By K Karpen Church of St Paul and St Andrew New York City
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“When Judas had left the table and gone out, Jesus said… “Little children, I am with you only a little longer. You will look for me, but where I am going you cannot come. So I am giving you a new commandment, and here it is: Love each other! The way I have been loving you, that’s the way you should now love each other. And by this, everyone will know that you are my followers, if you have love for each other.” John 13:31-35
Charlene and I were coming home from South Street Seaport the other day, so we caught the #3 express train at Fulton Street and figured we’d make it home in plenty of time before our son Harry got home from school. Everything was fine until we pulled into Penn Station/34th Street. We sat there a minute, and then we heard those seven last words of the MTA, “This train is going out of service.” Continue reading
January 20, 2013 St Paul and St Andrew UMC, NYC
K Karpen Isaiah 62:1-5; John 2: 1-12
“For Zion’s sake I will not keep silent, and for Jerusalem’s sake I will not rest… The nations shall see your vindication, and all the rulers your glory, and you shall be called by a new name that the mouth of the Lord will give you.” Isaiah 62
I told Jesus it would be alright if he changed my name. Continue reading
Fear not, I am with thee, O be not dismayed,
For I am thy God and will still give thee aid;
I’ll strengthen and help thee, and cause thee to stand.
Upheld by my righteous, omnipotent hand.
“Whoever does not receive the kingdom of God as a little child will never enter it.” Mark 10
I am a great admirer of the Common Lectionary, that three year cycle of prescribed Biblical readings handed down from some mysterious ecumenical committee somewhere. Before the lectionary became a popular tool in Protestant churches, preachers would often preach about the same dozen favorite texts, ignoring the rest of the Biblical witness. Continue reading