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BAPTISM EMPOWERS US TO CARRY OUT GOD’S MISSION

 FEAST OF THE BAPTISM OF JESUS January 11, 2015 Rev. Dcn. David Justin Lynch Ecumenical Catholic Church of the Holy Trinity, Long Beach, CA Isaiah 55:1-11 Psalm 29:1-2;3-4;9-10 Acts 10:34-38 Mark 1:7-11 + In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit, AMEN.         Many of you were baptized as infants and can’t remember a thing about it. Others of you were baptized when you were older, and remember it clearly as an important…

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TIME, TALENT AND TREASURE = MYRRH, FRANKINCENSE AND GOLD

FEAST OF THE EPIPHANY Rev. Dcn. David Justin Lynch January 04, 2015 All Saints American Catholic Church, Vista, CA Isaiah 60:1-6   Psalm 72:1-2;7-8;10-13 Ephesians 3:2-3;5-6  Matthew 2:1-12 + In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit, AMEN.        It’s hard to talk about gifts at this time of year. All of us are, at this point in time, probably suffering from Christmas Fatigue. We’ve shopped until we dropped, in the stores and online….

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ALL THE CHILDREN OF ABRAHAM ARE ALL ONE HOLY FAMILY

FEAST OF THE HOLY FAMILY Rev. Dcn. David Justin Lynch St Matthews Ecumenical Catholic Church, Orange CA Genesis 15:1-6;21:1-3    Psalm 105:1-2;3-4;5-6;8-9 Colossians 3:12-17  Luke 2:22-40 + In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit, AMEN.        Those of you who are choral evensong fans will recognize that as part of the Magnificat, the canticle sung after the first lesson. You’ll recall it as part of the Song of Mary which Our Lady sang…

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MARY, THEOTOKOS AND THE FIVE MARKS OF MISSION

FOURTH SUNDAY OF ADVENT Rev. Dcn. David Justin Lynch December 21, 2014 St. Thomas Independent Catholic Church, San Diego, CA 2 Samuel 7:1-5;8-12;14,16   Luke 1:46-55 Romans 16:25-27 Luke 1:26-38        + In the name of the Father, and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, Amen. My wife, Beeper, and I were married at Saint Michael’s Episcopal Church in Anaheim, California in April, 1996. The rector at the time, who married us, was Father Adam McCoy. At that time,…

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INDEPENDENT CATHOLICS ARE JOHN THE BAPTIST TO THE WORLD

THIRD SUNDAY OF ADVENT Rev. Dcn. David Justin Lynch December 14, 2014 St. Thomas Independent Catholic Church, San Diego, CA Isaiah 61:1-2;10-11    Luke 1:46-48;49-50;53-54 I Thessalonians 5:16-24     John 1:6-8;19-28 + In the name of the Father, and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, Amen. (Sing) “Joy to the world, the Lord is come, let earth receive her king.” Now, I know that’s a bit premature. We all know that Christmas is a joy-filled holiday, or at least, it’s…

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“THAT’S THE WAY WE’VE ALWAYS DONE IT: A LOSING FORMULA

St. Matthews Ecumenical Catholic Church August 31, 2014 – 22nd Sunday in Ordinary Time Romans 12:1-2 David Justin Lynch, Esquire    “That’s the way we’ve always done it.” We hear that in church a lot… in particular when anyone talks about changing the liturgy. But I’ve yet to find any saying of Jesus that sounds like, “That’s the way we’ve always done it”.  Jesus was not a creature of the religious establishment of His day. Here was a guy who…

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ALL ARE WELCOME – JESUS DEMANDS OPEN COMMUNION

         As a little boy, I was lucky to worship with my mother in lieu of consignment to Sunday School. I loved Mass: the music, the vestments, the incense, the ceremonies. But more than anything else, I wanted to receive Holy Communion.  Not only did I want to join my mother at the communion rail, I wanted to receive Jesus. I was told – and believed – that the Mass changed the bread and wine into the…

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