Posts from December 2020

Home Communion

An Article and Worship Service by Rev. Averill Elizabeth Blackburn Dear Reader, Although I can only speak for myself, one of the aspects of worship I have missed most during this Health Crisis was the taking of Communion with my fellow believers.  The ritual of the Lord’s Supper is one of my earliest memories of church and, also, the setting (or punchline) of many of my stories of living and traveling abroad.  My first taste of wine, for instance, came…

Mini Sermon #36

Sermon Lesson: Ecclesiastes 3:1-13 (NRSV)New Testament Lesson: Revelation 21:1-6 (NRSV)Psalm: Psalm 8 (NRSV) Ecclesiastes is a book in the Hebrew Bible (and Christian Old Testament) that I often find is only taken off the shelf for funerals and for other times of difficulties in our lives.  Today’s scripture passage, for example, is often read at graveside burials.  Its popularity at such times of grief makes it almost commonplace, easily recitable for half a verse or so, and then just as…

An Archdeacon Christmas

Announcing that the Archdeacon has joined Facebook! Friend him hereor follow the full link: https://www.facebook.com/archdeacon.grantley Merry Christmas from Rev. Averill & the Archdeacon

Christmas Medley 2020

From the Music Committee and Organist Kathy Marks — a Christmas Piano Medley of many of the songs used in our youtube videos and other Christmas Hymns. Hymns and Songs Include: Away in A Manger, Good King Wenceslas, Let All Mortal Flesh Keep Silence, The Angel Gabriel, It Came Upon a Midnight Clear, Toyland, Hark the Herald Angels Sing, Grown up Christmas List, Il Est Né (He is Born), In the Bleak Midwinter, Joy, Coventry Carol, O Christmas Tree, Angels…

Mini Sermon #35

Sermon Lesson: Galatians 4:4-7 (NRSV)Gospel Lesson: Luke 2:22-40 (NRSV)Old Testament Lesson: Isaiah 61:10-62:3 (NRSV)Psalm: Psalm 148 (NRSV) Other Mentioned Bible Verses: Exodus 20:2-17 (NRSV) & Mark 12:29-31 (NRSV) It would be wrong of us to assume that the story of the birth of Jesus only appears in the Gospels.  Matthew, the first in order of publication, begins with a massive accounting of Jesus’s genealogy (who—through Joseph—is descended directly from King David).  Mark opens with good news—or godspell—or a gospel—that Isaiah’s…

Mini Sermon #34

Sermon Lesson (the Word): John 1:1-14 (NRSV)Sermon Lesson (Jesus of Nazareth): Luke 2:1-7 (NRSV)Old Testament Lesson: Isaiah 9:2-7 (NRSV)Psalm: Psalm 96 (NRSV) Referenced Bible Passages: Genesis 1 (NRSV) Referenced Literary Works: Plato’s The CaveReferenced Movies: The Matrix by The Wachowski Brothers The Gospel of John—even at first glance—is very different from any other Gospel in the Bible.  Instead of the birth of Jesus, the first chapter of John addresses the topic of “Logos” or the Word, which can be confusing…

Mini Sermon #33

Sermon Lesson (John the Baptist): Luke 3:1-20 (NRSV)Sermon Lesson (Angel Gabriel): Luke 1:26-33 (NRSV)Old Testament: Isaiah 1-4, 8-11 (NRSV)Psalm: Psalm 126 (NRSV) A companion video sermon on the Angel Gabriel was released as part of The Characters of Christmas this past Sunday. We now enter the third week of Advent in our quest for Christmas and our candle, which will be lit this Sunday, symbolizes both love and joy.  It is about this time, in the darkness of the night…

Mini Sermon #32

Sermon Lesson (Joseph): Matthew 1:18-25 (NRSV)Sermon Lesson (Mary): Luke 1:46-55 (NRSV)Old Testament Lesson: Isaiah 40:1-11 (NRSV)Psalm: Psalm 85:1-2, 8-13 (NRSV) A Companion Video Sermon will be part of this coming week’s Zoom Communion Service (Dec. 6, 2020) – you may view it here Other Referenced Bible Reading: Matthew 1:1-17 (NRSV) A Little on Mary and Joseph Mary and Joseph are beloved figures in the Christmas Story.  The Virgin Mary, as she is often called, is the mother of Jesus Christ. …