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Sermon for January 21, 2018

Sermon for January 21, 2018 3rd After Epiphany

This was Jonah’s second trip in so many days to Nineveh and Jonah was as convinced this time as last that these people did not or would not hear or heed the word of God. As Jonah mumbled along the roads and crescents, the strangest thing started to happen. The word proclaimed by Jonah became clear. Perhaps it was the perceived persistence of Jonah or that God does have the capacity to open ears and hearts to hear and receive we may never know. To Jonah’s surprise the people heard, they joined him in the streets, they changed their ways and Jonah, yes Jonah was changed as well.
It is always interesting to me how the same collection of words can be understood in so many ways. How the same literature can move some to tears and disgust others. Perhaps that is why communication is always our biggest challenge. In the Gospel, Mark accounts for us the call of the first disciples. Why is it that the call of Jesus was so motivating for Simon and Andrew that they left home and followed Jesus? Why is it that the call of Jesus did not resonate with Zebedee and the hired helpers and yet was so powerful to James and John?
I think the answer is quite simple. Then as now, we cannot all be and do the same thing. We cannot all be teachers or lawyers, nurses or doctors, mayors or police. We each hear the call to be something, someone different. Not everyone needed to be a disciple and Jesus knew that. So this ragtag group of folks were essential to the Good News being proclaimed, they were the ones who gathered folks from the towns and villages to hear Jesus. They, along with many others, looked after the needs of Jesus and sustained him along the way.
It is also, why Zebedee and so many others stayed behind. They heard the call differently and chose to live out that call right where they are.
As I step back and view the story of Jonah and the call of disciples, it becomes clear to me that we are strategically placed right where we are with the right skills, the right temperament, and the right attitude to accomplish the work of Jesus. Not any one is more important for it takes us all. That is both exciting and scary at the same time.
Jonah did not think Nineveh deserved to hear the word of God, God thought different. We may wonder why that person is here, God does not, for we are all essential for the work and witness in our day. Anne Lamont from Mindful Christianity says: “You can safely assume you’ve created God in your own image when it turns out that God hates all the same people you do”. With all ranting these days about who is allowed in and who is not, who is worthy and who is not; it behooves us to stop, step back, be silent…and wait on the word of God. Each person that comes before us carries a huge sign that says: I am God’s. It is not our task to argue with God but to be followers of God. To live out the ancient and new mission of feeding, housing, tending to, welcoming, visiting, and then we will be participants in and witness the acceptable year of God.

Sermon for Nov. 12, 2017 23rd of Pentecost

Sermon for November 12, 2017 23 After Pentecost “Old Story-New Story”
Weddings, ah weddings! They can be the best of times or the worst of times. I have conducted many that went off without a hitch and a few that well, were one occurrence after another. But in all cases the festivities after the wedding were of joy and hope. I know the anxiety for parents as they see their children wed. And the hope of couples as they take wedding vows. It is a time charged with emotion, not just the emotion when your team wins, but the emotion of a lifetime.
In Jesus’ day, weddings were grand and community events. Jesus performed his first miracle at the wedding of Cana. Wedding started at the bride’s house with celebrating and feasting without the groom. At some point in the evening, the groom would arrive and there would be a grand procession to his house for the ceremony and days of celebrating. The bridesmaids and groomsmen would light the way with lanterns and torches.
Our mission and hope is to live with expectation. At the heart of our faith is the certainty that human history has a purpose and a goal and that it is moving toward eventual fulfillment and completion. We do not articulate it very well and in fact sometimes we avoid this topic because of its abuse by evangelical eschatologist’s, who sell lots of books describing the end of history in graphic and violent terms and who focus on the end times to the neglect of this time, this world. The scholars offer a caution as we read this parable and it has to do with leaping ahead and our desire to determine who is in and who is out of the kingdom of God.
To give away the punch line, the parable is about today and paying attention.
We often hear that running out of oil and some of the bridesmaids being foolish is the only message in the story. Since the groomsmen were with the groom they did not worry about when the groom was arriving, they were there so late or early did not matter. The wisdom of the parable for today is about paying attention and being present. The bridesmaids who were not at the banquet feast did not focus on the task. One or two or even five less lamps would not have made a difference. Showing up makes the difference.
The early disciples and Christians had to get used to the idea that Jesus’ return may not be in their day. They had to figure out how to live out the mission of Jesus without him and in the new truth that he was retuning sometime, and well only Jesus knows that. It is our task as well. John Buchanan writes, “the end of time is not the point here. The point is living expectantly and hopefully. Christian hope rest on trust that the God who created the world will continue the process of creation until the project is complete, and will continue to redeem and save the world by coming into it with love and grace, in Jesus Christ”.
In our day we get tired of waiting easily. And there are days when it seems that all we do is wait. I heard the comment the other day that went something like this ‘I wish Christmas would hurry up and get over’. Really? It has not even started and some are wishing it were over, like wishing away two months of their life. Waiting for Jesus is not the idle, impatient waiting that befalls us when we survey the lines at the supermarket, pick the one we think is the fastest, only learn that it is the slowest. No it is expectant waiting, it is alive waiting, it is waiting in action.
As potent as the parable is, I have some issues. Are we alone responsible for our faith life? Will Jesus find me in the dark? Can I Share? What would happen if we share? I have a knowing that Jesus will find the faithful in daylight and in the dark. I am responsible for the living out of my faith and I have an obligation to share the teachings of Jesus in a way that is inviting for others. So they can live their lives in faith.
Or, is the oil a symbol or image of our faith life? That our faith life takes constant tending to lest it flicker and go out. The richness of parable is the scope of possibility for understanding Jesus teachings. Again Jesus reminds us that faith takes practice, it takes prayer and meditation, it takes action and it takes being open to the movement toward the completion of God’s realm on earth.

Sermon for November 5, 2017

Sermon for November 5, 2017 Remembrance Sunday “No Longer Unaware”
When Nicholas was in Middle school he came home all excited about a book the English teacher had suggested. It was the Hobbit and he was thrilled to tell me the adventures of these smallish people. I was excited too as I had had the stories and thoroughly enjoyed them. So when I told him I had the book, actually the 50th anniversary edition, he was perplexed and thrilled.
Perplexed because he thought they were new stories and thrilled because no one else had the 50th anniversary edition and that we could talk about the same books. If you know the stories great. It is about the Hobbits of the Shire. Their town is one of joy and energy and hope. It is the place where they are restored and renewed. And no Hobbit can imagine leaving. Until one day one of the Hobbits does leave and is thrust in worlds he never could imagine in his wildest dreams. No matter where the journey led, there was always the Shire that was the anchor, the place he could go back to, even in his mind, and find joy and peace and hope.
There was a time when home and community and church were the places that nourished me and brought hope and joy. But then, as I was encouraged to do, I left. At first I did not go far but then I ventured further and further. And each time I arrived hope there was hope and joy but it was different.
This St. Mark’s is a safe place and a place of hope and joy. And as I said a few weeks ago it is a place where we are filled to overflowing with hope and joy so that we might be able to be about the work Jesus has invited us into and give all the hope and joy away. But each time we leave we learn more about the need, the ways of the world, the demands placed on us as people of faith and the tugs to just abandon faith and join the ranks of the social or the blissfully unaware.
Each time we spend a week in the world, we discover that the language of our parents and grandparents is not working so good. Even the ways of being church that worked so well in the 60’s and 70’s do not resonate and are sort of like a clanging gong in the ears of many.
Jesus talks about the Pharisees. They were in the history of the Hebrew people the ‘freedom fighter separatists’ the ones who could see the need for change and did change the way the people viewed and knew God. But after a while they became mainstream and were just a bunch of older men retelling the stories of the good ole days. Jesus implores us to listen but also to move past what they do. Listen to the lessons they teach but please, please do not do what they do. Just sitting around telling by gone tales does nothing for the kingdom right now.
We leave here so that we might experience the world, to learn the language, to discover the need and bring that back so that what we offer is relevant and spoken in a way that makes sense. I have a sense that Jesus knew the challenge and the need to be great. So there is this caution: when you the church feel that you are right and great and above all…then you will be least and you will be inconsequential. The message and root place of hope, joy and peace do not change, they ground us and keep us focused on Jesus. What changes is our awareness of the world in which we live and the ever changing language we need to learn to share the message so that it can be heard in new and fresh ways for others and most importantly for ourselves.

Sermon for October 15, 2017 “Rejoice”

Sermon for October 15, 2017 19th after Pentecost “Rejoice”
My friends, how dear you are to me. How I rejoice when I am in your presence. How thankful I am when I recall the good work you do to promote the mission and work of Jesus. I am proud of you.
These word first penned by Paul about 2000 years ago to the community at Philippi. And to be honest I could say them no better to the people of St. Mark’s today. My friends, how dear you are to me, how I rejoice in being with you, how proud I am of you.
It takes more people than you can imagine to be about the work of Jesus as it is lived out here. Yes some do more and some do less and that is fine, it is not a contest. And I can assure you that if the small tasks are missed the whole get out of balance and it is noticed.
The letter from Paul is notable in that he names two women: Euodia and Syntyche who work tirelessly for the mission of Jesus. They do not always see eye to eye as to what is important but they do see that the work is vital and their work is vital. So Paul reminds them that all work is important and essential and that they can rejoice that they have different interests and skills.
I am thankful that there are many and differently skilled folks here. And that even from time to time we heed the call of Paul to set aside differences and work together in our common mission. But most of all rejoice. Rejoice in the work of the Gospel, rejoice in one another, rejoice in prayer and just rejoice.
For Paul there is more than just getting along and rejoicing. There is the essential need for people of faith to have a practice of prayer. ‘Don’t worry about anything, but in all your prayers ask God for what you need, always asking God with a thankful heart. And God’s peace, which is far beyond human understanding, will keep your hearts and minds safe in union with Jesus’. This prayer life is not something new, not a new and vital teaching of Jesus. It is ancient and has roots in the beginning of the Hebrew tradition, from which Christianity was born. So Paul speaks as though prayer is a natural part of the lives of the first Christians. Paul goes on to explain what we have so interestingly forgotten a practiced prayer life. For the past 100 years or so, prayer has become more of a wish list, a honey-do list for God. It has become more about me and my situation and less about time with God and Jesus. But listen again to what Paul has to say about the outcome of prayer: and God’s peace, which is far beyond human understanding, will keep your hearts and minds safe in union with Jesus.
It is in that relationship that we find the deepest and purest joy. And that I believe will be the first steps of the new reformation of Christianity. It is moving from a wish list mentality, beyond a ‘God bless America’ notion, beyond a God is for us and be dammed all others. A new reformation that begins with a practiced prayer that leads to joy with God and from that a joy of the gift of life blessed to us and the earth that sustains that living.
A Paul ends this portion of his letter he implores us to view the world from the inner sight of joy. Then you will see good, see possibility, see love, see humility and see God.
It starts with practiced prayer…let us pray…Amen

Sermon for September 24, 2017

Sermon for September 24, 2017 16 after Pentecost “Rejoice I Say, Rejoice”
I expect we have all heard stories where in the face of danger and imminent death, there was faith and even the capacity for joy. Whether urban legend or truth, there is the image of soldiers in war, raising in song Christmas Carols, the fighting stops, and mortal enemies join for a moment, peace, a meal and a shared faith. As Paul’s letter to the Philippians begins we are faced with a prison scene with Paul in the dim light and a borrowed stylus penning a letter to the faithful. He is well aware that death could be with the next knock on the door. Yet he writes that he wishes to die so he can be with his Saviour and he wishes to live so that he can continue the work of bringing to people the beautiful teachings of Jesus.
There is an expression that some are so heaven bent that they are no earthly good. Or we get caught up in the song from the musical Annie’ The Sun will come out tomorrow. And so we miss today, right here on earth. Our God is the God of today. We are called to look for the promised hope and joy right now, today. And it seems the first thing that pops into our mind is that I am so busy, it is going to be a terrible day, I am sick or grieving and so on, yet God has given us this moment, this day so that we can be surrounded by hope and joy and love. Or maybe we just break in song now and sing: This is the day that God has made, let us rejoice and be glad”.
This is not an extraordinary thing God is asking of us. Sherly Sandberg the CEO of Facebook, had the capacity, along with her two young children to have hope and even joy after the sudden death of her husband. Immaculee Ilibagiza was able to have joy and hope even in the midst of the Rwanda genocide. Many survivors of the Holocaust are alive because they had hope. Paul in prison, his life in jeopardy was able to pen words of hope and joy, and even to encourage others in far better places to have hope and joy. A criminal hanging on a cross beside Jesus was able to open to hope and joy. There are news reports coming from Mexico that workers are hand digging through collapsed buildings with hope of finding one more survivor. And you can add to this your collection of stories of hope, Paul in prison, awaiting death writes to his followers to have hope and rejoice.
As our days unfold how often are we slanted to despair or look at life through the lense of woe is me. How do we view our mission at St. Mark’s? I look at our life with hope and rejoicing. Today we celebrate baptism, we celebrate our staff all seven of us, we are blessed with those who have expertise about the building, we have many children and youth and young families and seniors. We are engaged in our community so much so that we are often overbooked for space. We have more abundance and hope than others can possibly imagine. So I say rejoice.
And if that does not seem to satisfy, then look to Jesus who was, is and always will be all about love. Who, whenever we think our lives are pathetic, gazes at us, holds our hand and whispers, shouts or is just silent, until we are able to hear the redeeming words of his love.
Paul was in prison and still had the where-with-all to spread the good news. Here we are free and yet we are strangely silent. This is not the time for silence, this is the time to share the good news of Jesus. It is the time to share that that good news is vibrant and alive here at St. Mark’s. It is the time to rejoice and let me assure you it is really hard to rejoice with your mouth sealed shut.

Sermon for September 10, 2017

Sermon for September 10, 2017 14th of Pentecost “.002”

Last week I mentioned that there are 28,400.002 seconds in a day. That calculation is based on the atomic length of a year that includes the hours, minutes and seconds that our 12 month calendar misses. And that got me to thinking about the significance of the wee tiny things. So what if we just said ‘whatever’ to those .002 seconds. Well with 7 billion people in the world and if we all did that we would say ‘whatever’ to 3883 hours. By itself .002 does not seem like much but when stacked up they add up.
Have you ever heard the expression penny wise pound foolish, have you had a close call and said whoa a spit second one way or another and I would have been a goner. Does .002 matter to Andre Grasse or Usaine Bolt or any of the other times sports where thousandths of a second matter. Our Gospel today says where two or three are gathered I am there. What if we said ‘whatever’ to those two or three? In another story two tiny copper coins are vital to life and the mission of the church and yet even then the leadership was quick to point out the deficiency and Jesus was quick to point out the extravagance. Last year not many people saw Michael on his hands and knees cleaning the corners, nooks and crannies of the church rooms, and yet we all noticed that even those forgotten bits were clean and shiny, just like the rest.
Growing up in Beaver Bank on a small hobby farm, there were always chores, lots of chores. I can remember dad saying: if you are going to do a job do it well. That usually pertained to chores, the mowing is not done until the trimming is done, you have to pull the small weeds too, the tiny potatoes and as important as the big ones and so on. One of the pre-eminent biblical scholars of our day is Dominic Crossan and he says that the bible is understood in its minutia and its context. The tiny bits matter to understanding the whole.
The Gospel lesson is about forgiveness and the righting of wrongs and a good and honourable process to ensure that there is justice. This text needs to be balanced with the text that challenges us to see the plank in our eye before we accuse our neighbour of a speck in theirs. I listened with interest, humour and a nodding in agreement head to CBC this past week when there was a sketch on the Canadian way of saying sorry. Part of it was funny and poked fun of the various ways that we constantly use the word sorry. Another was the restoration of hope and live when a mother was able to forgive the man who killed her son.
I have seen many times power and life giving energy of forgiveness and I have seen the anguish and the depletion of life when forgiveness is withheld and vengeance is sought. It is perhaps why Jesus spends considerable time on forgiveness and why the greatest command is to love God, yourself and others especially your enemies. So when the first part of the Gospel ends with: “if they do not listen to the church then treat them as tax collectors and pagans” it is not a curse upon them, it is a call to love them.
The little things matter, even the .002 thousandths of a second matter. It is what we do with the little things that define the big things. For as the Gospel lessons ends we hear: where two or more are gathered, there I am also.

Sermon for April 2 2017 “If Only You had Been There

Sermon for April 2, 2017 Lent 5 “If you had been There”
The hand of the LORD came upon me, and he brought me out by the spirit of the LORD and set me down in the middle of a valley; it was full of bones. He led me all round them; there were very many lying in the valley, and they were very dry. He said to me, ‘Mortal, can these bones live?’ I answered, ‘O Lord GOD, you know.’ Then he said to me, ‘Prophesy to these bones, and say to them: O dry bones, hear the word of the LORD. Thus says the Lord GOD to these bones: I will cause breath to enter you, and you shall live. …
So I prophesied as I had been commanded; and as I prophesied, suddenly there was a noise, a rattling, and the bones came together, bone to its bone. I looked, and there were sinews on them, and flesh had come upon them, and skin had covered them; but there was no breath in them. Then he said to me, ‘Prophesy to the breath, prophesy, mortal, and say to the breath: Thus says the Lord GOD: Come from the four winds, O breath, and breathe upon these slain, that they may live.’ I prophesied as he commanded me, and the breath came into them, .
I will put my spirit within you, and you shall live, and I will place you on your own soil; then you shall know that I, the LORD, have spoken and will act, says the LORD.’
The Gospel story of the raising of Lazarus is a long one and most of the story is setting the stage. In essence John, instead of saying ‘you had to be there’ offers the background so that we can in fact almost be there. We have a glimpse into the special relationship between Mary, Martha, Lazarus and Jesus. We have a sense that apart from the family this time was shared by the community. We hear the anguish of Martha who met Jesus on the road and said ‘if only you had been here’ and the silence of the disciples who knew that Jesus lingered for two days before deciding to come to Bethany.
In the commentary on this text, Veronice Miles states: “the fifth Sunday of lent invites us to consider the possibility of resurrection in the lives of the many persons and communities who deeply need God’s presence in the newness of our existence. One of the greatest hindrance to imagining possibilities is perceptual distortion. Obstacles appear larger and more ominous than they are, keeping us preoccupied with trying to avoid danger rather than discerning alternatives.”
As we journey in Lent and on to Holy Week we do so our minds is at least two streams of thought. Unlike the disciples, we know what happens. And even still we try to experience the events as if for the first time. And we cannot help but know the resurrection happens. It is an interesting mind twist for the journey and is critical to the destination.
Jesus knew the plan of God for Lazarus and all those gathered there that day. In real time everyone in the story was living it for the first time and when Lazarus stepped out of the tomb it had to have sent shock waves to the hearts and minds of Mary, Martha and those gathered.
In our day we get fixated on the dry bones and the death of Lazarus. We cannot see into the possibility and wonder of God and Jesus. We cannot see past our fear and we are challenged to hear the word of God. The word that is life giving: Prophesy to these bones and say to them hear the word of the Lord, and Jesus says: Lazarus come out.
And I prophesied as God commanded me, and the breath came into them and they lived. And Lazarus came out and Jesus said: take off his bindings.
The word of God comes to us this day from the four winds, there is no escaping the breath of God, it will enter us and we will see possibility where before there was only barrenness. We will be a people of Spirit where before we could only imagine bygone days. The bindings will be removed and we will live like never before, see like never before. And all of this happens so that we will know in the deepest place of our knowing, know the Glory of God.

Sermon for March 26, 2017

Sermon for March 26, 2017 Lent 4 “To Truly have Sight”
Even for those who see perfectly well the words to the favourite hymn Amazing Grace ring true: “I once was blind but now I see”. Helen Keller has a beautiful, insightful and pointed quote about sight: “The only thing worse than being blind is having sight but no vision.” Today we are about celebrating what God and Jesus can accomplish through us when we have the courage to see the mission and be engaged in its completion.
A week or so ago, Kathy and I went to see the movie “The Shack” I will recommend it to you. In the book and movie there is a scene where Mack is rowing a boat and Jesus comes to him and invites him to walk with him. Mack is tentative but with some encouragement steps out of the boat. On the way home Mack starts to walk expecting to not sink until he finds himself up to his knees in water. He turns to Jesus with a quizzical look and Jesus responds; “did you think you could do that without me?”
Here at St. Mark’s we have a vision that is carved with very human minds, hands and hearts. Along the way we hold that vision up to Jesus and ask; is this what you are calling us to do and be? I believe that Jesus has blessed the vision and only asks that we not exclude him from the journey. In essence we need Jesus to be successful. Jesus is not calling us or asking us to be religious but to be faithful and to be friends of Jesus. Like Mack in the movie, we sink when we let go of Jesus.
In the Gospel story we encounter a man born blind. As the story unfolds Jesus dispels several long held beliefs. The disciples ask: what sin did this man commit to be born blind? Jesus answers: all who are born are sinless and perfect in the eyes of God. No longer can the disciples nor we hold on to the view that we or our parents sinned if a child is born blind or any other way for that matter. Jesus also reminds us that we are all born with a divine purpose. For this man, that the glory of God would be revealed at this precise moment. For the blind man who can now see, a whole new set of possibilities are open for him.
I do not wish to suggest that we are blind or blinded all the time, but there are times when our eyes are open and we see in new ways and we can discern paths and patterns that to that point we could not see. And once we do see the new path, we cannot un-see it. We can ignore it, yes, and maybe to our detriment but we cannot un-see. The wonderful thing about a relationship with Jesus is that he is always putting us in the right spot to see what was not see-able before. And then saying ‘come on, this is going to be fun”.
But I do not want to see, or I am too busy is the 21st century lament. I’m not sure how to live my faith when there are so many demands on my time. I’m not sure how I can support my church when there are so many demands on my resources. There will always be demands, what matters to Jesus is that we are engaged and supporting anyway. Be faithful anyway. Do it because we know that God’s crazy and powerful love for us calls us to have the same crazy and powerful love for God’s world. Every now and again we meet giants of faith. For the most part their lives are insanely busy and yet there they are, seeing with newness, following with reckless abandon and supporting with all they have.
Jesus calls all of us to follow. To some he says “walk with me in leadership”. To all he says: ‘I love you and will not leave you’. We celebrate our commitment today because we, all of us have or will see past our self-imposed limiting factors, and see with the clarity of mud drenched eyes into the very possibility of Jesus. Jesus says: Follow me, this is going to be fun!

Sermon for March 5, 2017 Lent 1

Sermon for March 5, 2017 Lent 1 “Temptation: Not for the Faint of Heart”
Elusive, persuasive, crafty and not easy to pin down are the traits of temptation. Like images in the fog, as soon as we think we see clearly everything shifts and changes. Like eddies in the harbour, no sooner do we see them than they shift and look different. And so goes our historically long lament with temptation and our personal journey with temptation.
In the Genesis and Gospel text there is the original version of fake news. In Genesis the serpent offers a different perspective on what God has said. The serpent is not entirely untrue for in most fake news there is a small portion that is based in reality. And so the serpent says ‘oh surely you will not die, don’t be silly, you will only know the difference between good from evil, your eyes will be opened and you will be like God’ now don’t you want to be like God? And they ate.
In the Gospel, Jesus is preparing himself in the desert for the work and ministry that lay before him. After 40 days of fasting the devil came to him and presented fake facts to tempt him. Oh they sounded real enough, even enticing enough. Even in a challenged state Jesus had his heart and mind so on God that he could see through the fake offers, resist, be ministered to by the angels and begin ministry.
The challenge of temptation is that it is most acute when we are least able to resist. Perhaps you’ve noticed that the resolve to manage weight is greatest after a big meal and least when we are hungry and shopping. That we dream of serving our neighbour greatest when we are far away, that supporting your church is great on Mon but after a week of shopping not so much so on Sunday. Temptation is tough to resist, if it were not so it would be called something else.
For a long time we (and it is a general we) have lived with the idea that someone else will do it, when it is crunch time I will step up and support the church, I don’t need to offer; someone will ask and so it goes. We give into that temptation and untold blessings remain hidden. It is easy to stay on the sidelines and watch and critique. It something beautiful to step into the arena of life and live as is life matters.
In Jesus the pattern of hiding from God is broken, smashed to bits and a new pattern of living in the light of God’s love is demonstrated. Repeatedly in scripture Jesus reaches out to the ones on the edge, either by circumstances or by society, and brings them to life. In our day Jesus reaches into our temptation burdened life and sets us free. We now have the space to live into that freedom, to share with others so they may be guided on the path of wholehearted generous living.
When we emerge from our temptation induced coma’s I wonder what excitement and joy there will be. What opportunities will arise and what paths that have been closed due to lack of interest or resources will open before us. This is our time, no longer will we be held back by scarcity and the tempting idea that someone else will do it. All that has happened has led us to this point in time. Jesus invites us to soar, to live large and to minister unafraid.
In every Baptism there is a question for the gathered congregation and I would like to end today with this same question: We do this remembering that no family is in isolation, that the church is an interwoven design of many human relationships. That we are called to live life together. Keeping this in mind, let us also remember that it is our responsibility and duty to support these families with constant love, wholesome example, Christian teaching and faithful prayer. Are you willing to share in so great a responsibility?
Are you willing?

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