|Posted by St. Alban's Episcopal Church on September 16, 2021 at 12:30 AM|
Have you ever had to start over in a new country, because your homeland was no longer safe for you? It’s hard for many of us to fathom what that would be like, but it happens daily in many parts of the world.
It happened to Jesus and his parents. According to the Gospel of Matthew, Joseph and Mary had to flee to Egypt with their young son to escape the wrath of Herod, who was threatened by the notion of the baby “King” he heard about from the magi. While ...Read Full Post »
|Posted by St. Alban's Episcopal Church on September 8, 2021 at 11:20 AM|
Happy almost Fall and Back to School! This is usually a crazy busy time of year with everyone adjusting to new schedules, teachers, sports, extracurriculars and, of course, safety procedures. Resilient is the resounding word that keeps popping in my head when I think of all of us and what we have experienced over the last year and a half! As we bounce back into a new semblance of normal routines, resilience shares that same meaning of bouncing back according to its definition. Resilience carr...Read Full Post »
|Posted by St. Alban's Episcopal Church on September 1, 2021 at 10:00 AM|
What a joy it has been to hear you singing again. Although none of us can say what the remainder of the year will bring, it is my hope that the choir will be able to resume rehearsals in some form soon. In that hope, I invite those of you who are interested in helping lead the worship of God here in our parish to join us. If you are interested in joining the choir or simply have questions about the music ministry, please feel free to email or see me after service on Sunday.
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|Posted by St. Alban's Episcopal Church on August 25, 2021 at 2:50 PM|
Together Again Sunday is almost here! When we began planning for this day back in the early summer, we anticipated that it would serve as the kick-off for a relatively normal program year of church activities. Now, of course, we know that “normal” is not going to be one of the words we use to describe the coming months. But there are other words we can use. How about faithful? Creative? Hopeful? I like those words. In the absence of a normal year, let’s strive for a faithful...Read Full Post »
|Posted by St. Alban's Episcopal Church on August 18, 2021 at 3:55 PM|
We seem to be surrounded these days by reminders of the fragility of the human condition. With the on-going pandemic, wildfires out west, and now the frightful news out of both Haiti and Afghanistan, it is tempting to give in to feelings of hopelessness. To borrow from Paul’s language, it can seem as if the “cosmic powers of this present darkness” are holding sway over us, leaving in their wake a trail of chaos, destruction, and death.
It is at times such...Read Full Post »
|Posted by St. Alban's Episcopal Church on August 11, 2021 at 9:05 AM|
We all have those moments or coincidences that occur when something you have been thinking about or pondering seems to present itself in many different places. It can be the most obvious like internet tracking when you are searching for a car and suddenly, every site you open contains a pop up about a car. The meaningful incidences are what I am thinking of though. You’ve been struggling with something, and a friend brings up the exact same subject and their action or take on it. Or you...Read Full Post »
|Posted by St. Alban's Episcopal Church on August 4, 2021 at 1:45 PM|
Therefore, since it is by God’s mercy that we are engaged in this ministry, we do not lose heart.
-2 Corinthians 4:1
I will be really happy when I no longer have to write newsletter articles about COVID-19 protocols. And I believe that day will come. But unfortunately, that day is not coming this week.
Our bishops have asked us to require masks once again for both vaccinated and un...Read Full Post »
|Posted by St. Alban's Episcopal Church on July 28, 2021 at 10:10 AM|
There is an old saying that goes: “the only thing for sure is that things will change”. If nothing else, this last year and a half has proven this saying to be true once again. So, yes, change is inevitable. However, those who desire to see with the eyes of faith are called to evaluate whether a particular change is something of worth, simply a passing fad or, possibly, something that is deceptive and destructive. When objective, provable truth can be dismissed with di...Read Full Post »
|Posted by St. Alban's Episcopal Church on July 21, 2021 at 1:10 PM|
The on-going and polarizing debate about getting vaccinated during this time of pandemic calls to my mind Paul’s words about “freedom”, especially in his letter to the Galatians. I say this because many who are refusing to get vaccinated are appealing to the notion of individual freedom: “Nobody else should have any say in my personal decisions about my own health.” On the face of it, this seems perfectly reasonable and in keeping with the principles upon which...Read Full Post »
|Posted by St. Alban's Episcopal Church on July 14, 2021 at 2:55 PM|
Last week, a college buddy of mine succumbed to COVID-19. Hailing from South Africa, Cynthia was the sort of person who befriended just about everyone she met. My sophomore year, we both lived on the second floor of the same dormitory and I still remember the sound of her boisterous laugh from all the way down the hall. While in some ways, “normal” life has resumed here in the United States, Cynthia’s death is a stark reminder for me that many parts of the world do not yet h...Read Full Post »