Category: liturgy

Stir up thy power, O Lord!

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...

Cast away the works of darkness

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...

Greatness without end

Thursday in the second week of Advent Isaiah 41:13-20; Psalm 145:1-4,8-13; Matthew 11:7-15 Psalm 145:3 Great is the LORD and greatly to be praised; *   there is no end to his greatness. From St....

The Peace, and how we fail to pass it

Over the weekend, I posted this status on Facebook, “The passing of the peace is not liturgical halftime, nor is it the same as coffee hour. Just a random thought on a Sunday morning.”...

Good Friday: Let us embrace the Cross

A sermon preached on Good Friday 2014 at Church of the Ascension, Chicago. From the Passion according to St. John, “And again another scripture says, ‘They shall look on him whom they have pierced.’”...

Of gimmicks and Gospel

Too often, we decide that some gimmickry will make the church interesting. Whether it’s music styles, feel-good therapeutic preaching, or some other way of expressing “relevance” we think that these things will make us...

Holy Women, Holy Men, Holy Cow

The Standing Commission on Liturgy and Music for the Episcopal Church has asked for feedback on their thinking about revision to our sanctoral calendar. I’d encourage you to have a look at the comments...

Epiphany Proclamation 2014

One of the things I miss from parish ministry is the reading of the Epiphany Proclamation each year. So, dear reader, I hope you find this edifying and even enjoyable. ear friends in Christ,...