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Dec

Mary, Mere & Christ's Presence

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+Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you. Amen. (Thess. 5:16)   Meredith, my wife, and I met for the very first time at a wedding rehearsal in Oklahoma City. Mere had just finished graduate school and I was completing my first year of seminary. This particular wedding was an elaborate one with enough pre and post events to get to know each other pretty well. Before the weekend ended I decided to throw a ‘Hail Mary’ pass and invited Meredith to church on Sunday. Needless to...
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11
Dec

Salvator Mundi

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  +Christ for the world we sing, The world to Christ we bring.  He’s got the whole world in His hand. Amen.   Advent is a time of awakening, awakening to big blessings. In Advent we contemplate and wait for special blessings from God, even blessings that begin hidden in darkness. God comforts us, comforts his people, as we wait for Light to shine. If we will keep watch, we can trust the promise of Emmanuel, God’s presence with us. This is the pathway to true Christmas joy and peace.   I want to thank this congregation for the Christmas...
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18
Sep

God-sized forgiveness

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 “Bless the Lord, O my soul, and forget not all his benefits. He forgives all you sins and heals all your infirmities.” Amen. (Psalm 103)   It was Patriot’s Day on September 11th  and the students at St. John’s learned about the trauma of terrorist attacks and the heroic service of first responders & average bystanders. This topic was still on Simon’s mind that night at bedtime. “Why do they hate us?” Simon tenderly lamented. He was asking me a perennial question. I searched and searched my mind for priestly or prophetic answer.   How do we forgive the world for...
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14
Aug

Take Heart and Take Hold

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+ God is speaking peace to his faithful people and to those who turn their hearts to him.  Psalm 85:8Amen   For our vacation this year we drove to the beach and spent time catching up with old friends. Some of you will remember the Eyssen family who were members of Heavenly Rest until moving to Charlotte. Emma Kate, Luke and Andrew are all about the same ages as Louisa, Simon and Joshua. It was the perfect formula for a children’s paradise.   You might remember that Andrew Eyssen was on our healing list about two years ago, when he underwent...
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27
Mar

Easter Sermon

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      + For no stone, no body and no idle tale, we sing Alleluia!   Where did you go? No where.  Who did you see? No one.  What did you do? Nothing.  Children love to keep secrets.   When Louisa was a little girl we lived near my parents. My mother would plan ‘girls day out’ with her, taking her to special places and events. When she came home we would ask about her time away. We knew the answers to all the questions we were asking, but we wanted to hear her version. But she would stone wall us, answering only...
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25
Mar

Good Friday Sermon

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Were you there when they crucified my Lord?   When they nailed him to the tree?   When they pierced him in the side? When they laid him in the tomb?   Lord have mercy, for we are there again.  Amen.     We are now in Brussels. Feeling the shock, the pain, the injustice, the grief, the sorrow and the loss. It seems like we were just in San Bernardino, in Paris, in Boston. Our souls squeeze into those places where our bodies have not gone, and where our minds don’t want to go.   My mind went back to...
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07
Mar

Prodigy, Prodigal & Amazing Grace

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Prodigy, Prodigal and Amazing Grace (Lent 4, Year C)   +He was lost and is found. He was blind and now, see,   he was dead and is alive!   Today’s Gospel parable is about two sons, one the prodigy and one the prodigal. Can you guess which is which? The New Testament has two Parables about two brothers. The first Parable is the story from Luke about the younger brother who runs off with his inheritance, and the elder brother that abides at home, and stands by disgruntled and full of judgement.    Most people think that the younger brother...
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30
Nov

December 1, 2015

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Dear Friends,   The days darken at the end of the year. We feel especially the deep heartache and grief that has flooded over Paris, the City of Light. When we light our small Advent candles we join numerous souls over generations that have lit their small lights against the oppression of violence and loss.   ‘Comfort ye, comfort ye, my people, saith your God!’  Alas, there are many people who will not accept this message from the God that refuses to zap evil beings with angry, righteous, violence.  Like terrorists, some will only believe, worship and follow a lesser god...
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15
Sep

Pentecost 14 Proper 19 Year A

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Fourteen Pentecost Proper 19 Year A   Genesis 50; Roman 14:1-12; Matt. 21-35   Heavenly Rest   The Rev. N. Luke Back   +Bless the Lord, O my soul, and forget not all his benefits.   +He forgives all your sins and heals your infirmities. (Psalm 103: 2-3)   What are you doing with your freedom?   In 1787 a group of men  gathered at Benjamin Franklin’s home in Philadelphia.  The Revolutionary War was over, and had set them free from British confinement. They turned their attention toward American prisoners. America had inherited a terrible prison system from Europe, that had...
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24
Aug

Pentecost 11 Proper 16 Year A

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Pentecost 11 Proper 16 Year A Exodus 1:8-2:10; Psalm 124, Romans 12:1-8; Matthew 16:13-20 Church of the Heavenly Rest,August 24, 2014 The Rev. N. Luke Back  + Hear O Israel, the Lord your God is ONE. Amen.  An Irish comedian was doing a show in a nursing home. There was a woman in the front row that kept nodding off. He said, “Lady, lady, wake up. This is a show! Do you know who I am?   She opened her eyes, turned her one good eye up at him, and said, “No I don’t, but ask that nurse over there, she’ll...
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