By Name

A warm welcome to all of youand a Happy Mother’s Day.I hope it’s a good day for all of youas we remember and give thanks for our mothers. *     *    * There’s an important linein the Collect of the Day—the prayer I prayed just before the readings—and that’s where I want to start today. “O God, whose…

This Is the Day

Alleluia, Christ is risen!The Lord is risen indeed, alleluia! This is the day.There is no other. This is the daywhen God lets loose the fire of our hearts. This is the daywhen God washes usforever clean. This is the daywhen hell is put on noticeand death is put to flight. This is the day,and there…

For the Not-Forgetting-Ness

“I received from the Lord what I also handed on to you, that on the night he was handed over to suffering and death, our Lord Jesus Christ took bread; and when he had given thanks, he broke it, and gave it to his disciples, and said, ‘Take, eat: This is my Body, which is…

Adoration

Several years ago, I heard an Episcopal priest named Becca Stevens talk about what it’s like to raise children . . . to raise them, to watch them, to learn them, and to know them.  As many of you know from firsthand experience, when any of us decide to bring a child into this world, we are, for all practical purposes, inviting a stranger…

Let God Dig In

In today’s GospelJesus encounters the age-old question of“why do bad things happen to good people?” Some disciples come to himas if with a newspaper in hand.They read off the headlines and say,“How can you explain this, Jesus?” Apparently in their most recent news cyclethere had been some Galileanswhom the governor Pontius Pilate had killed,and in…

Ash Wednesday 2019

Today, on this Ash Wednesday, you and I begin a forty day trek through the wilderness. On this day, you and I begin a season of fasting and prayer, of penitence and devotion . . . a chance to clamor after the God who spun the universe into being and gave us our very breath….

Nothing Good Without You

We Episcopalians are seasonal people. We follow a certain kind of calendar that shapes our worship, our prayers, and our whole lives. It’s the thing that determines the colors that we see, the readings that we hear, and yes, even the incense that we smell on any given day. All of it has meaning. And…

Beulah

Weddings are stressful. In fact, as a priest, it has been my observation that when it comes to the rites and rituals of the Church— blessings, baptisms, burials, and more— the one that causes the most stress in people’s lives . . . is weddings. There’s all the planning, all the costs, all the complex…

Discipleship Next

Today is all about baptism. As you’ll recall,we had a baptism just last weekwhen Jemma Patrick was baptizedas part of our festiveEpiphany Sunday celebration. But today is also about baptismbecause this is the day each yearon which we always hearabout the baptism of our Lord. During Advent we were waitingfor the coming of Jesus.On Christmas we celebrated his…