|Posted by St. Alban's Episcopal Church on November 24, 2021 at 4:45 PM|
Thanksgiving is in many ways an enigmatic holiday. We have our beloved traditions: gathering with family, enjoying a festive meal, watching football games and the Macy’s parade, etc. While it can be said that Thanksgiving has roots in a religious culture, it is not a religious holiday per se. Of course, giving thanks is an essential part of what it is to follow Jesus’ way of love, but the version of Thanksgiving most of us celebrate these days can hardly be called religious.Read Full Post »
|Posted by St. Alban's Episcopal Church on November 17, 2021 at 6:30 PM|
Dear St. Alban’s,
It’s time for a reboot. A friendliness reboot.
When I first arrived three years ago, this was an area we identified that needed immediate attention. While the congregation was quite friendly with one another, I became aware of some occasions when newcomers were not greeted or made to feel welcome. Seeing the huge heart this parish has, I knew this was something we could tackle together. So we did.
We recru...Read Full Post »
|Posted by St. Alban's Episcopal Church on November 10, 2021 at 11:55 AM|
It’s finally here! Fall is all around us with falling temperatures, falling leaves, and falling back last weekend for Daylight Savings. I love North Carolina because we get the seasons, granted some are longer than others, but I am always ready for the next one when it arrives. A drive to the mountains last week for another college tour with my son was brilliantly vibrant with all the colors of the changing leaves. For some reason, they feel even brighter this year. Maybe it’s jus...Read Full Post »
|Posted by St. Alban's Episcopal Church on November 3, 2021 at 10:40 AM|
Last Monday(11/1) was All Saints’ Day and we will celebrate this beautiful annual remembrance on Sunday(11/7). This isn’t simply a day that we remember the famous saints like St. Alban and others who have passed from this life to life eternal. It is also for remembering those people from our own lives who have meant so much to us(spouses, parents, children, other family members, friends, mentors, etc.). It is a reminder that, even though we believe in the sure hope of the resurrec...Read Full Post »
|Posted by St. Alban's Episcopal Church on October 28, 2021 at 12:55 AM|
Dear St. Alban’s,
Uncertainty has become a way of life for all of us. Truthfully, it has always been the way of life, but once upon a time, it was a bit easier to cling to the illusion of certainty. That has now changed, hasn’t it? We’ve all had to become more practiced at embracing uncertainty rather than constantly fighting it. At least our faith tells us that God is with us in our uncertainty. We are not alone.
In the sp...Read Full Post »
|Posted by St. Alban's Episcopal Church on October 20, 2021 at 5:50 PM|
I have been reading the book, How the Word is Passed, in preparation for our Adult Formation offering this coming Sunday. It is a challenging read, in the best sense of the term. It challenges to reader to view aspects of our nation’s history through the lens of slavery and through the experiences of those who were enslaved. And it challenges us to recognize and acknowledge how instrumental slavery was to the origins and development of our nation.
Reading the...Read Full Post »
|Posted by St. Alban's Episcopal Church on October 13, 2021 at 2:10 PM|
Keep your face always toward the sunshine and shadows will fall behind you. – Walt Whitman
Happy Fall Y’all! Hopefully after this week, we will see the temperatures drop a little bit more and truly begin to feel the Fall in the air. This past weekend I took a little time away to breathe and recharge myself with lifelong friends. A surgery was postponed, my friend has a big birthday in November, and it was the perfect time to step away for self-care. Self-...Read Full Post »
|Posted by St. Alban's Episcopal Church on October 6, 2021 at 4:30 PM|
We used Eucharistic Prayer C this past Sunday as we celebrated the Feast Day of St. Francis. I will admit that it’s never been my favorite (Sorry! That honor goes to Prayer D!) but it has its merits. Some people call Prayer C the “Star Wars” prayer because it uses language like “the vast expanse of interstellar space, galaxies, suns, the planets in their courses, and this fragile earth, our island home.” The first Star Wars movie came out in 1977 and our current ...Read Full Post »
|Posted by St. Alban's Episcopal Church on September 29, 2021 at 10:15 AM|
Are you ever tempted to question God? As with so many things, we wouldn’t be the first one to do so. As the book of Ecclesiastes says, “There is nothing new under the sun.” Most of the old testament readings we will encounter in October deal with Job and how he questioned God about the sufferings he was enduring. It’s quite a fascinating back and forth as he questions and, then, is answered by God. Like us, some of the answers are not quite satisfactory to, or fully un...Read Full Post »
|Posted by St. Alban's Episcopal Church on September 22, 2021 at 5:10 PM|
As a new school year has gotten underway, it has been difficult to see the news reports about school board meetings across our nation, where adults are yelling at each other, threatening each other, and even in some cases resorting to violence against each other. We’re also seeing similar behavior in restaurants and other public spaces. These expressions of animus and hostility towards fellow human beings has become far too commonplace in recent months.
In our increa...Read Full Post »