Surprised by Sin

On Sunday night as many of us were sleeping in bed, Stephen Paddock opened fire on a crowd attending a concert in Las Vegas, killing 59 people and injuring more than 500. Investigators and journalists, politicians and ordinary people, immediately started looking for...

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Hurricane Mission Trip to Jacksonville

Dear Trinity family, When Hurricane Harvey and Irma struck our shores, I told you that the Church was about to have one of its finest moments. Long after the cameras leave and the flooding has been forgotten, the Church continues to do the hard work of clean up,...

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Special Parish Meeting: October 22

Dear Trinity family, On Sunday, October 22 we will have a Special Parish Meeting. If you have been around for a little while, you know that we have an Annual Parish Meeting where we elect members to serve on Vestry, vote on changes to our bylaws, receive a financial...

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Two Saints for Our Times

Today, August 14th, is the feast day of Maximillian Kolbe and Jonathan Myrick Daniels. You probably have never heard of either of these saints, but I could not imagine two better saints to speak into our current national strife. Their stories come from the not too...

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Rhythms of Life

Thirty-seven. That’s how many consecutive Sundays I have been at Trinity. Week in and week out, I have joined with you to worship God, to pray for our community and world, to share in the body and blood of Christ, and to be sent out into the world as disciples of...

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Ordinary Time?

Since I started as your rector almost 8 months ago, we have walked through all the major feasts and fasts of the Christian year together. We began with the celebration of All Saints and the longing of Advent through the celebration of the Christ-child at Christmas....

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Three Feasts

This Sunday begins a series of three feast days in the church year. These three feast days are deeply connected to one another. Today we celebrate the feast of the Ascension. Technically, the feast of the Ascension occurred on Thursday. We are told in Acts 1:3 that...

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Summer Reading

Every summer as part of my vacation planning, I pick out two or three books that I want to read on vacation. This summer I am looking forward to reading a novel by Walker Percy and a collection of short stories by Flannery O’Connor. Sometimes I choose fun novels...

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Palms for Ashes

In the church I grew up in, the ashes used for Ash Wednesday came from the palms of Palm Sunday. It was a real labor of love on the part of the altar guild. You wouldn’t think that ashes are difficult to make, but actually it’s an involved process. You don’t get a lot...

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Preparing to Prepare

In 10 days, we will enter a new season in the Church year: Lent. On March 1, we will observe Ash Wednesday. We will mark our foreheads with ashes and begin 40 days of giving, fasting, and praying in the wilderness with Jesus. Lent is a season of preparation for...

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