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Walking the Parish: Tales from the Street | Part II

By Fr. Justin Clemente. September 20, 2022 When I’m walking the parish, knocking on doors, and trying to get to know folks and their neighborhood, it usually takes about five seconds to know how a conversation is going to go. Are they going to 1) reject any conversation, 2) listen politely and move along as […]

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The Hard Sayings of Jesus: The Children’s Bread & the Dogs

A sermon preached September 18, 2022 to the People of New Creation Church (Anglican). Part of our ongoing Hard Sayings of Jesus series. By Fr. Justin Clemente Abundant Crumbs We do not presume to come to this, your table, O merciful Lord,trusting in our own righteousness,but in your abundant and great mercies.We are not worthy […]

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The Hard Sayings of Jesus:  The Sin Against the Holy Spirit

A sermon from Matthew 12:22-32 by Fr. Justin Clemente, delivered to the People of New Creation Church (Anglican) on September 11, 2022. Part of our ongoing “The Hard Sayings of Jesus” series. Spiritual Hypochondriacs? I can remember as a young teenage Christian happening upon our Hard Saying for today and feeling like a spiritual hypochondriac. […]

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Giving Thanks for Our Vestry

By Fr. Justin Clemente. September 5, 2022. This past weekend, Brooke and I shared much of our Saturday with the Vestry and their spouses on retreat at the Claggett Center in Frederick County. Our day included a good hour and a half hike (and I mean a HIKE!), lunch, Eucharist service with a meditation, and […]

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Sermon | Matthew 5:38-42 | The Hard Sayings: Turn the Other Cheek

A sermon from Matthew 5:38-42 by Fr. Justin Clemente, delivered to the People of New Creation Church (Anglican) on September 4, 2022. Part of our ongoing “The Hard Sayings of Jesus” series. Prayer Lord God, whose blessed Son our Savior gave his body to be whipped and his face to be spit upon: Give us […]

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Reflection | Augustine of Hippo | “A Heart at Rest in Christ”

A reflection on the life & ministry of Augustine of Hippo, given August 28, 2022 to the People of New Creation Church (Anglican), Hagerstown, MD. By Fr. Justin Clemente. Prayer O God of the spirits of all flesh, we praise and magnify your holy Name for all you servants who have finished their course in […]

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Walking the Parish | Tales from the Street | Part I

Although Bob’s not religious, he did have a religious hang-up: forgiveness. He wonders how God can forgive people who have done horrible things…

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Sermon | Holy Baptism: Come Like a Child | Mark 10:13-16

A sermon delivered on Sunday, August 21, 2022 to the People of New Creation Church (Anglican) on the occasion of Holy Baptism. By Fr. Justin Clemente. It’s a joy to be celebrating Holy Baptism together today. I want to use our time to talk about just that. I want us all to have a better […]

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The Hard Sayings of Jesus: Do Not Swear At All!

A sermon by Fr. Justin Clemente, delivered to the People of New Creation Church (Anglican) on August 14, 2022. Part of our ongoing “The Hard Sayings of Jesus” series. Lessons from I Love Lucy We’ve had an I Love Lucy renewal in our house as of late. On family movie night we sometimes run into […]

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Bring Them Babies to the Font!

By Fr. Justin Clemente. August 9, 2022. Dear New Creation Family: Over the past month or so, I’ve had the privilege to stand next to the Niehoff family in preparation for the Baptism of their daughters. It’s been a great joy to hear of their desire to bring their girls to waters of Baptism and […]