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Gratitude, Grace, and Giving

By Daniel P. Richards | November 25, 2020

Thanksgiving in my family always meant my grandmother’s house, dining room table and sideboard filled with turkey, dressing, and casseroles. It was the natural accumulation of recipes, love, and traditions.  Over the years, we got to be more thoughtful about what we were doing, and we added in prayers and naming reasons we were thankful…

Thanksgiving and those darn Pilgrims

By Daniel P. Richards | November 19, 2020

Last Sunday I went on a little bit of a rant about the pilgrims, though not for the usual reasons. The Pilgrims were, as you probably learned in school, Puritans from the Church of England who came to these shores looking for “freedom from persecution”, but they began in England as Separatists who worshipped in…

The Kingdom of God

By Daniel P. Richards | November 12, 2020

In Scripture Jesus taught consistently about one thing, the Kingdom of God.  For a few reasons I prefer the word “reign” instead of kingdom, but that is not the point at the moment.  That seems obvious, but the question for people like Jesus’s followers who had been through so many kingdoms was “What kind of king are…

Let’s Do Something Different

By Daniel P. Richards | November 5, 2020

Take a deep breath. It has been a rough week for many people. Waiting is difficult, and we are waiting on important news.  For some other people this week has been a revelation that our little experiment in a nation built on the rule of law rather than a cult of power or personality is…

Faith.

By Daniel P. Richards | 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…

Whose House is it?

By Daniel P. Richards | October 22, 2020

Stewardship is a fundamental concept in the New Testament. It is not an idea that makes a lot of sense to us, so the word that is steward in Greek gets translated in all kinds of ways to get across to us what a steward was.  The title gets related mostly to bathrooms and wine…

Politics

By Daniel P. Richards | 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…

Finding Christ in the Wilderness

By Daniel P. Richards | 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…

In Perspective

By Allison Brown | October 2, 2020

The park rangers who work at the Echo Canyon entrance to Camelback Mountain see the mountain differently than the people who walk it everyday. If you have hiked Camelback Mountain you know the power of perspective.  You can feel in turns like you are almost finished and moments later like you will never reach the…

Christ Church Music Update

By Tom Peterson | 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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