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The Church Year
the Sanctification of Time

The Church year gives us season by season the life, teaching, and ministry of Jesus to the human race.  Our time is sanctified by the presence and action of God within our time (and space). 

See also Sermons 

Advent - (by year - early to latest) 

** "...because you did not know the time of your visitation..."    <-Audio Version -  Printed Version - sermon at St. Luke's, Santa Ana, CA Advent I, 2009 

** "I Will Give You a Testimony" - God.   <-Audio Version   Printed Version. - sermon at St. Luke's, Santa Ana, CA - Advent II, 2009 -  How does God give us a testimony? And what happens when we lose it?

  ** The Two Comings of Christ - God & Man --  <- Audio Version  Printed Version. - Sermon at St. Luke's, Santa Ana, CA - Advent III, 2009.  The personal coming of God into the world is unique to Biblical religion.  The two Comings are the foundation of the unique Christian faith.   

** Incarnation - Christmas - Jesus Making God Imaginable --  <-Audio Version.  Why is God so hard to imagine?  What does God do to overcome that problem?  Can we really imagine God???   Sermon, St. Luke's, Santa Ana, CA - Advent IV, 2009.    Printed Version

** The "Comings" of God <-Audio.  God comes into the lives of men -- bridging the illusory chasm between the spiritual and the material.  Printed Version. Sermon, E. Fox, Advent I, November 28, 2010 

** God - a Loving Person, not an Abstraction -  a meditation on the two Comings of Christ --  Printed Version - Advent III, December 5, 2010    

** Summary of Salvation <-Audio. - Advent 4 - Lessons & Carols   A short Salvation History.  (No Printed Version)  E. Fox Sermon.   Advent IV,  Dec. 19, 2010

** Jesus, the Temple, & Us <-Audio.   (Happy New Year!  - Christian Liturgical New Year...  We begin the cycle of Jesus' life over again. ) Sermon on the spiritual, moral, & political impact of Jesus' entry into Jerusalem.   Printed version.  Advent I  Nov. 27, 2011

** ..Who has caused all Holy Scripture to be written for our learning...   <-Audio.  Why were the Scriptures written, and why are they so wonderful?   Printed Version - Advent 2 - Dec. 4, 2011.  

** The Two "Comings" - Bonding & Judging - BookEnds to Jesus' Ministry.  Printed Version.  Advent 3 - Dec. 11, 2011

** Lord Jesus -- Please Come Back! <-Audio.  Why is it so important that Jesus return???  Printed Version.  Advent 4, Dec. 18, 2011

** The "Comings" of God <-Audio (coming).   Printed Ver.  Sermon  on what the Comings of Jesus tell us about the relation between the spiritual and material worlds.  Advent I Sunday, Dec. 2, 2012

Christmas - See Christology Library

** Which Grinch Stole Which Christmas? --  <-Audio.  The unhappy Theology of Santa Claus.....   Christmas Day  E-x-t-e-n-d-e-d  Printed Version.    E. Fox

** Jesus: the Sacrament of God...   <-Audio.   Printed Version.   Christmas Eve sermon at St. Luke's, Santa Ana, CA  -- 2009 AD.  E. Fox  

** Worldview & the Coming of Jesus <- Audio.  (No Printed version) Christmas Eve Sermon - .   E. Fox   Dec. 24, 2010 

** Personal Testimony of the Holy Spirit.  <- Audio.  (No Printed version).  E. Fox Christmas Day Sermon - Dec. 25, 2010 

** Christmas & St. Stephen - Christian vs. Pagan Joy <-Audio (No Printed Version) Christmas I Sermon on Christmas & martyrdom - - E. Fox - Dec. 26, 2010.   

** Jesus - Circumcision & Name <-Audio.   Printed Version.    What is the importance and meaning of the circumcision as the sign of the Covenant between God and the Hebrews?  Why is that linked to both Abraham's name and Jesus' name? Jan. 1, 2012
 

Calculating the Date of Christmas -- A Pagan or Christian Date???   4 articles...

"Merry Christmas!" --  in Lots of Languages  (Find yours...)

The 12 Days of Christmas

Epiphany

** Wisemen, Herod, & Western Civilization <-Audio --  What is the significance of the Epiphany and the Visitors from the East to the Christ Child?  Printed VersionJan. 8, 2012 

** Incarnate Grace <-Audio.   John the Baptist announces the coming of the Messiah -- Why did He come?  What was the point of an incarnation?   What was the connection to the Gentiles?  Printed Version.  Jan. 15, 2012  

Lent / Holy Week

** Foot Washing in an Airport <- Audio Version.  Printed Version.  Maundy Thursday.  We are to wash the feet of one another -- any time, any place.        

** A Spear Wound in My Side <- Audio Version.    Printed Version.   Good Friday - Jesus is creating the Body of Christ on Earth in preparation for His departure. 

** Only the Innocent can Die for the Guilty - <-Audio.   Printed.  Why can only the innocent die for the guilty?  What's the connection?  And what kind of innocence is meant?  There are two ways to be guilty or innocent -- for my being (who I am), and for my doing (my behavior).  What's the difference?  and why is that distinction vitally important for understanding salvation?  Sermon Mar. 25,2012

** Let Us Go that We May Die with Him <-Audio.   Printed.  To live well, we must know how to die well.  Palm Sunday points at Good Friday.  What will it cost us?   Sermon Palm Sunday, April 1, 2012

Resurrection (Easter) - See Christology Library

** Two Shrouds  <-Audio Version.   Resurrection Morning -  One shroud destroys the other.        Printed Version

** I'm Coming Back! <- Audio.  Resurrection Day Sermon - on the Sudarium and the Shroud of Turin, and why they are important.   E. Fox  Printed Version.   Apr. 24, 2011

** How Do We Know? ...that Jesus was raised from the dead.  <-Audio.  Printed.  Easter sermon April 8, 2012  

Ascension

** Ascension Day -  (no Audio)   Jesus' home coming.  Why the Ascension, Pentecost, and Trinity Sunday are the High Point of the Christian year.  Everything else builds toward that.   Sermon E. Fox  Printed Version June 2, 2011   

Pentecost -- the birthday of the Church - see Acts 2 (in the Episcopal Church, the season after Pentecost Sunday, or "WhitSunday", used to be called Trinity season, and, I think, still should be.   - E. Fox)

** Pentecost -- (no Audio)  Pentecost sermon.   What is this "power" of the Holy Spirit?  And how does God communicate that to us?  Printed Version   June 5, 2011    

Trinity (still kept in the Reformed Episcopal Church, Trinity Season not replaced by the "Pentecost" season.  See Trinity Library.)

Transfiguration -

** We Have a Sick & Sinful Society -- Is there a MetaPhysician in the House?  <-Audio.  Sermon for the Feast of the Transfiguration  Printed version August 7, 2011  

Thanksgiving (see US History)

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