Religion

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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Uncontroversial Kneeling

June 18, 2020

Kneeling has become controversial again, but it has reminded me why we kneel in worship. We kneel specifically to repent and to enter private prayer. It is particularly appropriate posture for contrition and repentance.  During this ongoing outbreak, when we are without our pews in worship, we have not been kneeling on screen. This has…

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Loving Christ, Serving Christ

June 11, 2020

Loving Christ  The Summer of .  .  .  This is one of those years that may end up with more than one nickname. But it is Summer again and this Sunday we go back to Summer Worship services ONLINE at 9 a.m. and 6 p.m.  The Bible in a Year Class will be online at…

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The Normal That Isn’t Yet

June 4, 2020

People of Christ, This week America erupted again over race. As the Church celebrated Pentecost over Zoom, we were all also watching the fires of protests, riots, and violence burn around us. It is hard to overstate how disconcerting this year had been already before George Floyd was killed by a police officer in Minneapolis.…

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We’re all Pentecostal. We always have been.

May 29, 2020

Dear People of Christ Church, Sunday is Pentecost, when we remember the Holy Spirit filling the disciples and giving birth to the church. It would be a great day to be together, but we are not quite there yet. Our COVID-19 Vestry Advisory Committee met again this week to solidify our process for opening and…

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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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