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

Evelyn Underhill and the Sacrament of the Present Moment

Today, June 15, we mark the feast day of Evelyn Underhill, a writer, spiritual director, and retreat leader who helped Anglicans recover the gifts of an intentional spiritual life. She was born in 1875, grew up in London, and in her early adulthood struggled over whether to convert to Roman Catholicism. In 1921 she decided to commit to her Anglican roots, while also being what she called a “Catholic Christian.”...

By | June 15th, 2018|

Seeking Wisdom in Community

...Solitary spiritual disciplines have biblical roots and an important place in the lives of all seekers. Yet it is often when we realize our limitations and decide to share our questions and experiences with others that we know profound growth in God. Connection is all, and spiritual understanding is always enhanced in communion with others....

By | June 8th, 2018|

Keeping Holy The Sabbath

We live in a world whereby it seems that every hour of every day is filled with things that need to be done, however we never seem to have enough time to do it all. How often have you caught yourself wishing for more hours in the day or more days in the week so that you could finally catch up and finish everything that you are supposed to do. Parkinson’s law says, “work expands so as to fill the time available for its completion.” So, regardless of how much time you had available you still wouldn’t have enough. This Sunday’s gospel talks about the sabbath. The day the Lord rested from the creation of the world. A day that we are to rest from our labors....

By | June 1st, 2018|

Words of Farewell from Bishop Andrew

I am still basking in the glow of the recent highly successful Farm to Tray event as well as Sunday’s uplifting Pentecost celebration and happy BBQ which followed. Both brought home to me how much I will miss Holy Apostles when I finish here next week! My almost two years as Interim have been rich and rewarding ones for me and have provided a good antidote to my first retirement! ... ...So, thank you all for your friendship and encouragement and may God bless you in your continuing ministry here at Holy Apostles and beyond. Pray for me in whatever lies before me as I will pray for you.

By | May 25th, 2018|

Opening Up Space In Your Life For God

This week we are in the ten days between the Feast of the Ascension and the Feast of Pentecost, which we will celebrate on Sunday, May 20. The Ascension, of course, marks the resurrected Jesus’ withdrawal from this world and his reunification with God and all of creation. And on Pentecost, we celebrate the coming of the Holy Spirit. As I preached this past Sunday, Jesus’ ascension opens up a space among us, and the Holy Spirit empowers us to work creatively in that space. It’s easy for us to let that space get cluttered up with all kinds of junk and distractions -- all of which hinders our ability to see clearly and find ways to do God’s loving work in the world. Just as a good round of spring cleaning in our homes and offices can inspire us to begin new projects and help us find the spaciousness to think more productively, at this time of year we might consider doing a little spiritual spring cleaning as well!...

By | May 18th, 2018|

The Easter Mystery — Ascension Thursday

Yesterday was the Feast of the Ascension of Our Lord. I remember a sermon on Ascension Thursday some years back when the preacher claimed that "important things happen on Thursdays." He we referring to the Institution of the Eucharist on Maundy Thursday as well as to the Ascension. These days both for convenience and accepting certain realities, we are permitted to celebrate the Ascension on the following Sunday as we will do this Sunday. At least that way we get to sing the wonderful Ascension hymns and to hear the Ascension texts from Luke and Acts. In our recent Adult Christian Education classes on the development of the New Testament we looked at Luke/Acts, "One story in two parts." The Ascension is only mentioned in Luke/Acts and for good measure is mentioned twice. Luke's Gospel ends with the Ascension thus bringing to a close the "orderly account" of the life of Jesus, while Acts begins with the Ascension as the commencement of the account of the life of the Church....No longer is the Risen Christ bounded by time and place but moves beyond these limitations to the universal dimension of heaven itself. All our spatial language is to some degree metaphorical. There is a sense that all that we try to give language to with regard to spiritual realities is futile since they are "beyond language." But be that as it may, our celebrations of the three aspects of the Easter Mystery: Resurrection, Ascension and Pentecost; a "celebration in three stages" if you like; helps we mere mortals to grasp the full dimensions of the Easter Faith. So, let those Alleluias roll on up to and including the Feast of Pentecost itself.

By | May 11th, 2018|

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