Tag: Homily

Of the Father’s Love Begotten

Happy Father’s Day! Today we remember all of the fathers, all of the dads, all of the grandfathers and great-grandfathers. And all of the beloved father-figures in our lives — whatever gender they might be! So, today, of course, I remember my dad — who was a force-of-life in my life. (And I know what you’re…

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Welcome, Welcome, Welcome

Hello everyone and welcome to Pentecost Sunday, the day we celebrate the coming of the Holy Spirit and, essentially, the birth of the church.  It’s no coincidence that one of today’s Collects is a Collect for Hospitality.  It begins with the words, “Welcome, welcome, welcome . . . .” — the perfect sentiment to recognize God’s intentional…

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Pointless & Persistent Prayer

When asked what I do for a living, I no longer answer “clergy” or “Episcopal priest.” Frankly, lots of people just don’t know what to do with that. Stereotypes abound. We only work on Sundays. We are not allowed to drink nor to curse. And God forbid you should curse around us! (Truth be told,…

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The Church Survives

A very good friend gifted me with a delightful and nerdy book: A Field Guide to the English Clergy: A Compendium of Diverse Eccentrics, Pirates, Prelates and Adventurers; All Anglican, Some Even Practicing. Written by The Rev. Fergus Butler-Gallie, a reviewer describes the book as “Ridiculously enjoyable” and I agree. The chapters are divided into various galleries…

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All Shall Be Well

This morning, I see several calls for celebration: in our country, it’s Mother’s Day, when we acknowledge mothers and mother figures who have touched our lives. In the Episcopal Church, today marks the commemoration of early Christian mystic and theologian Julian of Norwich, whose words are as relevant and beautiful today as when she wrote them in the 14th century. And…

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Believing is Belonging

On Sunday, low Sunday, we may still be a bit hungover from the intoxicating joy of Easter.  A sugary spirit filled high-on-faith experience fueled by beautiful music, fabulous flowers, chocolate rabbits, and marshmallow peeps – so sweet and so compelling who could deny that day that the Lord is risen. The Lord is risen indeed.  So,…

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Remembrance

MY CONFESSION dear ones in Christ gathered faithfully here at Emmanuel is that my memory is bad lately. Not for names or faces: I’m having trouble sometimes with the day of the week, the month, or even what year it is. Some of that is the weather here in Virginia in April—winter then summer in…

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