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

Ready, Steady, Go! | The Rev. Dr. Anna S. Pearson, Rector

This is the exact time in the calendar year when we find ourselves poised on the outer edge of the “holiday season,” and ready to jump. Much has been said and written about the complexities inherent in these next six weeks; a time when high interpersonal expectations meet socio-cultural norms meet consumerism meets long, long “to do” lists. By any measure, it’s a lot. We know it’s a lot because we see some of the negative effects of this season in those around us. We might even feel them some ourselves....

By |November 22nd, 2019|

In Times of Trial | The Rev. Deacon Robert A. Jacobs

Most of us have not had the experience of being hated and persecuted for being followers of Christ, which is the case in some parts of the world. We all know that in small and in sometimes big ways, following Jesus will often put us at odds with the values of this world, and at times the values of our friends. The truth is our faith is on trial every single day of our life. We are most susceptible to fail when tragedy and stress come to call. So, what do you do when your world is falling apart?...

By |November 15th, 2019|

Guest-ing and Gratitude | The Rev. Dr. Anna S. Pearson, Rector

When I was a young girl and sulking about having to do something social that I would rather avoid, my grandmother would always quote her own mother to me. When she was young and preparing to attend a gathering—happily or otherwise—my grandmother would get dressed in clothing appropriate to the occasion, comb her hair, and gather her coat and belongings to leave her home. As she got to the door, her mother would stop her. She did a superficial spot check to make sure all was well and then gave my grandmother a hug, adding some version of this statement as she walked out: “make them glad they asked you.”

By |November 8th, 2019|

All Saints’ Day: Who are the saints? | The Rev. Susan E. Hill, Associate Rector

Today we celebrate the Feast of All Saints, and we will have a particularly festive marking of it at our Evensong commemorating the 175th anniversary of Church of the Holy Apostles tonight (Friday) at 7 pm. We will also remember All Saints’ Day, and its related day, All Souls’ (or the Commemoration of All Faithful Departed) this Sunday, November 3....

By |November 1st, 2019|

All Things Come Of Thee, O Lord | The Rev. Dr. Anna S. Pearson, Rector

A pastor in a book about giving recounts the following story: when he was a young boy, his mother used to send him on occasional errands to the local florist to pick up bouquets for the family dining table. He writes of how much he resented this chore. He didn’t care about having cut flowers in his home. He didn’t want to stop what he was doing to walk all the way to the shop to get them. On top of everything else, he really didn’t want to be seen out in his neighborhood carrying his purchase. He feared his friends might mock him, or incorrectly assume he had a romantic partner.....

By |October 25th, 2019|

Prayer–What A Comfort | The Rev. Deacon Robert A. Jacobs

As Christians we should have a strong belief in prayer and the power of prayer. It is part of our relationship with God where we can never stop growing or do too much. Prayer is a wonderful privilege that God extends to us to come and talk to Him and lay everything at His feet. Prayer shouldn’t be our last resort when times become difficult. Rather, it should be the first life-saving ring if you will, we grab when we are drowning and hold on to for dear life. Is it always easy? No. But, then again, neither is life, hence the need for these reminders to take everything to the Lord in prayer before, in the middle of and after feeling totally overwhelmed by it all....

By |October 18th, 2019|

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