From the Back Porch on July 28

From the Back Porch  Worship never happens in a vacuum. Recall past & current events: Pearl Harbor JFK’s assassination Littleton, Colorado—our first 21 C. memorable mass shooting killing children Hurricane disasters Congressman Lewis’ last speech & Black Lives Matter COVID-19 Sometimes the world intrudes into our life of common prayer in ways we feel it shouldn’t.  At other times the world comes back to haunt us, reminding us that we should have let it intrude long ago; that …

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From the Back Porch

From the Back Porch   O God of unchangeable power and eternal light: let the whole world see and know that things which were cast down are being raised up, and things which had grown old are being made new, and that all things are being brought to their perfection by him through whom all thing were made, your Son Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen  Does it seem to you that Americans these days are into power? Consider that The self-help section of local bookstores is liable to carry titles such a…

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Good Morning from the Back Porch

Good morning from the Back Porch. Our reading & conversations about Black Lives Matter is entering its second week. Feel welcomed drop in to read & to listen. I’ve enclosed quotes from an article recently published, Things That White People Say That Highlight Their Privilege, by Kelsey Borresen that encapsulates of our first conversation. This is important and hard work that touches upon the inherent dignity of living into our baptismal covenant as an Episcopal Parish. Stay tuned for t…

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Reconciliation

  Reconciliation   So if anyone is in Christ there is a new creation; everything old has passed away; see, everything has become new. All this is from God, who reconciled us to himself through Christ, and has given us the ministry of reconciliation. 2 Corinthians 5:17-18   Using the language from this letter from Paul to the Christians in Corinth, the Prayer Book describes the good news of Christ’s work in the world as “establishing the new covenant of reconciliation” between God and huma…

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Bishop Skirving's Letter Regarding Our COVID-19 Journey

  The Episcopal Diocese of East CarolinaThe Right Reverend Robert S. Skirving, BishopJune 29, 2020 “So then let’s also run the race that is laid out in front of us,since we have such a great cloud of witnesses surrounding us.Let’s throw off any extra baggage, get rid of the sin that trips us up,and fix our eyes on Jesus, faith’s pioneer and perfecter.”Hebrews 12:1-2a (Common English Bible) Dear Friends in Christ, On Wednesday, May 13 a document titled “The Next Steps of our Easter Journey” w…

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Sent as a Community to do God's Will

The Final Words “Send us now into the world in peace,and grant us strength and courageto love and serve youwith gladness and singleness of heart;through Christ our Lord.”Amen These 30 words from the first of the post-communion prayers sum up the Prayer Books theology about what God desires of us as Christian community, a community of thankful responsibility to Christ. And it bugs me from time to time that we/I seem to think so little of this prayer that we let ourselves be distracted by other …

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