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Due to the invitation by our new Diocesan Bishop to join her online in worship at our Cathedral this coming Sunday, we will not be having our regular St. Philip zoomchurch and I will not be preaching.

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I know it is fashionable these days to deride social media and mock virtual connection… But,

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For our Epiphany worship yesterday we were blessed with a luminous sermon offering from Judith Slimmon. With her permission, I have posted her manuscript below.

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Back in early November I was asked to write a New Year’s prediction for 2021. I am not a big fan of predictions and so, at first, did not give the request a lot of thought. But, then I began to realize that I did have one confident prediction for the coming year. Here is a version of what I wrote. (This first appeared in The Diocesan Post at https://bc.anglican.ca/news/january-2021-diocesan-post)

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Since almost everything in the past four months has been unusual, it should not be a surprise that it feels odd to me to be going on holiday at this time.

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I was locking my bike to a sign post on the sidewalk in one of the tidiest, most civilized and proper communities on earth.

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Restaurants have rarely been a big part of my life. Generally, I am pretty happy eating at home.

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I do not think it was particularly related to COVID; but with half a million people dying from coronavirus around the world in the past four months, it has been hard to avoid having a heightened awareness of our mortality.

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As COVID lockdown restrictions begin to ease, I have participated in the past week in two in-person social events.

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In his third novel Little Man, What Now? published in Germany in 1932, Hans Fallada tells the story of a impoverished young couple living in depression-era Berlin in the early 1930s.

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