and me, are not in the proper relationship with our Creator. We are not in proper relationship with one another. We call that “sin.” And sin, as the writer of the Letter to the ...
Standing by Jesus – Sermon for Palm Sunday (Year A) – April 13, 2014
Fr. Funston's sermon for Palm Sunday, April 13, 2014, is now online: It is so much easier to come for the pomp of Palm Sunday and then go about our business for the week, ignoring Maundy Thursday and Good Friday, before coming back in for the trumpets, the lilies, the bells, and all the rest of the great show on Resurrection Sunday. But this year somebody needs to stand by Jesus. Somebody needs to hang in there with him. Somebody needs to stay at his side as he is humiliated, beaten, mocked, and killed. Holy Week is our annual confrontation with ...
A Present, Close, Immediate Reality – Sermon for Lent 5A – April 6, 2014
Fr. Funston's sermon for Lent 5, April 6, 2014, is now online: Ezekiel, a young apprentice priest, experienced this. The religious institution he served, the Jerusalem Temple, was destroyed and he was reduced from a prominent position as a priest in Jerusalem to that of a temple-less priest in exile. God then pegged him to become a prophet to the exile community; he tells us in the very first sentence of his book that he “was among the exiles by the river Chebar, the heavens were opened, and [he] saw visions of God.” (Ezek 1:1) Read the entire sermon here.
Blind to Community – Sermon for the Fourth Sunday in Lent (Year A) – March 30, 2014
Fr. Funston's sermon for Lent 4, March 30, 2014, is now online: I want to suggest to you that community is what the story of the healing of the man blind from birth is all about, although everyone in the story (other than Jesus) is unable to appreciate that, just as Nicodemus did not appreciate that the conversation about birth was not about birth and the Samaritan woman did not understand that the discussion of water was not about water. Read the entire sermon here.
Daily PrayerAugust 6 – The Transfiguration
August 5 – Albrecht Dürer & Others
August 4 (anticipating 8/7) – Catherine Winkworth
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News & UpdatesApril 27, 2014 – Homeless Awareness Sleepout
May 9, 2014 – Cleveland Philharmonic
Maundy Thursday, April 17, 2014 – Eucharist at 7 PM
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