We believe passionately that God has given us a mission: to draw others to know and experience in their lives the love of God in Christ. Sharing this “Good News” is at the center of our call and our life. In our chapels and retreat houses, and our online teachings, we hope to offer a still point in the midst of the chaos of contemporary life. We hope that as you explore these pages, you’ll find “Good News” that will help you live authentically, responsive to God’s call of love.

The Great Vigil of Easter – Br. Curtis Almquist

Apr 16, 2006

John 20:1-18 The body would have begun decomposing very soon after death, both because the Jews did not practice embalming, and because of the Middle Eastern heat.  The normal practice was to wash the body, then anoint the body with spices, including aloes and myrrh, to mask the smell of death.Support SSJE Please support the…

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Good Friday Sermon – Br. Geoffrey Tristram

Apr 14, 2006

“He hath given me rest by his sorrow, and life by his death.” Christian speaks these words in Bunyan’s Pilgrim’s Progress. During this holy week we gather to reflect and to pray on the sacred mystery of Christ’s passion, death and resurrection. “He hath given me rest by his sorrow, and life by his death.”…

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And It Was Night – Br. Eldridge Pendleton

Apr 12, 2006

Isaiah 50: 4-9a Hebrews 9: 11-15, 24-28 Psalm 69: 7-15, 24-28 John 13:21-35 In our friendship with Jesus when we consider his ministry and his relationship with his apostles and other followers most of us find it easy to identify with Peter.  We see in his strong attraction, incomprehension, exuberance, fear and denial the range…

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Feast of Saint Joseph

Mar 21, 2006

Preached by the Rev. Wendel “Tad” Meyer Rev. Meyer is Rector of  St. John’s Episcopal Church Beverly Farms, Massachusetts Her husband Joseph, being a righteous man and unwilling to expose her to public disgrace, planned to dismiss her quietly. Joseph was a righteous man, a just and law-abiding man with a finely- tuned sense of…

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Setting Your Mind on Divine Things – Br. Eldridge Pendleton

Mar 12, 2006

Genesis 22: 1-14  Psalm 16 Romans 8: 31-39  Mark 8: 31-38 Peter is the Everyman of the Gospels. He also serves other purposes. In last week’s Gospel Satan tried to tempt Jesus off his path. This week Peter is Satan. We, like Peter, become Satan when we set our minds on earthly things and ignore…

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Saturday After Lent 1 – Br. David Allen

Mar 11, 2006

Deut. 26:16-19 / Ps. 119:1-8 / Mt. 5:43-48 Loving one’s enemies is something that we Christians accept intellectually and take for granted as basic Christian teaching.  But when it comes to putting it into practice I think that most of us have difficulty actually doing it, either on the emotional level or on the practical…

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Here am I Lord – Br. Geoffrey Tristram

Mar 7, 2006

At the Sports Centre where I used to belong, the first week of January was always the peak time for new membership.  After several weeks of overeating and drinking, January 1st – with its spur to new year’s resolutions – saw dozens of people lining up to work off this guilt by pounding the running…

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A Lenten Sermon – Br. David Vryhof

Mar 5, 2006

We are at the beginning of Lent, that season of the Church’s year that beckons us to turn away from those things that have separated us from God, or are separating us from God, and to return to God in penitence and hope, as we prepare to celebrate the glorious mystery of Christ’s resurrection at…

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The Lenten Fast – Br. Curtis Almquist

Mar 1, 2006

A particular word in the lenten vocabulary of the church has already gotten a good deal of front-page press during the last few weeks. The word is “fast,” our lenten fast. The word “fast” has appeared repeatedly in the context of the Winter Olympics: going fast” – skiing or skating or bobsledding fast. Support SSJE…

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Christ’s Transfiguration, and Ours – Br. Eldridge Pendleton

Feb 26, 2006

1 Kings 19: 9-18 Psalm 27 2 Peter 1: 16-19 Mark 9: 2-9 What we hear in the Gospel today is an epiphany, a manifestation of Christ, a revelation of the true identity of Jesus of Nazareth. Was it a dream? Was it a waking vision? Was it a story Peter recounted many years later…

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