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Eastertide & Acts: Week Four | Acts 13:44-52 | “The Fallout of Paul’s Preaching”

A sermon delivered May 15, 2022 to the People of New Creation Church (Anglican), Hagerstown, MD. Week four in the series “Acts & Eastertide.” Think of some of the most awkward experiences you’ve had in church. If you’ve been a Christian for long, you’ve had one or two. But it probably wasn’t as bad as […]

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Midweek Psalm | Psalm 27:4-5

A meditation given by Fr. Justin Clemente at Midday Prayer, May 11, 2022. One thing I seek from God: God (v. 4) David recognizes that the best thing God can give him is God himself. And David is convinced he is right. Petition, asking of God, is an essential part of growth in prayer, but […]

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Eastertide & Acts: Week Three | Acts 13:13-52 | “Desertion, God’s Faithfulness & the Gospel”

Verse 13 starts in an utterly realistic and awkward place – desertion. Before the first missionary journey even gets off the ground, one of the key team members, John Mark, has deserted the work…

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Eastertide & Acts: Week Two | Acts 9:1-19 | “No One is Safe”

If we understand Paul’s conversion aright, I believe we will walk away thinking, “no one is safe.”

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Eastertide & Acts: Week One | Acts 5:12,17,-22,25-29 | “Judgment Reversed”

God reversed the judgment on Jesus for the purpose of forgiveness… and here God reverses the judgment on his people for the same purpose.

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Resurrection of the Lord | Luke 24:1-12 | “And They Remembered His Words”

The turning point in this passage comes, not so much in what they see, as in what they hear.

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Good Friday | Psalm 22:9-10 | “I Have Been Cast Upon You”

As Jesus hangs on the cross, probably looking his mother in the face, he proclaims and remembers that his entire life has been given up to the glory of God.

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Sermon | Palm Sunday | Psalm 22:6 | “I Am a Worm, and No Man”

A sermon given Palm Sunday, 2022 to the People of New Creation Church (Anglican) by Fr. Justin Clemente. Holy Week: Witnesses to Jesus One of the beautiful things about our church’s worship in Holy Week is that we are unmistakably brought into the events we celebrate. Today, we processed with Jesus into Jerusalem, Thursday we […]

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True Friendship & Learning the Ropes of Community

March 8, 2022 | Fr. Justin Clemente This past Wednesday, I had the pleasure of sitting down with Mary Booth, co-leader of “True Friendship,” a small group dedicated to understanding biblical friendship as the cure for loneliness. After the second gathering, she was eager to speak with me. The group had eight people present (I […]

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God’s Call to a Holy Lent | 2022

Fr. Justin Clemente | February 22, 2022 Brothers & sisters in the Lord: the time fast approaches for us to enter into the forty days of the Lenten season. The Prayer Book’s Ash Wednesday service centers us in its call to a holy Lent: Dear People of God: The first Christians observed with great devotion […]