Pulpit Posts2017-06-13T16:32:54+00:00

Blessing on the Journey

photo by Charles Edward Case The Rev. Dr. Anna S. Pearson On the Feast of Epiphany in some parts of central Europe, priests in festal vestments bless water, frankincense, gold and…chalk. The chalk is not

By |January 4th, 2019|

Blessing for a New Beginning

The Reverend Susan E. HillMerry Christmas!This is a season of new beginnings. We are in Christmastide (remember we celebrate the birth of Jesus for twelve full days!), and the miracle of the birth of the

By |December 28th, 2018|

Almost There!

photo by Charles Edward Case During the four Sundays of Advent, I have been leading a short series called Articulated Transcendence: Advent Poetry. From the time I conceived the courselet to the time I actually

By |December 21st, 2018|

Turning Around

Repentance is not simply coming to the realization that one has made some bad decisions, or gotten themselves lost, or sorry for getting into a predicament.... ...Forgiveness is a gift that we receive through repentance. But, John reminds us that we can’t stop with the gift. We have to respond. We have to produce fruit that gives evidence of the repentant heart, that shows that the direction of our life has changed.

By |December 14th, 2018|

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|

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