Posts from October 2019

Posts from October 2019

Instructed Eucharist

Engaging in the sacrament of Holy Eucharist is central to the lives of all Christians and is offered each week in the Episcopal Church. Part of our joy and responsibility as Christians is to enter more fully into this sacrament, to meet with intention and awareness the Presence of Christ, and to dwell in the holiness which nourishes, sustains, and saves us. This past Sunday we offered an Instructed Eucharist, which meant two things: 1) the bulletin contained information about…

Ways to Pray Series

We gathered in companionship and prayer, seeking a deeper connection with each other and with God. This past week, we were guided in conversation and spirituality by Deacon Marsha Roscoe, a Lutheran Deacon and the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs of our Diocesan Stevenson School for Ministry. We began our conversation by sharing how we name God in our prayers, for that can tell us a great deal about what we believe about God. We also shared, of course, that…

Sweaty Sunday

Today we gathered as people who care about our church and want to offer our talents and gifts in many ways. Our grounds now look beautiful and are ready for mulch (which will involve another Sweaty Sunday)! We began with a meal, of course, and had a great Oktoberfest potluck picnic, with sausages, hot dogs, macaroni and cheese, sauerkraut, cider and lots of goodies such as pies and donuts. Being nourished in body, we got to work– raking leaves, cutting…

Learning the sacred stories

Today our young people gathered to learn more about our sacred stories which ground and shape our faith, as they will do on the second Sunday of each month. We are using the curriculum Teen Text which takes one of the scriptures heard in church that morning and then pulls it apart — offering context, explaining the story and drawing from our young people the importance of the story. One of the most powerful parts of the time together was…

Seeing salvation

Lord, you now have set your servant free * to go in peace as you have promised; For these eyes of mine have seen the Savior, * whom you have prepared for all the world to see: A Light to enlighten the nations, * and the glory of your people Israel. While I was at Holy Cross Monastery in August, I noticed this odd occurrence of my body often sighing. These emphatic exhalations and sighs were not intentional on my…