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Leonardo Ricardo
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"..the Church is the only institution that continues to testify to the resurrection of Jesus from the dead and tries to orient the world away from violence toward the love of God." The Reverend John Smith
A Perfect Invisible or Imperfect Visible Church            This Seventh Sunday of Easter finds itself between the Feasts of the Ascension and Pentecost and focuses on the visible and apostolic nature of the Church.  Most people believe that Pentecost, the c...
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The Holy Spirit seeks to defend victims: " When life is taken away, except for natural causes, victims are created. " The Rev. John Smith
Many Acquaintances Few Friends            As I might have told you, my father was in the Coast Guard, so up to, and including high school, I went to a different school every two years.  This put me in the position of being the new kid in school at least eve...
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"God is not a punisher and bringer of wrath (humans do those things to each other)," The Reverend John Smith
Water is thicker than Blood            Today’s readings start with the story of the Ethiopian Eunuch.  The Eunuch was a pious guy, enamored with the Jewish religion, and was heading back home after Passover to the Royal Court of Candace, Queen of Ethiopia. ...
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"Can we, followers of Jesus, help the “nations” develop an atmosphere of forgiveness, even toward perpetrators of terror, where terror and violence, even our own “sacred” violence, can be seen taking all of us away from our goal of justice and peace." John+
A Message for all the Nations             This week we have seen another example of human violence against other human beings in the use of chemical weapons on innocent civilians in Syria.  President Trump has put out a warning that we will punish the perpe...
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The goal of “spirituality” is not only about finding our “inner peace,” as many believe, but rather about creating, with the Holy Spirit's help, a new fabric of social peace in the world.. The Reverend John Smith
The Hardest Thing to Believe            The Resurrection of Jesus Christ from the Dead was the most unique event in human history.  It changed Jesus’ disciple’s whole perception of God.  Before the Resurrection, they shared the view, like most people in the...
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"Our own experience of the death of our loved ones parallels the experience of the women and disciples in the gospel this morning. The ones we love and who have died are not here." John+
https://youtu.be/-15v9iworAU They Are Not Here            I’ve entitled this Easter sermon “They Are Not Here” thinking about the 17 students and school staff that were killed last month, and those killed before, in other mass shootings, and most recently t...
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The Reverend John Smith: "If there was one word or concept that describes the mind of Christ in the Palm Sunday liturgy Passion Account we read today it is non-retaliation. "
Palm Sunday 2018            Liturgy, especially the parts we act out, is a kind of time machine:  it enables us to “be there” with Jesus in his day.  In the Palm Sunday liturgy we experience Jesus entering Jerusalem to the shouts of the crowd yelling “Hosan...
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"God forgives us our sins as we respond to the poor and the Holy Spirit takes away our fears and gives us strength to keep thanking and serving with the law of God’s love written on our hearts. " The Reverend John Smith
The Law Written on Our Hearts I’ll start with a story.  There was a 12 year old boy that stole comic books.  His parents tried everything to get their son to stop stealing: long talks, grounding him, bribes, etc.  The boy continued to steal comic books. Fin...
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ETERNAL LIFE: "Believing in Jesus’ teaching and following his example, is living in the Age to Come and to experience eternal life here and now." John+
The Economics of Eternal Life            Billy Graham died recently.  (By the way, did you know he was a registered Democrat?  His son Franklin, taking over his father’s ministry, has shared that every evangelical Christian, in order to be faithful to God, ...
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"Covetousness is about the desire for what another has, or what another wants to take from us, and is the root source of violence between human beings " John+
The Gospel Is More Serious Than We Think            When Moses led his kinsmen out of slavery in Egypt across the Red Sea waters into Sinai there was not much that held them together culturally.  Yes, they were Hebrews, but that was about it.  They had a fe...
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