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Posted: Mon Jun 24, 2019 1:56 am
by Joe Parrish
“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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Posted: Sat Jun 29, 2019 9:58 pm
by Joe Parrish
"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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Posted: Sat Jul 06, 2019 5:07 am
by Joe Parrish
"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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Posted: Sun Aug 25, 2019 9:28 am
by Joe Parrish
“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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Posted: Fri Sep 13, 2019 12:24 pm
by Joe Parrish
A contemporary version of Psalm 40: U2


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Posted: Sat Sep 14, 2019 8:28 pm
by Joe Parrish
Come, Now is the Time to Worship



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Posted: Sat Oct 05, 2019 11:23 pm
by Joe Parrish
Here is what electrons actually look like, when they are solvated:

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Posted: Sun Oct 06, 2019 5:24 am
by Joe Parrish
“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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Posted: Sat Oct 12, 2019 7:46 pm
by Joe Parrish
"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.
Peace and blessings

(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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Posted: Sat Oct 19, 2019 1:06 pm
by Joe Parrish
"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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Posted: Sat Oct 26, 2019 6:08 am
by Joe Parrish
"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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Posted: Fri Nov 08, 2019 11:19 am
by Joe Parrish
"How firm a foundation"


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Posted: Fri Nov 08, 2019 11:28 am
by Joe Parrish
Another version of How Firm a Foundation:


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Posted: Sun Nov 10, 2019 1:26 am
by Joe Parrish
"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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Posted: Sat Nov 16, 2019 12:18 am
by Joe Parrish
"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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Posted: Sat Nov 16, 2019 4:59 pm
by Joe Parrish
"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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Posted: Sat Nov 23, 2019 11:28 pm
by Joe Parrish
A reflection for November 24, 2019, "Some last words" based on Luke 23 33-43 for Proper 29 (C), Christ the King, is the first one at http://sjnj.com

Only Christ keeps his calmness at his death, offering forgiveness for all who do not know what they are doing, and giving a free transit with him to Paradise to those who ask. Whom can we influence to take Jesus ticket?

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Posted: Sat Nov 30, 2019 3:10 pm
by Joe Parrish
A reflection for December 1, 2019, "Uh, oh", based on Matthew 24:36-44 for 1 Advent (A) is the first one at sjnj.com.

Christ calls us to be ready.

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Posted: Fri Dec 06, 2019 3:54 am
by Joe Parrish
A reflection for December 8, 2019, "Hot, Hot, Hot", based on Matthew 3:1-12 for 2 Advent (A), is the first one at http://sjnj.com

John the Baptist asks for repentance and declares that a greater one than he is coming to baptize with the Holy Spirit and a fire that never ends.

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Posted: Sat Dec 14, 2019 10:08 pm
by Joe Parrish
A reflection for December 15, 2019, "Really real", based on Matthew 1:2-11 for 3 Advent (A), is the first one at http://sjnj.com

Reality is illusive, and during the Christmas season we are pushed to the brink by all sorts of things distracting us from the Word made Flesh, lying in the manger, who lived and died for us. That is true reality.

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Posted: Sat Dec 21, 2019 5:37 pm
by Joe Parrish
A reflection for December 22, 2019, "They shall name him Emmanuel", based on Matthew 1:18-25 for 4 Advent (A), is the first one at http://sjnj.com

Jesus is birthed in Matthew’s gospel without a manger, without the fanfare of the shepherds or of the angelic hosts singing. But Matthew clearly knows the true spirit of Christmas: when we give someone the thing of their dreams, we can give nothing better. That is what God gave all humanity for Christmas, the hope of years to come, the hope of eternity with God.

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Posted: Tue Dec 24, 2019 5:54 am
by Joe Parrish
A reflection for December 24, 2019, "Silent Night", based on Luke 2: 1-20 for Christmas, is the first one at http://sjnj.com

The shepherds in the field harken to the solemnness of the original Christmas Eve. The only sound was possibly the bleating of sheep and goats, but suddenly the heavenly host burst forth in praise of the new Savior born to save us all.

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Posted: Sat Jan 04, 2020 9:20 pm
by Joe Parrish
“Keep our star shining brightly”, a reflection for Epiphany for January 5, 2020, based on Matthew 2:1-12 is the first one at http://www.sjnj.com

Our resources parallel those of the magi, even if we do not have gold, frankincense, or myrrh. We all have something to share with others in need. And we need to have a written provision at all times for our children and families.

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Posted: Sun Jan 12, 2020 3:55 am
by Joe Parrish
A sermon for January 12, 2020, "Never being lost", based on Matthew 3:13-17, for 1 Epiphany (A), is the first one at http://www.sjnj.com

Baptism is a special act of grace given to us through the ministry of John the Baptist who baptized Jesus in the River Jordan. We who are baptized are marked as Christ’s own forever.

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Posted: Sun Jan 19, 2020 5:00 am
by Joe Parrish
A reflection for January 19, 2020, "Sharing God's Love", based on John 1:29-42, for 2 Epiphany (A), is the first one at http://www.sjnj.com

Christ invites us to come to him as we are. He sees our innate value as being above all other created things. We are loved and valued by God so we can love and value others.