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Focus is our Focus.

First Reading 1 Kings 19:15-16, 19-21 Psalm Psalm 16 Second Reading Galatians 5:1, 13-25 Gospel Luke 9:51-62 “You will show me the path of life; * in your presence there is fullness of joy, and in your right hand are pleasures for evermore.” - Ps 16:11 In the Name of God: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. Amen. The Lord said to St. Paul’s, “Go into the city of Macon, and gather my people. Honor the dignity of every human being, who are all created in my image. Pour out my grace by sharing your abundance. Give shelter to the homeless. Create places where they may dwell, and I will dwell with them and with you forever.” I do not know if

Divine Relations.

First Reading Proverbs 8:1-4, 22-31 Psalm Psalm 8 Second Reading Romans 5:1-5 Gospel John 16:12-15 Last week someone jokingly asked if I had found a preacher for this Sunday. It is a covert practice to schedule the Associate Priest, Deacon, or really anyone else willing to preach on Trinity Sunday. With none of these available, you are stuck with me. I believe the attempt to avoid preaching on Trinity Sunday is due to some perceived pressure to ‘explain’ the Trinity. It is a daunting task. The Trinity is not clearly outlined in scripture, although many passages allude to the various natures of God. Humanity has tried to define thr

Rejoicing in the Power of the Spirit.

First Reading Acts 2:1-21 Psalm Psalm 104:25-35, 37 Second Reading Romans 8:14-17 Gospel John 14:8-17, 25-27 Our Thursday Bible Study group has been faithfully studying Paul for many months. In honor of the 150th Anniversary of St. Paul’s Church in Macon, we have been getting to know our patron saint better. Through the narrative of Acts and working through the epistles, we noticed how Paul greeted people in a fledgling Christian community. “Have you received the Holy Spirit?” We puzzled over this question. Paul did not ask if they had heard the story of Jesus. He did not ask if they had seen signs and miracles and healings. He di

Humanity is ascending.

First Reading Acts 1:1-11 Psalm Psalm 47 Second Reading Ephesians 1:15-23 Gospel Luke 24:44-53 “God put this power to work in Christ when he raised him from the dead and seated him at his right hand in the heavenly places.” In the name of God: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. AMEN For most Christians, Ascension Day is not of any great importance. We do not call our selective Sunday attenders ... Christmas, Easter, and Ascension Christians. Families do not typically gather for an Ascension Eve dinner, or exchange Ascension gifts. Even in the Episcopal tradition, there are few departures from the Eastertide liturgy to make the Ascensio

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