|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 »
|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 »