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Month: October 2014

Shield the Joyous

Shield the Joyous

Shield the Joyous Sermon for Evensong, Oct. 25, 2014 St. Matthew’s Episcopal Parish, Pacific Palisades CA George Martin Following my homily we will hear the choir sing the prayer that begins, “Keep watch, dear Lord, with those who work, or watch, or weep this night..” They are there in the hospitals, waiting in the emergency rooms, cruising our streets in the middle of night protecting us—they are those who work or watch this night. And then also awake through the…

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Tough Lessons – Oct. 12, 2014

Tough Lessons – Oct. 12, 2014

Tough Lessons The Rev. Dr. George H. Martin Sermon for Oct. 12, 2014 St. Matthew’s Episcopal Parish The Rev. Dr. George H. Martin  One Sunday morning a man came down to the kitchen in his pjs and said to his wife. “I’m not going to church today.” “Yes, you are,” she said. “Well,” he replied, “give me one good reason why I have to go.” His wife said, “Last time I looked you were still their pastor.” So here we…

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Bob Palmer and The Good Shepherd – Oct. 11, 2014

Bob Palmer and The Good Shepherd – Oct. 11, 2014

Bob Palmer and The Good Shepherd A Sermon for the Memorial Service, Oct. 11, 2014 At St. Matthew’s Episcopal Parish Pacific Palisades, CA The Rev. Dr. George H. Martin  Sheep and Shepherds and our thanks for the life of one of the sheep who by his own admission got lost in life, before he found his life. It was a life he been given, like one risen from the dead, and he had it for 43 years. And then for…

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It’s Not Your Fault – Aug. 17, 2014 Sermon

It’s Not Your Fault – Aug. 17, 2014 Sermon

It’s Not Your Fault—Sermon for August 17, 2014 On the front page of the Wall Street Journal (Thursday) there’s a story about military aid coming to the Jurdish fighters in Iraq. A nearby story is about the conflict between Irasel and Hamas in Gaza. Page 3 has the story about the immigrant children coming to the US from Central America and there is story about Ferguson Missouri and its challenges with racial issues. All the stories deal with conflict—two or…

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