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LENT: TIME TO LOOK INSIDE YOURSELF

ASH WEDNESDAY – YEAR C  February 10, 2016 7:00 PM  Saint Cecilia Catholic Community  Rev. David Justin Lynch Joel 2:12-18 Psalm 51:3-6; 12-14;17  2 Corinthians 5:20-6:2 Matthew 6:1-6; 16-18   + In the name of the Father, and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, AMEN.       I am an extrovert. I enjoy meeting people and interacting with them. I am one of those individuals who is not scared of speaking or singing in front of a crowd. Ash…

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GOD IS NOT BURGER KING

FIFTH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME February 07, 2016 Saint Cecilia Catholic Community Rev. David Justin Lynch Isaiah 6:1-2A; 3-8 Psalm 138:1-8 I Corinthians 15:3-8; 11 Luke 5:1-11 + In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit, AMEN. [Sing] “Have it your way, have it your way.” You probably recognize that as the Burger King Song. When sung to people in America, it affirms that we live in a society that places a great…

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AMERICAN AND/OR CHRISTIAN EXCEPTIONALISM = LACK OF LOVE

FOURTH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME January 31, 2015 Saint Cecilia Catholic Community Rev. David Justin Lynch Jeremiah 1:4-5;17-19  Psalm 71:1-6;15-17 I Corinthians 13:4-13 Luke 4:21-30        + In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit, AMEN.        Last week, we heard Jesus announcing his mission statement, proclaiming that God anointed Him to bring glad tidings to the poor, liberty to captives, recovery of sight to the blind, and freedom to the oppressed. Like…

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GOD’S LAW: CARE FOR THE POOR AND OPPRESSED

THIRD SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME January 24, 2015 10:30 AM Saint Cecilia Catholic Community, Palm Springs, CA Rev. David Justin Lynch Nehemiah 8:2-4A;5-6;8-10 Psalm 19:8-10;15 1 Corinthians 12:12-14;27  Luke 1:1-4;4:14-21        + In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit, AMEN.        One of the things the three Abrahamic faiths have in common is that we are peoples with books. The Jews have the Old Testament, Christians the new Testament, and Muslims the…

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MARTIN LUTHER KING: CHRISTIANITY INCARNATE

FEAST OF BLESSED MARTIN LUTHER KING January 18, 2016 Saint Cecilia Catholic Community Rev. David Justin Lynch Genesis 37:14b-20 Psalm 77:12-21 Ephesians 6:10-20 Luke 6:27-36        + In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit, AMEN.        I grew up in Greenwich, Connecticut during the nineteen fifties and sixties. When I was a very young boy, probably about five years of age, my mother and I were on the train to Boston, Massachusetts….

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THE POWER OF WATER

BAPTISM OF JESUS – 1ST SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME January 10, 2016 Saint Cecilia Catholic Community Palm Springs, CA Isaiah 42:1-4; 6-7 Psalm 29:1-4; 9-10 Acts 10:34-38 Luke 3:15-16; 21-22        + In the name of the Father, and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, Amen.      On a hot day, nothing beats a cold, tall glass of agua con hielo to quench my thirst. Whether you call it water, or agua, H-two-O is always in the news. For the about the past…

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LET JESUS BE THE GUIDING STAR OF YOUR LIFE

FEAST OF THE EPIPHANY YEAR C January 03, 2015 Saint Cecilia Catholic Community, Palm Springs, CA Rev. David Justin Lynch Isaiah 60:1-6 Psalm 71:1-2; 7-8; 10-13 Ephesians 3:2-3A; 5-6 Matthew 2:1-12        +In the name of the Father, and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, AMEN.        One of the advantages of living in the Desert is that when the sky is free of clouds, we can see thousands of stars. Those residing in Orange and Los Angeles…

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JESUS AMONG US PROVES GOD EXISTS

CHRISTMAS DAY – YEAR C December 25, 2015 Saint Cecilia Catholic Community Palm Springs, California Rev. David Justin Lynch Isaiah 52:7-10 Psalm 98:1-6 Hebrews 1:1-6 John 1:1-18        + In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit, AMEN.        When I was growing up, I found the space program fascinating. As a nine-year old in 1961, which incidentally was the year I was confirmed, I thought that the cosmonauts would find God when…

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