Water Problems – Jesus Cleanses the Temple

By Daniel P. Richards | March 4, 2021

The leaks started as a toilet problem, little things. Then more toilets had problems and a leak started in the ceiling in the girls’ bathroom. A pipe might have been the problem.  These small symptoms were not the disease. Like many things in life they pointed to something larger. We have high water pressure at…

Take Up Your Cross

By Daniel P. Richards | February 25, 2021

Shame. It is hard to explain the shame of the cross in any way that touches our modern culture. We are not a people that feel shame in general.  In Jesus’s time, anyone associated with someone who was crucified would be humiliated. The cross was the perfect and complete symbol of shame. Imagine if someone…

Week One of Lent- God’s Revealed and Hidden

By Daniel P. Richards | February 18, 2021

Baptism. Growing up, baptism was all about the forgiveness of sins, and maybe eternal fire insurance depending on the tradition where you grew up. This was always suspicious, but I could never put my finger on why. Was God just planning on burning up the vast majority of human beings unless they got the right…

What? No Ashes?

By Daniel P. Richards | February 11, 2021

In past years for Ash Wednesday there have been clergy that went into the streets and put ashes on passers-by. I know why they do it, but I have fussed with friends that this is like reminding total strangers that they are going to die.  You have no idea the context in which they hear…

What a Year! What a Meeting!

By Daniel P. Richards | February 4, 2021

Thank you to everyone who showed up virtually for the annual meeting. It was quite a recap of the year that was 2020. Thank you for your work this last year, your giving, your kind words, and your worship. As we look forward together, I want to simply ask you to pray for Christ Church…

Episcopal Leadership

By Daniel P. Richards | January 28, 2021

“Who’s in charge here?” the question came from a frustrated visitor who had shown up on a Sunday morning and wanted the “Pastor” to sign off on a statement for the newspaper. The previous rector had been part of a group that I met with but never joined, and they were making a public statement about…

Back to Common Time

By Daniel P. Richards | January 21, 2021

Our news feed has been loaded up for a very long time with urgent headlines and implied if not actual exclamation points. So it is hopeful that for a few weeks, liturgical time goes back to plain old green common time. After Advent, Christmas, and Epiphany, we have just a couple of Sundays before Lent…

Turn to God in Prayer

By Daniel P. Richards | January 14, 2021

In all things, turn to God in prayer.  Our nation has stretched itself to the point of fraying again. And all I have to say is that we are not a partisan institution, except that we are on the side of God’s Kingdom. We are for the children of the Living God who has given…

Epiphany – The Light of Christ Revealed

By Daniel P. Richards | January 7, 2021

The news this week erupted as a mob stormed the Capital, and our nation seemed to rock on its axis. Here we are again, facing harsh political realities and asking difficult questions. Today the Bishop and clergy of the Diocese of Arizona were on a preplanned Zoom meeting to discuss plans for Ash Wednesday and…

Finding a New Year

By Daniel P. Richards | December 30, 2020

So planning for this year wasn’t really possible. Who knew what 2020 would hold when we sat down with a pad of paper and wrote out intentions for the year? Obviously, last year we had no clue we would be facing COVID, racial protests and riots brought on by police killings, wildfires that shut down…

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