Easter Greetings from Bishop Rob Skirving

In the ways that we would normally do, this year we will not wash one another’s feet or observe our Lord’s last supper, but we can keep our Lord’s commandment to his disciples and love one another as Jesus loved them. We will not carry large wooden crosses into our places of worship and join others in public acts of adoration, but we can each give thanks privately for Jesus’ obedience even to death on a cross, and contemplate what it means to deny ourselves, take up our own cross and follow the …

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Holy Week 2020

Good morning friends, As I write to you this early morning, birds are already at the feeders. The cardinals are perched within the safety of a Live Oak, ready to swoop in after the larger black birds trimmed with scarlet are finished. We have a particular feeder for the smallest of our feather friends, which squirrels are relentless about finding a ‘way in’. And with all this beauty right outside the home office window, February 26th, Ash Wednesday seems years and years behind us. Leaving the s…

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Palm Sunday, Holy Week and Easter - Our way through sin & redemption

Palm Sunday, Holy Week and Easter - Our way through sin & redemption The way we move through Lent and Holy Week to Easter shapes in dramatic form what we believe about sin and redemption.• Sin: The world’s brokenness, including our own• Redemption: The act of God to create us anew All too often, however, we allow ourselves to think of sin and redemption only in individualistic terms. Because of this we miss, I think, something essential about what the Good News of Easter really is about. …

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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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