January 1: The Feast of the Holy Name

Jesus being named on the eighth day and following the rituals of his people is a solidification of what we proclaim at Christmas: God became flesh and lived among us. God came to live among us to save us from ourselves and the mistakes and sins we commit things done and left undone every day of every week of every year. Recording Jesus’ circumcision is recording how truly human Jesus was as he continued to be fully God so that as Paul says we might receive adoption as children. Because we are children of God we have become heirs of God’s salvation.

December 24: Vigil for the Feast of the Nativity — Christmas Eve

The Rev. Joseph Peters-Mathews is the vicar of St. Hilda St. Patrick. The sermon for Christmas Eve was based on the manuscript below and preached as a response to Luke 2.1-20. A few weeks ago a friend of mine texted me.He was in New Orleans for a work conferenceand his partner hadn’t gone with him.He …

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December 18: The Fourth Sunday of Advent

The Rev. Joseph Peters-Mathews is the vicar of St. Hilda St. Patrick. The sermon for Sunday, December 18, 2022 was preached as a response to Matthew 1.18-26 based on the manuscript below. Joseph, an upright man who follows the law,learns that Mary, to whom he is committed,married, engaged, betrothed,but not yet consummatedis pregnant.Following the law,Joseph …

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December 11: The Third Sunday of Advent

We don’t see graves opening on a regular basis which Matthew implies is happening. I do, however, see people coming back to life. When they go into recovery or find peace and health after living and struggling with disordered eating, when a new med mixture helps them stay in this world and start interacting with other people again that’s the dead being raised. When the sock box is full and we haven’t put the sock in or someone who can’t make it to church brings supplies for the little free pantry that’s good news for the poor.

Please Help Our Community Have a Better Christmas

This year St Hilda’s-St Patrick’s will be helping six local households have a nicer Christmas.  We are picking up one new family through the alternative high school – more details to come – and will also be supporting some local seniors and disabled/underemployed individuals.  To participate in this outreach, please make donations to the “Food …

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