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July 9, 2017 ~ Come, Find Rest ~ The Rev. Jeunee Godsey

Genesis 24:34-38, 42-49, 58-67; Song of Solomon 2:8-13; Romans 7:15-25a;    Matthew 11:16-19, 25-30  Proper 9A 2017 “Arise, my love, my fair one, and come away,” says the Beloved, in the Song of Songs.. “Come to me…  and you will find rest for your souls,” promises Jesus. Come away, my love. Rest! What wonderful words of invitation!

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May 7, 2017 ~ Shepherd’s Guide to Abundant Life ~ Rev. Jeunee Godsey

A shepherd’s guide to abundant life ~ Easter 4A 2017 – Good Shepherd Sunday   Acts 2:42-47 ;1 Peter 2:19-25 ;John 10:1-10; Psalm 23 Lord God, we are the people of your pasture, the sheep of your hand. We long for the life, the abundant life, you promise. Amen.  Today’s Gospel contains one of the best promises of the whole

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Mar 19, 2017 ~ You never know who you’ll meet by the well ~ The Rev. Jeunee Godsey

John 4:5-42 You Never Know Who You’ll Meet by the Well                              Lord, We Hunger. We Thirst. We Yearn for your peace. Give us some of that living water. Amen. The story of the woman at the well has been a favorite one of mine for along time. Like with so many other stories in the

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Mar. 12, 2017 ~ Seeking God in the Questions ~ The Rev. Jeunee Godsey

Genesis 12:1-4a ; Romans 4:1-5, 13-17; John 3:1-17; Psalm 121; John 3:1-17 Sermon for the 2nd Sunday in Lent, Year A Seeking God in the Questions Have you ever wished you could just ask God a few questions? When my kids were little we had a book called, Children’s Letters to God, by Stuart Hample, where kids asked God a

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February 5, 2017 ~ Salt and Light ~ The Rev. Jeunee Godsey

Salt & Light  – Epiphany 5A 2017   Feb. 5, 2017  [Boy Scout Sunday at 10:30 service]  Isaiah 58:1-9a, [9b-12]; 1 Corinthians 2:1-12, [13-16]; Matthew 5:13-20 You are the salt of the earth! You are the light of the world! These are the words Jesus speaks to his disciples and the crowds during his famous Sermon

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Nov. 20, 2016 ~ That’s My King!~ The Rev. Jeunee Godsey

Christ the King 2016 Jeremiah 23:1-6 ; Canticle 16 ; Colossians 1:11-20; Luke 23:33-43 We’ve come to the end of the journey. The last day in the liturgical church year, Christ the King Sunday. Sometimes relating the image of Christ as our King is hard for us to get our heads around. Certainly, in our

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Nov. 13, 2016 ~ Bible in One Hand, Newspaper in the Other ~ The Rev. Jeunee Godsey

Proper 26C 2016  (Post Presidental Election) Isaiah 65:17-25; Canticle 9 ; 2 Thessalonians 3:6-13; Luke 21:5-19 There is a saying, supposedly attributed to theologian Karl Barth, that says, “One should preach with the newspaper in one hand and the Bible in the other.” The saying points to a truth that one of the preacher’s jobs is to

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Oct. 30, 2016 ~ Zacchaeus ~ The Rev. Jeunee Godsey

Proper 26C  Habakkuk 1:1-4; 2:1-4; Psalm 119:137-144; 2 Thessalonians 1:1-4, 11-12; Luke 19:1-10 What a great story we have in the story of Zacchaeus! Some of you know the kids’ song, right? “Zacchaeus was a wee, little man, (Hand out measuring short man) And a wee, little man was he. (Hand down closer to ground) He

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Aug. 28, 2016 ~ We’ve been expecting you ~ The Rev. Jeunee Godsey

Jeremiah 2:4-13; Psalm 81:1, 10-16; Hebrews 13:1-8, 15-16; Luke 14:1, 7-14 I was on vacation this last week at the cottage of St. Simons by the Sea Episcopal Church in Sandbridge, just south of Virginia Beach.  One of the ministries of this mission church is that during the summer, they get visiting priests from around

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Aug. 7, 2016 ~ The Substance and Assurance of Faith ~ The Rev. Jeunee Godsey

Isaiah 1:1, 10-20; Psalm 50:1-8, 23-24: Hebrews 11:1-3, 8-16: Luke 12:32-40 The Assurance of Faith “Do not be afraid, little flock, for it is your Father’s good pleasure to give you the kingdom.” That’s a promise about God from the very lips of Jesus. Think about that for a moment….It is Your Father’s… Good Pleasure…  to Give you

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July 31, 2016~ Being Rich Towards God ~ The Rev. Jeunee Godsey

Hosea 11:1-11Psalm 107:1-9, 43Colossians 3:1-11Luke 12:13-21 Being Rich Towards God A while back, the Wall Street Journal ran a story about a wealthy New York lawyer, Arthur Kramer, who had recently died. His family was told that he had taken out seven life insurance policies worth $56 million.  They were also told that they were

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July 24, 2016 ~ The “P’s” of Prayer ~ The Rev. Jeunee Godsey

Hosea 1:2-10; Psalm 85; Colossians 2:6-15, (16-19); Luke 11:1-13 The last month or so, we have experienced a lot of trauma and violence in our country and in the world. Orlando, Minneapolis, Dallas, Baton Rouge, Nice, Munich. Cities that some of us have visited for vacation, or travel to for work, or perhaps even hail

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July 17, 2017 ~ Impact Richmond Team ~ Building Community!

Today, the Youth from our Mission Team that served with Impact Richmond from July 10 – July 16 reported out about what they accomplished, what the mission experience was like, and how they encountered God. You can learn more about Impact Richmond HERE. You can see photos from the Mission Trip on our Facebook page HERE.

 

July 10, 2016 ~ See, Draw Near, & Act ~ The Rev. Becki Dean

Proper 10-C – 8th Sunday After Pentecost  – St. Michael’s Episcopal Church Deuteronomy 30:9-14; Psalm 25; Colossians 1:1-14; Luke 10:25-37 In her book, The Preaching Life, Barbara Brown Taylor tells a story about being a seminarian and how one day she spent four long hours in the library with a book written by Swiss theologian,

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July 3~ Sent out ~ The Rev. Jeunee Godsey

Proper 9C – July 3, 2016; St. Michael’s Episcopal 2 Kings 5:1-14; Psalm 30; Galatians 6:(1-6)7-16; Luke 10:1-11, 16-20 Well, it’s good to be back with you this week, having returned from nine days away to see my family. On this 4th of July weekend, where we celebrate this great country of ours, I certainly have a greater appreciation

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June 19, 2016 ~ Overcoming Evil and Violence ~ The Rev. Jeunee Godsey

Proper 7C 2016 – June 20 2016 1 Kings 19:1-4, (5-7), 8-15a; Psalm 42 and 43; Galatians 3:23-29; Luke 8:26-39 Overcoming Evil and Violence: We are All One in Christ “’What is your name?’ Jesus asked. The man said, “Legion”; for many demons had entered him. They begged Jesus not to order them to go back into the abyss.”

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Mar. 27, 2016~ Easter Surprises~ The Rev. Jeunee Godsey

Easter 2016 ~ Acts 10:34-43; Luke 24:1-12 Easter is a day of surprise. It is a day of the unexpected. A few years ago, when I was serving another congregation, I decided to invite the children forward for a children’s message on Easter Sunday. It was a small congregation and we less than a half dozen

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Mar. 13, 2016 ~ The Promise of Joy from Tears ~ Rev. Jeunee Godsey

Lent 5 C Isaiah 43:16-21,  Psalm 126,  Philippians 3:4b-14, John 12:1-8 The Promise of Joy from Tears Those who sowed with tears will reap with songs of joy. Those who go out weeping, carrying the seed, will come again with joy, shouldering their sheaves. This Lent we have been focusing our Pilgrim Journey theme on “When the Road is

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Mar 6, 2016 ~ “Take it to the Next Level” ~ Rev. Isabel Steilberg (65th Anniversary)

4 Lent 2016 – Luke 15: 1-3, 11b-32 Take It To The Next Level With not much Presbyterian influence in my life or training, it’s not my habit to title a sermon.  But, today is an exception. . .because it is a special day.  So, for the first time in nearly a quarter century of ordained

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Feb. 7, 2016~ Walking between Two Mountains ~ The Rev. Jeunee Godsey

Last Epiphany 2016 – Transfiguration Year C   ~ Scout Sunday & Baptism Exodus 34:29-35; 2 Corinthians 3:12-4:2; Luke 9:28-36, [37-43a]; Psalm 99 I’ll bet none of the Boy Scouts here today have ever been on a hike up a mountain that turned out quite like the one we just heard about in the Gospel. That’s

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Jan. 31, 2016 ~ Our Mission of Love ~ The Rev. Jeunee Godsey

Epiphany 4C 2016 – Annual Meeting Sunday Joint Service at 9:30 1 Cor 13:1-13; Luke 4: 14-30 “Love is patient; love is kind; love is not envious or boastful or arrogant or rude… Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. Love never ends.” I think I have heard Paul’s passage

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Jan. 3, 2016 ~ Epiphany: Bringing Light ~ Rev. Jeunee Godsey

Isaiah 60:1-6; Ephesians 3:1-12; Matthew 2:1-12; Psalm 72:1-7,10-14 “O star of wonder, star of night, Guide us to thy perfect light.” The wise men were pilgrims, following a start to make the spiritual journey to find the child who was born King of the Jews. Leo the Great, who served as Pope from the year 440 to 461

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Christmas Eve 2015 ~ Pursuing the Angel’s Call ~ Rev. Jeunee

Christmas 2015 – We are Pilgrims on a Journey: Pursuing the Angels’ Call Readings  found here: http://www.lectionarypage.net/YearABC_RCL/Christmas/ChrsDay1_RCL.html For many people, the holidays often mean a lot of travel. We travel to see loved ones, or loved ones travel to see us. Some of you here tonight have done just that. Other folk take advantage of

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Dec. 20, 2015 ~ Liora’s Story~ The Rev. Jeunee Godsey

Advent 4 Year C 2015 – Liora’s story Luke 1:35-55 – The Readings are found HERE Shalom! It’s so good to be back in my home village, and it will be such a joy to celebrate my brother’s wedding tomorrow. It’s always good to travel home and see family. That’s one thing I like about

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Dec. 6, 2015~ Prepare the Way ~ The Rev. Jeunee Godsey

Advent II – Year C Baruch 5:1-9 ; Canticle 16 ; Philippians 1:3-11 ; Luke 3:1-6 “Prepare the way of the Lord. Make his Paths Straight.” Do those words sound familiar? I mean, besides the fact that you just heard Becki read them? If you have been a liturgical Christian for any length of time… – Episcopalian,

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