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Reviving Faith

May 22, 2020

Dear People of Christ Church, I never enjoyed tilling when I was growing up. It was hard work to turn under the soil and prepare for the new planting. You tilled at the end of a season of harvest, and you tilled again just before plowing to plant. As we enter a season of planting,…

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Change and Reopening

May 7, 2020

Members, supporters, friends, disciples, Well, by now you have heard the news. The Rev. Timothy Watt and the Rev. Tanya Watt are moving to Rhode Island in June. We are both grateful for his time with us and joyful that his gifts will be used in the broader church. I am going to miss the…

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The Keeping of the Faith

March 28, 2020

One of the most amazing things about the English Reformation, of which our church is heir, is that the Anglicans did not get rid of the outward form, but they did reform the inner form of the church. We kept the vestments and frontals, holy days and venerations, but we changed how they were thought…

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A Week of Rapid Change

March 20, 2020

Another week of rapid change has left us all feeling a sense of whiplash. A week ago today I was driving around Lake Havasu for a visit to another parish, and I was struck by the number of people from California and thinking that we should probably be careful about exposure. By then people were…

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Jesus as our Savior/Coronavirus, COVID-19, and Communion

March 5, 2020

Jesus as our Savior Jesus is our savior. This phrase is central to the proclamation of the church, but not one you hear in conversation in the mainline world. Jesus has saved the world from the condemnation of sin. In Christ, God has forgiven us and offers us a righteousness that is not our own.…

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Fasting, Prayer, and a Holy Lent

February 27, 2020

Fasting, Prayer, and a Holy Lent Fasting is a regular part of Lenten practice and the practice most associated with Lent, but it is often misunderstood. Fasting is neither for penitence nor to earn God’s love or salvation.  Penitence is being sorrowful for sins, or the act of paying for sins through self-imposed suffering. It…

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The Transfiguration and the Move from Epiphany to Lent

February 20, 2020

Christmas and Epiphany move toward revelation. Christmas moves from the Incarnation in a lowly manger revealed mostly to shepherds to the coming of the astrologers “wise ones” from the East. The world is changed, and then the change is revealed. Epiphany begins with the wise ones visiting a toddler and ends with the man revealed…

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The Image of God

February 13, 2020

As we have looked at the theology of God in the church over the last few weeks, we have also been looking at how we view ourselves. The claim of the faith is that we have been given the power of God to become his children by Jesus, our first born brother.  The word we…

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Old Photos of God

February 6, 2020

We don’t have photographs of God. It is that simple. We don’t have old Polaroids or 35 millimeter prints, no daguerreotypes or pinhole camera images of the divine. We just have us.  God is known by his children. Jesus was the first-begotten, or “mono-genos” in Greek. But through Christ we have been given power to…

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When Clergy Pray Together

January 30, 2020

Up at Chapel Rock, the Bishop gathers the deacons and priests of the diocese for a time of reunion, recreation, and learning. The annual clergy conference is always a little bit like a call to better work and a family reunion.  Although we work just down the street from each other, it is the best…

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