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Joe Parrish
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Post by Joe Parrish » Mon Jun 24, 2019 1:56 am

“Christ can heal the mind”, a sermon for 2 Pentecost, Proper 7 (C), for June 23, 2019, based on Luke 8:26-39, the first one at http://www.sjnj.com
Jesus encounters a person with a severe mental disability and heals him. Issues of medical illness manifest in novel ways: schizophrenic personalities have different immunological characters creating entities somewhat like the biblcal 'demons'. Alzheimer's and other mental illnesses become large challenges for society but need particular attention and love.
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Post by Joe Parrish » Sat Jun 29, 2019 9:58 pm

"No delays", a sermon for Sunday, June 30, 2019, based on Luke 9:51-62, is the first one posted at http://www.sjnj.com

Commitment versus delay becomes the challenge of daily life. Are we really committed to bring the love and forgiveness of Christ to the world, or is it too inconvenient? How can we turn our lives towards the work of God in our world? And, having sought and been given forgiveness, will we respond to Christ’s call to us with renewed vigor?
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Post by Joe Parrish » Sat Jul 06, 2019 5:07 am

"Heavenly hope", a reflection for July 7, 2019, based on Luke 10:1-11, 16-20, Proper 9C, the first sermon at http://www.sjnj.com.
Evangelism is a way of bringing spiritual healing to others, just as medicine brings physical healing. Both produce positive and measurable results if they are effective. Christ calls us to his heavenly realm. We need to accept his call.
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Post by Joe Parrish » Sun Aug 25, 2019 9:28 am

“Impertinence towards Disease”, a sermon on Proper 16 (C) for August 25, 2019, based on Luke 13:10-17, the first one at http://sjnj.com

Jesus came to save us and to heal us now, individually, and as worshipers of him and his Heavenly Father. Jesus died on a cross to remind us of his gift of new life for us.

(Preaching at the Anglican Cathedral of St. John the Divine, St. John’s, Antigua)
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Post by Joe Parrish » Fri Sep 13, 2019 12:24 pm

A contemporary version of Psalm 40: U2

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Post by Joe Parrish » Sat Sep 14, 2019 8:28 pm

Come, Now is the Time to Worship



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Post by Joe Parrish » Sat Oct 05, 2019 11:23 pm

Here is what electrons actually look like, when they are solvated:
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Post by Joe Parrish » Sun Oct 06, 2019 5:24 am

“Tiny faith, big results”, a reflection on Proper 22 (C) for October 6, 2019, based on Luke 17:5-10, the first one at http://sjnj.com

Mustard seed faith moves mountains. What even small things we do for others will bring enormous results with the power of the Holy Spirit on our side.
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Post by Joe Parrish » Sat Oct 12, 2019 7:46 pm

"Turning back to God”, a reflection on Proper 23 (C) for October 13, 2019, based on Luke 17:11-19, the first one at http://sjnj.com

Jesus saved the one who returned to thank him after being healed.
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(Preaching and celebrating at the the Anglican Cathedral of St. John the Divine, St. John’s, Antigua)

Please remember my fellow pastor in prayer, Joel--seeking a kidney transplant--I am filling in for him this month.
Also please pray for my Bishop in New Jersey, Chip, who has had some stents done for his ailing heart.
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Post by Joe Parrish » Sat Oct 19, 2019 1:06 pm

"Don't give up; keep on keeping on”, a reflection on Proper 24 (C) for October 20, 2019, based on Luke 18:1-8, the first one at http://sjnj.com

The widow represents many around us who have needs beyond their reach. They often cry out to us. May we be the listening ears and open hearts to help others who cannot help themselves.
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Post by Joe Parrish » Sat Oct 26, 2019 6:08 am

"Did we get Jesus' twist?”, a reflection on Proper 25 (C) for October 27, 2019, based on Luke 18:9-14, the first one at http://sjnj.com

Jesus’ proclamation is that we only find favor in God’s sight by being humble before God.
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Post by Joe Parrish » Fri Nov 08, 2019 11:19 am

"How firm a foundation"

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Post by Joe Parrish » Fri Nov 08, 2019 11:28 am

Another version of How Firm a Foundation:

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Post by Joe Parrish » Sun Nov 10, 2019 1:26 am

"One love”, a reflection on Proper 27 (C) for November 10, 2019, based on Luke 20:27-38, the first one at http://sjnj.com

Weddings are formed for this life only, but in many ways they reflect how we evaluate life in general, and what we value, and what we take as ultimate concerns. If Christ is on the throne of our lives, then we can remove our sometimes petty issues about our spouses and focus on how we are witnesses to others about the love Christ has for our world.
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Post by Joe Parrish » Sat Nov 16, 2019 12:18 am

"Is now, forever?" is a reflection for November 17, 2019, the first one at http://sjnj.com and is based on Luke 21:5-19 for Proper 28 (C).

Confidence in knowing when the end will be is misplaced, as only God knows. Christ told us to be prepared, to be ready. For it is when we take our lives as gifts only God can give, and give God thanksgiving, can we offer ourselves fully back to God.
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Post by Joe Parrish » Sat Nov 16, 2019 4:59 pm

"Our heart, and kidneys: is now, forever?" is a partially revised reflection for November 17, 2019, the first one at http://sjnj.com and is based on Luke 21:5-19 for Proper 28 (C).
Life is often shorter than we think. Confidence--in knowing when the end will be--is misplaced, as only God knows. Christ told us to be prepared, to be ready. For it is when we take our lives as gifts only God can give, and give God thanksgiving, can we offer ourselves fully back to God. Medicine can give some answers, but only God can give solutions.
“When the whole world is running towards a cliff, he who is running in the opposite direction appears to have lost his mind.”
C. S. Lewis
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Joe

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