Have you always wanted to know more about the Bible, the central sacred scriptures of the Judeo-Christian tradition and a massively influential part of western and world history and culture? This is your chance. Take the Bible Challenge and join others in the congregation and community in reading all or part of the Bible in the new year. There is a sign up sheet at the back of the church or email Fr. Matt at firstname.lastname@example.org. The Rev. Marek Zabriskie started The Center for Biblical Studies in his home church in Pennsylvania some years ago. They undertook to practice regular […]
Beloved friends, How deeply do we long to hear again the good news of the angelic choir: Glory to God in the highest and peace to God’s people on earth! As Luke tells the story, it was the shepherds minding their flocks at night that witnessed this magnificent moment. They were told that a Savior, the Messiah, was born this day, and further told to go to Bethlehem and find there the baby lying in a manger, wrapped in swaddling clothes. This good news of great joy for all the people was not broadcast on network or cable TV. It […]
What does it mean to have a new covenant, one not written on tablets of stone as at Sinai but on the hearts of the people? According to Jeremiah, it means that it will no longer be necessary for the people to “teach one another, or to say to one another, “Know the LORD,” for they shall all know me, from the least of them to the greatest, says the LORD; for I will forgive their iniquity, and remember their sin no more” (Jeremiah 31:34-5). No more priests, teachers or lawyers I guess. Not sure we’ll see that anytime soon, […]
Dear friends, we are in the countdown to Christmas. How many days will be left by the time you receive this? Not too many—but still an agonizing wait for younger children. As I expect you’ve heard on the radio, Santa Claus is coming to town. His arrival is eagerly anticipated. No doubt he’ll find his way to the festive tree in your house somehow, even if, as in the Rectory, the chimney has an insert. He’s amazing that way.
Meanwhile, the parents are also counting the days. Shopping days. The weather outside is frightful. But the company at the party is delightful. ’Tis the season to be jolly. And yet.