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Posts from April 2021

Posts from April 2021

Updated In-person Worship Guidelines

To the saints at Church of the Epiphany-Tempe: Grace to you and peace from God our Father and our savior Jesus Christ. I pray that you continue to practice a safety first approach as we continue to hope for the end of this pandemic! I have been heartened to see many of you return to in-person worship, and I look forward to seeing many more of you joining us for in-person worship as we emerge from the COVID-19 pandemic.  Last…

Earth Day: An Invitation to Love

It does not feel like it, but Earth Day has been recognized in the United States for over 50 years. It does not feel like we have been celebrating today for that long simply because we have not really shifted how we understand the fullness of creation care, and we continue to do things that harm the very fabric of creation. We continue to use materials that are not easily recycled – perhaps single-use plastics being the worst among them.…

Sharing Resurrection

At the beginning of the week this week, I began listening to a new podcast being produced by The Episcopal Church. For the last several years, The Episcopal Church has hosted a conference called Evangelism Matters. The conference brought together lay and clergy leaders from across the church to learn in community with one another and to create new ideas for how to go about the business of sharing God’s love with the world in our local contexts.  Of course,…

Getting Local with the Good News

“Then he said to them, “These are my words that I spoke to you while I was still with you– that everything written about me in the law of Moses, the prophets, and the psalms must be fulfilled.” Then he opened their minds to understand the scriptures, and he said to them, “Thus it is written, that the Messiah is to suffer and to rise from the dead on the third day, and that repentance and forgiveness of sins is…

The Walk of Maundy Thursday

Tonight, we begin the Triduum, the Three Days. They are the holiest of days in the whole liturgical calendar, and they are the days that we begin our journey through crucifixion and into resurrection. It is a time for us to reflect on the meaning of the cross and how we are called to make the way of the cross our own way of living. We find ourselves in moments of solemnity and moments of celebration. We begin tonight, and…