The Annunciation by Fra Angelico 1387 – 1455 The Collect for the Feast of The Annunciation: Pour your grace into our hearts, O Lord, that we who have known the incarnation of your Son Jesus Christ, announced by an angel to the Virgin Mary, may by his cross and passion be brought to the glory of his resurrection; who lives and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.
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- Today is traditionally called “Low Sunday” because, being the Sunday after Easter, the attendance is low. I totally understand, but it’s still a shame because the Gospel reading for today is an amazing one in which Jesus appears to the frightened disciples and says, “Peace be with you.” He also shows Thomas his hands and his side so that he, too, can believe. I’ve been thinking about our fears and how Jesus might help us find peace in the midst of them and I will be preaching on this on Sunday. It’s also Family Mass and we have some great songs we are singing, too - including Shake another hand, shake the hand next to you, Shake another hand and sing the song. Shake another hand, shake the hand next to you, Shake another hand and sing, And sing this "A-la-la-la-la-la-la-le-lu-ia! A-la-la-la-la-la-la-le-lu-ia! A-la-la-la-la-la-la-le-lu-ia! A-la-la-la-la-la-la-le-lu-ia!” Who could miss singing that?! See you at 8 or 10am. Peace, Nancy
- Nothing is more practical than finding God, than falling in Love in a quite absolute, final way. What you are in love with, what seizes your imagination, will affect everything. It will decide what will get you out of bed in the morning, what you do with your evenings, how you spend your weekends, what you read, whom you know, what breaks your heart, and what amazes you with joy and gratitude. Fall in Love, stay in love, and it will decide everything. Fr. Pedro Arrupe, S.J. The first time I encountered this quote was on a retreat in college. What brings me back to these words of Fr. Arrupe is his call to recognize that God's love surrounds us and influences all that we do. Sometimes, we get lost in the weeds of the daily grind and overlook where God's love is guiding us. These words help pull me out of that grind and cause me to think about where this love exists in my life. I hope these words help you, as they help me, think about the love that God creates all around us. Shea Sennett (reprinted from April 2014)
- Like a summer wind In the wake of Holy Week, I am reminded of this passage from one of my favorite books, Brendan, by Frederick Buechner. This strange, unsettling, but wonderful novel follows the ancient legend of Brendan the Navigator, an Irish saint from the darkest of the Dark Ages. In Buechner’s book, Brendan, alone at sea, makes this entry in his journal: “Good Friday brings a blue bright wind. Scarce a good Friday for Thee, Thou Lamb of Heaven. Life seeps from Thy death like blood from a wound. It’s the carefree laughing life of slaves set free. . . . O sweep like a summer wind through this wintry world, my dear, that the hearts of the heathen may grow Gospel green again.” Where will you find God’s summer wind today? Paul Peterson
- “I accept this process I am going through. I allow myself to be exactly as I am.” A friend posted this on Facebook this morning. I found it to be another way to stop and smell the roses, to be present in the moment, to not judge myself as harshly, to be patient in not having all the answers, to just be, to release tension so some joy can be found in the commonplace, to find grace in what is, and to be eternally grateful. Alleluia. Joan Alayne Stevens
- This proclamation of 'Alieuya' was left in the pews after the 9:15am Family Easter service this past Sunday. Alleluia indeed!
- Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord. Hosanna in the highest. (Eucharistic Prayer C pg. 371 BCP) "Whoever gives even a cup of cold water to one of these little ones in the name of a disciple - truly I tell you, none of these will lose their reward." Matt. 10:42 NRSV Many things have been done in the name of God. Wars waged, hospitals built, people shunned, loving communities created, people fed, and others abandoned. It's strange that the actions of love and acceptance often occur in the quiet corners of life. Those who give that cup of water say, "It's just a part of what I do." You have heard that story over and over again-the teacher who makes sure that all the students have lunch, or the neighbor who looks in and gets medical help for someone in need, or the church that sets up tutors for the school down the street, then realizes that they need books in the library, and art supplies and . . . and . . . and. . . . You could keep adding to the list of tales, acts of love and care done by people who just bothered to show up. Those people who came "in the name of the Lord." What will you do today in the name of the Lord? Linnae Peterson, M. Div. (reprinted from April 2014)
- An Altogether Different Language Recently someone shared this poem with me. Inasmuch as music plays a large role in my spirituality, I found it especially meaningful. I hope you will, too. - Paul Peterson An Altogether Different Language by Anne Porter There was a church in Umbria, Little Portion, Already old eight hundred years ago. It was abandoned and in disrepair But it was called St. Mary of the Angels For it was known to be the haunt of angels, Often at night the country people Could hear them singing there. What was it like, to listen to the angels, To hear those mountain-fresh, those simple voices Poured out on the bare stones of Little Portion In hymns of joy? No one has told us. Perhaps it needs another language That we have still to learn,
- The following is the text of the Presiding Bishop's Easter 2018 Message (in three parts): On our pilgrimage here, we stopped and spent two days in Jordan. In Amman, Jordan, we were able to spend some sacred and blessed and painful time with Iraqi Christians. These are Christians, many of whom are Anglican, who have fled their country in Iraq because of war and violence and hatred and desecration. They have given up everything, refusing to renounce their faith in Jesus Christ. And there in Jordan, with the help of the Anglican Church there and many other relief agencies, they are at least safe, hoping to find safe and permanent homes in other countries. In the course of our conversations, and listening to them, at one point I found myself quoting a hymn, a song that many folk have heard around Easter, certainly in our country. And I didn't expect a response. You probably know how it goes - it says,"because he lives," referring to Jesus and his resurrection, "because he lives, I can face tomorrow." When I quoted that song, those who have lost their homes, people who have lost everything except life itself, those who have lost loved ones, actually responded to the words of that song. When I said,"Because He lives I can face tomorrow." When I said Jesus is alive, He's been raised from the dead, I saw them lift up their heads and respond with the words amen, hallelujah. My brothers and sisters, evil could not stop him. Death could not stop him. Violence could not stop him. For the love of God, the heart of God, the reality of God is stronger than anything else. And Jesus really rose from the dead on that first resurrection morning. God love you. God bless you. And, may this Easter season be the first day of the rest of our lives. Amen. The Most Rev. Michael B. Curry Presiding Bishop and Primate The Episcopal Church
- The following is the text of the Presiding Bishop's Easter 2018 Message (in three parts): The truth is the message of Jesus was unsettling to the world then as it is unsettling to the world now. And yet that very message is the only source of hope in life for the way of the cross, the way of unselfish living, the way of sacrificial living, seeking the good, the welfare of the other before one's own unenlightened self-interest. That way of the cross isthe way of love. That is the nature of love. And that way is the only hope for the entire human family. The reality is the way of Jesus was a threat to the way that the world is, and hope for the way the world can and will be. But on that third day after the crucifixion, when by the titanic power of God, by the power of the love of God, Jesus was raised from the dead. God sent a message and declared that death does not have the last word. Hatred does not have the last word. Violence does not have the last word. Bigotry does not have the last word. Sin, evil do not have the last word. The last word is God, and God is love. (to be continued tomorrow) The Most Rev. Michael B. Curry Presiding Bishop and Primate