The Importance of Children in the Service

One day, I was sweeping up in the house when my toddler picked up the broom and began walking around the house with it. When I asked what he was doing, he proudly replied, “it’s a cross! This is what “Big Ben” does at church.” He then continued with his processional....

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Liturgy: The Work of the People

The word ‘liturgy’ comes from two Greek words laos (laity) and ergos (work). It literally translates as “the work of the people (laity).” In other words, liturgy is what the people do and say when they gather together to worship. Contrary to popular belief, priests do...

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Celebrating Easter

Alleluia! Christ is risen! The Lord is risen indeed! Alleluia! This is the traditional greeting of Christians all over the world for the season of Easter. Our season of preparation has come to a close, and a season of rejoicing is upon us. The alleluias have been...

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Faith and Giving

I was fortunate while I was an undergraduate at the University of Georgia. My parents were generously willing to cover my expenses after scholarships and encouraged me to focus on school rather than get a part-time job. This was an obvious luxury because many of my...

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Time: The Great Equalizer

Time. In some ways it is the great equalizer. No matter what we have or lack of other resources, we all have the same amount of time each day—24 hours. Yet for most of us, it seems there is rarely enough.  Never have I felt this more viscerally than in motherhood. I...

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Let’s Bring our Talents to the Altar

In so many ways Anglicanism has ruined me. When we were in college and newly in love,  Spencer and I tried our best to find a church together. It was a tumultuous time to be Episcopalian, and my home church was in the midst of a split. There was no Anglican church...

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What is the chief end of Man?

I once read an article that changed the way I think about time.  The gist of the article went something like this: Watch your “nos” and your “yeses” will take care of themselves; every time we say “yes” to something, we say “no” to something else.  This statement has...

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What We Give, God Multiplies

One Sunday, a very long time ago, during church the priest announced a second, special offering collection for a member of the congregation. The church’s piano player opened her purse and saw a five dollar bill. She was a single mother, and times were very lean. But...

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Giving Up this Lent

“What are you giving up for Lent?” Many of us have heard (or asked!) this question as the season of Lent approaches. Usually this gets translated as a restriction we are placing on ourselves for the 40 days of Lent. But this Lent, we will be exploring what it truly...

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A New Approach to Membership and Confirmation

Dear Trinity family, Over the years, there have been several tweaks to membership requirements at Trinity. This has caused some confusion over the years. I will often field questions from newcomers like: “If I am baptized does that make me a member of Trinity?” “What...

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