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The Rev. Dr. Tim Boggess

Skills and Gills

1 Kings 2:10-12, 3:3-14

12th Sunday after Pentecost - Year B

August 16, 2015

The Rev. Dr. Timothy T. Boggess (PCUSA)

It was, and perhaps still is, the most perfect prayer I have ever heard. And it came out of the mouth of a six year-old boy. His mother told me about it soon after it happened. They were at a local swimming pool and her son was standing at the deep end, his toes curled over the edge. Still unsure of himself in the water, he stood there for what seemed to her like a very long time. Hesitating. Meditating. Palpitating. And just when it seemed that he was going to back away from the edge, he looked up to the sky, put his hands together, and said: "O Lord, give me skills or GIVE ME GILLS!" And he jumped.

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The Rev. Dr. John H. Westerhoff III

Live Prepared

Luke 3:1-6

2nd Sunday of Advent - Year C

December 09, 2012

The Rev. Dr. John Westerhoff, III (TEC)

The musical "Godspell" made popular today's Advent theme, "Prepare ye the way of the Lord." As a second flame is kindled in our Advent wreath, we are invited as a story-formed people to listen carefully to our story about a voice crying in the wilderness: "live prepared."

Advent is a state of mind as well as a season in the church year.  As a state of mind, Advent is not intended to be preparation for Christmas, the first coming of the Christ child. It is rather a season in which we make present again that miraculous event as we prepare for Christ's second coming, his return to complete what he began long ago.

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