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Dear Ernest,

Today you will be ordained a priest in the Anglican Church of Canada. To many people this will no doubt seem a curious step in your life.

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Referring to Jesus the writer of the “Letter to the Colossians” states that

He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of all creation; for in him all things in heaven and on earth were created, things visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or powers—all things have been created through him and for him. (Colossians 1:15,16)

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In the parish newsletter that went out last week, I wrote a letter to my congregation encouraging us to consider ways we might prepare through Advent to celebrate a holy Christmas.

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The Bible affirms that all human beings are created in the image and likeness of God. John asserts that “the true light” that is the divine presence “enlightens everyone.”

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How many times can you use the word “crisis” and still be taken seriously?

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The light shines in the darkness,

and the darkness did not overcome it.

         (John 1:5)

It would be nice to be able to believe that life is all goodness and light. But, if we are honest, we must admit that our experience of life is that we human beings and the world and the world in which we live seem to be incredibly, tragically, almost irredeemably broken.

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What has come into being in him was life,

and the life was the light of all people.

(John 1:3b,4)

The Greek in which the New Testament was originally written does not have capital letters.  English translators must decide for themselves which words they want to capitalize.

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Leonard Cohen has released a single “Show Me The Place” which is the third track on his new album “Old Ideas” that will be available in January 2012.

In this tender evocative song, Leonard Cohen prays in music.

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In the beginning was the Word,

and the Word was with God

and the Word was God.

He was in the beginning with God.

(John 1:1,2a)

You know you are in trouble before you get beyond the first verse of the first chapter in John’s Gospel.

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So, the conversation continues.

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