We should always preach Jesus Christ and him crucified, but this time requires attention to the situation in which we find ourselves. Phillips Brooks’ urging to preach the truth with personality can be helpful. What stays the same now? And what changes?
In an annual tradition, here is the customary Epiphany Proclamation, to be read out at services on the Feast of the Epiphany and shared with the faithful.
The Task Force for Liturgical and Prayer Book Revision has unveiled a website as part of its work. It has a handy — though problematic — list of Episcopal liturgical resources.
We ordain bishops. It’s time to let die our old habit of referring to the “consecration of bishops.” Our baptismal ecclesiology demands it.
Lent is going to look a little different for each person. I hope you have a holy Lent — however you sojourn. Should your ashes stay or should they go? Well, that depends on what’s in your heart.
We have a catechetical crisis in our church. Vast swaths of our laity and not a few clergy are unable to articulate even the most rudimentary understanding of either baptism or eucharist.
Lord, we pray that your grace may always precede and follow us, that we may continually be given to good works; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.
It’s worth inviting people into this mystical journey of triumph, friendship, tenderness, betrayal, desolation, pain, death, grief, astonishment, and victory. It’s worth it because God is glorified, our faith is enriched, and people are drawn into a deeper relationship with our Lord.
As disciples, we’re followers, and followers are always on the move. So a pretty good way to think of preaching is as a way to keep the followers moving, for Christ our leader is always challenging us to grow into the full stature of his likeness.
The second of my meditations on collects for an Advent quiet day offered at St. Stephen’s, Providence. The first meditation is here and the third one here. Collect for the Third Sunday of Advent...
This is the first of three meditations on collects I offered today for an Advent quiet day at St. Stephen’s, Providence, RI. The second meditation is here and the third one is here. It...
It was my honor this morning to be the guest preacher for the patronal festival of St. Michael & All Angels at the Church of St. Michael & St. George in St. Louis, Missouri....