First Sunday after Epiphany- Fr. Chris- January 7, 2018

January 7, 2018 As I was growing up, my mom had four simple letters that when spoken could get my brother and me to shape up and immediately behave. We knew when we heard those four letters we were expected to stand at attention and keep our hands to ourselves. The only caveat to those four magic letters was that they weren’t pertinent in every situation. These letters were reserved for situations like walking into antique stores or the china section of a department store. They were reserved for art museums or homes with expensive items. Yes, my mom had four little letters that when spoken in the right circumstance would strike the fear of God into us: L-B-D-T. Look But Don’t Touch. We are in Macy’s and a beautiful crystal vase calls out to be held… L-B-D-T… Look But Don’t Touch. We are at my grandparents’ house and the […]

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First Sunday after Christmas- Fr. Chris- December 31, 2017

December 31, 2017 I want to share with you an essay from the New York Times on December 24, 1983 entitled “The Gift Behind the Gift” by Gregg Easterbrook. The most splendid Christmas gift, the most marveled and magic, is the gift that has not yet been opened. Opaque behind wrapping or winking foil, it is a box full of possibilities. An unopened present might be anything – gems, crystal, oranges, a promise of devotion. While the present is unopen, it can rest under the tree to be regarded and speculated upon at length, becoming whatever the recipient wishes. Opening the present, by comparison, is often anticlimactic – no matter what the contents. For once opened, the gift passes from the enchanted realm of promise into the constrained reality of material possessions. Then it begins to impose terms on its owner – terms like sizes, warranties, colors, maintenance, accessories, storage […]

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4th Sunday of Advent- Fr. Chris- December 24, 2017

December 24, 2017 In a sleepy New England town, many of the Christmas traditions of St. Matthew’s Episcopal Church date back nearly a hundred years, which is not much for that particular congregation considering the parish was founded before the Declaration of Independence was signed. Much of the pomp and circumstance surrounding the season brought people from far and wide due to the sheer beauty of the celebration. From the poinsettias to the choir to the altar hangings to the incense to the large hand-carved nativity scene, Christmas at St. Matthew’s is truly a sight to behold. However, it was that hand-carved nativity that brought scandal to St. Matthew’s one particular year. A new rector arrived at St. Matthew’s at the start of the Advent season and he had no idea of the hornets’ nest he had just walked into. His first Sunday a mob gathered around him in the […]

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22nd Sunday after Pentecost- Fr. Chris- November 5, 2017

November 5, 2017 Keith Davison had looked forward to the peace and quiet of retirement for quite some time, but he quickly got more than his fill of silence in the months after his wife of sixty-six years died.[i] That is when the ninety-four-year-old, Mr. Davison, had an idea… In early spring this year, he noticed that his older established neighborhood in Minnesota didn’t really have any parks or gathering places for children. So he went to his backyard with a measuring tape in hand and began marking the ground with a can of spray paint. He floated his idea out to his neighbors, especially those with children, to see what they thought. One neighbor in particular was shocked to see him marking the ground. She said to her husband in amazement, “I think he’s really going to do it.” Today we gather on this All Saints Sunday to sing […]

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21st Sunday after Pentecost- Deacon Gill- October 29, 2017

October 29, 2017 Come, Holy Spirit, fill the hearts of your faithful and enkindle in them the fire of your love, Amen The Shema is a liturgical prayer, prominent in Jewish history and tradition, that is recited daily at the morning and evening services and expresses the Jewish people’s ardent faith in, and love of God. It begins: Hear, O Israel: The LORD our God, the LORD is one. You shall love the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your might. And these words that I command you today shall be on your heart. You shall teach them diligently to your children, and shall talk of them when you sit in your house, and when you walk by the way, and when you lie down, and when you rise. The prayer originates from passages in the book of Deuteronomy. The Shema prayer […]

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20th Sunday after Pentecost- Fr. Chris- October 22, 2017

October 22, 2017 Mondegreen: A noun meaning a “misunderstood or misinterpreted word or phrase resulting from a mishearing of the lyrics of a song.” Mondegreen is a relatively recent addition to the dictionary with Oxford adding it in 2002 and Merriam-Webster in 2008. It does not come from Greek or Latin nor does it originate from Germanic or Celtic. No, the word “mondegreen” is in itself a misunderstood lyric. Mondegreen is a mondegreen. American writer Sylvia Wright coined the term in 1954 when sharing how she misheard the lyric in an old Scottish ballad. The lyric “and laid him on the green” was misheard as “and Lady Mondegreen.” Since that time, the misheard Lady Mondegreen has worked its way into our dictionaries and has given us a word for something of which I am sure we are all guilty. What are your mondegreens? As a child in church, I heard […]

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14th Sunday after Pentecost- Fr. Chris- September 10, 2017

September 10, 2017 When asked to talk about love Dave, age 8, said “love will find you, even if you are trying to hide from it. I been trying to hide from it since I was five, but the girls keep finding me.” Regina, age 10, said “I’m not rushing into being in love. I’m finding the fourth grade hard enough.” Del, age 6, thinks that one surefire way to make someone fall in love is to “tell them that you own a whole bunch of candy stores.” Greg, age 8, thinks that “love is the most important thing in the world, but baseball is pretty good too.” Finally, six-year-old Chrissy said that “love is when you go out to eat and give somebody most of your French fries without making them give you any of theirs.” And so what does love look like to you? Jesus said, “For where […]

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11th Sunday after Pentecost- Deacon Gill- August 20, 2017

August 20, 2017 Today I want to share with you a personal story. As most of you know I was born in England to parents who weekly worshiped in the Church of England. After Rod and I married we were blessed with the opportunity to live and work in England, America and Australia for extended periods of time. These countries have national churches that are members of the Anglican Communion. So when I live in America I worship as an Episcopalian. When I live in the UK I am part of the Church of England and when I am in Australia I worship in the Anglican Church of Australia. The services in every part of the Anglican Communion are very similar and I feel comfortable and welcomed in each. In 1995 we moved from Melbourne, Australia to Fairfax Virginia. As was our custom within 2 to 3 weeks of arrival […]

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7th Sunday after Pentecost- Deacon Gill- July 23, 2017

July 23, 2017 Father Chris told us last week how we are now in the season of Matthew relating the parables of Jesus and what parables are. He posed 2 questions for you to think about; ‘what kind of soil are you’ and ‘are you a good sower’? Jesus used farming metaphors as concrete images to explain the mysterious nature of the kingdom of God, because at that time were associated with farming. In a classic strip of the famous “Peanuts” newspaper cartoon, Lucy explains to her little brother Linus about the existence of good and evil. She tells him that he, like others, has these two forces inside of him. Linus looks at his stomach with a distressed look on his face and declares, “I can feel them in there fighting.”………. What a truth!! In today’s gospel, we have another farming parable with Jesus using a similar image – […]

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4th Sunday after Pentecost- Fr. Chris- July 2, 2017

The Fourth Sunday after Pentecost July 2, 2017 We will start with an easy one. Tom Hanks… Tom Hanks starred in “Apollo 13” with Kevin Bacon. Therefore there is only one degree of separation from Mr. Bacon. But what about Clint Eastwood. Clint Eastwood was in “The Bridges of Madison County” with Meryl Streep who was in the “River Wild” with Kevin Bacon. What about an older actor like Charlie Chaplin who was in “A Countess from Hong Kong” with Tippi Hedren who was in “Jayne Mansfield’s Car” with Kevin Bacon. For those that have never played this game it is called “The Six Degrees of Kevin Bacon.” The idea is that the actor Kevin Bacon has been in so many movies, around 60, that any actor or actress in Hollywood is only 6 degrees of separation away from any other actor or actress. These degrees of separation are through […]

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