From the Rector

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A Sermon for New Year’s Eve

“It is New Year’s Eve, and this is our Watch Night. This is truly Freedom’s Eve. Except instead of remembering and praising God for the freedoms won in the past, we are looking forward to and praising God for the freedoms that will be won in the year and years to come.” — Mike Kinman, New Year’s Eve 2016

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“The Tyrant Fears The Poet”

Mike Kinman on Christmas Eve, Saturday, December 24, 2016:

“God’s greatest gift to us — the gift that came wrapped in swaddling clothes and laid in a manger — is the poet’s gift of wonder and hope.”

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Homeless Memorial Service Homily

Mike Kinman on Tuesday, December 13, 2016:

“God is never just God. God is the God of our names. Because with God, it is always personal.”

Advent Wreath

Advent Meditation: December 11

by Mike Kinman

Stir up your power, O Lord, and with great might come among us; and, because we are sorely hindered by our sins, let your bountiful grace and mercy speedily help and deliver us; through Jesus Christ our Lord, to whom, with you and the Holy Spirit, be honor and glory, now and for ever. Amen.

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“You Can’t Stop the Revolution”

Mike Kinman on Sunday, December 11, 2016:

“Mary was the Mother of the Revolution of Love and the Magnificat is her protest chant – a protest chant the church has spent 2000 years mansplaining in an effort to silence the radical power of her proclamation.”

Lessons & Carols Meditation

Mike Kinman on Sunday, December 4, 2016:

“This is a season that ends with God, the divine self, being so consumed with passion that She cannot help but let go of the very privilege of being God, so that instead She can become God with us, Emmanuel.”

All in the Family: Navigating the Post-Election Holidays

Sally Howard & Mike Kinman in the Rector’s Forum on Sunday, December 4, 2016:

“To be able to say ‘I’m sorry, I’m really uncomfortable with this. And this is why,’ is to set yourself up to be vulnerable — to set yourself up to be ridiculed — but that’s actually the model of Christ — when someone is being put in that situation to say ‘You know what, I am going to reinforce that targeted person’s authority, and I’m going to do it using mine.’ Those situations are scary. But kind of scary is where the church lives.”

Advent Wreath

Advent Meditation: December 5

by Mike Kinman

O come, O come, Emmanuel. Advent is about longing. And we know longing. We know it well. From the moment we are born, we long to be touched, we long to be held. From our first cry, we long to be understood.

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“Imagine”

Mike Kinman on Sunday, December 4, 2016:

“What I love about us as a community is we come here wanting to be challenged, wanting to be changed, and wanting something to happen here that really affects life out there. And wanting to dig deep in here and wanting to dig deep out there.”