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Nov. 30 & Dec. 1 2019: Advent 1 Year A

"This season in the life of the Church, where hope and anticipation prevail, allows me to do the serious self-reflection necessary to fully embrace the gift of Christ's Light that is celebrated every 25th of December. You may think it is about gifts, and trees, and glitter, gatherings and parties, when in fact, it is about Love coming to dwell among us...It is about spiritually embracing God's justice and compassion." -The Rev. Gary Cyr

23 & 24 November 2019: Christ the King Year C

"Thus, whatever one's preconceived notion of what a priest is, he or she is first and foremost a sinner, in need of forgiveness, a broken being striving to live the Good News while being Christ's presence in the world. A humble servant of the Servant of All." - The Rev. Gary Cyr

16 & 17 November 2019: Proper 28 Year C

"It is humankind's nature to place its faith in perishable things. Yet God is always doing something new; recreating life from the destruction humanity imparts upon itself and all creation." - The Rev. Gary Cyr

26 & 27 October 2019: Proper 25 Year C

"We are intended for a generosity of spirit; not a scarcity of mind." - The Rev. Gary Cyr

19 & 20 October 2019: Proper 24 Year C

"...I beliveve Paul is asking us today: Do you put your faith in Scripture, in Tradition, or in Reason? If you do so without first putting your faith in Christ, you may be missing the point." - The Rev. Gary Cyr

12 & 13 October 2019: Proper 23 Year C

"They were being asked to have faith in God; that God is with them. They are being asked to trust in God, to remain faithful in spite of the trials and tribulations they may experience. Be mindful. Be prayerful." - The Rev. Gary Cyr

28 & 29 September 2019: Creation 3 (Storm) Year C

"We can not just stay by our own safe shore, fishing in the same waters. We may feel as if on a very small boat, tossed around, out of control. But in the boat of God’s people, all people are important. God is there, beside us." - Patricia Kay Jue, lay preacher

21 & 22 September 2019: Creation 2 (Animals) Year C

"God is the author of all that is - seen and unseen. God provides for each aspect of creation according to its need. The challenge is to become more aware of life's sacredness and how we coexist with what sustains us."  - The Rev. Gary Cyr

14 & 15 September 2019: Creation 1 (Ocean) Year C

"We are talking about drawing people into a life in relationship with God. A relationship with the same God who moved over the waters of chaos bringing calmness and order. A relationship with the same God who disturbed Noah and all creation with an earth-changing flood that transformed the landscape. A relationship with life itself. One devoid of those things that separate us, especially from the love of God." -The Rev. Gary Cyr

7 & 8 September 2019: Proper 18 Year C
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God made me. God knows me. God loves me.
"I am marviously and wonderfully made." - Psalms 139:14
7 & 8 September 2019: Proper 18 Year C
30 August & 1 September 2019: Proper 17 Year C

"We can make the world a better place if we forsake our idols for the glory of God's Kin-dom by humbling ourselves into servant ministers seeking the well-fair of the least among us, not least of which is our environment..." -The Rev. Gary Cyr

24 & 25 August 2019: Proper 16 Year C

"... Jesus loves us in spite of ourselves, in spite of the labels we ascribe to one another. Jesus brings healing and wholeness where society and its norms breaks us apart. Jesus brings love." -The Rev. Gary Cyr

17 & 18 August 2019: Proper 15 Year C

" Both, compassion and anger, coexist within each of us where the fire of baptism calms the anger while the Eucharist feeds the compassionate heart." - The Rev. Gary Cyr

10 & 11 August 2019: Proper 14 Year C

"We are God's sacramental presence in the world. As such, let us go forth empowered by grace to trasnform the bleakness that pervades our time into hopefulness and love." -The Rev. Gary Cyr

3 & 4 August 2019: Proper 13 Year C

"...people were created to be loved; material things / goods were created to be used and utilized. Not vice versa." - The Rev. Gary Cyr

"The Point of Hospitality" - Patricia Kay Jue, lay preacher in training

13 & 14 July 2019: Proper 10 Year C

"God is tasking us to foster compassion and empathy - to be the "good" Samaritan. The Samaritan is our role model for Christian behavior, of what a disciple of Jesus ought to be and do." -The Rev. Gary Cyr

29 & 30 June 2019: Proper 8 Year C

"True freedom, when centered in Christ, is one that says you are free to be who God created you to be." -The Rev. Gary Cyr

22 & 23 June 2019: Proper 7 Year C

"There are countless acts of kindheartedness that you can perform that will spread the light of Hope. The essential value lies not in what you choose to do, rather in the fulfillment of the act." - Karen Anderson, Certified Lay Preacher

8 & 9 June 2019: Pentecost, Year C

"We must go forth into the world rejoicing in the power of the Spirit and thus risk genuine spiritual transformation. We too must learn the language of our communities, for God is speaking." -The Rev. Gary Cyr

1 & 2 June 2019: Ascension, Year C

"We might consider living our life in Christ by sowing seeds of love when confronted with hatred; by offering forgiveness when we are injured; by being the face of comfort when we encounter doubt and despair." -The Rev. Gary Cyr

25 & 26 May 2019: Easter 6, Year C

"What the protagonist sees is God's dwelling place being in the midst of creation, and the ramification of this revelation is plentiful, for that is the nature of the Incarnation itself. Thus Christ, the Lamb of God, is where the manifestation of this indwelling is incarnated in Jesus who embodies for us the intertwining of divinity and humanity, thus redeeming and sanctifying all creation." -The Rev. Gary Cyr

20 April 2019: Easter Vigil, Year C

"This night, we recall Jesus' giving of himself, his willingness to enter the darkness of death, and the power of Love to transform pain and suffering into abundant life." -The Rev. Gary Cyr

13 & 14 April 2019: Palm Sunday, Year C

"Today ushers in Holy Week where we will come face-to-face with our own trials, be convicted of our own sinfulness at the cross, all the while knowing that God will transform it all in the resurrection from which we are offered new life in Christ." - The Rev. Gary Cyr

6 & 7 April 2019: Fifth Sunday in Lent, Year C

"Paul's admonition is to look forward to life in Christ and not cling to past ideas of what is or is not acceptable for membership in the faith community... You need to know where you have come from, but you need to be attentive to what lies ahead. Our destination isn't survival, but life in Christ, which is giving witness to God's love beyond the doors of our community." - The Rev. Gary Cyr

30 & 31 March 2019: Fourth Sunday in Lent, Year C

" We have only to acknowledge our dependence upon God and strive to be less judgemental and conditional in our relationships with one another, for we are all sinners in need of forgiveness." - The Rev. Gary Cyr

23 & 24 March 2019: Third Sunday in Lent, Year C

"How Is G-d Calling you to be a Moses...What glows and sparkles for you, as G-d calls to you? -Patricia Jue, lay preacher in training

16 & 17 March 2019: Second Sunday in Lent, Year C

"The good Paul speaks of to the church at Philippi when he says for them to imitate him, is the good that Jesus embodies - a good predicated on a self-emptying love. A good predicated upon the cross of Christ, to which all of Lent points." -The Rev. Gary Cyr

9 & 10 March 2019: First Sunday in Lent, Year C

"The choice we have is living an intentional life, one predicated upon God's desire for justice and peace; not avarice and greed. An intentional life focused on the well-being of our neighbor and all creation; not on divisiveness and exclusion." - The Rev. Gary Cyr

23 & 24 February 2019: Epiphany 7 Year C

"God's grace invites us to sow seeds of kindness when faced with hatred, to bless one another when confronted with provocation and violence, to love unreservedly those who would deny our existance. When we treat others as we want to be treated, we are drawn towards our better selves and embody Jesus' teaching through God's grace." -The Rev. Gary Cyr

9 & 10 February 2019: Epiphany 5 Year C

"...Isaiah receives instructions from God seems rather odd -  make the people’s mind dull, shut their eyes and stop their ears from hearing. It is hardly something you would expect God to command. But if we keep reading, there is assurance in the final line of that passage - so they will turn and be healed. The people’s hope lies not in themselves, but in the Lord." - Karen Anderson, Certified Lay Preacher

2 & 3 February 2019: Epiphany 4 Year C

"I pray that we all can risk as Jesus did and embrace the path of love such that others can see God's love at work through our worship and mission- can see Jesus in our midst." -The Rev. Gary Cyr

26 & 27 January 2019: Epiphany 3 Year C

"When we remain focused, however, on giving glory to God in all we do and say, problems minimize themselves as it becomes less about us individually and more about our collective witness to Christ's love." - The Rev. Gary Cyr

12 & 13 January 2019: Baptism of Christ Year C

"As we renew our baptism this day, let each of us be so filled with the Holy Spirit that we are humbled by the knowledge that God calls us beloved and with whom God is pleased- not in our accomplishments or achievements that are measurable by the world's standards- but by our fidelity to God's love as expressed in Christ Jesus." -The Rev. Gary Cyr

5 & 6 January 2019: Epiphany Year C

"This day, we are reminded that we too are God-bearers. That we who have received the Light of Christ now must go forth into the world bearing the Good News." -The Rev. Gary Cyr

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