Monthly Archives: May 2013

Study Leave—Week Ten

After two weeks of annual leave—during which time I was travelling in Ireland, France and Germany—I have now been back in Israel for a week, and have resumed my study leave program. The weather has now turned much warmer, with … Continue reading

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Progressive Anglicans

It is surely ironic that the same weekend as I published a set of lectionary notes in which I call for religious leaders to disband the theological thought-police, one of my colleagues in ministry issued a call for people who … Continue reading

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Pentecost 2C (2 June 2013)

Contents 1 Lectionary 2 Introduction 3 First Reading: Elijah and the prophets of Baal 4 Second Reading: Galatians 1:1-12 5 Gospel: The healing of the centurion’s slave 6 Jesus Database 7 Liturgies and Prayers 7.1 Music Suggestions Lectionary 1 Kings … Continue reading

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Trinity Sunday (26 May 2013)

The Feast of the Most Holy Trinity has been observed in the Western (Latin) Church only since the edict of Pope John XXII early in the 14C. The Eastern Churches have no equivalent festival, although the propers adopted for Trinity … Continue reading

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Pentecost (19 May 2013)

The origins of this festival go back into ancient biblical times, and beyond. On one level the festival is simply the Jewish version of the universal celebrations to mark the completion of the grain harvest at the end of Spring. … Continue reading

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Easter 7C (12 May 2013)

Contents 1 Lectionary 2 Introduction 3 First Reading: Adventures in Philippi 4 Gospel: Jesus prays for his followers 5 Jesus Database 6 Liturgies and Prayers 6.1 Music Suggestions Lectionary Acts 16:16-34 & Psalm 97 Rev 22:12-14, 16-17, 20-21 John 17:20-26 … Continue reading

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Study Leave—Week Nine

Nine weeks have now passed since I arrived in Israel for my study leave, and Easter is here again as the Eastern rite Christians celebrate Easter. That liturgical cycle began for me with an Easter play performed by some of … Continue reading

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