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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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Freedom from Fear

Posted by Heather, September 25, 2013

As I was preparing to preach at our Wednesday Eucharist on September 11th, I kept being drawn back to memories from high school history classes about President Franklin Delano Roosevelt’s State of the Union address from January 6, 1941. This speech, given before the United States had been attacked at Pearl Harbor but after we had heard the stories of atrocities against Jews and seen the fighting that was happening in Europe, was preparing the country for the possibility and necessity of engaging in the war. At the end of the speech, President Roosevelt refers to four essential human freedoms – this is the part that sticks in the back of my mind. He wrote this:

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Saints, Angels, Singers

Posted by Jason, August 14, 2013

I had the great joy of attending the Royal School of Church Music (RSCM) course in Newport, Rhode Island last week. Each summer, there are RSCM camps at various places throughout the country. The weeklong camps are geared towards boys and girls, but adults come along as well and fill in the gaps needed for the alto, tenor, and bass parts. I was thrilled to take five of our own choristers to this camp.

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Consumer or Servant?

Posted by Pierce, July 24, 2013

We have all been reading in national journals about the waning fortunes of mainline churches. These articles describe, it seems, with pundit glee how Episcopalians and their Presbyterian, Methodist, United Church of Christ, Catholic and now even Baptist peers are losing their potency on the American scene. Evangelical journals suggest that it is the adoption of progressive political views that have caused the decline.

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My AAMish Family

Posted by Jason, July 17, 2013

I returned last week from the annual conference of the Association of Anglican Musicians (AAM) held in Denver. I belong to a number of professional organizations, but AAM is the one that is most near and dear to me; its annual conferences are often a highlight of my summer.

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Likewise the Spirit

Posted by Ann, May 15, 2013

At a staff meeting yesterday, my colleague, the Rev. Heather VanDeventer said, “Oh, we forgot to send out a prayer to the parish about the shootings in New Orleans. We sent something out after Newtown. We sent something out after Boston. We sent something out after the explosion in Texas.”

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A Blessing

Posted by Pierce, April 22, 2013

Sunday night at our 5:00 p.m. service, we blessed the union of Melissa Capers and Bruni Hernandez. In keeping with our mission that Christ Church is a welcoming, open, and inclusive congregation and recognizing that our membership represents a variety of racial and ethnic backgrounds, nationalities, political affiliations, family configurations, sexual orientations, abilities, and religious traditions, this is one more milestone that acts on our words. We are single, married, partnered, divorced, widowed, re-married, gay and lesbian, with and without children, empty nesters, old and young, and differently gifted. You name it—we’re here.

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Standing Strong with Boston

Posted by Pierce, April 18, 2013

The bombing of the finish line at the Boston Marathon broke all our hearts. Very soon we will be seeing the funerals and interviews of the victims who have been injured. Funerals take place in churches and many of the persons interviewed will be speaking from a faith perspective. Thus we are reminded what congregations and religious leaders do at such times. Congregations, synagogues, and temples are places where people turn to pick up the pieces of their lives broken by violence. It’s where the funerals are held and our grief work is conducted. These are important and needed roles that houses of worship have played for centuries.

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Psalm 13

Posted by Ann, April 16, 2013

After checking to make sure that two friends who were running the Boston Marathon were OK, my husband, 20-year-old daughter, and I sat down to watch the CNN coverage of the bomb blasts in Boston. But we were switching back and forth between CNN and the Nats/Marlins game. The Nats were making up for their discouraging show against Atlanta over the weekend and were up 8-0 and we needed some good news. Can you become inured to horror? Apparently.

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Giving Thanks

Posted by Jason, March 26, 2013

I encourage you to thank members of the choirs when you see them, whether on Sunday mornings at church or an accidental encounter at the grocery store. And, I ask that you do this to both children and adults.

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