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Come from the four winds, O breath.

This morning the prophet Ezekiel reminds us that God is with us, that we can call on the One who created everything that is, even when it may seem, at moments at least, that we are left alone to face … Continue reading

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Slow down, you move too fast.

This morning I went to gas up the car then stop by the grocery. “They may not have what we want but I’m sure we can find something useful,” I told my son. What I noticed as we ambled up … Continue reading

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I know you.

Not too long ago, I was walking down a street in the historic section of St. Augustine.  I had been to a church there to witness a friend make his vows as a Companion of St. Francis. Suddenly an urgent … Continue reading

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A new Jerusalem.

The following sermon was offered at St. Mary’s Episcopal Church on Sunday, May 19, 2019.   Fifth Sunday of Easter Acts 11:1-18 Revelation 21:1-6 John 13:31-35 Psalm 148   This morning I want to read a passage to you from … Continue reading

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Alleluia! The unexpected happens.

          The Rev. Cn. Beth Tjoflat offered this sermon at St. Mary’s Episcopal Church (Jacksonville, FL) on Sunday, April 21, 2019.     Feast of the Resurrection Isaiah 65:17-25 Acts 10:34-43 Luke 24:1-12 Psalm 118:1-2, 14-24 … Continue reading

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Woke by Jesus.

This sermon was offered at St. Mary’s Episcopal Church in Jacksonville, FL, on Sunday, April 7, 2019 Fifth Sunday in Lent Isaiah 43:16-21 Philippians 3:4b-14 John 12:1-8 Psalm 126   May I speak in the name of God, Father, Son … Continue reading

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In the darkest of times, love prevails.

This sermon was offered by the Rev. Cn. Beth Tjoflat at St. Mary’s Episcopal Church, Jacksonville, FL, on the Second Sunday in Lent (March 17, 2019).   Lessons: Genesis 15:1-2, 17-18 Philippians 3:17-4:1 Luke 13:31-35 Psalm 27   May the … Continue reading

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A hard woman is good to find.

The events of the day and the brutal culture we live in make my heart feel heavy and sad. What is played out in the media and in our communities and institutions makes me angry for what has been and … Continue reading

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“I don’t recall asking.”

My friend Spencer taught me something invaluable. Whenever someone would ask for his listening ear, he would stop them at the beginning and say: “Did you want feedback, or did you just want me to listen?” I have stolen this … Continue reading

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Rough edges and grace.

Today was a glorious day at Church Without Walls. The sun shone brightly, warming us up just enough after a chilly night. We had blankets and other items to share thanks to the generosity of our national church. Dear friends … Continue reading

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