Second Sunday in Easter- Fr. Chris- April 23, 2017

Easter 2 April 23, 2017 David Sedaris is an American humorist known for his works in the New Yorker as well as his numerous books. In one short story in his novel, Me Talk Pretty One Day, David amusingly tells of his struggles as a 41-year-old returning to school to learn French while living in Paris. His classmates are people from all over the world from different cultures, backgrounds, and languages. Here is an excerpt from the chapter “Jesus Shaves”: It was my second month of French class, and the teacher was leading us in an exercise…Printed in our textbooks was a list of major holidays alongside a scattered arrangement of photos depicting French people in the act of celebration. The object was to match the holiday with the corresponding picture. Normally, when working from the book, it was my habit to tune out my fellow students and scout ahead, […]

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Easter Sunday- Fr. Chris- April 16, 2017

Easter Sunday April 16, 2017 Suddenly Jesus met them and said, “Greetings!” And they came to him, took hold of his feet, and worshiped him. Then Jesus said to them, “Do not be afraid; go and tell my brothers to go to Galilee; there they will see me.” It was Friday afternoon at the end of a long week. I walked down the hall of the continued care facility in the Washington DC area where I was serving as a chaplain. My thoughts were with the weekend as I turned towards the stairs to leave. Then I saw her eyes. They were eyes that cried out for contact, for human interaction, for community. A part of me was tempted to just nod, smile, and keep walking… after all I was off the clock. Yet, the desire to respond to those pleading eyes overcame my desire to leave. As I entered […]

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Fifth Sunday in Lent- Deacon Gill- April 2, 2017

Lent 5 April 2, 2017 Four years ago Rod and I visited Peru. Our first stop was in Lima where we visited, among lots of other places, the Saint Francis Monastery. It is two blocks away from the President’s Palace and right in the heart of historic Lima. The Monastery of San Francisco is a colonial church dating back to the 18th Century. At ground level you’ll find a library of more than 25,000 antique texts, including the first Spanish dictionary published by the Royal Spanish Academy and a Holy Bible from 1571. But it is what lies beneath that draws so many visitors. Lima’s first cemetery was the catacombs below the monastery. The catacombs remained in use until 1808 when a city cemetery outside of Lima was founded. And  it wasn’t until 1943 that the catacombs were rediscovered. It is estimated to contain 70,000 burials. Not complete skeletons but […]

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Third Sunday in Lent- Deacon Gill- March 19, 2017

Lent 3 March 19, 2017 Today we hear of a Samaritan woman going to draw water from the community well. Here in the USA we take water coming out of a tap, for granted. Women collecting water for their families, from a well, is a very common everyday occurrence in many parts of the world. Jesus uses water in this story in a different way. He uses it as a metaphor because we understand the necessity of water. Today’s reading is remarkable for many reasons not least that we learn so much about who Jesus is and what he wants of us. Water is at the center of our lives. We are born out of it. We are sustained by it. We drink it. We swim in it. We wash in it. Sometimes the power of water is mighty, sometimes gentle, but it is always mysterious. It extinguishes fire and […]

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First Sunday in Lent- Fr. Chris- March 6, 2017

First Sunday in Lent March 6, 2017 Every year on the first Sunday in Lent, we find . In the first temptation, Jesus is enticed to turn stones into bread. Jesus is hungry after 40 days of fasting and turning stones to bread will alleviate his own present hunger. At the root of this temptation is the lure for Jesus to use his authority as the Son of God to meet his personal needs and desires ahead of all else. The desire to satisfy ourselves is a huge temptation we all face, and will become especially significant for Jesus during his crucifixion. In just a few short weeks, we will hear once more as he is encouraged by the onlookers to satisfy himself by saving himself as he hangs from the cross. This brings us to the second temptation: the great leap forward, the temptation to test God by jumping […]

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Last Sunday after Epiphany-Rt. Rev. Jeff Fisher

The Last Sunday after the Epiphany February 26, 2017 Edge of Glory Matthew 17:1-9 The Rt. Rev. Jeff Fisher Click here for Bishop Fisher’s Blog I don’t know about you – but it seems like people want to experience – glory. People want to touch – glory. And in this last week, astronomers and scientists brought a new discovery to our attention. It has been discovered that billions and billions and billions of miles away – there is a star that could be a lot like our sun. And around this star – 7 planets are orbiting, 7 planets that could be very much like our earth. On TV and on social media, this got folks wondering – if there was life on these far away planets. And when I was taking the trash out the other night, I looked up at the night sky. And just knowing that these […]

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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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