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.
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
(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.
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
(We welcome Mr. John Endress, lay preacher, who shares the following reflection for 2021.) As of today, January 7th, resolutions made seven days ago are either lost in the whirlwind of everyday life, or have become a ball and chain which gets in the way of other priorities. Take heart my friend, you are not
This is post 7 of 12 in the series “12 Days of Christmas” Join us in keeping the Twelve Days of Christmas. Each day will bring another small sign of comfort and joy. Merry Christmas Blessed Feast of St. Stephen The Gift of Lessons and Carols Finding One’s Spark Humor Adds Perspective The Ritual of
Today we receive once again Love embodied on this Earth as we celebrate Jesus’s birth. No doubt we each have our favorite carols at Christmas, and my two favorites, “Love Came Down at Christmas,” and “In the Bleak Midwinter” are poems by Christina Rossetti. Love came down at Christmas, Love all lovely, Love divine;