Rector’s Note 9-9-21

Twenty-five years ago last February I was ordained in a little Southern Baptist Church in Buckeye, Arizona. Three years earlier I had gone down front in the church to dedicate my life to ministry as a high school senior. It was then an act of trust that God had called me into something larger than…

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Clean

Read Sunday’s Gospel.  Jesus is against you washing your hands.   Okay, not really. When you read the text, Jesus is against the religious leaders setting these unimportant traditions as the benchmarks of holiness.   Clean and unclean is not caused by what you eat or do not eat. Cleanliness here refers to what matters…

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Things Known and Unknown

The prayers of confession often include the plea for forgiveness for things “done and left undone.” The Psalmists often asks God to search their heart and to “cleanse me from my secret faults.” These prayers point us towards one of the strange things about being human beings: there are things going on in  us that…

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Looking Up

Have you heard? The news is always getting our attention with bad news because we are wired by biology to pay attention to things that may keep up out of danger. When we hear that there may be something dangerous, we have to listen!  My favorite example of this was a commercial I heard at…

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The Bread of Life: Second Movement

The Bread of Life discourse continues this week as Jesus moves deeper into the meaning of who he is.   “I am the bread of life. Whoever comes to me will never be hungry, and whoever believes in me will never be thirsty.” What does it mean to never be hungry or thirsty? We have two clues…

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Repentance and the Bread of Life

“Create in me a clean heart, O God; and renew a right spirit within me.” -Psalm 51:11 Psalm 51 is traditionally linked to David’s repentance over the taking of Bathsheba and killing of Uriah. It is the epitome of lament over sin and returning to God. It is central to the Book of Common Prayer…

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Courage

Can you name the seven deadly sins? I bet you can name most, if not all of them.  Did you also know that there are seven virtues? I have rarely heard much said at all about the virtues, though there are movies made about and structured around the sins. I once read that the castaways on Gilligan’s…

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Sabbath Rest

The apostles gathered around Jesus, and told him all that they had done and taught. He said to them, “Come away to a deserted place all by yourselves and rest awhile.” – Mark 6:30-34, 53-56 There are moments in the life of faith to simply pull away. After work well done and ministry administered, there…

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Remembering

July 4th, 1776, our Continental Congress adopted the Declaration of Independence in which we announced our separation from Mother England and freedom from monarchy. We have had two hundred and forty-five years of not having a king or a queen to rule over us, though some have tried to take the mantle. There is a…

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Welcome Back! It’s Nice to See Your Face

It is time to come home. Due to the increase in people getting vaccinated and the reduction of cases of COVID19 in Maricopa County, we are finally ready to start relaxing procedures at worship. We will still keep a few things in place, but church should feel a little more normal this week. We are…

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