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Feelin' Down

Posted by Jason, July 23, 2014

Well, I had a pretty bad weekend. I was down with a cold since Friday so I spent all weekend coughing and lounging on my couch. Nothing much of interest to watch on tv – just the horrible news about the downed Malaysian airliner and the sense that things are only going to get worse in Ukraine before they get better. When that wasn’t being discussed on the news, it was about the continued escalation of fighting between Israel and Palestine.

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Memories of Vacation Bible School

Posted by Jason, June 25, 2014

Vacation Bible School is in full force this week at Christ Church. Children are everywhere in the mornings and clearly are having a great time!

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Gone Missing

Posted by Jason, May 21, 2014

Two of the dominant news stories of the past month have dealt with the "missing." First is the missing Malaysian airline and secondly, the missing Nigerian girls (let us all continue to pray for their safety and their return). Additional newsmakers over the past few weeks seem to be "missing" some common sense with their absurd/offensive comments, and it seems that civil bipartisanship is missing in our government. 

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Sing an Easter Song!

Posted by Jason, April 16, 2014

I’ve often wondered why Easter music hasn’t “caught on” with the public like Christmas music has. Walk into any mall during December and you’ll hear a continual medley of sacred and secular carols being piped through the speakers. But it’s not the same for Easter. It can’t be due to the fact that it’s a distinctly Christian holiday since Christmas is too. It’s also not due to the fact that Christmas music might be older, because most Easter music is older than most Christmas carols.

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Turning down the radio

Posted by Jason, March 12, 2014

I usually spend most of my Lent trying to decide what my Lenten discipline is going to be. Often I will arrive at Easter still undecided. This comes as no surprise to most people who know me – I only recently decided what my New Year’s resolution would be for 2012.

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Papa don’t preach?

Posted by Jason, February 5, 2014

I play two services each week at Virginia Theological Seminary. I enjoy this opportunity; there’s always something I learn from each service whether it’s something musical, from the sermon or from the liturgy itself. 

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Caroling Thanks

Posted by Jason, January 1, 2014

At the conclusion of the 10:30 service on Christmas Eve, I noticed a gentleman hanging around upstairs by the console as I finished the postlude. I sat down to switch from my organ shoes to my regular shoes while I noticed him apprehensively approach me a few times, and then walk away. 

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Hark! A Thrilling Voice is Sounding

Posted by Jason, December 4, 2013

It would not bother me at all if Advent lasted significantly longer that it presently does. A friend and colleague asked me last week if I was ever able to really do the music I want during Advent. I told him that I didn’t because of the time crunch in preparing for Christmas, the reality that many choir members are gone during the month of December, preparing for Lessons and Carols, etc. He stated that he felt exactly the same way.

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On Being

Posted by Jason, November 6, 2013

Anyone who knows me well, knows that I am NOT good at waking up early in the morning. I could naturally sleep every day until 11 a.m. I suspect. Obviously, that is NOT an option on Sunday mornings. We have a meeting each Sunday at 7:30 a.m. to discuss the liturgies for the day and to make sure all of the clergy are prepared for their specific duties. So, as painful as it is, I actually enjoy being up early on Sunday and driving to church because I really love listening to Krista Tippett’s show, On Being, on NPR. The guests seem to cross the entire spectrum of belief. This past Sunday, she had on an atheist who eventually got around to talking about all of the good things that can come from religion.

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St. Francis still speaks today

Posted by Jason, October 9, 2013

Growing up Baptist, I didn't really have much understanding of the various saints. I had heard of St. Peter standing watch at Heaven’s entry gate, but the rest were somewhat unfamiliar to me. However, my God-mother lived next door and she, an Episcopalian, was pretty familiar with the saints, but none more so than St. Francis. She had statues of him in her front yard, a big St. Francis bird bath in her back yard, needlepoint pillows with his image on them on her couch, and a couple of his sayings hanging up on her walls – “You may be the only Gospel your neighbor ever reads” is one that stands out still to this day in my mind.

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