|Posted by St. Alban's Episcopal Church on July 7, 2021 at 11:30 AM|
July heat is here and a lot of us are taking time off, traveling, getting projects done and enjoying more freedom than we have had in the last year. I pray all of you are enjoying family, laughing, having fun and relaxing! In my recent travels to the beach, my favorite place, I have spent some time listening to Audible books including Bishop Curry’s Love is the Way. Many times, while I listen, a line will catch my ear and it will make me pause and think. This time it was Bishop Curry sp...Read Full Post »
|Posted by St. Alban's Episcopal Church on June 29, 2021 at 2:20 PM|
This Sunday, July 4th, our nation will celebrate Independence Day. This day has different meanings to different people. For some it symbolizes the many struggles and wars our nation has endured to be independent from control of another country or monarch. For others it symbolizes religious and political freedom. And, for some it symbolizes an unrealized freedom that not everyone was entitled to receive: a freedom denied them by those who claim to value freedom’s worth. I am reminded b...Read Full Post »
|Posted by St. Alban's Episcopal Church on June 24, 2021 at 12:05 AM|
You may have seen in the news recently that Joe Biden’s presidency has revived discussion among American Roman Catholics about whether Catholic political leaders should be excluded from receiving Holy Communion for their views on abortion. I call your attention to this not to make a statement about politics or Catholicism, but as a way of highlighting what I think is one of the great gifts that we share as Episcopalians: an expansive and inclusive view of Communion.
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|Posted by St. Alban's Episcopal Church on June 16, 2021 at 6:30 PM|
I don’t know about you, but for me, the feeling of intense gratitude about being able to gather in person for worship once more has not yet worn off. I’ve always been a hugger and a crier, and I find myself on the verge of tears at some point in the service most Sundays these days…happy tears, of course!
- Hearing John play the opening chords of the Gloria, followed by the sweet sound of your voices joining in to sing, “Glory to God in the highest...Read Full Post »
|Posted by St. Alban's Episcopal Church on June 9, 2021 at 11:55 AM|
Happy Summer to all of our St. Alban’s Family! I don’t know how it got here so fast, but the heat, humidity and season are here to stay for a while! Summer means no school, pool, beach, trips, fun, laughing and hopefully some relaxing. For our children at St. Alban’s, it almost always means Vacation Bible School or VBS and this year we are having two, both virtual and in person. This last year has certainly thrown enough at us and if there was ever a year to have two, itR...Read Full Post »
|Posted by St. Alban's Episcopal Church on June 2, 2021 at 5:10 PM|
In my role as Episcopal Campus Minister at the college I have frequent conversations with students about vocational discernment. This should come as no surprise to anyone. The general, if unfair expectation for many is that the college years are primarily about deciding what one will do with the rest of one’s life. This can engender a high level of angst for the students, especially as they near the end of the college careers.
Next academic year, I am hoping to crea...Read Full Post »
|Posted by St. Alban's Episcopal Church on May 26, 2021 at 9:55 AM|
Let there be singing! Hallelujah!, said the music director. What a joy it is that we can now enjoy some congregational singing again in the service. In our staff meeting on May 12th Mother Carmen announced that beginning on Pentecost Sunday the diocese will permit congregational singing with masks on and with people socially distanced. Although I am out of town and missed hearing our first congregational singing in over a year, my heart feels such joy that we can once again include this most ...Read Full Post »
|Posted by St. Alban's Episcopal Church on May 19, 2021 at 3:35 PM|
With the news of CDC guidelines and state restrictions being lifted comes both enthusiasm and reluctance. I know this because I’ve heard from many of you directly! We rejoice for what these new guidelines mean for us all—that vaccines work and the end of this pandemic is in sight. I thank God for the intellectual gifts given to scientists to get us to this point.
Here at St. Alban’s, some protocols are changing while others will remain in place for a bit ...Read Full Post »
|Posted by St. Alban's Episcopal Church on May 12, 2021 at 3:25 PM|
Famous last words are usually uttered on one’s deathbed. But not for Jesus. His famous last words happen weeks after his death and resurrection.
Today is the Feast of the Ascension. Luke is the Gospel writer who gave us the tradition that Jesus ascended to heaven following his time on earth. According to Luke’s Gospel and its sequel, The Acts of the Apostles, forty days after Easter, Jesus says his final farewell to his disciples and heads home to his Father. Bu...Read Full Post »
|Posted by St. Alban's Episcopal Church on May 5, 2021 at 1:55 PM|
“Faith and Hope are the sails and Love is the rudder, it is like God’s GPS”, was spoken by Bishop Curry as he read these words on Audible this morning from his book Love is the Way. What a wonderful way to think about it I thought, as we are guided through our lives by God’s GPS for us. We are all in our own boats being moved by faith and hope, then love keeps us in the direction to go. This year has certainly rocked our boats in many ways, but we must re...Read Full Post »