Friday, April 30, 2010
Thursday, April 29, 2010
Wednesday, April 28, 2010
Anti-graffiti crew accidentally paints over Banksy art
Office of Government Relations of the Episcopal Church calls for comprehensive immigration reform
Sometimes it's easier to refer to those whom I serve as members of the "merchant marine", as that now-disused title is more familiar than any contemporary one. [Also, the "Department of Transportation Maritime Administration" is a bit of a mouthful.] This sometimes leads to a second question: What's the difference between the "merchant marine" and the United States Marine Corps? That's an easy one.
These are members of the USMC:
These may be considered members of the merchant fleet:
See, that was easy.
[Marines are served by the Chaplain Corps of the U.S. Navy, by the way.]
More fun: Play "Spot the Rector" in the photo below. Hint: Don't look for eyeglasses.
Tuesday, April 27, 2010
Monday, April 26, 2010
“May the blessing of light be on you, light without and light within.
May the blessed sunlight shine upon you and warm your heart till it glows,
Like a great peat fire, so that the stranger may come
and warm himself at it, as well as the friend.
And may the light shine out of the eyes of you,
like a candle set in the windows of a house,
Bidding the wanderer to come in out of the storm.
And may the blessing of the rain be on you - the soft sweet rain.
May it fall upon your spirit so that all the little flowers may spring up,
And shed their sweetness on the air.
And may the blessing of the great rains be on you,
that they beat upon your spirit and wash it fair and clean,
and leave there many a shining pool, and sometimes a star.
And may the blessing of the earth be on you - the great round earth;
May you ever have a kindly greeting for people you pass
as you are going along the roads.
And now may the Lord bless you, and bless you kindly.”
Sunday, April 25, 2010
Saturday, April 24, 2010
The lections may be found here.
Friday, April 23, 2010
Thursday, April 22, 2010
Wednesday, April 21, 2010
I do know that today is the Feast of Anselm, and that's much more important to me and to the development of our faith than any other, er, "holiday".
Anselm, Archbishop of Canterbury and one of the most profound thinkers of the Middle Ages, died on this day in 1109, around the age of 76. He is considered the third greatest theologian of Western Christianity, alongside Augustine and Aquinas.
The latter simply recognizes that, if there is no God, there could be no rational discussion of God's existence. In other words, one cannot make an argument that dismisses the existence of something that doesn't exist.
In addition to his academic work, Anselm was also politically important in seeing that the English church played a greater role in its society and served as one of the checks on the power of the king.
Almighty God, you raised up your servant Anselm to teach the Church of his day to understand its faith in your eternal Being, perfect justice, and saving mercy: Provide your Church in every age with devout and learned scholars and teachers, that we may be able to give a reason for the hope that is in us; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, on God, for ever and ever. Amen.
Tuesday, April 20, 2010
1. Eliminate the music - This way about 15-20 minutes will be cut from the liturgy.
2. Eliminate the sermon - Really, who cares about this? That's another 10-12 minutes gained.
3. Reduce the number of people coming forward to receive communion - After steps 1 and 2, this becomes real easy. Perhaps mass excommunication would be the best way to complete this, as it sometimes takes thirty whole seconds for one person to receive the Body and Blood of Christ. Think of the time saved!
4. Eliminate announcements - After steps 1, 2, and 3, when the congregation has been reduced to about 6 or so, and there is no one to do anything anyway, announcements will be unnecessary.
You see, it's simple. It's not evangelism or even a valid way to live the Gospel, but at least you don't have to waste time on a Sunday morning. Y'know, salvation is great and all, but we all have important things to do on Sundays. Hmmm, maybe we can build a drive-through communion window with an automatic wafer launcher....
Or we can have a real church with real music, the proclaimed word of God, a growing population, and a greater number of things with which people may become involved [of course, that means announcements]; all for the investment of just 70 minutes a week.
Personally, I think it's an easy choice to make.
Monday, April 19, 2010
Sunday, April 18, 2010
Saturday, April 17, 2010
This week, Paul gets knocked down, four elders get knocked down in Revelation, and Jesus has a cook-out [and what a cook-out it turns out to be]. All this plus The First Breakfast.
[Above is the "Galilean Boat", as was discussed in the Biblical Archaeology class.]
[The photos are courtesy of Bad Vestments.]
Friday, April 16, 2010
"Organicsally functioning out of neighbors helping one another to what about the Christian Acountant is the way the inquiiry should evolve. At that point, if I can help please whistle."
This may be my new mission statement. Although, it kind of makes me afraid to whistle....
[I'm awarding an official Christ Church No-Prize to the person who gets the photo reference.]
All this plus it's free!
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Thursday, April 15, 2010
Wednesday, April 14, 2010
Anyway, a poem popped in my head while I was strolling. It's William Wordsworth's "The Tables Turned" [I think; it may have a slightly different title. What am I, an English teacher?]
UP! up! my Friend, and quit your books;
Or surely you'll grow double:
Up! up! my Friend, and clear your looks;
Why all this toil and trouble?
The sun, above the mountain's head,
A freshening lustre mellow
Through all the long green fields has spread,
His first sweet evening yellow.
Books! 'tis a dull and endless strife:
Come, hear the woodland linnet,
How sweet his music! on my life,
There's more of wisdom in it.
And hark! how blithe the throstle sings!
He, too, is no mean preacher:
Come forth into the light of things,
Let Nature be your teacher.
She has a world of ready wealth,
Our minds and hearts to bless--
Spontaneous wisdom breathed by health,
Truth breathed by cheerfulness.
One impulse from a vernal wood
May teach you more of man,
Of moral evil and of good,
Than all the sages can.
Sweet is the lore which Nature brings;
Our meddling intellect
Mis-shapes the beauteous forms of things:--
We murder to dissect.
Enough of Science and of Art;
Close up those barren leaves;
Come forth, and bring with you a heart
That watches and receives.
Michelle Obama, Jill Biden visit Haitian diocese's quake survivor camp
Tuesday, April 13, 2010
Monday, April 12, 2010
Sunday, April 11, 2010
With her careers as veterinarian, astronaut and U.S. president behind her, Barbie has at last found her true calling: as a second-career Episcopal priest.
I'm glad to note that she's wearing her biretta in the correct manner. What really concerns me is that I have the exact same wardrobe items!
Saturday, April 10, 2010
Remember that we are holding our usual 8am service at Christ Church and joining with the pilgrims at Roxbury Congregational Church at 10:30am. I'm preaching at both services.
The lections may be found here.
We thank you, heavenly Father, that you have delivered us from the dominion of sin and death and brought us into the kingdom of your Son; and we pray that, as by his death he has recalled us to life, so by his love he may raise us to eternal joys; who lives and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.
Friday, April 9, 2010
However, please remember that we will be meeting at Roxbury Congregational Church at 10:30am for a shared liturgy with our pilgrim friends.
I will be preaching at both services. The title will be "St. Thomas and the Nightclub Fuse". [That's all I have so far; I'll write the rest of the sermon on Sunday morning. It'll be a corker.]
Thursday, April 8, 2010
At any rate, the Staffordshire Hoard, that load of gold and jewels discovered in the middle of an English field by a fellow with a simple metal detector, a find that was spoken of in the final session of our Lenten series on Biblical Archaeology, will be featured on Sunday on the Nat Geo channel at 7pm.
Details may be found here.
Wednesday, April 7, 2010
Tuesday, April 6, 2010
Monday, April 5, 2010
Sunday, April 4, 2010
That doesn't mean things haven't been happening, though. In archeology alone, something in which a whole bunch of parishioners are now knowledgeable and interested, we have a number of things to relate. There's also a silly sign to note. Maybe even a commentary of two, once I recover from the effect of too many spoken, read, composed. or sung words during the past week. A day or two in the workshop or surf casting on the Sound cures that pretty quickly. Not to mention dealing with the effects of the Nor'easter on the house that Mrs. Rector and I have down on the Connecticut coast. [I'm thinking of launching the boat in the basement, but it may not be beamy enough. The boat, that is.]
Anyway, thanks for the great Holy Week and the welcome response from those who chose to attend even the weekday services. I'll have some attendance figures later.