Live This Way

Third Sunday in Lent Exodus 20:1-17; Ps 19; 1 Cor 1:18-25; John 2: 13-22 The Rev’d Dr. Deborah Meister, ODM This week, a devastating scene unfolded in Gaza — one of so many others.  As conditions approached mass starvation, a large convoy of food trucks entered Gaza City. It was actually the second convoy; the […]

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Desire

Ash Wednesday Isaiah 58:1-12; Ps 103:8-18; 2 Cor 5:20b-6:10; Matt 6:1-6, 16-21 The Rev’d Dr. Deborah Meister I’m not going to say Happy Valentine’s Day! The internet is having a field day about the convergence of these two dates — the Day of Abstinence and the Day of Anything But — but I think it’s […]

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Stepping Forward into the Dark

Last Sunday after Epiphany 2 Kings 2:1-12; Ps 50:1-6; 2 Cor 4:3-6; Mark 9:2-9 The Rev’d Dr. Deborah Meister My last year in seminary, I interned at a church in Southport, Connecticut. Behind the altar, there was an immense painting of Jesus, sitting on a cloud in a clear blue sky, with the words “Come […]

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Black Heritage Jer 29:4-7, 11; Acts 8:26-39; Luke 10:25-29 The Rev’d Dr. Deborah Meister Good morning! It is an honor to be with you today for this beautiful celebration. My family are not good at celebrations, so it was good for me that the first parish I served as a priest was in Alabama. Whatever […]

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The Real Story

The First Sunday after Christmas Isaiah 61:10-62:3; Ps 148; Gal 4:4-7; Luke 2:22-40 The Rev’d Dr. Deborah Meister, ODM Yesterday, I came across a picture of a red clay tile from ancient Rome, dating from about the time that Jesus was a baby. The tile bore the clear impression of a toddler’s footprint, echoing the […]

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A Joy So Deep

Christmas Eve 2023 Rev’d Dr. Deborah Meister, ODM What’s your favorite memory of Christmas? The glimmering of the tree on Christmas morn? Tiny children being towed on toboggans? Flying down hills on a sled that seemed to move as swiftly as air? Not so much this year, eh? This year is kind of gray and […]

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Profound Generosity

Advent One The Rev’d Dr. Deborah Meister, ODM Isaiah 64:1-9; Ps 80: 1-7, 16-18; I Cor 1:3-9; Mark 13: 24-37 O that you would tear open the heavens and come down, so that the mountains would quake at your presence— (Isaiah 64:1) Today is the first Sunday in Advent; traditionally, the start of the church […]

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We need to be here

Twenty-second Sunday after Pentecost Lev 19: 1-2, 15-18; Ps 1; 1 Thess 2:1-8; Matt 22: 34-46 The Rev’d Dr. Deborah Meister This has been a tough few weeks. Something about this war in the Holy Land seems to have tipped many of us into a space of extreme fragility. I’m seeing it in conversations, in […]

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The Eighteenth Sunday After Pentecost Ezek 18:1-4, 25-32; Ps 25; Phil 2:1-13; Matt 21: 23-32 Rev’d Dr. Deborah Meister One of the more perplexing — and sometimes frustrating — things about Jesus is that he taught in parables. Time and again, we open the Bible, seeking guidance or moral clarity for some situation in our […]

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We gather as a forgiven people

The Sixteenth Sunday After Pentecost Gen 50:15-21; Ps 103:1-13; Rom 14:1-12; Matt 18: 21-35 Rev’d Dr. Deborah Meister, ODM A few years ago, when I was being trained to companion people in their spiritual seeking, one of our teachers said something which has become a touchstone for me:  The problem with forgiveness is that we […]

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