September 24, 2018

Archives for December 2017

Christmas I: Sermon for an Odd Sunday

Sermon Christmas I 2017 Sermon for an Odd Sunday When the time came for their purification according to the law of Moses, they brought him up to Jerusalem to present him to the Lord (as it is written in the law of the Lord, ‘Every firstborn male shall be designated as holy to the Lord’), […]

Saturday Brunch, Year-end Extravaganza

Hello friends, and welcome to the weekend. Ready for some Saturday Brunch Year-end Extravaganza? Well, too bad. The title lies. This really isn’t an extravaganza. I don’t know how to do extravaganzas. Heck, I had to look up how to spell extravaganza. I’m Norwegian, man! To us, toast is extravagant. But Chaplain Mike suggested the […]

The Fifth Day of Christmas

Readings for the Day Isaiah 49:5-15 Psalm 148 Matthew 12:46-50 ❄︎ Collect for the Day O God, who makest us glad by the yearly remembrance of the birth of thy only Son Jesus Christ: Grant that as we joyfully receive him for our Redeemer, so we may with sure confidence behold him when he shall […]

Testing Scripture: A Scientist Explores the Bible- by John Polkinghorne, Introduction and Chapter 1- Scripture

Testing Scripture: A Scientist Explores the Bible – by John Polkinghorne Introduction and Chapter 1- Scripture We are going to blog through the book: “Testing Scripture: A Scientist Explores the Bible” by John Polkinghorne.  John Polkinghorne, KBE, FRS, is internationally known as both a physicist and a priest. He served as president of Queens’ College, […]

The Third Day of Christmas

Readings for the Day The Feast of St. John Exodus 33:18-23 Psalm 92 1 John 1:1-9 John 21:19b-24 Collect for the Day Shed upon your Church, O Lord, the brightness of your light, that we, being illumined by the teaching of your apostle and evangelist John, may so walk in the light of your truth, […]

The Second Day of Christmas

Readings for the Day The Feast of St. Stephen Jeremiah 26:1-9,12-15 Psalm 31 Acts 6:8-7:2a, 51c-60 Matthew 23:34-39 Collect for the Day We give you thanks, O Lord of glory, for the example of the first martyr Stephen, who looked up to heaven and prayed for his persecutors to your Son Jesus Christ, who stands […]

Christmas Sermon: Good News that Changes Everything

SERMON: Good News that Changes Everything (Christmas 2017) The people who walked in darkness    have seen a great light;those who lived in a land of deep darkness—    on them light has shined. (Isaiah 9:2) He it is who gave himself for us that he might redeem us from all iniquity and purify for himself a […]

Advent IV: Seeing

Note from CM: During Advent, I have asked some of our wonderful iMonk writers to share meditations on seasonal themes each week. Today is Christmas Eve, and I’ve invited Damaris Zehner to wrap up our Advent meditations. I am grateful for each of the friends and gifted people who have helped us prepare our lives […]

The Saturday Monks [Christmas] Brunch: December 23, 2017

There’s a happy feeling nothing in the world can buy As we pass around the coffee and the pumpkin pie It’ll nearly be like a picture print by Currier and Ives These things are the wonderful things we’ll remember throughout our lives (Sleigh Ride, Leroy Anderson) From The Legal Genealogist: Nathaniel Currier was born 27 […]

Another Look: Mary and the Contemplative Life

Mary and the Contemplative Life “But Mary treasured all these things, pondering them in her heart” (Luke 2:19). • • • The American church is renowned for its activism. We are a “can do” people, and in the Christian context that often means we see ourselves as “saved to serve.” We commend “being about the […]