One of St. Elizabeth’s Own is Going to Seminary in the Fall (Mark 3:7-19)

by The Rev Daniel P Strandlund on April 8, 2021
I am delighted to announce that Bishop Reed, in consultation with the Diocesan Discernment Committee and with the full support of your Bishop’s Committee, has approved Rachel Joiner as a postulant for holy orders. This is fancy Church speak for, “Rachel is going to seminary in the fall! Woo-hoo!” Our Gospel passage for this week is a...
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Arimatheans: a Reflection for my Fellow Priests During the Second Holy Week of Pandemic

Arimatheans: a Reflection for my Fellow Priests During the Second Holy Week of Pandemic

by The Rev. Daniel P Strandlund on April 2, 2021
“Joseph of Arimathea, a respected member of the council, who was also himself waiting expectantly for the kingdom of God, went boldly to Pilate and asked for the body of Jesus.” -Mark...
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Crisis and a Quilt (Mark 3:1-6)

Crisis and a Quilt (Mark 3:1-6)

by The Rev. Daniel P Strandlund on March 18, 2021
A few weeks ago we observed that Jesus’ confrontation with Satan in the wilderness provides a kind of cosmic backdrop to the whole Gospel: many of the conflicts that follow are recapitulations...
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Nobody Expects the Pharisaic Inquisition!  (Mark 2:23-28)

Nobody Expects the Pharisaic Inquisition! (Mark 2:23-28)

by The Rev. Daniel P Strandlund on March 10, 2021
There’s an old Monty Python bit where a man and a woman are talking, and the man speaks too fast to be understood. The woman keeps asking him for clarification on what he’s trying to say, and...
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Introducing the Pharisees (Mark 2:18-22)

by The Rev. Daniel P Strandlund on March 3, 2021
Last week, we saw Jesus at dinner at Levi’s house, along with “many tax collectors and sinners” (2:15). This provoked a question from a group we hadn’t met yet: “the scribes of the Pharisees”...
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The Call of Levi and the Community of Disciples (Mark 2:13-17)

The Call of Levi and the Community of Disciples (Mark 2:13-17)

by The Rev. Daniel P Strandlund on February 25, 2021
In this week’s passage, Jesus again is walking by the Sea of Galilee. A crowd gathers, and in the midst of teaching the crowd, Jesus calls to Levi, a tax collector sitting at his tax booth. ...
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Our Roofs Unroofed (Mark 2:1-12)

Our Roofs Unroofed (Mark 2:1-12)

by The Rev. Daniel P Strandlund on February 18, 2021
As I am writing this, it’s late Wednesday afternoon, and I’ve just returned from the Walgreens near our house. I went there to buy several things we didn’t really need. But the roads were...
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Compassion and Anger: Two Versions of Jesus and the Leper (Mark 1:40-45)

Compassion and Anger: Two Versions of Jesus and the Leper (Mark 1:40-45)

by The Rev. Daniel P Strandlund on February 10, 2021
In this week’s passage, Jesus meets a leper who asks to be healed. Two tasks for us today: first, we’ll do some background work on lepers in Mark’s world, and second, we’ll look closely at a...
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For Medical Workers: a Report on the Vaccine Rollout in Capernaum (Mark 1:29-39)

For Medical Workers: a Report on the Vaccine Rollout in Capernaum (Mark 1:29-39)

by The Rev. Daniel P Strandlund on February 4, 2021
A friend of mine recently told me a story about something that can happen at coronavirus vaccine clinics right now. At the end of a distribution day, sometimes the clinic has an extra dose. ...
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Panic, Convulsions, and Things Torn Apart: God’s Victory Made Local (Mark 1:21-28)

Panic, Convulsions, and Things Torn Apart: God’s Victory Made Local (Mark 1:21-28)

by The Rev. Daniel P Strandlund on January 28, 2021
This week’s passage of Jesus’ entering a synagogue and casting out an unclean spirit is Jesus’ first real public act of power. In Mark, one way of understanding deeds of power like this is to see...
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The Beginning of the Good News of Jesus Christ (Mark 1:1-20)

The Beginning of the Good News of Jesus Christ (Mark 1:1-20)

by The Rev. Daniel P Strandlund on January 21, 2021
Mark’s Gospel is best experienced as a single piece rather than a series of vignettes stitched together. As though to tell us this, the Evangelist begins his Gospel already foreshadowing its...
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Spring Bible Study on the Gospel of Mark

by The Rev. Daniel P Strandlund on January 14, 2021
Our spring bible study will be on Wednesdays at 7pm via Zoom and will focus on the Gospel of Mark. We will begin this Wednesday, January 20th at 7pm, and we’ll go for roughly an hour. The Zoom...
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A Reflection on King Herod after the Breach of the U.S. Capitol Building

by The Rev. Daniel P Strandlund on January 7, 2021
Twice this week we’ve heard the story of the Wise Men from the east traveling to visit the Christ child. The Wise Men observe a peculiar star at its rising, and this new light sets them on a...
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Lucy's Hands

Lucy's Hands

by The Rev. Daniel P Strandlund on December 22, 2020
When a new priest is ordained, it’s common for folks to ask her for a blessing after the ordination service. Maybe in the receiving line right after worship, or maybe during a reception...
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Schedule for the week of Christmas

Schedule for the week of Christmas

by The Rev. Daniel P Strandlund on December 17, 2020
Sunday, December 20: An Advent Festival of Lessons and Carols for the 4th Sunday of Advent. This is an "online-only" service and will be on Facebook and YouTube at 10am. See bulletin link below,...
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