From the Back Porch (1)

I like to garden. It seems an appropriate avocation for a priest; after all, theologically speaking, life began in a garden (Gen. 2). Isaiah speaks of God’s peoples at the coming of the messiah as the harvest of a now-full-blooming “shoot that I planted” (Is. 60:21). Jesus himself spoke of the Lilies of the field, clothed in a glory greater than even King Solomon (Matt. 6:28). Thus, this season after Pentecost is celebrated as a season of growth, flowering and, ultimately, harvest. We should no…

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Silent Gifts

‘What goes around comes around’ is a familiar sound bite for those of us of a certain age. I’m one of those ‘of a certain age’ as are many I love and many that I have served as both PE teacher and coach, Professor and Priest. What a ride I have had, a roller coaster life of disappointments and accomplishments at best. At this place in my life, it is the ways in which I’ve been in that sacred place of ‘mediating’ love and healing that I would wish to be remembered in my last days. While serving …

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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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