Christmas Day (December 25th)

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For unto us a child is born, O come let us worship! +

Evening Prayer: March 11th (Combo post)

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Psalms: 31, 35
Old Testament: Deut 7:12-16
New Testament: Titus 1* (supposed to be Titus 2, but I switched them yesterday by accident)
Gospel: John 1:35-42
Patristic Reading:An excerpt from a sermon of Pseudo-Chrysostom

They asked [Jesus] “Rabbi (which means ‘Teacher’) where are you staying?” He said to them: “Come and see” (John 1:38-39)

Throughout Lent, the Daily Office lections are leading us through the Gospel of John. The fourth Gospel takes a completely different approach to Jesus’ ministry. Whereas the synoptic tradition tends to hide and tease us with Jesus’ identity, John is very straightforward.

From the very first sentence, the reader is made aware that Christ is the eternal Word. The point for John is not to discover who Jesus is, but rather to bear witness to Jesus’ true nature as the Son of God…and to experience his presence for ourselves.

Thus, when John writes about the call of the first disciples…..the emphasis is not being on fishers of men……but on a simple invitation to come and see.

The Dean of Huron College once said that it would be a worthwhile exercise to read John as an exposition and power of the spoken Word of Christ, and I think that it might be one of the themes I pick up for this Lenten season.

Just as we were invited on Wednesday to remember that we are dust, the LORD is inviting us here to break open the Word, to follow him and to see whether what John the Baptist claims is true…..Can this really be the Messiah? The Lamb who takes away the sins of the world??? I hope in the next 40 days to explore these questions with you…..and if you are up for it….we might just be able to figure out where Jesus is staying in the here and now. 🙂 +

Morning Prayer: Sun. of Advent 4 (Dec. 19th)

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Psalm(s) 61, 62
Old Testament: Isaiah 11:1-9
New Testament: Revelation 20:1-10

For God alone my soul waits in silence,
for my hope is from him.
He alone is my rock and my salvation,
my fortress; I shall not be shaken.
On God rests my deliverance and my honour;
my mighty rock, my refuge is in God (Psalm 62:5-7)

The time of waiting, anticipation, and expecting is almost over. Just like new parents who await the birth of a new family member, we too await the coming of Jesus both in our hearts and in glory.

As we finish up last minute shopping and baking, let’s not forget the real reason we’re celebrating. Let us remember the tiny infant who arrived so long ago so that we might be freed from sin and death. +

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