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Aug. 9, 2015 ~ From Manna to Bread of Life ~ The Rev. Jeunee Godsey

2 Samuel 18:5-9, 15, 31-33; Psalm 130; Ephesians 4:25-5:2; John 6:35, 41-51 From daily Manna to eternal Bread of Life There are so many different kinds of wonderful bread in the world, aren’t there? There are French Baguettes, and Italian Focaccia; there’s Indian Naan and Ethiopian Injera.  Mexican tortillas, Jewish Challah, Southern cornbread, and grandmother’s

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Aug. 2, 2015~ Thistles of Sin Choke Grain for True Bread~ Rev. Jeunee Godsey

Proper 13B 2015   2 Samuel 11:26-12:13a; Psalm 51:1-13; Ephesians 4:1-16; John 6:24-35 Prophets point out the Weeds So several years back, soon after our family had first moved to Farmville, VA, my then high-school-age son, Phillip, had plans to go to a school game with his friends that Friday evening. Phil and his new buddies

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July 26, 2015 ~ Enoughness ~ The Rev. Jeunee Godsey

Proper 12 B 2015 – July 26, 2015 2 Samuel 11:1-15; Psalm 14; Ephesians 3:14-21; John 6:1-21 Is there enough? Will there be enough? Will I get what I need? Will I get what I want? Will I get all that I want? Here we are smack dab in the lazy- hazy days of summer,

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July 5, 2015 ~ Cultivating Hospitality ~ The Rev. Jeunee Godsey

2 Samuel 5:1-5, 9-10; Psalm 48; 2 Corinthians 12:2-10 ; Mark 6:1-13 All the tribes of Israel came to David to ask him to be their King. It’s kind of ironic that, we, here in the US, just celebrated our Independence Day, when we declared to King George III that we did NOT want him,

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June 21, 2015 ~ The Goliath of Racism ~ The Rev. Jeunee Godsey

1 Samuel 17: (1a, 4-11, 19-23), 32-49; Psalm 9:9-20;  2 Corinthians 6:1-13; Mark 4:35-41 Dealing with Goliaths  Do you ever feel like David against a Goliath? Or have you ever felt like one of the disciples in a leaky boat in the middle of the storm? There’s a popular Christian saying that goes, “Don’t Just

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May 17, 2015 ~ 4 Rules to Happiness ~ The Rev. Jeunee Godsey

Acts 1:15-17, 21-26; Psalm 1; 1 John 5:9-13;  John 17:6-19 Happiness Jesus said, “I speak these things in the world so that they may have my joy made complete in themselves.” We at St. Michael’s are blessed in so many ways. Today, we are especially blessed to worship with a Choral Eucharist, led by our

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May 10, 2015 ~ Abiding and Obeying in Love ~ The Rev. Jeunee Godsey

Acts 10:44-48 Psalm 98 1 John 5:1-6 John 15:9-17 Near the beginning of our service each Sunday, I pray a Collect, a prayer appointed for the particular occasion or week in the church year being celebrated. Collects are meant to gather together, or “collect” the themes of the day, as we, the people of God,

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April 26, 2015 ~ Direction, Protection, Affection ~ The Rev. Jeunee Godsey

Acts 4:5-12 ; Psalm 23;  1 John 3:16-24; John 10:11-18 When I was in the third grade, my teacher, Mrs. Herman, had the whole class memorize the 23rd psalm. A public school teacher would have a hard time getting away with that nowadays. She obviously was a person of faith, but never really talked about it in class, except

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April 19, 2015 ~ The Story After the Story ~ The Rev. Jeunee Godsey

Acts 3:12-19 Psalm 4 1 John 3:1-7 Luke 24:36b-48 The Story after the Story Do you know how one good story can catch the essence of someone’s personality, or the kernel of some great truth, or paint the picture of the way things were? Most of us love a good story. I remember meeting a

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April 5, 2015 ~ Easter: Signs of New Life~ The Rev. Jeunee Godsey

Signs of New Life  John 20:1-18  Several years ago, an ad agency down in Florida began a “Signs from God” campaign that caught quite a bit of attention. Those “Billboards from God” sprouted up in several other major cities around the country. I’m sure many of you have seen the messages even if you haven’t

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March 22, 2015 ~ A Single Grain ~ The Rev. Jeunee Godsey

John 12:20-33 A Single Grain   Tom Wright tells a story about collecting horse chestnuts as a boy in England. Wright is now an Anglican Bishop and one of my favorite theologians, but when he was younger, Tom and his friends would collect the horse chestnuts that would fall from the trees in the fall.

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March 8, 2015 ~ Law, Guilt & Shame ~ The Rev. Jeunee Godsey

Readings: Exodus 20:1-17; Psalm 19; 1 Corinthians 1:18-25 ; John 2:13-22 Last night I went to the first basketball game I have been to in person, let alone even watched on TV, for many, many years. The reason being that I wanted to see our own Carter Gorman, Madeline and Chris’s 8 year old son, dance as he competed in

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March 1, 2015 ~ Deny Yourself ~ The Rev. Jeunee Godsey

Mark 8:31-38 Deny Yourself The Virginia General Assembly just wrapped up its session this last week. And no matter where you come down politically on the decisions our legislature made, or didn’t make, we know that political life is a tricky business in our day. If a politician wants to get elected and then perhaps

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Feb. 22, 2015 ~ Meeting God in Barren Wilderness ~ The Rev. Jeunee Godsey

Meeting God in the Barren Wilderness Genesis 9:8-17 Psalm 25:1-9 1 Peter 3:18-22 Mark 1:9-15   Mark’s Gospel gives us the “Reader’s Digest Version” of Jesus’ temptation in the desert.   Immediately after Jesus was baptized and the Holy Spirit descended on him, he was driven out into the wilderness for 40 days. There, he

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Feb. 18, 2015 ~ Ash Wednesday ~ The Rev. Jeunee Godsey

Ash Wednesday 2015   Having the snow come down Monday night and yesterday both put me in a Mardi Gras mood and a Lenten mood.   Having spent my early career as a teacher, I still get excited about snow days. Even though technology today allows many of us to work from home, it was

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Feb. 15, 2015 ~ “God’s Transfiguring Love:” Hymn Festival Reflections ~ The Rev. Jeunee Godsey

Opening Prayer – O God, you have prepared for those who love you such good things as surpass our understanding: Pour into our hearts such love towards you, that we, loving you in all things and above all things, may obtain your promises, which exceed all that we can desire; through Jesus Christ our Lord,

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Feb. 8, 2015 ~ Sacrifice & Service (Boy Scout Sunday) ~ The Rev. Jeunee Godsey

Boy Scout Sunday (Troop 840)   Isaiah 40:21-31    1 Corinthians 9:16-23    Mark 1:29-39 After Jesus heals Peter’s mother-in-law, folk from all over Capernaum started lining up at the door, and Jesus did not disappoint. He heals the sick and those oppressed by demons. In fact the whole town, it seems, wants to see what is going

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Feb. 1, 2015 ~ Who’s in Charge? ~ The Rev. Jeunee Godsey

Epiphany 4 B  Deuteronomy 18:15-20 ; Psalm 111; 1 Corinthians 8:1-13 ; Mark 1:21-28  So, who’s in charge? Who holds power? With whom does the authority lie? How exactly, does the leadership work? Every family, church, business, community, organization,…every system of any sort, has some sort of power structure. And as I learned over the years, the people with the

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Jan. 25, 2015 ~ Jesus Needs You! ~ The Rev. Jeunee Godsey

Epiphany 3B Jan. 25, 2015 Annual Meeting Day Jonah 3:1-5, 10; Psalm 62: 6-14; 1 Corinthians 7: 29-31; Mark 1:14-20  After our worship service today, when you all come to the Annual meeting and Potluck, you’ll see in the powerpoint presentation, a slide with picture of Jesus, pointing out to us. It’s based on the old WWI recruitment

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Jan. 4, 2015 ~ Epiphany: Sowing Seeds of Light ~ Rev. Jeunee Godsey

Epiphany 2015 Sowing Seeds of Light   Isaiah 60:1-6 ; Ephesians 3:1-12 ; Matthew 2:1-12 ; Psalm 72:1-7,10-14   When Ned Flemming hung the Star of Bethlehem and the other stars up for our Christmas pageant we decided that they should stay up until today, when we celebrate the Feast of Epiphany. We just weren’t sure if the stars would actually

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Dec. 24, 2014 ~ Christmas Eve – Son of Light and Life ~ Rev. Jeunee Godsey

Christmas Eve 2014 – The Son of Light and Life Isaiah 9:2-7  ; Titus 2:11-14 ; Luke 2:1-14(15-20) ; Psalm 96 Christmas is a season of light. It might have started off modestly enough in church with the simple candles of the Advent wreath four weeks ago, but all around town, lights are shining everywhere. All the lights that are going

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Nov. 9, 2014~ Are you Ready? ~ The Rev. Jeunee Godsey

Proper 27A 2014 – November 9, 2014 Joshua 24:1-3a, 14-25; 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18; Matthew 25:1-13  Are you ready? That’s the question our readings point to today. Are you ready …To serve the Lord? Asks Joshua… Are you ready… For the last trumpet? Asks Thessalonians? Are you ready… To meet the bridegroom? Asks Matthew? Are you ready? Are

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Nov. 2, 2014 ~ Saints in Pink ~ The Rev. Jeunee Godsey

Revelation 7:9-17; Psalm 34:1-10, 22; 1 John 3:1-3; Matthew 5:1-12 All Saints, Nov. 2, 2014  ~ Saints in Pink Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted. That is one of the Beatitudes in the preamble, so to speak, of Jesus’ Sermon on the Mount. Part of Celebrating All Saints Day, which we are doing today,

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Oct. 26, 2014 ~ Back to Basics ~ The Rev. Jeunee Godsey

St. Michael’s Episcopal Church, Oct. 26, 2014, Proper 25A Deuteronomy 34:1-12  Psalm 90:1-6, 13-17   1 Thessalonians 2:1-8  Matthew 22:34-46  It’s time to get back to basics. That’s essentially what Jesus says in answering the Pharisees. The Pharisees, who had asked Jesus this question in Matthew’s Gospel, were not really seeking wisdom. They were trying to

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Oct. 5, 2014 ~ It’s Not Yours! ~ The Rev. Jeunee Godsey

Proper 22A, October 5, 2014, St. Michael’s Episcopal Church Exodus 20:1-4, 7-9, 12-20; Psalm 19; Philippians 3:4b-14; Matthew 21:33-46 It’s Not Yours. It doesn’t belong to you. That’s the one key message that I want you to take away from today. Everything’s on loan. All we have – from relationships, to material goods, to natural resources, our own

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