Priest's Corner for May 11,2023

In the last week, I’ve been thinking about dirt. Dirt of all kinds. From tiny grains of sand that make up our local beaches, to the fertile dark blackdirt in the flower beds at our home. In Georgia, the dirt was a red rusty colored clay, and I am not sure it was useful to anyone except a potter.Now, I will confess, I am not a gardener. In fact, I overwatered by a misting once every two months, the assorted desert cacti I bought inthe Phoenix airport after spending a summer my freshman year in Ar…

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Priest's Corner

Dear friends,I think all clergy moan then they realize that they have survived HolyWeek and Easter and taken time for restoration, only to find out that the3rd week of Easter the pace has not slowed down but is indeed pickedup a little. That’s the feeling that I experienced this past week andcertainly the beginning of this week. What I am learning is that my mind gets distracted with all the busyness, sometimes mymind wanders, and I can easily get caught up in my worries and concerns of the day…

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From the Priest's Corner April 6, 2023

This week is all about as Jesus says, "In remembrance of me." This week started out with Jesus' triumphant return to Jerusalem riding humbly on a donkey. He is celebrated as the King of the Jews. While on the other side of town, Pilate rides in with all the pomp and circumstance afforded a Roman Governor led by a colonnade of Roman soldiers. Jesus preaches peace, and Pilate preaches authoritarian oppression. Tonight, the two ideologies clash. But how did that come about? Did Jesus keep himself a…

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Priest's Corner for March 23, 2023

Can you see the light? We’re almost in Jerusalem. We still have miles to go, but we can see the city in the distance. I’ve been thinking about prayer. Maybe because our discussion from Richard Foster’s text, Prayer, has been fruitful and thought-provoking. Brother Todd Blackham, SSJE wrote this about the Lord’s Prayer: “If there is ever a time to refresh and renew our prayer it is now, in the holy season of Lent. If our primary experience with the Lord's Prayer is in corporate worship, we woul…

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Priest's Corner for March 9, 2023

So, how is it going? Has your Lenten practice faded like a New Year’s resolution the third week of January? Are you still searching for a Lenten practice? For any, it is giving up something or taking on something. This year I’ve chosen to do neither. I’ve chosen to work on communication. To really listen and to be present in my encounters. Really present. To not impulsively slide in a statement like a baseball player slidinginto home plate. To think before I speak. It is not as easy as one might…

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