Epiphany 6- Fr. Chris- February 12, 2017

Epiphany 6 February 12, 2017 Several hundred years ago when the Church of England was forming, there were fights over church practices and theology, specifically Protestant versus Roman Catholic. The early founders of our own faith declared that as a church we are creedal in nature, meaning we look to the three ancient creeds (Apostles, Nicene, and Athanasian) to inform the foundation of our faith. Everything outside of the creeds therefore comes down to personal piety. Piety in this sense is the other aspects of our faith that influence our actions and beliefs. For instance, what actually happens in the Eucharist? Is it transubstantiation, the belief that the bread and wine literally become body and blood physiologically speaking but just in the appearance of bread and wine? Or is it real presence, the belief that the bread and wine contain the very presence of Christ but the elements do not […]

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Epiphany 3- Fr. Chris- January 22, 2017

Epiphany 3 January 22, 2017 As the old saying goes, “He held all the aces.” In other words, he had all the right cards in life to set him up for success if he just played them right. Although Saul was a Jewish man born in Tarsus, he was also fortunate enough to have inherited Roman citizenship from his father. On top of that, he came from the tribe of Benjamin, the same as King David, had an extremely devout Jewish family, and was studying to become a Pharisee under one of the most noted rabbis in history, Gamaliel. If this wasn’t enough, Saul was filled with zeal… the kind of passion that catches the attention of the top officials. At the same time there emerged a new subgroup of Israelites that called themselves “The Way.” This group of people claimed that the Messiah had indeed come and it was […]

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Epiphany 1- Fr. Chris- January 8, 2017

Epiphany 1 January 8, 2017 If I were called in To construct a religion I should make use of water…. Going to church Would entail a fording To dry, different clothes… My liturgy would employ Images of sousing, A furious devout drench… And I should raise in the east A glass of water Where any-angled light Would congregate endlessly… This poem entitled “Water” by Philip Larkin helps to illustrate a persisting question about humanity, why do we as humans have an obsession with water? Over half of the world’s population lives within a hundred miles of an ocean. Many of the top vacation spots in the world rely on water to draw people to their area. Water has a mystical sense to it. Water can destroy on one hand and also form on the other. Water can frighten and also enliven. Water can take away and also give. Without water, […]

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Christmas Eve- Fr. Chris- December 24, 2016

Christmas Eve December 24, 2016 Parsley, Sage, Rosemary, and Thyme… No, that is not the beginning of a delicious holiday recipe, but rather the title to Simon and Garfunkel’s third studio album in 1966 as well as a repeated lyric from the song “Scarborough Fair.” Much of the album is composed of recycled lyrics from Paul Simon and is characterized by sharp contrasts from one track to next. The record seeks to tap into the conflicted nature of life. It brought forth some major hits along with “Scarborough Fair” such as “Homeward Bound,” “The Dangling Conversation,” and “The 59th Street Bridge Song (Feelin’ Groovy).” However, it was the last song on the record entitled “7 o’clock News” that flat out surprised many first-time listeners. A piano begins to play softly and the two-part harmony of Simon and Garfunkel sing out with angelic voices “Silent night, holy night, all is calm, […]

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Advent 4- Deacon Gill- December 18, 2016

Advent 4 December 18, 2016 Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding. Christmas Eve is a week away and ready or not, it’s just about time for the Christmas story. And when we say “the Christmas story,” we usually mean Luke’s version of the Christmas story. You know, the one reenacted by children with the shepherds kneeling at the manger, sheep illuminated by all the heavenly host. The spotlight shines on Mary and the baby. Joseph is there too, of course. Although Joseph usually doesn’t get any speaking lines, unless he gets to ask for room at the inn, or to inquire “please, isn’t there somewhere my pregnant wife can lay down?” We will all hear that account on Christmas Eve. However today we hear of the leadup to the story and what a scandal the incarnation and the virgin birth really […]

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Advent 3- Fr. Chris- December 11, 2016

Advent 3 December 11, 2016 John the Baptist asked Jesus, “Are you the one who is to come, or are we to wait for another?” On this third Sunday of Advent, we return one more time to John the Baptist who embodies the advent of a new age while remaining embedded in the old. What I mean by that is John represents the last prophetic voice of the Old Covenant. With one foot in this old Israelite way, he is at the same time the one crying out in the wilderness that is helping to usher in the new beginning. As I have shared over the past two weeks, the word Advent comes from the Latin word “adventus” meaning coming or arriving. There is the Advent of Christ’s birth which is the connotation with which we most often associate Advent. There is the Advent of Christ’s return which we heard […]

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Advent 2- Fr. Chris- December 4, 2016

Advent 2 December 4, 2016 In this time of year, my mind races with memories, traditions, and expectations of what this advent season will bring us. That span leading up to Christmas when I was growing up was a busy time like it is for so many people today. Yet, that fullness often leads to smiles and happy thoughts. I think about the year we made salt dough Christmas ornaments when I was four. My brothers and I cut out and painted trees, stars, and bells in a task that seemed at the time like a major achievement in the world of art. Those cherished ornaments hang on my parent’s tree today as a reminder of that great endeavor and of times past. Then there was the neighborhood I grew up in, Pecan Grove, which has always had some of the best Christmas light viewing in the area. It is […]

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All Saints Sunday– Fr. Chris– November 6, 2016

All Saints Sunday November 6, 2016 “And I mean, God helping, to be one too” “I sing a song of the saints of God, patient and brave and true, who toiled and fought and lived and died for the Lord they loved and knew…They were all of them saints of God, and I mean, God helping, to be one too.” So often when we hear the word saint we think about the big names like Peter, Paul, and Mary (not the band)… Francis, Teresa, and Patrick… Clare, Augustine, and the list goes on. Yet, what we find in scripture, like in our Ephesians lesson, is that the word for saint simply meant an individual that believed in Christ and sought to live a life that reflected that. In fact, the Greek root for the word saint comes from Sanctus or holy. In other words, the saints are those individuals that […]

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24th Sunday After Pentecost – Deacon Gill – October 30, 2016

24th Sunday After Pentecost October 30, 2016 I have a book on my bookshelf titled Listening Hearts: Discerning Call in Community. The introduction begins “Find a place in your heart, “implores Theophan the Recluse, “and speak there with the Lord. It is the Lord’s reception room.” The book goes on to say…..”God loves each one of us, beckoning us into a relationship that is personal, intimate, and faithful. God calls out to us, inviting us to share in the divine life. How can we hear that call? What could hearing it mean as we live day to day? How can we help each other hear God’s voice and follow where God leads? How do we open that reception room in our hearts?” The book is used by many when they are considering a call to a particular lay ministry or to ordination. However, the questions it poses have relevance to […]

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Vision Awareness Sunday

On Vision Awareness Sunday, October 23, three parishioners shared about the past, present, and future vision of St. Paul’s. St. Paul’s Past by Joyce Davis: vision-awareness-past St. Paul’s Present by Bruce McKee: vision-awareness-present St. Paul’s Future by Lynn Taylor: vision-awareness-future

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Sunday Services
8:00 a.m. Holy Eucharist, Rite I
9:15 a.m. Christian Formation
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