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February 18, 2018

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February 18, 2018

Mark 1:9-15 In those days Jesus came from Nazareth of Galilee and was baptized by John in the Jordan. And just as he was coming up out of the water, he saw the heavens torn apart and the Spirit descending like a dove on him. And a voice came from heaven, “You are my Son, the Beloved; with you I am well pleased.” And the Spirit immediately drove him out into the wilderness. He was in the wilderness forty days, tempted by Satan; and he was with the wild beasts; and the angels waited on him. Now after John was arrested, Jesus came to Galilee, proclaiming the good news of God, and saying, “The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God has come near; repent, and believe in the good...

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Sermon: Fr. Christopher – February 11, 2018

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Sermon: Fr. Christopher – February 11, 2018

Father Christopher Hofer, Rector at The Church of St. Jude (Episcopal) in Wantagh, NY explains that all of us have secrets that we do not wish to share with others. We often keep these secrets so that we don’t reveal a good surprise that is about to take place. These are secrets worth keeping. Jesus took Peter, James and John up on a high mountain. All at once, Moses and Elijah appeared and spoke with Jesus. Suddenly, Jesus was transfigured and showed the glory of God. However, he instructed his three Disciples not to tell anybody about what they had just witnessed until after he has risen from the dead. This is considered to be a Messianic secret. Considering the state of the world at that time, there were many reasons why Jesus made this request. This begs the question, “Why are we keeping the secret about the good news of God in Christ,” today? Therefore, it is incumbent upon us to spread the word to those we know and those we meet about how good we feel when we experience the wonders of...

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February 11, 2018

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Mark 9:2-9 Jesus took with him Peter and James and John, and led them up a high mountain apart, by themselves. And he was transfigured before them, and his clothes became dazzling white, such as no one on earth could bleach them. And there appeared to them Elijah with Moses, who were talking with Jesus. Then Peter said to Jesus, “Rabbi, it is good for us to be here; let us make three dwellings, one for you, one for Moses, and one for Elijah.” He did not know what to say, for they were terrified. Then a cloud overshadowed them, and from the cloud there came a voice, “This is my Son, the Beloved; listen to him!” Suddenly when they looked around, they saw no one with them any more, but only Jesus. As they were coming down the mountain, he ordered them to tell no one about what they had seen, until after the Son of Man had risen from the...

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February 4, 2018

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February 4, 2018

Mark 1:29-39 After Jesus and his disciples left the synagogue, they entered the house of Simon and Andrew, with James and John. Now Simon’s mother-in-law was in bed with a fever, and they told him about her at once. He came and took her by the hand and lifted her up. Then the fever left her, and she began to serve them. That evening, at sundown, they brought to him all who were sick or possessed with demons. And the whole city was gathered around the door. And he cured many who were sick with various diseases, and cast out many demons; and he would not permit the demons to speak, because they knew him. In the morning, while it was still very dark, he got up and went out to a deserted place, and there he prayed. And Simon and his companions hunted for him. When they found him, they said to him, “Everyone is searching for you.” He answered, “Let us go on to the neighboring towns, so that I may proclaim the message there also; for that is what I came out to do.” And he went throughout Galilee, proclaiming the message in their synagogues and casting out...

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Sermon: Mother Maxine – February 4, 2018

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Sermon: Mother Maxine – February 4, 2018

Mother Maxine Barnett, Curate at The Church of St. Jude (Episcopal) in Wantagh, NY explains that in the Bible, Jesus cures many people, but He doesn’t cure everybody. This makes us wonder what exactly is God’s plan? We may speculate as to why, with many, many prayers, an individual’s condition just doesn’t improve. However, we never get an answer to our question. We simply have to trust in the God who hears prayers and who loves us and wants wholeness. Perhaps there is a difference between being cured and being...

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