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We pray the reflections below will help you in finding renewed life.

Oramos las reflexiones a continuación le ayudarán en la búsqueda de una vida renovada.

The Rev. Joe Parrish
New York, NY
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1/20/2019

The best at the last

Jesus knows what will make us joy-filled. Only ask, and the miracle may be yours.

Series: 2 Epiphany (C)

Speaker: Rev. Joe Parrish

Topic: Second Sunday after the Epiphany, Year C

Passage: John 2 1-11

Language: English

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1/13/2019

Why we are baptized

John the Baptist tells it like he thought it was; God is a refining fire. But we also know God is a loving God. Yet the loving God sometimes uses a bit of internal heat to correct us, bend us, just a little from our staunch positions.

Series: 1 Epiphany (C)

Speaker: Rev. Joe Parrish

Topic: First Sunday after the Epiphany, Year C

Passage: Luke 3 17-19, 21-22

Language: English

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1/6/2019

We several wise people

Epiphany is a sign of God’s presence with us today and forever.

Series: Epiphany

Speaker: Rev. Joe Parrish

Topic: Epiphany

Passage: Matthew 2 1-12

Language: English

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12/30/2018

Way Baclk

The beginning of the Gospel of John portends the beginning of the universe, and beyond. God was and is all. Jesus was there. And he lives on to bring light into our dark world.

Series: 1 Christmas (C)

Speaker: Rev. Joe Parrish

Topic: 1 Christmas, Year C

Passage: John 1 1-18

Language: English

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12/24/2018

Go tell it on the mountain

Jesus was born to Mary and Joseph in a lowly shepherd’s hut in Bethlehem. Angels announced this birth to shepherds. They came and told the Holy Family what had been told them. We need to tell others.

Series: Christmas Eve (C)

Speaker: Rev. Joe Parrish

Topic: Christmas Eve, Year C

Passage: Luke 2 1-20

Language: English

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12/23/2018

Golly

God chose young Mary, a young unknown virgin in an insignificant town in an inconsequential country, to be the one to birth the One who reigns on high; whose throne is above all thrones. And if we ourselves are seen with favor by God, a new miracle never before experienced may be already on the way through us as it was through Mary.
Be not afraid. God will visit you too and give you a special gift to use to spread the Good News to all people. Our task is only to say “Yes” to the Creator of heaven and earth.

Series: 4 Advent (C)

Speaker: Rev. Joe Parrish

Topic: Fourth Sunday of Advent (A)

Passage: Luke 1 39-45

Language: English

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12/16/2018

Making a list and checking it twice

John the Baptist’s message of repentance calls to practical measures, good deeds, loving kindness. As Christians can we not excel in doing such deeds this season, and always?

Series: 3 Advent (C)

Speaker: Rev. Joe Parrish

Topic: Third Sunday of Advent (C)

Passage: Luke 3 7-18

Language: English

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12/9/2018

Are we really in a Holy Season?

What we say and what we do do not always agree, if ever, but the divergence between the Christian way and the way of Christians seems sometimes far apart. Other faiths call us to question, as do those with no faith. How can we set some examples for others about what is the importance of Christmas?

Series: 2 Advent IC)

Speaker: Rev. Joe Parrish

Topic: Second Sunday of Advent, Year C

Passage: Luke 3 1-6

Language: English

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12/2/2018

Is it the end, my friend?

Advent celebrates the end of time and of things, but not of hope. When Christ is our rock, all other worries pale. We are to put our hope in the Eternal Son, not on the passing universe.

Series: 1 Advent (C)

Speaker: Rev. Joe Parrish

Topic: First Sunday of Advent, Year C

Passage: Luke 21 25-36

Language: English

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11/25/2018

Is Jesus a Model King?

Christ the King Sunday has a troubling and recent history. Did Jesus actually accept Pilate’s promotion of him as a king, or did not Jesus condemn such an action, taking the humiliating way to the cross as being his signature saving action.

Series: Proper 29 (B) -- Last Sunday after Pentecost

Speaker: Rev. Joe Parrish

Topic: Proper 29, Year B -- Last Sunday after Pentecost

Passage: John 18 33-37

Language: English

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