Monthly Archives: June 2013

JM1 Friday: Joyful

Our theme for the summer is “Be Imitators of God.”  Our theme for Friday is Joyful.  We read about Wisdom delighting in Creation (Proverbs 8) and Jesus’ parable of the wedding feast (Matthew 22).

My sermons at Camp are always highly interactive. I do my best to make sure that the gist of the conversation is picked up by the microphone. Thank you for your patience.

Listen: JM1 2013 friday joyful

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JM1 Wednesday: Merciful

The theme for the summer is “Be Imitators of God.” Our concept for Monday was God’s Mercy. For Chapel we read about Noah and the rainbow (Genesis 8) and Jesus not stoning the adulteress woman (John 8).

My sermons at Camp are always highly interactive. I do my best to make sure that the gist of the conversation is picked up by the microphone. Thank you for your patience.

Listen: JM1 2013 Wednesday Merciful

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JM1 Monday: Mighty

The theme for the summer is “Be Imitators of God.” Our concept for Monday was God’s Mightiness. For Chapel we read about Gideon’s army (Judges 7) and Jesus sending out the Disciples (Matthew 10).

My sermons at Camp are always highly interactive.  I do my best to make sure that the gist of the conversation is picked up by the microphone.  Thank you for your patience.

Listen: JM1 2013 Monday Mightiness

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Junior Middler Camp 2013

JM1This is the week I get to simultaneously wear my Priest hat and my Camp Director hat!

In large part because I’ve been the priest for this week of camp for 5 years now, I really wanted to maintain that connection with the kids who usually come to JM1. Our Junior Middler Camps are for kids entering grades 3-8, so there are kids here that I’ve known for the entire duration of their Camp Marshall experience. They are no longer little 3rd graders! This year I’m working with my friend and colleague the Reverend Mike Fay, because that makes both of us happy and keeps my life manageable.

Our theme for the summer is “Be Imitators of God” from Ephesians 5:1. I decided to pick 6 different attributes of God to talk about each day: Mighty/powerful (Monday), Funny (Tuesday), Merciful/Forgiving (Wednesday), Just (Thursday), Joyful (Friday), Storyteller (Saturday). Mike and I are sharing the preaching and celebrating, so I’m preaching on Mighty, Merciful, and Joyful. (links)

There will be other updates and photos in my Twitter feed (over on the right hand side) and even more pictures and video on the Diocesan Facebook page.

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SR: P6 YrC 6-16-13, Tears, hair, (and blood)

Unfinished Thoughts:
“Because you have sold yourself to do what is evil.”
We sell ourselves with our money and we sell ourselves with our time. Not all at once, but in one dollar bills and minutes of our time.
Our stewardship of ourselves.

Sermons I liked:

Priest Giroux reminds us that“Jesus is the bomb in the basement of the church.” (It’s a great line in a great sermon!)

Priest Sinclair preaches on the things we bring to Jesus. And deepens how I hear the Gospel.

Bishop Rickel and G. K. Chesterton remind us that religion should be a love affair.

Bishop Doyle considers packed bags.

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SR: Widows and Sons, Proper 5, Year C 6-9-13

Unfinished Thoughts: (A couple of notes about what I might have preached.) One of my friends and mentors says, “In every group, someone is coming from a funeral and someone is coming from a wedding.”
Two crowds meet, the one accompanying Jesus and the one burying the widow’s son.
Jesus is present to and with both. Both crowds are changed.

Sermons I liked:

Priest Romanik preaches on people pleasing and reminds us that “we are called do the work of the gospel regardless of who tells us that we are attempting the impossible”.

Priest Funston calls Elijah out on his attitude and engages in various kinds of wordplay.

Priest Giroux fills the story in a bit and reminds us how to respond.

Priest Mulvey preaches about compassion and pity in community.

*I know this isn’t exactly what I’ve used this tag for in the past, but it’s in the same vein. Also, change can be good.**

**I’m sure that someone is currently being dispatched to check my credentials as an Episcopalian. My ability to spontaneously recap the English Reformation will not be a good argument.***

***Yes, I wrote this when tired. Why do you ask?

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Leaning

I wrote the last post when I should have been packing. I haven’t written since because I’ve been trying to keep up with those things I should have and need to do. But also, I’ve feared, because right now all of the words are hard to write.

It is still easy to slip out of the now of my life and let grief about the past or anxiety about the future become too much. I’ve been and I will continue leaning.

Leaning on my friends and family. Sometimes I lean and others prop me up. Some days that’s the only way I’ve kept standing: knowing they were there, hearing their voices, conversations over Facebook and Twitter. Then there are the friends with whom we all lean into each other. Simultaneously supported and supporting.

Leaning on my God and my faith. Trusting that the time I’ve spent leaning into this holy work that I love is not lost. And leaning even more on the believe that it is part of a foundation for the marvelous things that are coming, of which I can only begin to dream and imagine.

And next?

This summer I have the privilege and joy of serving as the Director of our Diocesan Camp. This is a delightful coming home to a place and ministry I’ve worked in, with, and otherwise supported over the last 14 years. And it is an amazing place to be fed with energy, hopes, and dreams of a community.

My apartment was in an old building, with thick walls. This meant we stayed cooler in the summer and warmer in the winter. It also meant that our threshold was thick. It created a wonderful drop off spot for packages (books!) but crossing it was an act of deliberation. I could stand half in, leaning half out, pondering how icy it was or how badly the dog needed a walk in the rain.

Sometimes thresholds are easy to cross. Easily navigable points of transition. Other times, thresholds are a slow liminal space.

I am moving across this threshold slowly. I was there, I am here and discerning. Praying and seeking and listening. Leaning into the future.

And reminding myself of the proverb: “God draws straight with crooked lines.”

For now, for this space, here’s what I know. I will be preaching on an odd schedule of fits and starts this summer, so sermons and sermon reviews won’t happen as they have. I have found my discipline of partaking in other’s sermons too rewarding to stop. So look for more Sermon Round-ups with some regularity (hopefully but not certainly weekly). Other posts will happen as I can eke out minutes and words–much like they always have.

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