Monthly Archives: February 2014

Sermon from 2/23

The Rt. Rev. David RiceSunday, February 23, 2014
Leviticus 19:1-2,9-18;  Psalm 119:33-40;   1 Corinthians 3:10-11,16-23;  Matthew 5:38-48

Listen to this… Sermon 2014.02.23 BDR

Homily from 2/15 – Chris Wied’s Memorial

A Homily in Thanksgiving for the Life of Christine Wied
by The Rev. Elaine Breckenridge, February 15, 2014
Episcopal Church of St. John the Baptist, Lodi

Listen to this…Chris Wied’s Memorial EHB

From the Book of Proverbs, “Many women have done excellently, but you surpass them all.”

            It is not very often that I turn to the biblical Book of Proverbs for inspiration or guidance, but then it is not very often that I am called upon to offer words for a final blessing on someone like Chris Wied.

            So many of the verses in that last chapter of Proverbs give us an image  of a wife, a mother, and a woman— which are absolutely impossible to live up to. And yet as I have come to learn more about Chris and understand the kind of impact she had on all of you and so many others, I can say that she was the embodiment of all that is true and honorable, pure and indeed excellent.

            “Give her a share in the fruit of her hands, and let her works praise her in the city gates”,  says Proverbs. What an accomplished woman she was! Colleagues and co-workers at the time of her retirement from the City of Ventura certainly sang her praises in the form of written tributes.  Those city gates praised her as “a strong professional woman, a wise mentor, smart and well organized.”

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Sermon From 2/9

The Fifth Sunday after the Epiphany,
February 9,  2014
The Rev. Elaine H. Breckenridge
Listen to this…Sermon 2014.02.09 EHB

Sugar or salt? Savory or sweet? What is your preference when it comes to enjoying special foods? For me it would be salt. That being the case, of course, I was attracted, even compelled to unpack the metaphor of salt that Jesus uses in this morning’s Gospel passage.

I love salty foods. And I am so sorry that salt has been linked to high blood pressure, heart problems, water retention and gosh knows what else. Because of such health concerns, I do not use as much salt in cooking as I might. My husband will vouch for me. A comment often made at my table is this–pass the salt, please. And I always use some myself. It is hard to imagine a diet without salt.

            In fact, it is hard to imagine life with salt. Salt has both cleansing and healing properties. For sore throats, gargling with salt water is more soothing than the many other shelf remedies that are available. Soaking cuts and infections in warm salt water brings almost instant relief.
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Sermon from 2/2

The Rev. Elaine H. Breckenridge
The Feast of the Presentation
February 2, 2014
Listen to this…Sermon 2014.02.02 EHB

As I have gone about my day to day life lately, in shops and in businesses, I have been asked, “So are you ready for the big game?” I try to bat my eyelashes and sound naive as I say, “What game?”

What game? Of course I know that some people call this day Super Bowl Sunday. I know it is a feast day when friends will gather to eat and to drink as well as to watch  football.  But there are other calendars which also mark today as a special feast day.

They include Groundhog Day, Candlemas,  The Feast of the Purification and The Feast of the Presentation.  So let’s take a quick tour.
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