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PREPARING FOR PENTECOST

GETTING READY FOR PENTECOST Sixth Sunday of Easter – Year A May 17 2020 – 10:30 AM Saint Cecilia Catholic Community Deacon Sharon Kay Talley Acts 8:5-18;14-17 | Psalm 66:1-7;16,20 I Peter 3:15-18 | John 15:15-21 + In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit, Amen. Today, Jesus is preparing all of us for Pentecost, the coming of the Holy Spirit, or Advocate, as Jesus refers to her. The term Advocate, or Parakletos…

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THE JOURNEY IS THE DESTINATION

THE JOURNEY IS THE DESTINATION Fifth Sunday of Easter May 10 2020 – 10:30 AM Saint Cecilia Catholic Community Rev. David Justin Lynch Acts 6:1-7 | Psalm 33:1-2;4-5;18-19 I Peter 2:4-9 | John 14:1-12        +In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit, Amen.        The last time I preached, two Sundays ago, I related to you our dining car experiences while traveling on Amtrak’s long-distance trains. Amtrak trains are part of the…

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JESUS, OUR GOOD SHEPHERD

JESUS, OUR GOOD SHEPHERD Fourth Sunday of Easter – Year A May 03, 2020 – 10:30 AM Saint Cecilia Catholic Community Deacon Sharon Kay Talley Acts: 2:14A;36-41 Psalm 23:1-6 I Peter 2:20B-25 | John 10:1-10 + In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit, AMEN. When I lived in Texas before moving to California, about thirty years ago, I had two adorable cocker spaniel dogs, Buffy and Dolly.  Buffy was Dolly’s mother, and…

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THE RISEN CHRIST IS A REALITY IN OUR LIVES

THE RISEN CHRIST IS A REALITY IN OUR LIVES April 26, 2020 – 10:30 AM THIRD SUNDAY OF EASTER Saint Cecilia Catholic Community, Palm Springs, California Rev. David Justin Lynch Acts: 3:13-15;17-19 | Psalm 4:2;7-10 1 John 2:1-5 | Luke 14:35-48 + In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit, AMEN. Deacon Sharon and I are fond of taking train trips, although we will not be doing so this year because of the…

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WE WILL RISE AGAIN

Easter Sunday – Year A April 12, 2020 – 10:30 AM Saint Cecilia Catholic Community, Palm Springs CA Rev. David Justin Lynch Acts 10:34A; 37-34 | Psalm 118:1-2;6-7;21-23 Colossians 3:1-4 | John 20:1-9 + In the name of the Father, and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, Amen. This Easter Sunday is so strange. Last year, we had a full church, or close to it, on Easter Sunday. This year, however, we are closed to the public. Due…

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OUR LADY MARY WILL COMFORT US

Good Friday April 10 2020 – 7:00 PM Saint Cecilia Catholic Community Rev. David Justin Lynch Isaiah  52:13-53:12 Psalm 31:2;6;12-13;15-16;17;25 Hebrews 4:14-16;5:7-9 John 18:1-19:42        + In the name of the Father and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit, AMEN. This Good Friday is very different from any the world has ever known. Good Friday, as is commonly known, commemorates the death of Jesus, but in today’s contemporary encounter between a virus and humanity, we are no longer…

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JESUS, LAZARUS & COVID-19

Fifth Sunday In Lent – Year A March 29 2020 10:30 AM Saint Cecilia Catholic Community Rev. David Justin Lynch Ezekiel 37:12-14 | Psalm 130 Romans 8:8-11 | John 11:1-45        +In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit, AMEN. On the island of Cyprus, in the northeast corner of the Mediterranean Sea, stands the ancient church of Saint Lazarus. Tradition says that this church was built above the grave of Lazarus, the…

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Spiritual Blindness

Fourth Sunday in Lent – Year A March 22 2020 – 10:30 AM Saint Cecilia Catholic Community Rev David Justin Lynch I Samuel 16:1b;6-7;10-13a | Psalm 23 Ephesians 5:8-14 | John 9:1-41        +In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit, AMEN. I recently acquired a new window shade for the bedroom in which Deacon Sharon and I sleep every night. When that shade is down, the room is pitch black. There is…

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