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Repentance and the Bread of Life

July 29, 2021

“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

July 22, 2021

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

July 15, 2021

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 1, 2021

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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Deacon’s Note

June 23, 2021

It is summertime in Arizona. Like most years, this state is plagued by forest fires. The Telegraph fire burning near Superior is still not contained. Additionally, we are watching the Backbone fire located 12 miles west of Pine and Strawberry. News sources are keeping us posted on the Wyrick Fire burning near Heber as it…

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Deacon’s Note

June 16, 2021

By the weather forecast these days, it seems like we are roasting in the fires of Hell — or is it just June in the Southwestern Desert? We find ourselves under a Heat Warning issued by the Weather Service. Air conditioners are working overtime to keep us comfortable in the middle of June. And we…

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Welcome Back! It’s Nice to See Your Face

June 11, 2021

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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Finding Home

June 3, 2021

“ . . . some men are born out their due place.  Accident has cast them amid certain  surroundings, but they have always a nostalgia for a home they know not.” – W. Sommerset Maugham As we enter the first weeks after Pentecost we run into this Gospel of Mark theme of Jesus’s identity. He…

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The Dance and the Call

May 27, 2021

When I was ordained to the diaconate in 2003 at Epiphany in Tempe, it was a strange and wonderful day for me. I had been ordained seven years earlier as a Baptist minister, but I had now come to the Episcopal Church, was confirmed, and then went through discernment at Trinity Cathedral and gone off…

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Suit Up

May 14, 2021

“If you are on the field, you are in the game.” I don’t actually know where I first heard these words, but they have been a life-law since I was in middle school. They are a first principle in liturgy and discipleship. If you are here, you are part of what God is doing in this place. …

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