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CLIMATE CHANGE: WITH JESUS, WE HAVE HOPE

First Sunday in Advent December 02, 2018 – 10:30 AM Saint Cecilia Catholic Community Rev. David Justin Lynch Jeremiah 33:14-16 | Psalm 25:4-5;8-10;14 I Thessalonians 3:12-4:2 | Luke 21:25-28;34-36        + In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit, AMEN.        Among the components of the local news is the weather report. Most of the time here in Palm Springs, we have pretty nice weather. The temperature very seldom dips below forty degrees…

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RULES AND STANDARDS, BROAD AND NARROW

Thirty-First Sunday in Ordinary Time November 04, 2018 10:30 AM Saint Cecilia Catholic Community Rev. David Justin Lynch Deuteronomy 6:2-6 Psalm 18:2-4;47-51 Hebrews 7:23-28 Mark 12:28B-34        + In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit, AMEN.        As most of you know, I was a lawyer before I was ordained to ministry. I served in law-related professions for forty-one years, nineteen years as an insurance adjuster, two as a law clerk, and…

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CARING FOR ALL CREATION

SAINT FRANCIS DAY CELEBRATIONOctober 07, 2018 10:30 AM Saint Cecilia Catholic CommunityRev. David Justin Lynch Genesis 1:20-22;24-31a |Psalm 148:1-3;7;10;13a;13c Acts 10:1-16 | Luke 13:22-31        + In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit, AMEN.        Much of my life has included one or more dogs. My first dog was Star, a black male miniature poodle. He came to me when I was eleven years of age, and I soon bonded with him….

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LISTENING, SPEAKING AND SINGING

Twenty-Third Sunday in Ordinary Time September 09 2018 | 10:30 AM Saint Cecilia Catholic Community Isaiah 35:4-7a | Psalm 146:6-10 James 2:1-5 | Mark 7:31-37        In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy  Spirit, AMEN.        One of the most frequent complaints that my wife, Deacon Sharon, has about me, is that I don’t listen to her.  Yes, it’s very true that sometimes when she is speaking, my mind is elsewhere, sometimes on…

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IF YOU SEE SOMETHING, DO SOMETHING!

LABOR DAY CELEBRATION September 02, 2018 10:30 AM Rev. David Justin Lynch Saint Cecilia Catholic Community Sirach 38:24-25;34b;39:1-11| Revelation 4:11; 5:9-10, 13  I Corinthians 3:10-14 | Luke 12:13-20        + In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit, AMEN.        The traditional theme for Labor Day is to celebrate the victory of unions over oppressive employers.  But I take a broader view of Labor Day. I see it as a celebration of the dignity…

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SPIRITUAL FOOD

Eighteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time August 05, 2018 10:30 AM Saint Cecilia Catholic Community Rev. David Justin Lynch Exodus 16:2-4;12;15 | Psalm 78:3-4;23-25;54 Ephesians 4:17; 20-24 | John 6:24-35        + In the name of the Father, and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, AMEN.        Each week, we take food and other supplies to Well In The Desert, a local agency that feeds hungry people. Unfortunately, it’s a fact of life in this country that your access…

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CLERGY CAN’T DO IT ALL

Fifteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time July 15, 2018 Saint Miriam Pro-Cathedral, Flourtown, Pennsylvania Rev. David Justin Lynch, Guest Preacher Amos 7:12-15 | Psalm 85 9-14 Ephesians 1:3-14 | Mark 6:7-13        + In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit, AMEN.        One of the larger challenges facing the independent Catholic movement in many places is building up a congregation. I speak from experience as a church-planter in Palm Springs, California, where three…

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JESUS TEACHES US EMPATHY

Thirteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time Saint Cecilia Catholic Community July 01, 2018 – 10:30 AM Rev. David Justin Lynch Wisdom 1:13-15; 2:22-24 | Psalm 30:2;4-6;11-13 2 Corinthians 8:7,9;13-15 | Mark 5:21-24;35B-43        + In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit, AMEN.        One of the more difficult challenges committed Christians face in the world that lies beyond the walls of the church are the stories in the Bible that have a supernatural…

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