Welcome to Stewardship Season!

Welcome to Stewardship Season!

Please, stop calling it stewardship season! This is a misnomer. The Christian value of stewardship is a year-round endeavor of constantly keeping track of our resources and the gifts we have to share, and then applying a loving heart and a prudent mind to the task of...
Forgiveness, Repentance, Reconciliation & Grace

Forgiveness, Repentance, Reconciliation & Grace

This week we have seen circulating around the internet the footage of Brandt Jean offering his forgiveness to Amber Guyger, the woman who murdered his brother Botham.  You can view footage of Mr. Jean’s impact statement here: Click to View Video I want to say a few...
The Two Thousand Year-Old Book Club, or Why Bible Study Matters

The Two Thousand Year-Old Book Club, or Why Bible Study Matters

A lot of people think Episcopalians have no real relationship with Scripture.  Because we have historically spent more time with our prayer books than our bibles, there is a misperception that we do not value Scripture or at least the the Bible is subordinate to our...
“Remember, I am with you always…”

“Remember, I am with you always…”

“Remember,” Jesus says at the end of Matthew’s Gospel – his final words to his disciples – “Remember, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.” And that is a promise – a promise to remember always, to hold on to, amidst the changes which are all around us....
And We’re Off!

And We’re Off!

Tonight and tomorrow—Friday through Saturday—your vestry and I are out at Claggett Camp and Conference Center to eat, pray, and plan together for the coming program year.  It’ll be my first vestry retreat, and I feel grateful to be going with a group that is already...
Tending the Holy

Tending the Holy

This past Sunday we did some planning and training together in the sanctuary for our various lay ministries in worship.  Today I want to discuss particularly the work of the greeters/ushers, and acolytes/servers.  There was some Holy Chaos going on as we worked...
Consider the Lilies

Consider the Lilies

Many thanks to everyone who has responded to my letter last week about changing our worship schedule.  My door, inbox, and ears are still open, and I hope more of you will feel free to ask questions, share concerns, and offer suggestions.  Please do try to attend the...
The Times They are a-Changin’

The Times They are a-Changin’

My dear friends in Christ, Aside from sporting pink hair, I am not a person naturally drawn to rash action.  I have ever been a late-bloomer, slow-mover, and moderate thinker.   Anyone among my friends and family will tell you that in my private life I sometimes...
Something to think about: slow down!

Something to think about: slow down!

Slow Down! This is probably not the first thing you expected to hear from your new Priest-in-Charge. An unusual amount of activity going on at Trinity for a parish in the height of summer. The energy and excitement here are palpable, and it’s great! I suppose there is...
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