|Posted by St. Alban's Episcopal Church on January 27, 2021 at 1:50 PM|
For many Christians, the comfort given by favorite hymns and songs of our faith is second only to the bible and the prayer book. Most of our treasured hymns and songs began as poems or prayers. We all, of course, must live our lives with the faith, challenges and victories given to us by God. However, there is much to be learned from those who have already “walked the path”, as the saying goes. During these most trying times when one wonders in what or whom should we have confiden...Read Full Post »
|Posted by St. Alban's Episcopal Church on January 20, 2021 at 2:40 PM|
It has been almost a year since February 6, 2020, the date of the first COVID-19-related death of an American. By May 27, we had reached 100,000 deaths in the United States. Then, 200,000 deaths by September 22. 300,000 deaths by December 14. And now, this week, on January 19, 2021, we reached 400,000 lives lost to COVID-19 in our country. The pace of the pandemic has increased dramatically in the last month, and we struggle with knowing how to conceptualize and mourn such vast numbers. We kn...Read Full Post »
|Posted by St. Alban's Episcopal Church on January 13, 2021 at 7:00 PM|
As I write these words, members of Congress are debating about whether to impeach President Trump in the aftermath of the violence at our nation’s Capitol last week. This on top of the worst stretch of the COVID-19 pandemic we have seen to date. In light of all this I would like to reiterate and expand upon what I said in my sermon this past Sunday.
As I said on Sunday, I have found myself turning to my Centering Prayer sacred words: “trust Love”. What had been word...Read Full Post »
|Posted by St. Alban's Episcopal Church on January 6, 2021 at 1:45 PM|
Peace be to this house, and to all who dwell in it.
Yesterday was the Feast of the Epiphany. An epiphany is an “A-ha!” moment, and throughout the season of Epiphany, we will examine various “A-ha!” moments about Jesus that occur throughout the Gospels, starting with his baptism this coming Sunday.
The Church has an old tradition of blessing homes on ...Read Full Post »
|Posted by St. Alban's Episcopal Church on December 30, 2020 at 3:40 PM|
Here we are at the end of another year, although this one has certainly left us vastly different than any other. We have wrapped up another Christmas and still we feel like something is missing. As we approach 2021, which certainly will have some residual effects from 2020, we must look forward and as Psalm 62:8 says, “Trust in him at all times, O people; pour out your heart before him; God is a refuge for us.”
If you are like me, this year has left you wondering...Read Full Post »
|Posted by St. Alban's Episcopal Church on December 16, 2020 at 7:15 PM|
I hope you are getting excited about our Christmas Eve liturgies! Your clergy and staff are currently swimming in preparations for them. While it will not be exactly like years past, I can tell you that it will be very, very special. I thought that today, I would share with you some details about what to expect in our two services.
Our 5pm online Service of Nine Lessons and Carols is going to be our big, blow-out service, with the vast majority of our time and energy being d...Read Full Post »
|Posted by St. Alban's Episcopal Church on December 10, 2020 at 12:40 AM|
As this very difficult year draws to a close and we focus once more on our Lord’s arrival in the manger at Bethlehem, may our hearts be lifted up and our eyes and minds be opened to all that his coming to us means. In Christ despair can change to hope; grief to joy and the victory over death is won for us. Perhaps, from all that we have seen, felt and gone through this year we might have new perspectives on many things. Perhaps, that new perspective will be gained from someone you know...Read Full Post »
|Posted by St. Alban's Episcopal Church on December 2, 2020 at 3:15 PM|
We don’t generally think of Advent as a time of intentional spirituality in quite the same way as we do Lent. December tends to be a frenzy of activity, with little time left for anything but decorating, gift buying, holiday parties, and end-of-year responsibilities. Some of this remains the same this Advent, but we are being forced into a pared-down version of the “Christmas craziness” this year. Perhaps we can take this as an opportunity for a more spiritually nourishin...Read Full Post »
|Posted by St. Alban's Episcopal Church on November 19, 2020 at 12:45 AM|
We will not be sending out a full newsletter next Thursday, so I’ll offer some thoughts on Thanksgiving today. For a long time, Thanksgiving was celebrated in an ad hoc way. Each colony and then each state scheduled its own Thanksgiving holiday at various times. But in 1863, 74-magazine editor Sarah Hale wrote to Abraham Lincoln and advised him to establish Thanksgiving as a national holiday, with a fixed annual day on the calendar. So in the context of a Civil War raging, the President...Read Full Post »
|Posted by St. Alban's Episcopal Church on November 11, 2020 at 4:10 PM|
Greetings to all of my St. Alban’s family! I think about all of you often and I am really missing hugs, laughs and fellowship! Thankfully we are starting to do a few in person gatherings as I know we all really need it now more than ever. Centering yourself is so important in this crazy time of uncertainty for all of us. There are so many great devotions available in apps and online and even our own wonderful Kevin Lloyd referenced one from Richard Rohr in the powerful sermon this p...Read Full Post »