Tag Archives: Baptism

Lectionary sermon for 8 January 2017 on Matthew 3:13-17

A few days ago, in Churches and religious gatherings around the world, congregations were singing lusty joyous carols. Joy to the world….. Or was it perhaps: While shepherds watched their flocks by night.…. ? The last verse to that one … Continue reading

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Lectionary sermon for 4 December 2016 ( Advent 2 Year A ) on Matthew 3:1-12

Baptism, Then and Now In the modern world, the rite of Baptism must seem strange and archaic to those with no familiarity with its history and meaning. Indeed, when we move from whatever form of baptism we are familiar with … Continue reading

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Lectionary Sermon for 10 January 2016: The Baptism of Christ based on Luke 3: 15 – 22

So Baptism Means What? Roger Fenn, who I believe started the Fenn School, in Concord in the United States, was known to enjoy telling the story of how, as a young boy, he had been present at the baptism of some relative, … Continue reading

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A Lectionary Sermon for December 6 2015 Advent 2 C based on Luke 3: 1-6

Traditional Bible literalists get quite upset when Bible scholars insist on pointing out historical inconsistencies in the Bible accounts. This is a shame because the story of Jesus and the early Church is greatly enhanced when we take a closer … Continue reading

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Lectionary Sermon for January 11, 2015 Epiphany 1 Mark 1 : 4-11 (The Baptism of Jesus)

Baptism for What? The most thought provoking story I know regarding baptism comes from the days when royalty used marriage as a means of establishing new alliances and when only those who were particularly high born were considered good enough … Continue reading

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Lectionary Sermon for 12 January 2014, Baptism of Christ (Year A), on Matthew 3: 13 – 17

A few days ago, in Churches and religious gatherings around the world, congregations were singing lusty joyous carols. Joy to the world….. Or was it perhaps: While shepherds watched their flocks by night….. ? The last verse to that one … Continue reading

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Lectionary sermon for 4 December 2016 ( Advent 2 Year A ) on Matthew 3:1-12

Baptism, Then and Now In the modern world, the rite of Baptism must seem strange and archaic to those with no familiarity with its history and meaning. Indeed, when we move from whatever form of baptism we are familiar with … Continue reading

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