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Month: April 2014

Welcome, Welcome Happy Morning: Easter, April 20, 2014

Welcome, Welcome Happy Morning: Easter, April 20, 2014

 Welcome, Welcome Happy Morning EASTER SERMON, APRIL 20, 2014 ST. MATTHEW’S PARISH, Pacific Palisades CA George Martin Welcome! welcome, happy morning! Welcome, happy morning! Age to age shall say; Hell today is vanquish, heaven is one today! These words will be sung at the offertory today as the choir premieres a piece by a composer and member of this church, John O’Reilly. It comes with a dedication:  in thanksgiving for the ministry of the Rev. Betsy Anderson, the newly retired…

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Expire: Easter Saturday Sermon — April 19, 2014

Expire: Easter Saturday Sermon — April 19, 2014

Expire: Easter Saturday Sermon April 19, 2014 St. Matthew’s Parish, Pacific Palisades CA George Martin If you were belonged the Episcopal Church isomer years prior to 1970’s you know we used the 1928 Book of Common Prayer, and you will remember that the version of the Apostles Creed we used declared that Jesus had “descended into Hell.”  It was where he went when he died and where he was for two days. We read the lesson from 1st Peter because…

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EXIT: A Sermon for Maundy Thursday, April 17, 2014

EXIT: A Sermon for Maundy Thursday, April 17, 2014

A Holy Week Sermon Series St. Matthew’s Parish, Pacific Palisades, CA George Martin   Monday, April 14: Exile  I shared this sermon at the 7am service, but it wasn’t written. It focused on the assigned passage from Isaiah which is ascribed to the Second Isaiah who comforted the people carried into Exile in Babylon. My meditation was on the different ways we can feel like exiles in our own world, and how that points us to a faith that prepares…

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Untie Him and Let Him Go: Sermon April 6, 4014

Untie Him and Let Him Go: Sermon April 6, 4014

“Untie him and let him go.” Sermon for April 6th Fifth Lent St. Matthew’s Parish, Pacific Palisades CA George Martin   In La Crosse Wisconsin, next to the Mississippi River, a family gathered in the oldest cemetery to bury their grandmother. The family surname was carved in Gothic stone letters over the grey crypt built in the late 1800s. The priest thought that the service would take place, in the heart of the cemetery, next to the family crypt, but…

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The Faith Passed On — “Grandparent’s Day at St. Matthew’s School”

The Faith Passed On — “Grandparent’s Day at St. Matthew’s School”

  The Faith Passed On April 4, 2014 George Martin Grandparent’s Day at St. Matthew’s School   It’s Grandparent’s Day at St. Matthew’s. But we have more than Grandparents here. Some of you have significant friends. For some of you, your grandparents couldn’t come. They may live far away. So let my talk be not so much about the importance of grandparents, but about the place of elders in our lives. I want to begin with a truth that may…

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