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VINE AND BRANCHES

Fifth Sunday Of Easter, Year B May 2, 2021 – 10:30 AM Saint Cecilia Catholic Community Deacon Sharon Kay Talley Acts 9:26-31 | Psalm 22:26-28;30-32 I John 3:18-24| John 15:1-8 In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit, Amen. In today’s Gospel from John, known as the “Vine and Branches”, Jesus explains to us that He is the vine and we are the branches, and God, the Father, Jesus’ Father, is the caretaker…

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JESUS AND LEADERSHIP

Fourth Sunday of Easter – Year B April 25, 2021 – 10:30 AM Saint Cecilia Catholic Community Rev. David Justin Lynch Acts 4:8-12 | Psalm 118:1, 8-9, 21-23, 26, 28, 29 I John 3:1-2 | John 10:11-18 +In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit, AMEN. What does it mean to be a leader? The world often thinks of a leader as an authority figure, like a boss in a place of business….

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  IGNORANCE AND FAITH

Third Sunday of Easter – Year B April 18, 2021 – 10:30 AM Saint Cecilia Catholic Community Deacon Sharon Kay Talley Act 3:13-15;17-19 |  Psalm 4:2;4;7-9 I John 2:1-5a | Luke 24:35-48 +In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit, AMEN. Today, I’d like to share with you a story about a self-righteous young man named Ron who set off through the forest on a long journey after dropping out of college.  After…

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IS DOUBT EVER GOOD?

Second Sunday Of Easter Year B – Divine Mercy Sunday April 11, 2021 – 10:30 AM Saint Cecilia Catholic Community Rev. David Justin Lynch Acts 4:32-35 | Psalm 118:2-4;13-15;22-24 1 John 5:1-6 | John 20:19-31 + In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit, AMEN. You have probably heard someone describe another person as a “doubting Thomas.” Maybe you’ve done that yourself or others have described you in that way. Today’s Gospel is…

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MARY MAGDALENE, APOSTLE TO THE APOSTLES

Easter Sunday – Year B April 4, 2021 – 10:30 AM Saint Cecilia Catholic Community Deacon Sharon Kay Talley Acts 10:34A;37-43 | Psalm 118:1-2;16-17;22-23 Colossian 3:1-4 | John 20:1-9 +In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit, Amen. Today, we sang one of everyone’s favorite hymns written by Charles Wesley in the 1700s, “Jesus Christ is risen today.  Alleluia.  Love’s redeeming work is done.  Alleluia.” I sang this hymn every Easter as a…

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JESUS, SCAPEGOAT

PALM SUNDAY – YEAR B March 28, 2022 – 10:30 AM Saint Cecilia Catholic Community Rev. David Justin Lynch Mark 11:1-20 Isaiah 50:4-7 | Psalm 22:8-9;17-20;23-24 Philippians 2:6-11 | Mark 15:1-47 +In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit, AMEN. About two weeks ago, a White man shot eight people in Atlanta. Whatever his motivation, he perpetrated an evil act. I refuse to name him from the pulpit because he deserves no fame…

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NOT WHAT WE OWN, BUT WHAT WE GIVE

Fifth Sunday Of Lent – Year B March 21, 2021 – 10:30 AM Saint Cecilia Catholic Community Deacon Sharon Kay Talley Jeremiah 31:31-34 | Psalm 51:3-4;12-15 Hebrews 5:7-9 | John 12:20-33 +In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit, Amen. “Whoever loves one’s life loses it and whoever hates one’s life in this world will preserve it for eternal life.” This is what Jesus says to us in today’s Gospel.  And this is…

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JESUS, THE RESCUER

Fourth Sunday in Lent – Year B March 14, 2021 – 10:30 AM Saint Cecilia Catholic Community, Palm Springs CA Rev. David Justin Lynch II Chronicles 36:13-15;19-23 | Psalm 37:1-6 Ephesians 2:4-10  | John 3:14-21 +In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit, AMEN. In the early nineteen-nineties, I was divorced against my will, and as a result, I was devastated, financially and emotionally. It was truly my nine-eleven moment. Imagine being a…

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