To Live in Relationship with God

“Almighty God, to you all hearts are open, all desires know, and from you no secrets are hid: Cleanse the thoughts of our hearts by the inspiration of your Holy Spirit, that we may perfectly love you, and worthily magnify your holy Name; through Jesus Christ our Lord”. Amen Watching my nieces and their children playing together on the beach year after year, I remember the first steps my sisters, brother and I took into chilly Atlantic waters growing up together. The colliding power of waves, o…

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Library shelf with many copies of the Book of Common Prayer

Five goals for us to examine during Lent

Our Book of Common Prayer Sets out five goals for us to examine during Lent Self Examination: When Jesus looked into the hearts of those he met, he both saw them more truthfully than they were able to see themselves and judged them more compassionately than they were willing to judge themselves. In Lent we are to examine ourselves anew through the painfully honest and totally loving eyes of Christ. Repentance: Lent invites us into the traditional fourfold pattern of repentance (turning away …

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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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A Meditation

The fire of God is inside each of us.  Placed there long ago by the Holy Spirit.  As you breathe in and out, that fire contains God given life alive with new possibilities along with a still calm voice of God leading us in paths where love, faith, hope, and a giving heart direct our words and actions. A question to consider is how is that fire inside each of us? It is a bold blue flame – focused, potent and concentrated on what we do and say.  Is there a good red glow that comforts and warms u…

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Prayers for Orlando Shooting Victims

Once again we have seen a terrible tragedy occur in our country. The people in Orlando were minding their own business, having fun on a Saturday night when all of a sudden a man with terrible hatred in his heart took the lives of over 50 young people with just as many injured. Why does this keep happening in our country? What can we do? I know that I feel helpless in times like this. I struggle to understand why we allow a person to buy a weapon that is designed for our military. I struggle to …

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