The Times They are a Changing . . .

September 11, 2020

We are finally able to get back to normal . . . maybe.  This year has been a year of constant maybe. Masks or no masks, vaccines or not, and well, consult your internet search engine of choice.  So, I am writing to tell you good news, but keep your masks handy. On Sunday the…

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Rector’s Note 09-03-20

September 3, 2020

Dear People of Christ,  Walking home always seems to go faster than walking away, especially when hiking. As Henri and I waded our way out of Aravaipa Canyon, we followed a large heron that moved from tree to tree.  Every time it was impressive when those big grey wings swept his large body into the…

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Into the Backcountry

August 27, 2020

Long walks have a way of transforming your heart and mind as a well as your body.  Growing up in the country meant wandering around the land we owned in central Mississippi as a boy in all four seasons and often alone. I would finish chores and head out for the day. Those years of…

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Rector’s Note 20 August 2020

August 20, 2020

Finally for some good news about the quarantine, though perhaps not all that you wanted. Maricopa County numbers are finally headed in the right direction, and the Bishop, COVID Task Force, and the State Attorney General’s offices are all in agreement that we are getting close to being ready to open up to Phase II,…

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Thanksgiving and Transfiguration

August 6, 2020

No, I am not holiday skipping. Today as I write this is the Feast of the Transfiguration. We typically celebrate it on a Sunday when the reading shows up in the lectionary, but it is actually August 6. It is celebrated among all Orthodox and Catholic traditions. Jesus took Peter, James, and John up a…

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Rector’s Note 07-30-20

July 30, 2020

“When Jesus heard this news he withdrew by boat to a lonely place on his own.” – Matthew 14:13, New Revised Jerusalem Bible This little verse in between the stories of John the Baptist’s beheading (the news Jesus heard) and the feeding of the five thousand is one I return to again and again.  It…

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God’s Got You!

July 23, 2020

Are you worn down this week? After the headlines and the slow pressure cooker of being socially distanced and the world’s renegotiating of the social contract, are you feeling exhausted or exhilarated?  We are followers of Jesus Christ. All this summer as we have been reading Paul’s letter to the Romans, we have been faced…

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Happy Fourth of July 2020

July 8, 2020

I want to make it official. This is a weird year to be celebrating. It is always strange to celebrate in a desert with fire anything, especially in July. And this year, the world is on fire. The question growing up in a more rural and usually wetter place was whether you put a fire…

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Here We Go Again: COVID 19 Second Peak

July 1, 2020

Here We Go Again: COVID 19 Second Peak In our house, I had a ridiculous rule for the kids. As a family, we would never watch a movie that was part two of a cartoon. No Barbie Princess 2. They could watch it when I was not around, but no adults should have to be…

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Exhaustion and Hope

June 25, 2020

“Dear Reverend Daniel, Please tell 2020 to pull over; I would like to get out. I will walk from here.” When a friend sent me that little meme a couple of weeks ago, I laughed in commiseration. It has been a rough year, and we have many in our own community who have had it…

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