irrational fears

I am not afraid of spiders.  I am afraid of snakes.  Spiders for some reason don’t bother me at all.  This morning there was a black spider on crawling along my bathroom sink and I simply went about my business.  There was a big brown spider in the shower and...

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Trusting in God

Every year when I open the prayer book to the collect (the prayer) for Proper 18 I am brought up short, once again.  I have that collect “pointed” – marked for how it is to be chanted during worship.  That was one of the prayers I chanted the first time...

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How come they have never heard of us?!

The other day I was eating breakfast with one of my parishioners at the same place that I have had breakfast almost every week for over 10 years.  There has been remarkably little turnover in staff, so the folks working there know us, and we simply wave when we walk...

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a Resurrection hymn

I find that I write words to music, often I find that I am writing words which are prayers, or statements of faith.  Sometimes I will find that tunes from one season enter into my head during a different season.  Below is a hymn set to the tune “O come, O come...

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Good Friday

Good Friday 2016 It is hard to speak after we hear the Passion Gospel.  hard to do anything but sit in agony and silence.  What can one say, how can one bring anything to the Word which has already been spoken?  And yet one must say something, because generations of...

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respecting the dignity of others

I have been watching and listening to the current political conversations in our country with growing dismay and concern.  Regardless of where one stands on the political spectrum, as Christians our call is the follow the way of Jesus, and as Episcopalians one of our baptismal vows is to respect...

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why evangelism and what is being saved?

“Why do we need to do evangelism if you believe everyone is saved?” A question from one of my young adults after a conversation about what “Episcopal evangelism” was all about.  A great question.  For many people sharing the Good News of God in Christ (what evangelism is after all)...

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asking the “why” question

Recently I have been spending time with people who have been asking “why?”  Why has this tragedy happened?  Why is there injustice in the world?  Why am I sick?  Why did that killing take place?  Why aren’t more people in church?  Why don’t “they” understand? “Why” questions are important in...

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Christ came into this world, not Hallmark’s

I heard someone the other day say that they were not living in Christmas, they were in Lent.  I heard of a congregation that even changed the lessons and liturgy to reflect the Lenten aspect that they believed they were living.  “Can’t celebrate Christmas, not now, even if the calendar...

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justifying ourselves

I am currently eating a piece of candy made by a member of the parish.  It is quite good.  It has peanuts, rice crispy cereal, peanut butter… and so of course it is good for me!  Or so I tell myself.  “This is not really candy, this is a protein...

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