Remember that you are dust…

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Remember that you are dust… Every year on Ash Wednesday, I have the privilege of smearing an ash cross on the foreheads of people of all ages and telling them that they are going to die. Remember that you are dust, and to dust you shall return. (Book of Common Prayer, page 265) It is a remarkable reminder that we …

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Holding on when faith is hard.

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November 1, 2018 Holding on when faith is hard. Last week’s shooting at the Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh leaving eleven people dead sent a wave of shock, disbelief, and horror throughout this nation and the world beyond. People at worship are not supposed to be at risk of dying, but it has become an all-too-familiar occurrence:[1] First Baptist …

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The Gospel and Compassion Fatigue

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  June 27, 2018   The Gospel and Compassion Fatigue Last week, I wrote a pastoral letter on the separation and incarceration of families on the southern U.S. border. It was a subject that had weighed on me during my time away on vacation, and I felt it imperative to not only assure folks that I was paying attention but …

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The Nicene Creed

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April 10, 2018 The Nicene Creed We believe in God… At the beginning of Lent, I wrote in a newsletter entry that, in our liturgies, we would be marking that season of penitence by changing some of the language and ways of praying to which we are accustomed. We began to say rather than sing some of the liturgy, and …

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The Way of the Cross

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March 29, 2018 We adore you, O Christ, and we bless you: Because by your holy cross you have redeemed the world. Every day during this Holy Week, we have gathered at 12:15pm to walk the Stations of the Cross here at All Saints. This “way of the cross” is an ancient tradition, begun when pilgrims first made their way …

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Marching into Jerusalem

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March 22, 2018 Many people spread their cloaks on the road, and others spread leafy branches that they had cut in the fields. Then those who went ahead and those who followed were shouting, “Hosanna! Blessed is the one who comes in the name of the Lord! (Mark 11:8-9) This Sunday is Palm Sunday when we reenact the triumphal entry …

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National Walkout Day!

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  March 14, 2018 The wolf shall live with the lamb, the leopard shall lie down with the kid, the calf and the lion and the fatling together, and a little child shall lead them. (Isaiah 11:6) One month ago today, a gunman entered Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, and killed seventeen people. What we have witnessed …

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Cross veils

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1 March 2018 On the first Sunday in Lent, I asked the children to point out to me things that looked different in the church on that day. This question was prompted by a question to me from one of them before the 9:00 a.m. service: why is the cross covered in purple? Well, an adult asked the same question …

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