I would like you to join in me in a prayer for those who have died and were wounded in Las Vegas this past week. Please find a red prayer book near you and join me in the prayer on page 815, the Prayer for the Human Family.
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Last week, I spoke to you about why we exist as a church: We exist to pray. (more…)
Opening Sentence: “And you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.” John 8:32
The musical South Pacific, according to Wikipedia, is based on James A. Michener’s 1947 book Tales of the South Pacific and combines elements of several of those stories. Rodgers and Hammerstein, who wrote the musical believed they could send a strong progressive message on racism. (more…)
Sometimes, no matter what you do, you can’t win. You know the feeling?
That seems to be what Jesus is saying in today’s gospel lesson: First you criticize John the Baptist for being too strict, not sociable, and never enjoying a meal, and then you criticize Jesus for eating and drinking too much and being glutton. (more…)
“We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men [and women] are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.”
Once a year, on this Fourth of July weekend when we celebrate our nation’s Independence Day, I like to tell a story. It is a story not well known but should be. (more…)
Today is Trinity Sunday, the day the Church sets aside for preaching about this ancient — and obtuse — doctrine of the Trinity. It is perhaps no accident that the Church saves this teaching moment for the start of summer vacations.
In many churches, the task of explaining the Trinity falls to a seminarian. It’s kind of a rite of passage: Let’s see how fast the seminarian gets in trouble.
But since we have no seminarian, you get me. (more…)