Priest’s Blog

Priest’s Blog

Introducing-What Why Wednesday’s

February 22, 2018 No Comments

Your weekly source for answers to all things Episcopal What is the difference between a sacrament and a sacramental rite The Episcopal Church makes a distinction between the two great sacraments (baptism and Eucharist) and other sacramental rites (confirmation, holy matrimony, reconciliation of a penitent, ordination, and unction).  This is because we believe that all […]

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And God Created Humankind in His Image

February 22, 2018 No Comments

There is no longer Jew or Greek, there is no longer slave or free, there is no longer male and female; for all of you are one in Christ Jesus. –Galatians 3:28                  In today’s day and age we might add “black or white” or “gay or straight” to Paul’s profound theological statement because the […]

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The Exile of Rebekah and Isaac

February 22, 2018 No Comments

Years ago, I was fortunate enough to travel to Israel for a pilgrimage through the Holy Land.  And this upcoming Sunday’s readings reminded me of one of the more interesting experiences I had while I was there.  This Sunday’s readings recount Abraham’s servant identifying Rebekah as the woman whom God chose to be Isaac’s wife […]

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Looking Past Labels

February 22, 2018 No Comments

We are living in a time when labels are becoming more important than relationship and understanding. Christian, Muslim, Jew, Buddhist, or Atheist. White, black, hispanic, asian, Native American, or indigenous? Straight or Gay? Republican or Democrat? These lists are far from exhaustive, but they demonstrate the ways we have insisted on labeling ourselves and others. […]

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St. Thomas-Past, Present, and Future

February 22, 2018 No Comments

Though we often develop routines that make our lives somewhat predictable, our lives are always changing, in big ways and in small ways.  And because our communities are made up of people who are constantly changing, and even the very people who make up the communities around us are changing as people move due to […]

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Uncomfortable Faith Conversations

February 22, 2018 No Comments

Episcopalians are great at a lot of things—throwing a party, organizing a meeting, worshipping together despite theological differences (usually).  But one thing we Episcopalians tend to not do terribly well is talking to people about our faith.  But our reticence to talk about our faith stems from good intentions.  We don’t want to be pushy […]

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Saint Bartholomew’s Honorable Mentions

February 22, 2018 No Comments

If you were asked to name Jesus’ Apostles, some of the names would be easy for a Christian to come up with—people like Peter, John, even Judas all played significant roles in the Gospel narratives. However, when we think of the twelve apostles, Bartholomew is probably one of the last names to come up. It’s […]

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Pilgrimage Blog, day 5- Heal to Serve

February 22, 2018 No Comments

When Jesus entered Peter’s house, he saw his mother-in-law lying in bed with a fever; he touched her hand, and the fever left her, and she got up and began to serve him. -Matthew 8:17 Yesterday’s post was about healing-discovering what it is we need to heal and supporting others who are struggling. But what’s […]

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Pilgrimage Blog, day 4-Being Vulnerable Enough to Heal

February 22, 2018 No Comments

When Jesus had come down from the mountain, great crowds followed him; and there was a leper who came to him and knelt before him, saying, ‘Lord, if you choose, you can make me clean.’ He stretched out his hand and touched him, saying, ‘I do choose. Be made clean!’ Immediately his leprosy was cleansed. Then Jesus said to him, ‘See […]

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Pilgrimage Blog, day 3- Stuck Between a Rock and an Old Place

February 22, 2018 No Comments

Everyone then who hears these words of mine and acts on them will be like a wise man who built his house on rock. The rain fell, the floods came, and the winds blew and beat on that house, but it did not fall, because it had been founded on rock. And everyone who hears […]

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