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Sunday, April 19, 2015

THE THIRD SUNDAY OF EASTER

The Gospel for The Third Sunday of Easter (Year C) is from Luke 24, wherein the risen Christ reveals himself to the disciples and actually eats before them a broiled fish and a honeycomb. Is he a ghost? Clearly not. Does he have a body? Yes, but one that is so much more than what we have.

What to make of this? These sermons by the Rector might help:

For John Updike (2009)
The Name and Power of Jesus (2006)
Physical Faith (2003)

Collect:

O God, whose blessed Son did manifest himself to his disciples in the breaking of bread: Open, we pray thee, the eyes of our faith, that we may behold him in all his redeeming work; through the same thy Son Jesus Christ our Lord, who liveth and reigneth with thee, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.

Sunday, April 12, 2015

THE SECOND SUNDAY OF EASTER (Low Sunday)

The Second Sunday of Easter is commonly called Low Sunday because it follows the hugely important and busy Holy Week and Easter Day, and therefore is a Sunday when the church slows down, the choir on break. However, Low Sunday is especially important to us at Saint Thomas, because it is the Sunday when we have the Gospel from John 20:19-31, wherein we have the description of Doubting Thomas (our patron saint) who, at long last, having seen the Risen Christ, declares “My Lord and my God.” And Jesus responds, “Thomas, because thou hast seen me, thou hast believed: blessed are they that have not seen, and yet have believed.”

Here are some sermons from past Low Sundays:

Probing the Wounds (2013) by Fr Spurlock
Where Was Thomas? (2012) by Fr Spurlock
Faith, Doubt and the Sign of Thomas (2009) by Fr Austin
Doubt is Okay, but Beware of Magical Thinking (2007) by Fr Austin
Tommy-Come-Lately (2006) by Fr Andrew
St Puddleglum (2002) by Fr Mead

Collect:

Almighty and everlasting God, who in the Paschal mystery hast established the new covenant of reconciliation: Grant that all who have been reborn into the fellowship of Christ’s Body may show forth in their lives what they profess by their faith; through the same Jesus Christ our Lord, who liveth and reigneth with thee and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

11:00 am Festal Eucharist
John 20:19-31
4:00 pm Festal Evensong
Exodus 14:5-22 , John 14:1-7

Sunday, April 5, 2015

THE SUNDAY OF THE RESURRECTION: EASTER DAY

Welcome to the festival of eternal life! What happened in Jesus Christ is a gift for all who love his appearing and put their trust in him. The fact that Jesus Christ is risen is hope not only for the other side of death, but for this side as well. Our life is hid with Christ in God! We need not fear the grave, and have reason to get up gladly every morning. Each day, this day, is made by the Lord for us to live and do his will. This is the Day which the Lord hath made: let us rejoice and be glad in it!

Alleluia. Christ is risen! The Lord is risen indeed! Alleluia.

Collect:

Almighty God, who through thine only-begotten Son Jesus Christ hast overcome death and opened unto us the gate of everlasting life: Grant that we, who celebrate with joy the day of the Lord’s resurrection, may be raised from the death of sin by thy life-giving Spirit; through the same Jesus Christ our Lord, who liveth and reigneth with thee and the same Spirit ever, one God, world without end. Amen.

11:00 am The Solemn Eucharist of the Resurrection
3:00 pm Solemn Evensong
Luke 24:13-35

Saturday, April 4, 2015

HOLY SATURDAY

Collect:

O God, Creator of heaven and earth: Grant that, as the crucified body of thy dear Son was laid in the tomb and rested on this holy Sabbath, so we may await with him the coming of the third day, and rise with him to newness of life; who now liveth and reigneth with thee and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

5:30 pm The Great Vigil & First Eucharist of Easter
Mark 16:1-8

Friday, April 3, 2015

GOOD FRIDAY

Over the years, we've had many guest preachers meditate on the seven last words of Christ at the Three Hours Devotion. Among them:

Jesus' Seven Last Words from the Cross (2012) by The Right Rev'd Dr Robert Gillies, Bishop of Aberdeen
Meditations on the Seven Last Words of Christ (2011) by Canon Andrew Diestche
Meditation on the Seven Last Words of Christ (2010) by The Very Reverend Joseph Britton
Seven Addresses on the Last Words of Our Lord from the Cross (2007) by Fr Andrew

Among some of the sermons preached at the 5:30pm Good Friday Liturgy are these:

Crucifixion & Clarity (2013) by Fr Daniels
The Blood is on Our Hands (2012) by Fr Spurlock
Father, Into Thy Hands I Commend My Rubbish (2011) by Fr Spurlock
I Thirst (2010) by Fr Austin
A Sermon for Good Friday (2008) by Fr Mead

Collect:

Almighty God, we beseech thee graciously to behold this thy family, for which our Lord Jesus Christ was contented to be betrayed, and given up into the hands of sinners, and to suffer death upon the cross; who now liveth and reigneth with thee and the Holy Ghost ever, one God, world without end. Amen.

12:00 pm The Three Hours Devotion
Luke 23:34,43,46 , John 19:25-27,28,30 , Matthew 27:46
5:30 pm The Solemn Liturgy of Good Friday

Thursday, April 2, 2015

MAUNDY THURSDAY

As you think about the approach to climax, on many levels, that Maundy Thursday represents, these sermons from previous Maundy Thursdays might be helpful: 

To Love One Another (2011) by Fr Austin
The Offerings (2010) by Fr Fletcher
Christ's Humiliation and Love (2009) by Fr Austin
A Sermon for Maundy Thursday (2007) by Fr Mead
A Sermon for Maundy Thursday (2006) by Fr Stafford

Collect:

Almighty Father, whose dear Son, on the night before he suffered, did institute the Sacrament of his Body and Blood: Mercifully grant that we may thankfully receive the same in remembrance of him who in these holy mysteries giveth us a pledge of life eternal, the same thy Son Jesus Christ our Lord; who now liveth and reigneth with thee and the Holy Spirit ever, one God, world without end. Amen.

5:30 pm Solemn Liturgy of Maundy Thursday