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Standing in the Light of Christ

And he was transfigured before them, and his face shone like the sun, and his clothes became dazzling white. Matthew 17:2, NRSV How do you picture the God who speaks to you? (PAUSE) Let me help you out a bit.  Close your eyes.  Find that peaceful place inside your head.  And picture Jesus – the…

No Darkness at All

St. Peter’s presents a Hymn Festival entitled “No Darkness at All” Saturday, February 22nd at 7pm. The evening will be a celebration of hymnody and theologically-centered readings from the Bible and other sources centered around the theme of God’s light shared with God’s people and the whole world. Hymn festivals are a development from the…

Happy Tears

(A LIT CANDLE IS PLACED ON THE PULPIT)  It doesn’t look like much, does it?  Yeah … I agree.  But this candle represents more than thirty years of my life.  Well, no … that’s not exactly right.  The candle represents one particular day each year for each of the last thirty-plus years of my life. …

Don’t Be Afraid of the Dark

Our thanks to Brendan Armitage for offering this week’s devotion. (In case you are wondering, the darkest Night Service he refers to will be held on Sunday night,m December 22 at 6PM in our sanctuary.) “But this shall be the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel;  After those days, saith the LORD, I will put my law in…

The Shine Man

The Advent-Christmas season is characterized by stories, and so this morning I offer you a story written by Mary Quattelbaum entitled The Shine Man, and illustrated by Tim Ladwig … and some sermonic commentary.          Hear that rickety-rack of wheels over track?  Hear the cry of the train?  Oh, it takes me back to a tale…

Shining Lights

Traditional Sermon all Saints’ Sunday Last weekend, my family and I traveled from Lancaster all the way up to Scarborough, Maine. It began when my uncle and his wife from North Dakota had a little bit of vacation time and thought it a good idea to fly from Bismark to the coast of Maine to…

Awakening to Light

What is so sweet as to awake from a troubled dream and behold a beloved face smiling upon you?  My soul is for the moment bowed down with grief when I cease to feel the touch of their hands or hear a tender word from them; but the light of faith never fades from my…

Light & Darkness

Then God said, ‘Let there be light’; and there was light. And God saw that the light was good; and God separated the light from the darkness.  (Genesis 1:3-4, NRSV) I’ve been following the ritual since the summer of 1981.  Forty-eight Sunday mornings a year, give-or-take one or two, I am walking through the hallways of…

Seasons of Light

Advent, Christmas, and Epiphany hang together wonderfully as a unit of the church year. As Advent and December marched on, we all felt the gathering darkness as the days shortened and the nights lengthened. We pushed back this darkness by lighting extra candles, decorating our worship spaces and houses with lights, and by singing songs…