“Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses…” (Hebrews 12:1, click here for the whole passage) No, this is not a prophecy about Facebook or Google watching your every move. This means that the Kingdom of heaven sees. 24-7. That “great cloud of witnesses” refers to all those saints who have […]
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What is faith? Is it just a blind leap into what cannot actually be known? Is it just believing in something so we can make it through another day? The writer of Hebrews gives what is probably the most famous definition: “Faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen.” […]
We admire those who are able to save well, who amass a healthy 401(k) and other assets for a long and comfortable retirement. This Sunday’s Gospel reminds us that there may be other important priorities that need to be considered. Jesus told a parable about a rich man whose lands produced good crops, so much […]
Sunday’s Gospel lesson from Luke (click here to read the full lesson) includes a prayer that will sound vaguely familiar: “Father, hallowed be your name.Your kingdom come.Give us each day our daily bread.And forgive us our sins,for we ourselves forgive everyone indebted to us.And do not bring us to the time of trial.” It is, […]
I think we all know that experience of working hard on some project while someone we think should be helping seems to just sit and do nothing. It doesn’t matter whether its a school project, a work project or just the dishes, we’ve all felt that resentment. Sometimes there is something to resent — others […]
Sunday’s Gospel lesson is the beloved story of the Good Samaritan (Click here to read it.) It is a story that inspires us to do good to others, to love unconditionally and without thought of reward. We can be remarkably compassionate and serve people as this passages calls us to. I’ve seen members of St. […]
If you ask the average person on the street what they think being a Christian is about, there’s a good chance that you will hear something about obeying a bunch of rules and not doing this or that fun thing. Many folks seem to have a largely negative view of Christian faith — not necessarily […]
July 4 is this week! We Americans are all about freedom. We love our freedom. We praise those who serve and sacrifice to protect our freedom. We honor our Constitution and the Amendments as they enshrine our freedoms. And so we should. I thank God for the freedoms we enjoy. You’d think we might have […]
“The still, small voice.” We often hear this phrase as a reminder that God is not always to be found in the big, the grand and the loud, but oft times in the stillness and quiet. Let that be a reminder to us to allow for times of stillness and quiet. Go for a walk. […]
Although often forgotten, Trinity Sunday is one of the Principle Feasts of the Episcopal Church. Its origins are uncertain and the early church did not set aside a particular day to celebrate the Trinity. Thomas Beckett was consecrated Archbishop of Canterbury in 1162 in the Sunday after Pentecost and one of his first acts was […]