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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Learning to Pray in the School of Jesus

In three weeks we will enter a new church season: Lent. During Lent, the church has traditionally focused on three spiritual disciplines from the Sermon on the Mount (Matthew 5-7). These spiritual disciplines are praying, fasting, and almsgiving (giving to the poor)....

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What is a Community Group?

Last week we kicked off our sermon series which is exploring five marks of Christian community. These five marks are taken from the New Testament’s description of the earliest Christian community in Acts 2:42–47. In this passage, we learn that the earliest Christian...

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A priest or an appliance?

I have a confession to make. For the past two months, I have been living a lie. Now that I have your attention, let me explain. Since I first started at Trinity, I have referred to myself on many occasions as the “rector.” But technically, I am not yet the rector of...

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Five Marks of Christian Community

We all find community in different places. Maybe you belong to a garden club, a hunting club, or a drama club. Maybe you have an online group where you play games or share cooking tips. Or maybe you just have a close group of friends that you have known your whole...

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Why Confirmation?

Many people who attend Trinity have questions about confirmation. As a priest, I often get asked, “What is confirmation? And why should I be confirmed?” Both of these are great questions. If you are coming from another Christian tradition or are new to the Christian...

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Looking ahead to 2017…

Some days I can’t believe that 2017 is just around the corner. Other days, it seems like 2017 can’t come fast enough! The past year has been fraught with political divisions in our country, violence around the world and on our streets, and a steady stream of scandals....

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