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The Rev. Joe Evans

Joe Evans: The Invitation

2 Samuel 11:1-5; Song of Solomon 2:8-13

5th Sunday after Pentecost - Year A

July 09, 2017

The Rev. Joseph Evans (PCUSA)

 

June has just passed, and June for a preacher is a wonderful month and also a busy month because of weddings. Last month there were two, one here at the church, but the big change for me was that this June, for the first time, I began to relate to the father of the bride more than anyone else.

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The Rev. Dr. Russell J. Levenson, Jr.

Russ Levenson: How Do You Love Thee?

Leviticus 19:1-2, 9-18; Matthew 5:38-48

7th Sunday after Epiphany - Year A

February 19, 2017

The Rev. Dr. Russell Levenson, Jr. (TEC)

 

Like many clergy; my work entails working with people of all ages--that often includes children--even young children. We have a pre-school at St. Martin's in Houston where I serve. I make an effort to roam the halls at least once a week or so. All kind of interesting things happen to me during these encounters--sometimes a smile, sometimes an unsolicited hug and often a question or two. Not too long ago, I was walking down the hall and I was stopped by one of our little ones--a small tyke, not yet old enough to read. She pointed at me and said, "Father Levenson...why do you dress so funny?"

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