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Coming Near

A sermon preached September 11, 2016 The Rev. John Ohmer, Rector The Falls Church Episcopal The Old Testament Lesson: The LORD said to Moses, "Go down at once! Your people, whom you brought up out of the land of Egypt, have acted perversely; they have been quick to turn aside from the way that I commanded them; they have cast for themselves an image of a calf, and have worshiped it and sacrificed to it, and said, `These are your gods, O Israel, who brought you up out of the land of Egypt!'" The LORD said to Moses, "I have seen this people, how stiff-necked they are. Now let me alone, so that my wrath may burn hot against them and I may consume them; and of you I will make a great nation." But Moses implored the LORD his God, and said, "O LORD, why does your wrath burn hot against your people, whom you brought out of the land of Egypt with great power and with a mighty hand? Why should the Egyptians say, `It was with evil intent that he brought them o

Keep Calm and 9-11, and Remembering

Not long after it was rediscovered, the British "Keep Calm and Carry On" poster became commercialized, and then ubiquitous, and then trivialized. Sorry for some fancy vocabulary words, but when something gets commercialized - when something starts being thought of principally for its financial gain or becomes profit-oriented, and then it becomes ubiquitous - it's found everywhere, becomes inescapable - you can bet that thing will soon become trivialized : we will start to think it is less important, significant, or complex than it really is. That poster is a great example of this dynamic. Originally printed with the intention of keeping the British population encouraged during what they knew would be relentless German "blitzkrieg" bombings of civilians, the poster went from 75 years of obscurity to a coffee cup and t-shirt mini-industry in only a couple years. In the past 15 years, it became a meme. And sure enough, it soon became satire, and triviali

Labor Day Resolutions?

Labor Day - this Monday -- means different things to different people. To many workers, it retains its original meaning - a welcome break from physical labor in the form of a Federal holiday. To other workers, Labor Day is synonymous with "Labor Day Weekend" and means a picnic, barbecue, or one last relaxing weekend getaway. And for many of us, Labor Day and the end of summer means the resumption of Fall routines. In that sense, Labor Day is more of a "New Year's Day" than January 1st, because -- with the resumption of school and more predictable work patterns - early September is the time of year we get back into habits and routines. So if this is a time for you to develop new eating, exercise, and sleep patterns, why not new spiritual habits as well? I invite you, therefore, in the name of the church, to join me in making "Labor Day Resolutions," using some time this Monday to think through your daily and weekly habits, and deliberately sch