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BE VIGILANT FOR JESUS

Nineteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time – Year C August 07 2022 – 10:30 AM Saint Cecilia Catholic Community Deacon Sharon Kay Talley Wisdom 18:6-9 | Psalm 33:1;12;18-22 Hebrews 11:1-2;8-12 | Luke 12:35-40  +In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit, AMEN. Have you ever fallen asleep while involved in an activity or event when you should have been focusing your attention on it? When I was in my twenties and teaching school, some…

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PERSISTENT HOSPITALITY

Seventeenth Sunday in Ordinary Time – Year C July 24, 2022 – 10:30 AM Saint Cecilia Catholic Community Rev. David Justin Lynch Genesis 18:20-32| Psalm 138:1-3;6-8 Colossians 2:12-14 | Luke 11:1-13 +In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit, AMEN. Last Sunday, Deacon Sharon preached an elegant and incisive homily about holy hospitality as taught in the stories of Abraham, Sarah, and the angels at the Oaks of Mamre and that of the…

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THE BASICS OF HOSPITALITY

Sixteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time – Year C July 17, 2022 – 10:30 AM Saint Cecilia Catholic Community Deacon Sharon Kay Talley Genesis 18:1-10a | Psalm 15:2-5 I Corinthians 1:24-28 | Luke 10:38-42 + In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit, AMEN.                                            Have you ever gotten so involved with something that you forgot why you were even doing it? Father Mark Lin told a story to his congregation about a father…

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THE CHOICE TO BE MERCIFUL

Fifteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time – Year  C July 10, 2022 – 10:30 AM Saint Cecilia Catholic Community Rev. David Justin Lynch Deuteronomy 30:10-14 Psalm 69:17;17;30-31;33-34;36-37 Colossians 1:15-20 Luke 10:25-37 + In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit, AMEN. As many of you know, I was a lawyer. Over the twenty years I practiced, I heard all the lawyer jokes and all the put-downs directed at lawyers. I am now permanently retired…

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GOD TRANSCENDENT, GOD IMMANENT

Feast of Corpus Christi – Year C June 19, 2022 – 10:30 AM Saint Cecilia Catholic Community Rev. David Justin Lynch Genesis 14:18-20 | Psalm 110:1-4 I Corinthians 11:23-26 | Luke 9:11-17 + In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit, Amen. Welcome to our celebration! Traditionally, the priest or bishop who presided over the Mass was called the “celebrant.” But I am not the only person here to celebrate. All of us…

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THE TRINITY, EXPLAINED

Trinity Sunday – Year C June 12, 2022 – 10:30 AM Saint Cecilia Catholic Community Deacon Sharon Kay Talley Proverbs 8:22-31 | Psalm 8:4-9 Romans 5:1-5 | John 16:1-5 + In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit, Amen. The Most Holy Trinity is probably the most abstract concept in Christianity and most preachers would prefer not to have to preach on this Sunday.  That is probably why Fr. David has me preaching…

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LOOKING UP

Solemnity Of The Ascension May 29, 2022 –  10:30 AM Saint Cecilia Catholic Community Deacon Sharon Kay Talley Acts 1:1-11 | Psalm 47:2-3;6-9 Ephesians 1:17-23 | Luke 24:46-53  + In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit, Amen. Traditionally, the Ascension of Our Lord was held forty days after Easter, falling on a Thursday.  However, in the United States, the observance of the Solemnity of the Ascension has been moved to the following…

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CHRISTIANITY IS A LOVE RELIGION

Fifth Sunday of Easter – Year C May 15, 2011 – 10:30 AM Saint Cecilia Catholic Community Rev. David Justin Lynch Acts 14:21-27 | Psalm 145:8-13 Revelation 21:1-5a | John 13:31-33a;34-35 +In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen. Many debates among Christians are over doctrines. The word “doctrine” means teaching. Among Christians, the word “doctrine” is used to describe sets of ideas that Christians hold concerning God, human nature, Jesus, the…

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