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Post by Joe Parrish » Thu Jul 13, 2017 11:31 pm

A reflection for July 13, 2017, is the first one at http://sjnj.com/media_view.php and is entitled, "Conrad Weiser--For Reconciliation and Forgiveness" based on Luke 23:32-43.
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Post by Joe Parrish » Sat Jul 15, 2017 4:41 am

A reflection for July 16, 2017, is the first one at http://sjnj.com/media_view.php and is entitled, "Hearing and understanding" based on Matthew 13:1-9, 18-23, Proper 10A.
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Post by Joe Parrish » Fri Jul 21, 2017 4:41 pm

A reflection for July 23, 2017, is the first one at http://sjnj.com/media_view.php and is entitled, "While everyone was asleep" based on Matthew 13:24-30, 36-43, Proper 11A.
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Post by Joe Parrish » Thu Jul 27, 2017 2:52 pm

A sample reflection for July 30, 2017, is the first one at http://sjnj.com/media_view.php and is entitled, "You are a pearl of great price" based on Matthew 13:31-22, 44-52, Proper 12A.
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Post by Joe Parrish » Sat Jul 29, 2017 11:13 pm

"Small but powerful" is a brand new reflection for July 30, 2017, the Second One at http://sjnj.com/media_view.php and is based on Matthew 13:31-33, 44-52, Proper 12 A.
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Post by Joe Parrish » Sat Aug 05, 2017 8:40 pm

"Dazzling white" is a reflection for August 6, 2017, the first one at http://sjnj.com/media_view.php and is based on Luke 9:28-36, The Feast of the Transfiguration.
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Post by Joe Parrish » Sat Aug 12, 2017 11:23 pm

"Jesus and Dr. Seuss", a reflection for August 13, 2017, is the first one at http://sjnj.com/media_view.php is based on Matthew 14:22-33, Proper 14 A.
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Post by Joe Parrish » Sat Aug 19, 2017 9:24 pm

"A rare and miraculous woman" is a reflection for August 20, 2017, the first one at http://sjnj.com/media_view.php and is based on Luke 1:46-55, The Solemnity of St. Mary the Virgin (moved from August 15).
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Post by Joe Parrish » Tue Aug 22, 2017 10:01 pm

"Having more than enough" is a stewardship sermon for August 22, 2017, the first one at http://sjnj.com/media_view.php and is based on Matthew 19:23-30.
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Post by Joe Parrish » Sun Aug 27, 2017 2:57 am

"The rise and fall of Peter" is a reflection for August 27, 2017, the first one at http://sjnj.com/media_view.php and is based on Matthew 16:13-20, [21-23].
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Post by Joe Parrish » Sat Sep 09, 2017 5:42 pm

"Being the People of Christ" is a reflection for September 10, 2017, the first one at http://sjnj.com/media_view.php and is based on Matthew 18:15-20.

The followers of Christ are the forgiven ones, the ones for whom Christ has announced eternal forgiveness. May we take this gift of forgiveness to others and release them from burdens which no one should carry. Let us be the hands, feet, minds, love, and heart of Christ to the hurting and suffering world.



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Post by Joe Parrish » Sat Sep 16, 2017 10:47 pm

"It’s just not right" is a reflexion for September 17, 2017, the first one at http://sjnj.com/media_view.php and is based on Matthew 18:21-35.

Today’s society does not forgive debts easily, and in some towns in the US there still exist de facto debtor prisons where people who are unable to pay a debt are incarcerated based on some technicality that permits imprisoning debtors. Ferguson, Missouri, is one of these communities which will likely never see peace until the debtor jail there is emptied. The death penalty is another instance where there is no forgiveness in about half of the states in the US who still carry out executions. Until we can find a way to end these non-Christian ways in the US and elsewhere, we as a society shall be unable to find the peace that passes understanding.

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Post by Joe Parrish » Sun Sep 24, 2017 3:14 am

"It’s almost free" is a reflection for September 24, 2017, the first one at http://sjnj.com/media_view.php and is based on Matthew 20:1-16.

The motivation of the landowner in Jesus' parable seems to be to make sure every worker has at least the amount necessary for the survival of their family for one day, an amount equal to one denarius. Anything less than a denarius of pay per day for a worker would mean the person’s family would either starve or become homeless. So the seemingly unfair landowner is indeed more focused on giving survivable income to all his workers, and he disregards the grumbling of the jealous ones.

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Post by Joe Parrish » Sun Oct 01, 2017 12:39 am

"Get Ready" is a reflection for October 1, 2017, the first one at http://sjnj.com/media_view.php and is based on Matthew 21:23-32 and Ezekiel 18:1-4, 25-32.

Our planet today teeters on the brink of all out nuclear war or of at least a localized nuclear war. As Christians we are called to be aware of the consequences even when the battle rages thousands of miles away on the other side of our planet. A panicked response will do no one any good, so we are to be the level-headed ones and take reasoned choices of foods and beverages, avoiding whatever air borne contamination that will surely occur around the entire planet as it did during the Chernobyl nuclear plant explosion in Europe years ago.
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Post by Joe Parrish » Sat Oct 07, 2017 6:22 pm

"Who’s in and who’s out" is a reflection for October 8, 2017, the first one at http://sjnj.com/media_view.php and is based on Matthew 21:33-46.

Our faith is alive and grows as we express it. We learn from Bible study, tradition, reason, and prayer that God is alive and very well. Founding our faith on the solid rock of Christ is seen even in the practical example of Winchester Cathedral in England.
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Post by Joe Parrish » Sun Oct 15, 2017 5:15 am

"We want none to get thrown out" is a reflection for October 15, 2017, the first one at http://sjnj.com/media_view.php and is based on Matthew 22:1-14.

The idea of being cast out when our time comes to go to God is a terrible thought. But we have none other to go to when our days are over. Let us place our faith on nothing less than Jesus Christ and his righteousness.

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Post by Joe Parrish » Sat Oct 21, 2017 6:36 am

"Tithes versus the lottery" is a sermon for October 22, 2017, the first one at http://sjnj.com/media_view.php and is based on Matthew 22:15-22.

The world tells us that we can get rich quick, fabulously rich, if we only buy a lottery ticket. But that thinking is completely false. We need authentic living, authentic loving, and authentic Christianity.
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Post by Joe Parrish » Sat Oct 28, 2017 11:01 pm

"The greatest commandment" is a reflecton for October 29, 2017, Proper 25A, the first one at http://sjnj.com/media_view.php and is based on Matthew 22:34-46.

Jesus says the greatest commandment is both loving God and our neighbor. So if we do not love our neighbor as ourselves, how can we say we love God? Jesus also poses the riddle of how can King David call the Messiah both his son and his Lord. Who really is our Lord?

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Post by Joe Parrish » Sat Nov 04, 2017 9:07 pm

All Saints, the new movie:

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Post by Joe Parrish » Sat Nov 04, 2017 11:36 pm

"How do we love ourselves?" is a reflection for November 5, 2017, All Saints Observed, the first one at http://sjnj.com/media_view.php and is based on Matthew 5:1-12.

In day to day living we are called to be different, counter-intuitive, and even possibly ‘totally out of it’ as viewed by the rest of society if we actually follow the Beatitudes of Christ. They confound the world. They challenge the way we see things, and they totally upset the way most people think things ‘ought’ to work.
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Post by Joe Parrish » Sun Nov 19, 2017 2:16 am

What will we do with what we have? A reflection based on Matthew 25:14-30, Proper 28 (A) for November 19, 2017, the first one at http://sjnj.com/media_view.php.

Stewardship begins with a change of heart--becoming aware of how we are already very blessed by God.

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Post by Joe Parrish » Sat Nov 25, 2017 9:32 pm

What about the goats? A reflection based on Matthew 25:31-46, Proper 29 (A), Last Sunday after Pentecost (A), for November 26, 2017, the first one at http://sjnj.com/media_view.php

We humans are not able to discern spiritual sheep from goats: only Christ can do that. As we feed the hungry, give love to the unloved and oppressed, and freedom to those imprisoned by fear and hunger, we become the needed hands of God in our world.

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Post by Joe Parrish » Sun Dec 03, 2017 3:09 am

"Ready for anything, including asteroids" A reflection based on Mark 13:24-37, 1 Advent B, for December 3, 2017, the first one at http://sjnj.com/media_view.php

Being ready is a constant challenge in life. We do not have a rehearsal for life but are suddenly on stage, thrust into the midst of change which may take us into places unknown. Having Christ with us this Advent season and always to shine his light before us so we can see our way into the darkness and uncertainty of life is the only way to move forward in faith with confidence.

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Post by Joe Parrish » Sat Dec 09, 2017 2:58 am



Are the eyes of your heart opened by this ten year old, blind, autistic boy?
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