Who are you, Lord?

Easter 3 Acts 9:1-20; Psalm 30 Rev 5:11-14; John 21:1-19 The Rev’d Dr. Deborah Meister, ODM Last week, the church remembered Catherine of Sienna, a fourteenth-century saint with a wild story. The youngest of 25 children, Catherine had a vision of Jesus when she was six years old and embraced a life of fasting and prayer. […]

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The Voice of the Crowd

Palm Sunday 2022 Luke 19:28-40; Phil 2:5-11 Psalm 31:9-16; Luke 22:14-23:56 The Rev’d Dr. Deborah Meister, ODM Each year, it gets harder for me to hear the Passion read. When I was younger, I was able to situate it historically: as something that had happened at the time of Jesus, as something which happened from time […]

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Doing God’s work, come what may

Lent 2 Gen 15:1-12, 17-18; Ps 27 Phil 3:17—4:1; Lk 13:31-35 The Rev’d Dr. Deborah Meister Two years ago this week, our community did not worship together.  A new disease had come to town and we were sheltering in place, wondering what was to come. A week later, we gathered in front of our computer screens […]

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True Freedom, Costly Grace

Epiphany 7 – February 20,  2022 Gen 45:3-11, 15; Ps 37:1-12, 41-42; 1 Cor 15:35-38, 42-50; Lk 6:27-3 The Rev’d Dr. Deborah Meister YouTube recording of the service – the sermon begins at 26:19 “And Joseph said to his brothers, ‘I am Joseph; is my father yet alive?’ But his brothers could not answer him, for […]

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I Love You Best

Baptism of Our Lord 9 January, 2022 Isaiah 43:1-7;  Psalm 29 Acts 8:14-17; Luke 3:15-17, 21-22 Rev. Dr. Deborah Meister, ODM My grandmother Sheba lived into her name. Like the Queen of old, she was a huge and vibrant spirit, unconstrained by convention, who loved lavishly, traveled widely, asked awkward questions, learned voraciously.  She had […]

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How shall we mend it, my dear?

Christmas Eve, 2021 Isaiah 9:2-7; Ps 96 Titus 2:11-14; Luke 2: 1-20 The Rev’d Dr. Deborah Meister YouTube recording of the service – sermon starts at 31:15 “And Mary gave birth to her firstborn son and wrapped him in bands of cloth, and laid him in a manger.” (Luke 2:7) This is not the Christmas we were longing […]

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Refined by Love

Advent 2 Mal 3:1-4; Benedictus Phil 1:3-11; Luke 3:1-6a The Rev’d Dr. Deborah Meister YouTube recording of the service – sermon begins at 24:49 Retournez à Montreal! Retournez à Montreal! Go back to Montreal! Go back to Montreal! Those words broke my heart this week when I heard them on my car radio.  They were part […]

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God is not done with you yet

All Saints Sunday Wis 3:1-9; Ps 24 Rev 21:1-6a; John 11:32-44 The Rev’d Dr. Deborah Meister YouTube recording of the service. The sermon begins around 29:00 One hundred three years ago, a child was born into conditions of great injustice. Although he was living in his own land, his people knew no freedom. The boy grew, […]

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A lover of Christ and a prophet

Feast of St. Francis Jeremiah 22: 13-16; Ps 148:7-18,Gal 6:14-18;  Matt 11:25-30 The Rev’d Dr. Deborah Meister Woe to him who builds his house by unrighteousness, and his upper rooms by injustice; who makes his neighbors work for nothing, and does not give them their wages. (Jer 22:13) I first met St. Francis in the […]

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Called to care

The Sixteenth Sunday after Pentecost Isaiah 35:4-7a;  Psalm 146 James 2: 1-17; Mark 7:24-37 Rev. Dr. Deborah Meister This has not been a good week for people from the East Coast of the United States.  Thursday morning, even before my prayers, I sent an e-mail to my family who live in New York City, asking them to […]

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Choose You This Day

The Thirteenth Sunday after Pentecost Jos 24:1-2a, 14-18; Ps 34:15-22 Eph 6:10-20; Jn 6:56-69 Choose you this day whom you will serve. (Josh 24:15) The Rev’d Dr. Deborah Meister Today’s reading from Joshua is one of my all-time favorites; it’s one of the great scenes in Scripture.  It takes place at the very end of […]

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