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Pilgrimage blog, day 1- Fizzling Fires and Dramatic Explosions!

Pilgrimage blog, day 1- Fizzling Fires and Dramatic Explosions!

‘Do not judge, so that you may not be judged. For with the judgment you make you will be judged, and the measure you give will be the measure you get. Why do you see the speck in your neighbor’s eye, but do not notice the log in your own eye? Or how can you say to your neighbor, “Let me take the speck out of your eye”, while the log is in your own eye? You hypocrite, first take the log out of your own…

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A prayer in response to the mass shooting in Orlando

A prayer in response to the mass shooting in Orlando

Almighty and merciful God, we ask that you receive into your tender and loving care all those who were killed in the mass shooting in Orlando.  Comfort those who mourn.  Be with the medical personnel who have been entrusted with the care of the injured.  Give strength and perseverance to those who work towards the equality of all people and empower each of us to join in on the cause.  Transform the hearts of all who have embraced hateful and…

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Sermon for Clergy Day, June 2016

Sermon for Clergy Day, June 2016

This is the manuscript for the sermon I delivered at our diocesan clergy day in June. The gospel reading was Matthew 5:13-16. I’m sure there are plenty of ways that we as individuals fail to let our light shine forth, but instead hide under a bushel basket, but I feel like there is a larger, more overarching way that we are all together failing to let our light shine before others. Does anyone here frequent any kind of online forum…

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Treats for Teachers

Treats for Teachers

Most of you all probably know that I’ve been asking for volunteers to bake treats as a thank you to those who work at our local schools. But some of you may be asking, “why do we care so much about teachers (and all other staff members at schools) that we feel compelled to express our appreciation for them by plying them with delicious sugary treats?” I’m so glad you (presumably) asked! Those who help support the education of children…

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What’s the point of using incense?

What’s the point of using incense?

I recently had an interesting discussion with a parishioner about the differences in worship among churches.  At first we were talking about what parts of the service can be sung/said/chanted, and I joked that we should try having a completely chanted service with lots of incense (to be clear, I actually LOVE this type of service, but it would be more than a little outside of my church’s comfort zone!)  He joked that he would be offended if I were…

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Why share my faith story?

Why share my faith story?

Have you ever felt alone in your faith?  I know that I certainly have.  I recently spoke with a homebound person about how she missed being able to go to church.  Sure, she had family and friends visiting her, including friends from her church, but it wasn’t the same as actually being able to attend a service and worship God together with others. Though I have never been homebound, I understood what she was feeling.  My parents are originally from…

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Where are the millennials and why do we care?

Where are the millennials and why do we care?

It’s a question that many in the church are asking.  Some even go so far as to chastise millennials for choosing not to attend church on a regular basis.  And everyone seems to have a theory as to why millennials don’t come to church—they’re lazy, self-obsessed, overly busy with other activities; they want church to be more like a rock concert with laser shows and live bands playing, etc, etc, etc.  But being a millennial (and a priest), and reading…

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