”a right beginning of repentance”

+…”a right beginning of repentance”…+ Episcopalians are not big on sin. Mind you, I don’t mean we aren’t good at it. To the contrary. If you want to be reminded what is meant by humanity’s “sins” and “wretchedness,” often you just don’t have to look further than any parish. Still, we don’t put sin at the center of the way we pray, or at the center of what we believe. That place is reserved for God’s love, mercy and compassion, and our prayer to be formed in God’s image. Faith for us means learn…

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Collect for the Last Sunday

Collect for the Last SundayAfter the Epiphany Grant to us that we…may be strengthened to bear our cross,  and be changed into his likeness. At the end of Epiphany there is a quiz. One question. Short answer. In fact, it’s a yes/no choice, although most of us will try to argue to make it multiple choice. There have been many clues. Remember the lessons from Advent? The unexpected turn of events at Christmas? John the Baptist’s call to turn back, look harder, listen more closely, prepare better…

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Baptism water splash

Baptism

Baptism Who doesn’t love a good baptism? It’s like Open House Party day at church – anticipation is in the air, everyone is excited and feels included. We’re actually getting (sorta) close to the next time (Easter Vigil) in our liturgical calendar when baptisms are invited; and at minimum nearly every Episcopal priest I know becomes giddy about the possibility of A BAPTISM!!! This is a cold time of year to think about Jesus’ Baptism in the River Jordan, much less contemplate our own. The image…

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Love Message

Epiphany – A Time of Discernment

Epiphany, the scriptures continue to teach us is about learning to see and recognize Godin the improbable person--Jesus: born in a stable, baptized by one who ate bugs and wildhoney. Jesus who stayed up late drinking at weddings and died that we might live.Epiphany is about the recognition of the miraculous in the middle of the ordinary. It’sabout listening not just with our ears, yet with our heart and soul. It’s about theambiguities of trying to hear God speak even in silence, to hear angels s…

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Remembering the Magi

We’re within the third portion of the cycle of the Christian year that began withAdvent, continued with the 12 days of Christmas and now conclude with the seasonknown as Epiphany. The name Epiphany comes from the Greek word meaning‘manifestation’ or ‘appearing’. It refers to Jesus being manifest to all the people ofthe earth as the Christ, the messiah, God incarnate in the person of God’s child. Thusthe collect for Epiphany says: “O God, by the leading of a star you manifested your only Son to …

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