To give them a garland instead of ashes

Ash Wednesday Isaiah 58:1-12 Psalm 103 2 Corinthians 5:20b-6:10 Matthew 6:1-6, 15-21 The Rev’d Dr. Deborah Meister St. Luke records the first sermon that Jesus ever preached. The way he tells it, Jesus went to his hometown to pray in the synagogue on the sabbath, and when the time came, they turned to him — […]

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Being Prepared by God for Freedom

Last Epiphany, 2020 Exodus 24:12-18; Ps 99 2 Pet 1:16-21; Matt 17:1-9 The Rev’d Dr. Deborah Meister Yesterday, our Cathedral hosted our diocese’s first united diocesan celebration of black history, and it was a joyous day. The pews were packed with hundreds of worshipers; a choir gathered from many congregations sang songs from the black […]

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The true symbols of the gift of God

Feast of the Epiphany; 5 January, 2020 Is 60:1-6; Ps 72:1-7, 10-14 Eph 3: 1-12; Matt 2:1-12 Rev. Dr. Deborah Meister Can I let you in on a secret? I am tired of kings. Kings, princes, potentates, presidents: you can have them all. This week has shown us all too clearly what can happen when […]

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Living with open hands

Advent 1A; 1 December, 2019                                            Rev. Dr. Deborah Meister Isaiah 2:1-5; Ps 122 Romans 13:11-14; Matt 24:36-44 When I was in college, I had the good fortune to travel to Rome. One day, I fell into conversation with an Anglican priest, standing by a fountain. While we were speaking, a Lutheran pastor with whom he […]

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The world needs more saints

All Saints Day; 3 November, 2019 Dan 7:1-3, 15-18; Ps 149 Eph 1:11-23; Luke 6:20-31 The Rev’d Dr. Deborah Meister For many years, my mother and I have traveled each summer to a small corner of Vermont, to attend a chamber music festival. The festival gives both of us a break from the pressures of […]

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Staying Faithful in a Broken World

But when the Son of Man comes, shall he find faith on the earth? (Luke 18:8) 20 October, 2019; Proper 24C Jer 31:27-34; Ps 119: 97-104 2 Tim 3:14-4:5; Luke 18:1-8 The Rev’d Dr. Deborah Meister I love this story. I love its audacity: for Jesus to compare God, not to an excellent judge, but […]

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Shysters All

Jeremiah 8:18-9:1 1 Timothy 2:1-7 Luke 16:1-13  The Rev’d Dr. Deborah Meister Good morning. I want to begin by thanking you for the warm and gracious welcome you gave me last week. I am well aware that such a welcome is an act of hope and of faith: inviting me into your spiritual home before […]

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