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  • It won’t surprise most of you to know that I’m pretty sentimental; I’m a Romantic at heart. Special days are important to me, particularly anniversaries of special events and auspicious days of the year. Rituals around those occasions are meaningful and are changed with some amount of difficulty. Ch... [read more]
  • The Third Sunday of Advent is also known by its Latin name: Gaudete. This word is the command form of the verb, gaudere, “to rejoice.” Today, then, is “Rejoice Sunday.” The name arises from the first word of the Epistle traditionally assigned to Third Advent, from the Epistle to the Philippians: “Re... [read more]
  • Today, during the Christian Formation hour, we have our annual “Nick & Lucy” celebration. The saints whose lives we highlight are, of course, St. Nicholas and St. Lucy, known by many as Santa Lucia, the name that echoes from that memorable Italian folk song (which was about a sea-front village n... [read more]
  • Here we are at the First Sunday of Advent again! I know I say this every year, but I’m completely amazed that we find ourselves beginning another liturgical cycle. Wasn’t it Easter just last week? And didn’t Christmas come just the week before that? Good heavens, how time flies! Arriving at First... [read more]
  • Dawn and I enjoy theater productions.  The atmosphere of the theater, the feel of the cushioned seats, texture of the curtain, familiar smells, the glare of the stage lights, and the muffled conversations before the performance begins: all these things add, and are a prelude to, the enjoyment of a w... [read more]
  • I think it is fair to say that there are varied and deep emotions being experienced after the election last Tuesday. This is true after every presidential election, and more so this year. Unfortunately, with the erosion of civility in our society, combined with the pervasive nature of the internet a... [read more]
  • On All Saints’ Sunday we celebrate the “great cloud of witnesses” referred to by the writer of the Epistle to the Hebrews. In the Nicene Creed, we give assent to our belief in the Communion of Saints, the timeless body of believers who are in communion with Christ and one another. We, as members of ... [read more]
  • Stewardship and Pledging “Every generous act of giving, with every perfect gift, is from above.”   James 1:17 Last Sunday was Stewardship Sunday and the in-gathering was profound. The act of coming forward and placing our pledges of time, talent and treasure on the altar was a moving tribute t... [read more]
  • Today is Stewardship Sunday “But do not neglect to do good and to share what you have, for such sacrifices are pleasing to God.” Hebrews 13:15-16 During the past three weeks you have heard powerful personal stories from fellow parishioners about their experiences with stewardship. We have asked y... [read more]
  • The Narthex Doors Late on Thursday night, October 6, the glass doors into the Narthex were vandalized and completely smashed. A passer-by called the police, and they responded immediately. David Martinez, Junior Warden, and Ken Davis met the police at the church around midnight, and a complete se... [read more]
  • In school, we are taught that the universe is governed by set laws. Physics, chemistry, geology, and the other physical sciences are all predicated upon the discovery of the set laws of nature. We learn about the laws of gravity, conservation of mass, thermodynamics, the periodic table, and many mor... [read more]