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June 8: Blessed Pentecost and Happy Birthday to the Church!

Almighty God, on this day you opened the way of eternal life to every race and nation by the promised gift of your Holy Spirit: Shed abroad this gift throughout the world by the preaching of the Gospel, that it may reach to the ends of the earth; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

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Film Screening: In God’s House – Asian American Lesbian & Gay Families in the Church

Incarnation Episcopal Church & Network for Religion and Justice  present

In God’s House –

Asian American Lesbian & Gay Families in the Church

Saturday June 21, 2014 at 5 p.m.
1750 29th Avenue, San Francisco, CA 94122  (between Noriega and Moraga)

Asian American lesbians and gays have been largely invisible in Christian churches. Some Asian American churches silence the issue for fear of division and conflict. Yet lesbian and gay Asian Americans and their families worship and serve in churches every day. Where are their voices? This honest and thought-provoking film tells a story that the church needs to hear: that of Asian American Christian lesbian and gay people, their pastors, and their parents.

Watch this film. Come join in the conversation!

Q&A and a special Pride Taizé service follows the film.

For additional details or directions visit www.incarnationsf.org. You can also register for the event on our facebook page www.facebook.com/incarnationsf or http://www.eventbrite.com/e/in-gods-house-a-film-about-lgbt-asian-american-christians-in-the-church-tickets-11437214015

To learn more about the film visit www.ingodshouse.com. The film was featured in the 2007 Frameline San Francisco International LGBT Film Festival.

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Alleluia! Christ is Risen. The Lord is risen indeed. Alleluia!

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Building a Fence around the Torah

Homily for the Sixth Sunday after the Epiphany, Year A

By the Rev. Darren Miner

Since last Sunday, we have been hearing excerpts from Jesus’ Sermon on the Mount. Last week, we heard Jesus say, “… not one letter, not one stroke of a letter, will pass from the law until all is accomplished.” Today, we hear what biblical scholars have named “The Antitheses.” (To be more precise, we hear four of the six antitheses; the other two will be heard next week.) Now, an “antithesis” is a rhetorical contrast of opposites. And the presumption has often been that Jesus is opposing his new laws against the old Jewish laws. But considering what Jesus said about not abolishing even one stroke of one letter of the Law, it seems unlikely to me that “The Antitheses” are, in fact, antitheses!

What then, is Jesus up to? Well, he’s doing something very Jewish. He’s “building a fence around the Torah.” It has long been a practice in Judaism to draw a legal circle around a commandment, so that one would never even come close to breaking the original commandment. A classic example is the commandment not to eat a baby goat boiled in its mother’s milk. From this came the prohibition against eating meat and dairy products at the same meal. And from this came the prohibition against ever cooking meat and dairy products in the same pan or storing meat and dairy products in the same refrigerator. I think that this is what Jesus is up to in today’s Gospel reading!

With that in mind, let’s go through each of the four so-called “Antitheses” and try to figure out what Jesus was asking of his disciples then and what he is asking of us today.

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