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Posted by Cathie Roy on

I Corinthians 10:7: Do not become idolaters as some of them did.... "The word of the Lord." How tender, yet arresting, is that oft-heard phrase as it frames my scripture readings. God, sometimes when I read scripture it feels like you're talking directly to me. Sometimes it feels like I'm...

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What is Tenebrae?

Posted by Nathan Costa on

Tenebrae (Latin, for “darkness” or “shadows”) is the term that has been used since the 12th century to refer to the ancient monastic early morning services or “offices” (Matins and Lauds, similar to the Morning...

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The Unexpected Gift of Ashes

Posted by Rita M. Moufarrege on

I never could have anticipated what would happen when I brought “Ashes to Go” to a parishioner who resides in a local nursing home. She is someone who I have recently been blessed to meet and gotten to know through Lay Eucharistic Visits. After a short devotion and prayers with her...

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Lenten Practices for Everyone

Posted by Kristeen Evans on

Lent is a time of prayer, fasting and almsgiving as we prepare ourselves for Easter. Rather than thinking of this as a time of giving up, think of Lent as a time for do-ing. Do something for yourself - expand your faith, make time for prayer. Do something for others - volunteer your time, help...

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A Happy Lent and a Holy Triduum

Posted by Nathan Costa on

Happy Lent! “Happy” may seem a strange word for a season that begins in dust, ashes, and humility and calls us, among other things, to make do with less. But “happy” it still is. Our seasons in the church encourage us not just to dwell in the present—in Lent, that...

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It's Time to INVITE!

Posted by The Rev. Chris Harris on

Shining the Light of Christ at St. Bart’s in 2018 Have you heard this statistic? The average Episcopalian invites someone to church every 37 years. That line has been repeated so many times I’m not sure anyone knows from where it originally came. But, then I have never had anyone...

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My Experience with Ashes to Go

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I loved Ashes to Go; like handing out water at Pride, it is way outside my normal comfort zone but I feel like an agent of the Holy Spirit – it is my amazing privilege to help some little space open up where it is possible for another person to see a small ray of God’s abundant love...

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Another Experience with Ashes to Go

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When I received the email from Chris Harris regarding Ashes to Go I was very hesitant to respond one way or the other. I thought it was a clever idea, but wasn’t quite sure if I agreed with such an unconventional method of giving ashes and I certainly was not sure if I could be involved in...

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Why Church: Our War on Idolatry

Posted by The Rev. William Zettinger on

Last month, I was invited to preach in the rector’s pulpit. I mentioned the comment Justice Clarence Thomas made in a recent interview, “there is nothing to bind us together as a nation anymore.” This month I would like to expand on that thought. David Brooks is an American...

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Praying Online: Yes, it is Possible

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Posted by The Rev. Mary Lynn Coulson on

Do you think of your smartphone when you think of prayer practices? It’s easy to see that our society is addicted to our phones. We can barely go ten minutes without checking to see if we’ve gotten a text. And standing in line at the grocery store now means scrolling through our...

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