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Covenant and Law and You, O Agent of the Light!

By Daniel P. Richards | October 17, 2019

This coming weekend I am leading a memorial service in a boxing gym for a family connected to us by one of our families. Bart Yerger died at 47 after a long bout with cancer, and he was a fighter. But the reason his service is being held in a boxing gym is not because…

The Elephant and the Driver

By Daniel P. Richards | October 10, 2019

There is an elephant inside you, and a driver. The elephant is your will. Your will is that part of your internal being that gets things done. It is powerful and driven by desires that are basic and usually not fully formed or explored. The Christian spiritual tradition has always warned us about desires. They…

A New Day and Old Celebrations

By Daniel P. Richards | October 3, 2019

Every year around the first of October, Episcopal churches celebrate Episcopal schools, and so have we for more than fifteen years. The choice to offer a school as part of the ministry of this parish was a bold one that has been an incredible blessing to the health and vitality of our parish. I often…

What Belongs to You

By Daniel P. Richards | September 27, 2019

There is a little book on relationships called **the Four Agreements.** Now the subtitle and text of the book claims that the author Miguel Ruiz is offering Toltec wisdom.  I do not ascribe to that claim, but the book offers some helpful guidance on relationships to others and the world. My personal favorite the Second…

Walking In Love

By Tom Peterson | September 19, 2019

Walking in love. It’s what pilgrims did to get to holy sites in ancient times, and the first pilgrimage site in England was the town that is now called St. Alban’s. When Constantine legalized Christianity in 313, the site of the martyrdom of St. Alban was already a pilgrimage destination, and because of this, the…

Invite, Welcome, Connect.

By Daniel P. Richards | September 12, 2019

The new iPhone 11 lineup is out, and I want one. Well, I want the Pro of course, but even more important is that I need all the memory I can get; oh, and the new green color is so cool.  Maybe you do not care about the latest tech news, and that may even…

Walk In Love to Sunday School

By Shana Halpin | September 5, 2019

I love this time of year as we mark the start of a new educational year filled with friends and fun! We are busy preparing for our big Sunday School kick-off this coming Sunday (9/8), and everything is new and exciting here at Christ Church of the Ascension. Please plan to have your children join…

Community of Hope

By Timothy Watt | August 29, 2019

“Do not neglect to do good and to share what you have, for such sacrifices are pleasing to God.” (Hebrew 13:16) As Christians we are called to service in the world though sharing what we have.  We often think about this in monetary terms, but we are also called upon to share our time.  Throughout this Summer…

The Middle Way

By Daniel P. Richards | August 21, 2019

In 1517, the world changed. Martin Luther, a monk and preacher at a small chapel in Germany, nailed 95 proposals to a door. Those proposals for change to the church of the time were printed and reprinted and sold around Europe. To read them now is to understand the leap from the medieval world of…

Back To School

By Daniel P. Richards | August 15, 2019

Dear Ones,  School started this week, or last week for most people. My children are mostly happy with that, though one going off to college is still off for another few days. And all of us are excited about the increase of traffic. As you can imagine, I mostly loved school, all those new books…

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