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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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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