Author: Rev. Elizabeth Ewing
Looking around at the dramatic decline in our national health, the deeper awareness of the inequity and pain of long-operating racist systems, and the violent challenges to our democracy our hearts do break, but do they break open? Let us rend our hearts that we may listen, look, and love God and one another with our whole hearts.
We will have imposition of ashes on Ash Wednesday, February 17 from 12:00 pm.m – 1:30 p.m. and from 6:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. with a short service broadcast at 6 p.m. We will be masked and social distance, just as we did on Christmas Eve. For social distancing, ashes will be distributed in 2
Jones continued to lead the Episcopal community, focusing especially on serving the African American community. He founded a day school (as African Americans were excluded from attending public school), the Female Benevolent Society, and an African Friendly Society. In 1800 he called upon Congress to abolish the slave trade and to provide for gradual emancipation of existing slaves. Jones died in 1818.
How easy to grab our identity from a group, another person, or a situation. We can call ourselves Episcopalian, New Yorkers, Republican, Democrat, Progressive, white, working class, professional, Black, American, knitter, fisherman, golfer. While we find part of ourselves in these groups, our true identity is within us and in our lives in
Our baptismal promises lay the foundation for our lives and behavior toward one another and God. The very first one asks us to promise we will continue in the Apostles’ teaching and fellowship. It seems a daunting task to continue in fellowship when we gather online or six-feet apart in small in-person groups. Yet
If today’s scripture were a meal, it would be so short that all you would be able to see is the eating part, and you wouldn’t be able to see all of the preparation that came before. But I urge you now to recall the larger story in today’s scripture. And then — remember how
(The first reflection in an ongoing conversation on this topic.) In the time of prosperity, fill our hearts with thankfulness, and in the day of trouble, suffer not our trust in thee to fail; Prayer for Our Country, Book of Common Prayer In the day of trouble, let us continue to trust in God.
Dear Lord, We are so tired! Our only wish it please help us end COVID. Place peace in our days and restore calmness in the world. Please keep our families, our friends, and whomever is reading this safe, healthy and blessed. AMEN [from C. F., parishioner]
The Book of Psalms contains 150 songs, prayers, laments to God which have been with Jewish and Christian communities for thousands of years. Psalms express the range and depth of human emotions and experience in conversation with God. Nothing is held back. Psalms give word to anger, despair, desire for vengeance, and lament over