Tag Archives: Matthew

Feast of Christ the (Shepherd) King

Christ the King Prop 29 A

Ezek. 34:11-16, 20-24 (and Mt. 25:31-46)

November 23, 2014 Church of the Good Shepherd, Pawtucket RI

The Rev. Gillian R. Barr


So today is the Feast of Christ the King—but we have all these images of sheep and goats and shepherds in the readings, more actually than royal images.  In fact, I don’t know how or why it has appeared, but there is this lovely new statuette of Christ tending a flock of sheep which is suddenly on the organ console today.

Why all these sheep on Christ the KING Sunday?  Continue reading

Proper 11 A: Weeds and Wheat

Proper 11A

Matthew 13:24-30, 36-43 and Romans 8:12-25

July 20, 2014

The Rev. Gillian R. Barr

Church of the Good Shepherd, Pawtucket


 

My father was a WW2 combat infantry officer, who decided that one way of putting the deadly skills he’d learned to good use after the war was by teaching gun safety and coaching youth who wanted to compete in competitive marksmanship. Since he and my mom were teachers, they had summers free, and for several years both worked as camp counselors at the NRA’s summer camp, back when the NRA really did focus on sportsmanship and safety.

 

As a result I grew up around guns, had gun safety drilled into me at a very early age, and indoor smallbore target rife was actually my sport as a teenager. Long before I was old enough to actually go to the range and shoot competitively, my father taught me gun safety: Continue reading

Sermon for Last Epiphany, March 2, 2014

Last Sunday after the Epiphany: Transfiguration
RCL Yr. A Mt. 17:1-9 and Ex. 24:12-18
March 2, 2014
The Rev. Gillian R. Barr
Church of the Good Shepherd, Pawtucket RI

Today is the last Sunday before we begin the season of Lent, a major turning point in the Church year, when we turn our focus towards Jesus’s journey to the cross. Today’s Gospel reading recounts the same moment in Jesus’s journey, when he turns towards Jerusalem and his upcoming suffering.

Up until this point, Jesus’s ministry has focused on healing the sick and combating demons and teaching a deeper understanding of God’s desire for God’s people. But now, dark storm clouds are gathering unmistakably on the horizon. It is clear Jesus is headed into a final conflict with the civil and religious power structures. Continue reading