Pulpit Posts 2017-06-13T16:32:54+00:00

Advent

Advent is a beautiful season (to state the obvious), but it is also a season that is a little bit, well, off. Wedged in between the feasting of Thanksgiving and the exultation of Christmas, Advent is neither as peaceful as the lazy, meandering days in the middle of Pentecost, nor as penitential as the long and rigorous weeks of Lent. Perhaps this is due to the shortness of the time we are given to prepare. Or maybe it is because of the distractions that are everywhere this time of year, pulling us toward standards not of our own making. Or it could be that the weeks fly by because of the distractions, resulting in the unsettled feeling that we haven’t quite gotten every box checked off our “to-do” list....

By | December 7th, 2018|

The Power of Prayer

As you know from the email we sent recently, this week’s parish prayer list has been revised. Our goal is to simplify the previous format, as well as to make the list easier to maintain. All this rests on one big hope: that you don’t simply see the email in your inbox and click delete. Or look at it briefly to see if anyone you know is on the list. Or maybe even just read the meditation, and then delete the list! The hope that we have instead is that you spend time with the list and say a prayer for the people and issues on it....

By | November 30th, 2018|

Do Not Fear

We often hear of people who believe they know when the world is about to end. They look at what’s happening in the world and say, “the end is near.” People point to the Bible and find images and passages that reinforce their point. This Sunday’s gospel from Mark, Jesus was trying to tell the disciples of things to come. They have been in Jerusalem and seen the beautiful temple built by Herod. As you would imagine, most of these disciples were not familiar with large cities and the grandeur of massive buildings. The Temple was twice the size of the Roman Forum, with huge white stones weighing tons. When viewed from a distance (the Mt. of Olives) the disciples who were sitting with Jesus were impressed. I imagine their reaction must have been much like any of us having seen the inside of our Cathedral, St. John the Divine or perhaps if fortunate enough to see the inside of St. Peter's Basilica in Rome for the first time. They were in awe of the structure; probably thinking that the Temple would last forever.....

By | November 16th, 2018|

The Song Remains The Same

On Monday, my calendar told me that I was up to write the meditation for this week. My first thought was, “Well, I will have to wait and see the results of the midterm elections, so I can respond.” And I did. And, as we all now know, Wednesday morning brought victories and defeats for people across the political spectrum. Depending on where we locate ourselves on that spectrum, we experienced some disappointments as well as some happy surprises. But one reality reflected in all post-election analysis remains consistent: we continue to inhabit a divided nation. Fear is ubiquitous. There is still much work to be done.....

By | November 9th, 2018|

St Jude, Hope of the Hopeless, pray for us!

This past Monday, October 29, was the feast day of St. Simon and St. Jude, who were named as apostles in the gospels. We don’t know much more about them than that, at least from the scriptures. Tradition has it that they were martyred while missionaries together in Persia. There are various theories about them -- for example that Simon had been part of a radical Jewish independence group called the Zealots, and that Jude might have been one of Jesus’ brothers -- but little is known for sure....

By | November 2nd, 2018|

Synthesis

A recently retired friend is also an accomplished equestrian. Now that she has more recreational time to play with, she has started using her love of horses as a way to reach out to people who are struggling. On a recent visit, she spoke with me about her latest venture: she volunteers with a group that uses horses in a process of practicing emotion regulation with military veterans. Veterans from all branches of the armed services come to the program through the local VA hospital. Each has experienced significant trauma in one form or another and find it difficult to cope with even the most basic social interactions. They have an orientation and then, over the course of one week, they assume basic responsibilities for a horse assigned to their care. They don’t ride, but they brush, feed and learn how to be present with their equine companion....

By | October 26th, 2018|

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