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1701, 2019

A New Direction

January 17th, 2019|Categories: Blog, Weekly Reflections|0 Comments

THIS SUNDAY: LECTIONARY Isa 62:1-5 Ps 96 1 Cor 12:1-11 John 2:1-11 SERMON Fr Nathan Baxter A New Direction: Or, How A Fine Young Man Found Himself in Paraguayby Ticia Hill-ZeiglerThe young man had been wondering about the direction of his life. As a teacher in high school, he knew he enjoyed his work—and yet, something was gnawing at his peace of mind. He was at the beginning of his career and he loved Portland, Oregon—the town where he went to school and now was teaching in.  Work was demanding, but it was good. Meanwhile, about a year and a half earlier, for a summer, he had taught at a mission school in Paraguay, a Latin American nation in need of educators. It had been a wonderful experience, but at the same time, it was not easy to grasp the greater significance of that summer. However, soon it was going to be made clear. Tim got an email. And it would alter his direction in life.Tim Revett, who grew up in Amarillo, Texas and graduated from Lewis and Clark College in Portland, Oregon, was invited to return to Paraguay. He was invited not just to [...]

1201, 2019

Improving ASAC Safety

January 12th, 2019|Categories: Blog, Weekly Reflections|0 Comments

THIS SUNDAY: LECTIONARY Isa 42:1-9 Ps 89:20-29 Acts 10:34-38 Luke 3:15-22 SERMON Fr. Nathan Baxter All Saints takes safety, security and risk management seriously. A number of church-targeted tragedies around the country over the past two years has underscored the importance of having good practices and plans in place. The Vestry established a Safety Task Force last year to consider and recommend improvements in our safety and security habits. They’ve been doing a great job of due diligence. One key recommendation is that we secure our church buildings during worship services, especially with children in the basement. Beginning Sunday January 27th, after welcoming arrivals at the back of the church, at 9:45am an usher will be securing the two side doors into the basement and the two side doors into the Sanctuary. They will also secure the main doors into the church and position themselves to open doors for arrivals after that time. All doors will remain secured for the remainder of the morning. After 9:45, anyone needing to enter or re-enter the building should plan to enter by the main door. Ushers will do their best to welcome you in quickly [...]

501, 2019

“Padre, is God really like Jesus?”

January 5th, 2019|Categories: Blog, Weekly Reflections|0 Comments

THIS SUNDAY: LECTIONARY Is 60:1-9 Ps 72 Eph 3:1-13 Mt 2:1-12 SERMON Fr. Nathan Baxter "Padre, is God really like Jesus?"by Father Adam GosnellThe word Epiphany comes to us from “to reveal.” In the narrower context of the Jesus-story, the Epiphany is about the magi/wise men coming to see the Baby Jesus.  (Surprise! Your Christmas-day nativities are probably wrong.) Jesus has been revealed to the Gentiles. But in the broader context, Epiphany is about Jesus being revealed in general. And as I was thinking about Jesus and revelation, I was reminded of one of my very favorite theologians. T. F. Torrance (1913-2007) had an experience, early in his life, that shaped his entire theological career. He was serving as a wartime chaplain. After a battle, he came across a young, 20-something solider. Almost immediately, Torrance realized that this man was dying. Nothing could be done. So Torrance held his hand, and talked to him about his faith. As he knelt over this soldier, the soldier asked, "... Padre? Is God really like Jesus?" Yes. Torrance assured him. Yes, he is. Then the soldier died. This conversation was brief, but it had a profound impact on [...]

2012, 2018

Preparation and Mystery

December 20th, 2018|Categories: Blog, Weekly Reflections|0 Comments

THIS SUNDAY: LECTIONARY Mic 5:2-5a Ps 80:1-7 Heb 10:1-10 Luke 1:39-56 SERMON Mthr Sue Currie Preparation and Mystery by Cindy Carter If you are like me, you may be in the midst of various forms of preparation for Christmas. I’m preparing for giving gifts, making items, wrapping presents, mailing packages. I’m also making preparations for hosting family for Christmas day, planning a menu and making a grocery list. There is much to be done. With Sheep of the Good Shepherd we have been preparing too. Chris Sherratt and I prepare each week - we prepare ourselves, our lessons, with help from others we set up the Resource Room for special use with children, and we prepare the materials that the children work with. We prepare our best, without knowing who will come that week or what ages they will be. But, the work of preparation always bears fruit—in our lives and in the small worshiping community we have formed. When we gather together, whoever is present, there is joy! Joy in the Gospel proclamation shared, pondered together and responded to in our reflections, songs, and prayers. There is also delight in the [...]

1412, 2018

Christians Are A Ridiculous People

December 14th, 2018|Categories: Blog, Weekly Reflections|0 Comments

THIS SUNDAY: LECTIONARY Zeph 3:14-20 Ps 85 Phil 4:4-9 Lk 3:7-20 SERMON Dcn Francis Capitanio Christians are a ridiculous people. by Fr Adam Christians are a ridiculous people. Any community that gets together every week to say more-or-less the same two thousand words has surely lost its mind. If you were a Christian for your whole life, you’ll die having spent almost four thousand hours in church, saying those same two thousand words. What a waste of time!  Can you imagine how that suggestion would go over in a Fortune 500 company? (“Guys, I have an idea, let’s spend three-hundred-odd hours a year repeating ourselves!”) It’s not like you’ve never read the Creed before, guys. It’s not changed in the six days since you were here last time. But this is exactly what Christians do. Every week Christian gather, they sit, and stand, and kneel. They cross themselves. And they say those same two thousand words. What would motivate a people to get up, on a Sunday morning of all days, and do this? In the Christian tradition, there are two reasons: first, that God’s glory and nature is such that he [...]

1511, 2018

Getting It Right

November 15th, 2018|Categories: Blog, Weekly Reflections|0 Comments

THIS SUNDAY: CONFIRMATION Genesis 15:1-6 Psalm 16 Luke 24:50-53 Acts 4:32-37 SERMON Bishop Ron Jackson Getting it Right by Fr Bill Blomquist Some of you know my story: Raised from birth in the Episcopal church, grew up an altar boy, was “that” guy who was called in to serve at 7:00AM for the 1928 service when the pre-scheduled person overslept. Later, I grew convinced that God was not in the church (or any organized religion for that matter), forsook it all, plunged head-first into a disturbing array of beliefs and behaviors which drew away from the God of my youth. Still later, I surrendered to Jesus on a Central Floridian beach at 2:00AM on All Saints Day, evangelized just about everybody I met as a bonafide “Jesus Freak,” and returned the the Episcopal Church some three years later ready to take on that sleeping giant with the Gospel of Jesus Christ. I’ll never forget the day. I walked into Sr. Andrew’s Chapel, Boca Raton, Florida, on a mission from God. My mission: To do church right. When it came time to stand and sing, I’d be first off the pew. When it [...]