October 29, 2020

“Now faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see.” Hebrews 11:1, New International Version Our faith is in the teachings of Jesus Christ and in his incarnation of God. We believe in the teachings of Christ and about Christ. But faith is more than just belief. Faith…

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October 15, 2020

Public Service Reminder: This election season has been shorter than the last five. It may not feel like it, but this year’s cycle is shorter. But that only seems to have turned up the volume on the emotions.  As Christians, we have to train ourselves to hold a divine perspective as children of the Creator…

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Finding Christ in the Wilderness

October 8, 2020

This weekend I am preparing for turning another year older and diocesan convention by going out into the wilderness with Henri. We are heading up to see aspen leaves and sleep in the cold.  Years ago I went up to camp in Flagstaff and froze all night, being totally unprepared for the cold night.  My…

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Christ Church Music Update

September 23, 2020

The global pandemic has been a source of disruption and heartbreak for millions of people all over the world. One community that has been particularly affected, however, is the musical world and specifically choral singers. This is because singing is one of the most effective ways of spreading one’s germs and choirs typically stand or…

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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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