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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

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

7th Sunday after Epiphany, Yr A: February 23, 2014

7th Sunday after the Epiphany

RCL Yr. A: Leviticus 18:1-2, 9-18 and Matthew 5:38-48

February 23, 2014

The Rev. Gillian R. Barr

Church of the Good Shepherd, Pawtucket, RI


In today’s readings from Matthew and Leviticus we are asked to do some very difficult things. To not resist or strike back when we are attacked, verbally or physically. To give to anyone who asks, regardless of their worthiness or what they plan to do with the money. To love our enemies.

These demands in Matthew go against all of our instincts of self-preservation, of self-defense, and of achievement. They don’t fit with what would seem to be the responsible way to handle our resources to provide for ourselves and our families. They challenge our physical safety and our financial security. And they fly in the face of our American culture, which emphasizes self-sufficiency, pulling oneself up by one’s bootstraps, enjoying the fruits of our own hard work. Continue reading