New County rules on COVID19

Fr Hawtin

Dr. Gregory Wm. Branch, Health Officer for Baltimore County, has promulgated the following edict: “Beginning Thursday, July 23 at 9:00 AM, Baltimore County individuals ages 2 and up are required to wear face coverings in any indoor business, service, organization or establishment that serves the general public. This includes, but is not limited to, retail . . . → Read More: New County rules on COVID19

To err is human; to forgive ought to be human too

Fr Hawtin

By human standards, scribes and Pharisees get a really bum rap in the Gospels. Whenever Jesus encounters them he either makes fun of them or he dresses them down, calling them rude names. Yet by human standards, they were quite admirable people.

They lived very active religious lives. Most of them went to church morning . . . → Read More: To err is human; to forgive ought to be human too

Coming to accept God’s utterly impractical ideas

Fr Hawtin

There’s no getting away from it: a lot of God’s ideas seem really off the wall. How about these instructions from the Sermon on the Mount: “Do not resist one who is evil. But if anyone strikes you on the right cheek, turn to him the other also; and if anyone would sue you . . . → Read More: Coming to accept God’s utterly impractical ideas

The Vestry debates how to handle the Corona Virus

The vestry met on June 17th—its first meeting since the Corona Virus restrictions were imposed in March this year. The item at the top of the agenda was the manner in which the church should reopen with the gradual lifting of the lock down.

Being Anglicans, there were at least two school of thought. One . . . → Read More: The Vestry debates how to handle the Corona Virus

With righteousness, it’s a case of all or nothing

Fr Hawtin

There is something especially apt about the selection of this passage from the Epistles—The First Epistle General of St. John 4:7-21 — for the start of the Trinity Season. It is a neatly encapsulated course of study that in modern academic lingo would probably be called “Fellowship with God 101.”

St. John’s object is to . . . → Read More: With righteousness, it’s a case of all or nothing

The Trinity should present no problem for Sci-fi fans

Fr Hawtin

Trinity Sunday is always a bit of a challenge. It is not particularly easy to preach a sermon on the infinitely complicated nature of God’s domestic arrangements. And how else can you describe the concept of three divine persons sharing one divine nature other than “infinitely complicated.”

The notion is so complicated, in fact, that . . . → Read More: The Trinity should present no problem for Sci-fi fans

We’re open at 50% capacity; Sadly, no singing is allowed

Fr Hawtin

Governor Larry Hogan has implemented the beginning of the end of the “lockdown” in Maryland. This allows us to “re-open: at 50 percent of capacity, but, while music is permitted, we are not allowed to sing

Experts at the Centers for Disease Control believe that singing expels more air from our lungs than talking, and . . . → Read More: We’re open at 50% capacity; Sadly, no singing is allowed

Whitsun commemorates the Book of Common Prayer

Fr Hawtin

Whitsunday, the Feast of Pentecost, is the day upon which Anglicans celebrate the publication of the first Book of Common Prayer in the English language. Like that first Pentecost, the publication of the first English language Prayer Book—a work patently inspired by the Holy Spirit—is an event that changed the world.

To be sure, the . . . → Read More: Whitsun commemorates the Book of Common Prayer

We celebrated the Ascension with a ‘limited’ reopening

Fr Hawtin

Thanks to President Donald Trump, we were able to mark the Sunday After The Ascension by reopening the church and celebrating the Eucharist for the first time in more than a month.

The go-ahead to reopen came at the last minute. Until the president announced his challenge to there nations governors over mandatory church closures, . . . → Read More: We celebrated the Ascension with a ‘limited’ reopening

Limited resumption of Sunday services

Sunday video services have been a valuable spiritual resource in these difficult times. But, however earnestly one might try, they are not a truly satisfactory substitute for traditional corporate worship.

As the state gradually relaxes the “stay-at-home” restrictions,” we thought it time to begin celebrating Sunday Eucharists for 10 congregants at a . . . → Read More: Limited resumption of Sunday services