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Part of the ritual of English coronation is the anointing with oil. This reflects a belief that the new king or queen has been set apart by God himself to sit on the throne.  In 1953, at Queen Elizabeth’s coronation, the first one ever broadcast on TV, the cameras cut away from the live footage right at the moment when Elizabeth is anointed with the holy oil.  It was considered too sacred an act to display publicly.  However, if you watch The Crown on Netflix, you get to see what it would have looked like.

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Have you ever felt like someone is avoiding you?

Not returning your texts or phone calls?

Not really making eye contact when you see them in person?

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Today’s Gospel contains the very familiar . . . perhaps the MOST familiar . . . verse in the Bible.  John 3:16  “For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.”

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Our Gospel today takes place at the beginning of Jesus’ ministry which may seem a bit out of place today this far into the church year.  Our Epiphany season began with Jesus’ baptism — his first public appearance as an adult.  The past couple months we have focused on events during Jesus’ ministry in Galilee as recorded in the Gospels.  So it may seem like a step backwards in the chronology to hear about Jesus’ 40 days in the desert.  This event actually took place immediately after Jesus’ baptism—right at the outset — but Epiphany skipped over this event and brought us a Jesus who was revealed as God’s beloved Son – shining with the presence of God’s glory. (more…)

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