The Third Sunday of Advent is sometimes called “Gaudete Sunday.” The name comes from the Latin gaudete, meaning rejoice. The only difference in practice is that this is the Sunday we light the pink candle on the Advent Wreath. Purple (or blue) is the traditional color for Advent, represent blood and repentence. But on Gaudete Sunday, we take […]
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Advent is the season of preparing for the coming of our Lord, both in a manger in Bethlehem, and at the end of time to judge “the quick and the dead.” We prepare differently, depending on the value we place on what is coming. If the neighborhood children are knocking on the door, no prep is needed. If […]
As we begin a new church year with the first Sunday of Advent, I find a line in the reading from Paul’s letter to the church at Corinth to be especially encouraging. “For in every way you have been enriched in him, in speech and knowledge of every kind . . . so that you […]
This Sunday is Christ the King Sunday, the last Sunday of the church year and the church’s New Year’s Eve party! Apart from watching a crystal ball slide down a pole in Times Square, how do we mark the New Year? Most of us think about a New Year’s Resolution. This is a good practice. […]
In the older church calendars, this Sunday is Holy Scripture Sunday, the last Sunday before “Christ the King Sunday,” (the last Sunday of the church year). It is not on the official church calendar and, officially, it is noted only in the Collect of the Day which is one of my favorites and draws our […]
The shooting at the Baptist Church of Sutherland Springs has weighed on me. I haven’t commented much on recent mass shootings and killings. That’s not because I don’t think they are important or worthy of comment. One more “Praying for Sutherland Springs . . . Las Vegas . . London . . . Paris . […]
People have funny reactions to the fact that I am a pastor. Of course, there are the ever-present comments assuming that I can take care of the rain (or lack thereof) for whatever is coming up. I get that is said with a twinkle in the eye and a wink-wink, nudge nudge attitude. But it […]
In God’s work among us, sometimes the most crushing defeats become the most stunning victories. Later this coming week, we commemorate one such defeat which became a victory. Sunday, October 29 is the commemoration in our calendar of James Hannington, Bishop of Eastern Equatorial Africa. Actually, since Hannington is a “minor” commemoration, it is superseded […]
Are Christians required to be patriotic? Simply obey the laws? Pay our taxes? The story of Jesus’ conversation with the Pharisees and the Herodians (supporters of Herod and hated by the Pharisees) about paying taxes is one of the most often quoted. Indeed, it is in all three “synoptic” Gospels (Matthew, Mark and Luke) so […]
I’ve been in a church where the congregation was not even allowed to see the altar, so awesome and fearful was the sacrament celebrated there. And I’ve been in a church where we were handed a small square of wonderbread on a paper napkin as though it were nothing more than a cookie. The first […]