A bold initiative to pack the pews empties them

My second sermon

It is a sobering commentary on the contrariness of fate that the spiritual train wreck currently emptying America’s mainline churches started life 60 years ago as a bold new initiative aimed at packing the pews.

The 1950s Organisation Man was giving way to the Beat Generation, and the world stood at the threshold of the . . . → Read More: A bold initiative to pack the pews empties them

Memorial Day

Sentinel at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier

Almighty God, our heavenly Father, in whose hands are the living and the dead: We give thee thanks for all those thy servants who have laid down their lives in the service of our country. Grant to them thy mercy and the light of thy presence, that the good work which thou hast begun in . . . → Read More: Memorial Day

The Sermon for Sunday May 29th – Trinity I

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Here is the sermon for Sunday May 29th: Trinity 1, 2016

This Week’s Newsletter

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Here is this week’s newsletter: St Stephens News XXVII No 19

How about this for a cure for the presidential blues?

This year’s presidential election has evoked emotions ranging from elation to outrage, from depression to desperation. The problem is not just that politicians are generally held in low esteem, but that outsiders are also viewed by many with equal contempt.

And, perhaps not coincidentally, the hierarchies and clergy of America’s mainline churches are regarded with . . . → Read More: How about this for a cure for the presidential blues?

The First Sunday after Trinity

Trinity (celtic knot)

O God, the strength of all those who put their trust in thee: Mercifully accept our prayers; and because, through the weakness of our mortal nature, we can do no good thing without thee, grant us the help of thy grace, that in keeping thy commandments we may please thee, both in will and . . . → Read More: The First Sunday after Trinity

Charity will help tame our ‘Age of Ugliness’

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Popular historians often append labels to past eras: The 18th Century, for example, is variously known as the Age of Reason and the Age of Revolution, while the early 19th Century was approvingly dubbed the Age of Elegance.

On such precedents, one might reasonably call the early 21st Century ‘the Age of Ugliness’—and by no . . . → Read More: Charity will help tame our ‘Age of Ugliness’

May Parish Life meeting recap

Garden Party gross receipts as of 10 May were $5,856.55. A final report will be presented at the next meeting. The Tea Room served 125 patrons, the largest number ever for a Garden Party. Many feedback comments were recorded and will be saved for next year’s planning. Our next fellowship breakfast will be a . . . → Read More: May Parish Life meeting recap

The Venerable Bede

The Venerable Bede Translates John by James Doyle Penrose (1862-1932)

O God, the light of our fathers, the rock of their whole strength: Grant us, with thy servant Saint Bede, all diligence to study the noble works thou didst in their days, that we may discern and trust thy power in our own; . . . → Read More: The Venerable Bede

Saint Augustine, First Archbishop of Canterbury

Augustine stamp with Ethelbert

Augustine baptising Ethelbert

Almighty and everlasting God, who didst strengthen Saint Augustine to bring the English people, by his travail, unto the faith and grace of Christ: Grant to thy servants in this age a like courage that, by the pure witness of faith and well–doing, thy knowledge and Name may be . . . → Read More: Saint Augustine, First Archbishop of Canterbury