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Holy Trinity Sunday

5/27/2018
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Listen to Pastor Jason’s sermon from Holy Trinity Sunday here!

Duration:00:20:19

Pentecost Sunday

5/20/2018
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“What does this mean?” That question was echoed in today’s reading from Acts, it’s a question you may have thought while Maria read in French, and often I read John’s gospel with that same question in mind. So, what does this mean?...

Duration:00:13:28

Seventh Sunday of Easter

5/13/2018
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Listen to Vicar Bridget’s sermon from the Seventh Sunday of Easter here!

Duration:00:11:20

Sixth Sunday of Easter

5/6/2018
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Today’s readings were full of one central word: love. To my knowledge, there is only one other place that talks about love more than the church, and that’s pop music. As we step into the wedding season, we might see a couple slowly dance to Whitney Houston’s “I Will Always Love You,” or we might dance to Rihanna’s “We Found Love,” or perhaps we’ll always remember Elvis Presley’s “Can’t Help Falling in Love.”...

Duration:00:13:55

Fifth Sunday of Easter

4/29/2018
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Jesus’s words are jarring to American culture. According to the “Hofstede cultural dimensions scale,” America is the most individualist country.[1] Individualism is taught from a young age when parents stress self-reliance with solitary sleeping, in comparison to the practice of co-sleeping in collectivist cultures. Playdates in individualistic countries are carefully interspersed with downtime to rest and recover, as opposed to the constant company within collectivist cultures. While...

Duration:00:12:14

Fourth Sunday of Easter

4/22/2018
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Listen to Vicar Bridget’s sermon from the fourth Sunday of Easter here!

Duration:00:10:23

Third Sunday of Easter

4/15/2018
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In today’s gospel, the word “understand” grabbed my attention. Understanding is not mere knowledge, it doesn’t simply come with power, and, frankly, it’s not that pervasive. As one author puts it, understanding requires an “ability to think and act flexibly with what one knows.” In today’s episode, we saw the process of understanding unfold...

Duration:00:13:50

Second Sunday of Easter

4/8/2018
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Listen to Vicar Bridget’s sermon from the Second Sunday of Easter here!

Duration:00:11:00

Easter Sunday

4/1/2018
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Every three years, we hear the Resurrection story from Mark’s gospel. This version is our earliest account. We can think of it as “the original” Resurrection story before Matthew, Luke, and John gave it their own spin. Mark originally ended the gospel just as we heard it today. Mark has no Resurrection appearances, and he doesn’t even try to explain what happens next. It simply ends with three women leaving in silent amazement and terror. Woomp, woomp - what a letdown! After this entire...

Duration:00:15:27

Palm/Passion Sunday

3/25/2018
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Today is a baffling day. First, we process with palms and shout hosanna, meaning “save us.” Then, we hear about senseless torture, and we witness an execution. While seemingly unrelated, this is all intertwined. After all, Jesus’ procession was not a festive parade; rather, it was a protest – a religious and political protest. Jesus rode a donkey to symbolize peace. Jesus built a transformative movement of non-violence. And the people holding branches, they cried for change. But, Jesus’s...

Duration:00:05:17

Fifth Sunday in Lent

3/18/2018
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If I had to describe 2018 with one word, I’d use “unexpected.” Back on New Year’s Eve, I did not expect that we’d have a flood in the church basement. When that famous ball dropped in New York City, I did not imagine Puerto Ricans would still be without power today. When midnight struck, I hadn’t pondered that high school students would take a lead in gun control legislation. So far, it’s been a year filled with surprises. In today’s reading from John, we have an opportunity to explore...

Duration:00:12:44

Fourth Sunday in Lent

3/11/2018
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Today’s gospel reading has, arguably, the most recognizable verse in the Bible. On a long car trip, I usually see it posted on a billboard. At sports games, I see it on a poster. In confirmation class, I had to memorize it. It’s the infamous John 3:16. And, while today’s translation from the New Revised Standard Version was decent, I want to offer you an alternative translation from the original Greek. It goes like this, “For this is the way God loved the cosmos: to give the Only Begotten...

Duration:00:14:22

Third Sunday in Lent

3/4/2018
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In my imagination I picture the scene from our Gospel reading today: the crowds of Jewish people coming from all over to make their sacrifices in the Temple, the mooing and cooing and baaing animals – unblemished of course – that will be sacrificed, the money-changers waiting to convert foreign currency to the acceptable coinage for the Temple Tax. Everything going according to plan, the way it was every year...

Duration:00:11:49

First Sunday in Lent

2/18/2018
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Here we are again in the wilderness of Lent, and here we are again after another deadly school shooting. Many of you know I was the chaplain for the closest pediatric trauma center following the Newtown school shooting. And, so, each time a school shooting happens, a wave of memories emerges. With this far too frequent wave, I often hear attempts to make sense of a senseless tragedy. Most recently we heard the story of an orphaned, loner, teen who was expelled from school with a mental...

Duration:00:12:32

Transfiguration Sunday

2/11/2018
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We are in the age of VCD and AI–that is, the age of Voice Command Devices and Artificial Intelligence. With a phrase like “Hey, Siri” or “Okay, google” or the name “Alexa,” a personal assistant begins interacting. Sometimes these devices seem God-like. Siri can do math faster than a mathematician, Alexa can play almost any song, and google, well, google knows everything. While we logically recognize that these assistants are not God, we sometimes believe that God acts like the great...

Duration:00:16:45

Christmas Eve

12/25/2017
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At this time of the year, we often go out of our way to spend time with important people. We pause to give thanks and celebrate. Yet, in our human attempts to be everything to everyone we often over promise and under deliver. We say that we’ll attend the work party and don’t; we pledge to not talk about politics until we do; and we make grandiose promises only to let others down. As humans, we have a tendency say more than we act on. After all, it’s easy to note that our thoughts and...

Duration:00:13:17

Third Sunday of Advent

12/17/2017
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Take a listen to Vicar Bridget’s Sermon from the Third Sunday of Advent!

Duration:00:11:47

Second Sunday of Advent

12/10/2017
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Mark’s gospel is frustrating. The beginning is odd and the ending, well, the ending isn’t really an ending at all. Throughout this liturgical year, we’ll try to figure out if the Jesus we “know” is Mark’s Jesus. You see, each of the four Gospel’s take a different approach to Jesus. We just finished working through Matthew who went out of his way to hammer home that Jesus was the Jewish Messiah and the new Moses. Yet, Mark takes a different approach. And we know Mark is going to be...

Duration:00:18:29

Reign of Christ

11/26/2017
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Take a listen to Vicar Bridget’s Sermon from Reign of Christ Sunday!

Duration:00:12:53

Twenty-Fourth Sunday After Pentecost

11/19/2017
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We are almost done. Next Sunday is the last Sunday of the church year. As the church year changes, we get to move on to a new gospel. You see, we follow a three-year cycle of readings called the Revised Common Lectionary. Each year we focus on a different synoptic gospel – Matthew, Mark, or Luke – and John’s gospel is spread across all three years. While similar in some ways, each Gospel emphasizes something different. This year we’ve explored Matthew on 38 of the 52 Sundays, that’s 73% of...

Duration:00:21:39