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Craig Abernethy
I come from St. Mary's Church, Asheville, NC
After 32 years working at MIT, I retired.
Interests: Workers' struggles in Latin America, Spanish language, Travel in Mexico
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In the parish where I worship, our "official" Bible translation is the NRSV, that is, the Lectionary, which contains all the readings for the Liturgy, uses the NRSV, a version in which the translators go to extraordinary lengths to avoid using "he, him, his." Today's gospel reading, Matthew 10:40-42, is... Continue reading
Posted Jun 26, 2011 at Six Dollar Champagne
The Liturgy for Pentecost was magnificent. The processional was "Hail thee, festival day," a marvelous hymn set to an expansive melody by Vaughn Williams. We also got to sing "Come down, O Love divine," and the recessional was a hymn we know very well, "O Zion, haste." The choirmaster for... Continue reading
Posted Jun 14, 2011 at Six Dollar Champagne
Harris Avenue, the road I take to go downtown and then home again, is a deserted former industrial area, just at the entrance to Olneyville. Olneyville itself is very interesting. Before my time, Eagle Square was a thriving industrial site, with factories and nearby housing for the workers, who were... Continue reading
Posted Apr 5, 2011 at Six Dollar Champagne
We are three guys sharing an apartment; consequently, we generate a lot of garbage. Fortunately, we live just up a hill from a cutrate supermarket, whose plastic grocery bags make excellent trash bags. (As I type this, I recall a slogan that says plastic is forever, but then I remember... Continue reading
Posted Apr 4, 2011 at Six Dollar Champagne
A lovely Eucharist this morning, the Fourth Sunday of Lent. The celebrant and homilist was from All Saints, across the highway, as the Rector said, the nearest parish to ours; he had been a chaplain at Brown and also previously associated with Grace. Back in 1969, he related, there was... Continue reading
Posted Apr 3, 2011 at Six Dollar Champagne
Though it will be April in an hour and a half, now we have a very nice, snowy evening. With the hoodie on, it feels just like winter, instead of having spring waiting impatiently on the doorstep. The lawns and streets are coated white, and even from our dining room,... Continue reading
Posted Mar 31, 2011 at Six Dollar Champagne
The moon hangs over the south-east, a beautiful white crescent with distinct horns, open to the right, with the unknown red planet at 7 o'clock, some distance beneath it. The reddish band just on the eastern horizon is turning pink, in anticipation of sunrise. The truck for the recyclables, with... Continue reading
Posted Mar 30, 2011 at Six Dollar Champagne
I have just come from the first Installation/Celebration of New Ministry service I ever attended, and it was a glorious occasion; the church was filled, even more crowded than I remember at Christmas Eve, and the music and ceremonial were breathtaking, the Parish at its best. We got to sing... Continue reading
Posted Nov 21, 2010 at Six Dollar Champagne
It has been a little over a year since I started worshiping at Grace Church. August 2009 was a terrible month for us; our good friend, Zeus the friendly Rottweiler, was desperately ill and then left us. I sought some solace by attending a Unitarian parish on the East Side,... Continue reading
Posted Sep 26, 2010 at Six Dollar Champagne
The Rector preached a very fine sermon on a difficult pericope, Luke 16:1-13, with its perplexing logion, "And I tell you,make friends for yourselves by means of dishonest wealth so that when it is gone, they may welcome you into the eternal homes." A summary of the homily follows: Is... Continue reading
Posted Sep 19, 2010 at Six Dollar Champagne
This morning, in addition to getting to sing "Praise, my soul, the King of heaven," and listen to a new Schubert Kyrie, we heard a sermon that summarized the good news from Jesus, in Luke, Chapter 15, where the religious leadership of Jesus' own time and place complained, "This fellow... Continue reading
Posted Sep 12, 2010 at Six Dollar Champagne
The gospel in this Sunday's readings, Luke 14:25-33, is quite challenging. For one thing, the author of Luke uses the verb misein, which generally means, "to hate," in a troubling verse as follows: "If any one comes to me and does not hate his own father and mother and wife... Continue reading
Posted Sep 5, 2010 at Six Dollar Champagne
The building I work in is shaking; I looked out the window and discovered that they are tearing up the sidewalk that runs by our building. When they crush a section of sidewalk, that makes the floor underneath our feet shake. The last time our building shook was when they... Continue reading
Posted Aug 13, 2010 at Six Dollar Champagne
The sermon today was impressive, all about hope. Building on Hebrews, chapter 1, the homilist described the feeling one has, the real lift in one's mood, on seeing a loved one, safely arrived at an airport, and he tied that feeling of anticipation to the remark by the author of... Continue reading
Posted Aug 8, 2010 at Six Dollar Champagne
In my room, in the bookcases, I have at least four translations of the Bible into English, as well as one volume of the Septuagint, an early translation of the Hebrew scriptures into koine Greek (the same dialect that the New Testament was written in, the lingua franca of the... Continue reading
Posted Aug 6, 2010 at Six Dollar Champagne
A beautiful liturgy this morning to welcome the new Rector to the parish: the volunteer "pick-up" choir (a great name for the summer choir which comes from someone else) did a splendid job on its anthem at the offertory, a Shaker hymn, and the parish teens sang an anthem during... Continue reading
Posted Aug 1, 2010 at Six Dollar Champagne
Britain's first 'bingo wedding' of Suzanne Latta called off by disapproving vicar | Continue reading
Posted Jul 31, 2010 at Six Dollar Champagne
[On Luke 12:13-21] Reading the Sunday gospel this week reminded me of something that happened at Andover Newton over two decades ago. In the first of three courses that I took on homiletics, that is, writing and delivering sermons, we read the parable of the rich man whose soul was... Continue reading
Posted Jul 31, 2010 at Six Dollar Champagne
The Psalter portions for the last week of the month are familiar favorites. First there is Psalm 119, the long acrostic about the excellence of God's law/instruction, the Torah.Then there are the Gradual Psalms, 120 through 134, which, historically, may have had some association with the pilgrims' going up to... Continue reading
Posted Jul 30, 2010 at Six Dollar Champagne
The portions of the extended acrostic, Psalm 119, appointed for use at Evening Prayer today, contain a lovely sentiment. Verse 160 reads, "The heart of your word is truth; all your righteous judgments endure for evermore," in the 1979 Book of Common Prayer. The Hebrew original is, rosh-devarKHA eMET uleoLAM... Continue reading
Posted Jul 26, 2010 at Six Dollar Champagne
Before I forget, I want to write down what today's homilist said during the liturgy. I also want to remember that today was a prostratingly hot day in the beautiful Gothic church, built of stone, where we worship. There was a baptism, and the child cried, and then she was... Continue reading
Posted Jul 25, 2010 at Six Dollar Champagne
Psalm 119, the longest Psalm in the Book of Psalms, is an acrostic, that is, each letter of the Hebrew alphabet is represented by a section where every verse starts with a word beginning with that particular letter. Logically, one would have thought this was impossible to reproduce in English,... Continue reading
Posted Jul 24, 2010 at Six Dollar Champagne
I recently read a post by the priest who is Dean of All Souls Cathedral, in Asheville. The Cathedral used to be All Souls Church, located in Biltmore Village. When I was growing up, we lived for a while on Reed Street, some blocks away from All Souls, which is... Continue reading
Posted Jul 23, 2010 at Six Dollar Champagne
Assemblies of God Eclipses Episcopal Church Thursday, July 23, 2009, 5:29 PM Joe Carter In his report yesterday on the seventy-sixth General Convention of the Episcopal Church, Jordan Hylden remarked on the uncertain future for the denomination: “By all indices, the church is graying fast and shrinking faster, attracting precious... Continue reading
Posted Jul 21, 2010 at Six Dollar Champagne
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