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Sept 28, 2014 ~ Lip Service or Life Service ~ The Rev. Jeunee Godsey

The Rev. Jeunée Godsey, St. Michael’s Bon Air, VA, Sept. 28, 2014   Exodus 17:1-7  Psalm 78:1-4, 12-16   Philippians 2:1-13  Matthew 21:23-32   Lip Service or Life Service   I remember the first time I ever heard this parable of the two sons.   I must have been about 6 or 7 years old. I

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Sept 14, 2014 ~ Forgive 70×70 ~ The Rev. Jeunee Godsey

Proper 19A, Sept. 14, 2014, St. Michael’s Episcopal Church Romans 14:1-12, Matthew 18:21-35   Jesus really doesn’t give us a break, in this story, does he?   Forgive, he says. Not just 7 times, but 70 x 7, or 77x depending on how you translate it. And given the symbolism in the bible for 7, meaning

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August 24, 2014 ~ Who am I? Who is God? ~ The Rev. Jeunee Godsey

Today’s Scriptures: Exodus 1:8-2:10 Psalm 124 Romans 12:1-8 Matthew 16:13-20 Who am I? Who is God? do you say that I am?  There’s a story about how, in the heyday of the silver screen, Cary Grant was walking down the street in New York one afternoon. He was spotted by someone who excitedly did the whole stop, stare, double-take,

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July 20, 2014 ~ You have searched me and known me~ The Rev. Jeunee Godsey

Proper 11A 2014 (with Baptism) Genesis 28:10-19a Psalm 139: 1-11, 22-23 The Psalmist writes: “O LORD, you have searched me and known me… For it was you who formed my inward parts; you knit me together in my mother’s womb… Your eyes beheld my unformed substance. In your book were written all the days that

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July 6, 2014 ~ True Freedom ~ The Rev. Jeunee Godsey

Romans 7:15-25a (+ 8:1-4)           Matthew 11:16-19, 25-30 This is a weekend we celebrate Freedom. Many of you celebrated Independence Day this weekend in one form or another. I enjoyed concerts and fireworks at Dogwood Dell in Byrd park. Others might have had a family barbeque. It’s a time not only to

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June 29, 2014 ~ The Binding of Isaac ~ The Rev. Jeunee Godsey

The Binding of Isaac             Genesis 22:1-14 “After these things, God tested Abraham” The story of the Testing of Abraham, as we often call it, or the Binding of Isaac, as the Jews call it, is one of the most difficult passages of scripture to wrap our heads around. My Old

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June 8, 2014 ~ Pentecost: The Gifts of the Spirit ~ The Rev. Jeunee Godsey

Pentecost 2014 (8:15 service)   Acts 2:1-21  1 Corinthians 12:3b-13  John 7:37-39 Psalm 104:25-35, 37       With all these balloons in here, it looks like a birthday party, doesn’t it? Well, in a sense, that’s what it is! We often call Pentecost the birthday of the church.   Pentecost was a Jewish festival,

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May 25, 2014 – Exploring the Questions – The Rev. Jeunee Godsey

Acts 17:22-31  John 14:15-21  “What therefore you worship as unknown, this I proclaim to you.” says Paul to the Athenians. As some of you know, I lead the weekly chapel for the St. Michael’s elementary school here in the church on most Tuesdays of the school year. That’s been a regular duty and joy for

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May 18, 2014 – Way, Truth, Life – The Rev. Jeunee Godsey

John 14:1-14  Jesus: The Way, the Truth, and the Life   I have a friend, who, in recapping a party or event will often say, “Best line of the night” and then recall a phrase or conversation he thought was particularly poignant or that summed up the evening. Our Gospel lesson today is filled with

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May 4, 2014 ~ Take, Bless, Break, Give ~ The Rev. Jeunee Godsey

Easter 3A 2014 Acts 2:14a,36-41  1 Peter 1:17-23  Luke 24:13-35  Psalm 116:1-3, 10-17   One ice breaker activity I like to do when I’m leading a workshop is called a “geographic socio-gram.”  It’s where you have people move about a room in different configurations based various questions I ask. For example: If you prefer to

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April 27, 2014 ~ A sign for Thomas: Yield ~ The Rev. Jeunée Godsey

A Sign for Thomas: YIELD       John 20:19-31   If you were to choose a nickname for yourself that people would remember you by forever and ever, what would you pick? I don’t think Jesus’ disciple, Thomas would have picked the appellation “Doubting Thomas,” do you? Who wants to be known as a doubter? Who

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Easter Day ~ An Amazing Story~ The Rev. Jeunée Godsey

Easter 2014 – April 20, 2014 It’s a pretty incredible story, isn’t it? A rumbling earthquake, a snow-blind white angel, a heavy stone miraculously rolled away from a sealed grave, fainting guards, the body of Jesus gone, women filled with joy and fear, and Jesus himself appearing in their path as they run to tell

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Easter Vigil~ What makes this night different? ~ The Rev. Jeunée Godsey

The Rev. Jeunee Godsey St. Michael’s Episcopal Church Easter Vigil 2014 April 19, 2014 Genesis 1:1-2:2; Exodus 14:10-15:; Isaiah 55:1-11; Ezekiel 36:24-28; Romans 6:3-11; Matthew 28: 1-10 What makes this night different? In the Jewish Passover Seder meal, the youngest child at the table asks this question: What makes this night different from all other

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Good Friday – The Rev. Becki Dean

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Maundy Thursday~The Rev. Jeunée Godsey

Maundy Thursday              April 17, 2014 John 13:1-17, 31b-35  Controlling God  Tonight, we come to Jesus’ last hours on this earth.  In a few hours he will be betrayed and turned over to the Pharisees.  In less than twenty-four hours, he will die on the cross.   Jesus’ ministry has been full, and by most standards, rewarding. 

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April 13 ~ Palm Sunday Crosses ~ Rev. Jeunée Godsey

Like many Christians, I have quite a collection of crosses. I brought some of mine in today. (I realize that some of you in the choir loft or in the back may not be able to see them all, but I’ll put them in the Narthex after the service if you want to take a

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April 6, 2014 ~ Lazarus’ Story ~ The Rev. Jeunée Godsey

Lazarus’ Story ~ John 11:1-45  Sure, I’d be happy to tell you my story. I’ve been telling everyone one who will listen.  To look at me now you would think that just a couple weeks ago, I was lying in a tomb, dead as a doornail. But Jesus raised me from the dead. My sisters

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March 23, 2014 ~ The Well of Desire ~ The Rev. Jeunée Godsey

Exodus 17:1-7 John 4:5-42 The Well of Desire They were all thirsty. Those people in the desert and the woman at the well. Even Jesus himself. They were all very thirsty. They craved water to quench their thirst. That seems natural. We all know that water is essential to life. Our blood is 92 percent water. Even our

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March 5, 2014 ~ Ash Wednesday ~ The Rev. Becki Dean

Joel 2:1-2, 12-17; Psalm 51:1-17; 2Corinthians5:20-b-6:10; Matthew 6:1-6, 16-21 Ash Wednesday; the day we receive the mark of the cross on our foreheads once again reminding us of our own mortality.  You are dust and to dust you shall return.  It is a day all about crosses. I read a wonderful story about an infant

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March 2, 2014 ~ Transformation~ The Rev. Jeunée Godsey

Last Epiphany, Lessons for the Transfiguration  & Baptism of Liam Magee Exodus 24:12-18  &  Matthew 17:1-9 This week I re-posted a church comic on my Facebook page that was originally run in the magazine, Christianity Today.   It’s a group of people around a board room table, probably a vestry or a search committee, telling the

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Feb. 23, 2014~Standing up without Standing Against ~ The Rev. Jeunée Godsey

Matthew 5:38-48 Standing Up without Standing Against  Jesus can’t be serious, can he? Turn the other cheek? Walk the extra mile? Love your enemies? Be perfect? When we look at Jesus’ radical teaching on the Sermon on the Mount, we are confronted with the seemingly impossible standard Jesus has set for us. Jesus takes the

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Feb. 16, 2014 ~ Tough lessons from Jesus ~ The Rev. Becki Dean

Sirach 15:15-20 1 Corinthians 3:1-9 Matthew 5:21-37 Psalm 119:1-8 Let me begin by saying the Gospel has its greatest impact when it is related to the struggles of human existence.  Well, Friends, today we have this in spades.  This particular passage is difficult for a lot of reasons.  For one thing it takes our daily

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Feb. 9, 2014 ~ Salt and Light ~ The Rev. Jeunée Godsey

Isaiah 58:1-9a, (9b-12) 1 Corinthians 2:1-12, (13-16) Matthew 5:13-20 Psalm 112:1-9, (10) You are the salt of the earth!   You are the light of the world! These are great words to take to heart on this particular Sunday. First, today is a Sunday where we are celebrating the Boy Scouts and their mission as part of

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Feb. 2, 2014 ~The Feast of the Presentation

The Rev. John Boucher was our guest preacher. He shared the history of the Feast of the Presentaion Malachi 3:1-4  Hebrews 2:14-18  Luke 2:22-40  Psalm 84 or Psalm 24:7-10