Tag: Homily

Wrapped Up in a Bulletin

They visited. They worshiped. They prayed. They sang. They saved the bulletin. Who are they? They are a UK couple who took a once in a lifetime cruise to the United States. Docked in D.C., they ventured into Alexandria and came to church.  Our church, Emmanuel. Cleaning out her parents’ South Hampton, England home, their granddaughter, Jo Ashley, found…

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Walden Pond 2022

Like many of you, I enjoy several traditions which happen this time of year: I love receiving Christmas cards, particularly when they include pictures and updates on people I know and love and unfortunately don’t get to see as often as I’d like. This time of year I like to walk Max right around dusk…

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Christmas at The Red Truck Bakery

Hi everyone.  Thank you for either attending a Christmas Eve or Christmas Day service in person, by zoom or by selecting Emmanuel at Home.  22 months into the pandemic I had certainly hoped we would find ourselves in a different place; but alas, here we are.  Unfortunately, like millions of others around the globe and…

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Brooding on Vipers

I don’t know much about snakes. Really, I don’t know anything. I think they’re weird animals – not at all cuddly, frankly a little creepy, they’re just not my thing. But this line from John the Baptist stands out to me every time I hear it: “you brood of vipers.” Turns out, vipers are interesting. They are venomous, of course, and can cause serious bodily harm…

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Wilderness in the Key of C

While the church is a bit fussy about music in Advent, I confess to being obsessed with the “mall muzak” of the holiday season. Ever since I was a little kid, Jingle Bells has brought me joy; O Come, All Ye Faithful has given me comfort. The chaos of my childhood home not withstanding. I loved to sing — though Sister…

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Happy Advent!

I’m recording this message from home on Wednesday before Thanksgiving – so a Happy Thanksgiving shout-out to all of you for tomorrow.  I hope you have a wonderful and delicious day surrounded by love.  You deserve that. Okay, on to our First Sunday of Advent homily: It should be no secret or surprise to anyone…

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