Posts Tagged With: Community

Funny, Tenacious, Kind, Maundy Thursday 2017

How would you describe your Church?
Without using family, loving, welcoming, or community.


The lessons can be found by clicking here.  I worked most closely with Jn13:1-17, 31B-35.




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Know who you are, Lent 1 2017

know-who-you-areMorsels & Stories:  I talk about our Old Testament reading and apples and pomegranates.


Sermon: What part of resisting temptation is having a community know and remind us of who we are?


The lessons can be found by clicking here.  I worked most closely with Matthew 4:1-11.




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Each other’s toil, Harvest Thanksgiving 2016

each-others-toilMorsels & Stories: I talked about offertory sentences, both the one I use and the one we all remember.


Sermon: I brought peanut butter with me to Church today.  I wasn’t the only one.  Why?


The lessons for today can be found by clicking here.  I worked most closely with Deut. 26:1-11



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SR Community P18/OT23 Sept 8 201:

Link: Community, Sept 8. 2013

Summary of what I was saying and why:
I’ve spent years now wondering about the question I posed: what kind of community lets the tower go unfinished and laughs at the builder? Is that the community we are/want to be?
Then I wanted to create a space for St Peter’s to answer those questions rather than assume any answers.
Because, essentially, what does it mean to be the community that helps finish the tower.
(Also, having preached on Jesus’ comments about families twice this summer, I didn’t have a third sermon there.)

Theology: stewardship
Jesus Count: low
Good News: We are, and are yet becoming, who we want to be.

What did I change on my feet?
This question is almost impossible with a more interactive sermon. I started and ended where I planned. No huge gaffes occurred in the middle.
What didn’t work/what did I miss?
I’m not hugely pleased with the how I expressed the stewardship that is built into being community.
What did work?
I loved how willing people were to answer. They don’t know me well here yet and this is atypical ground for most parishes.

Other sermons I liked:

Priest Jones points out why this is not exactly Jesus’s ‘weed out’ class.

Priest Romanik considers where the cost meets the reward.

Bishop Edwards talks about money but even more about what the Church is doing for Christ.

(Here’s the list of people I usually listen to. Am I missing someone?)
The Anglican Church of Canada uses the Roman Ordinary Time numbering system instead of numbering the Propers. Because all of this is new to me, I’m now indicating both numbering systems.

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Community, a sermon for P18/OT23 9-9-13

The lessons can be found by clicking here.  I worked most closely with Luke 14:25-33.

Unfinished towers and warring kings–which may be about neither.  This is an interactive sermon, I hope it can be heard and understood.  My apologies if not.


Notes Bene:

>The Anglican Church of Canada uses the Roman numbering system. So Proper 18 is also Ordinary Time 23.  On the day I fully understand the whys and wherefores, I’ll attempt to explain it.

>Due to the new audio system (which, I have an audio system at St Peter’s!) and not having pockets (a confluence of wearing a skirt and not having my own vestments) this recording is not the usual quality.


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SR: Faith, Doubt, and Community

Link:Faith, Doubt, and Community

Summary of what I was saying and why:
This is always a fun text for me. The perennial question of how unquestioning faith is or should be is one worth revisiting. This year Steve Pankey wrote about what the Greek actually says and I started thinking. There are plenty of people, good faithful people who don’t always believe everything. Even what we’d like to consider the basics.
That has been preached a lot but I remembered an exercise from EfM that let a group explore the things held in common and the things we disagreed on. So I slightly modified that, explored how to introduce and tie things together, and brought my whiteboard out.

Theology: relationship
Jesus Count: low
Good News: faith is practiced in relationship

What did I change on my feet?
Anytime you introduce a lot interaction into a sermon it becomes hard to script too much. I had a pretty good sense of what I was going to say at the beginning and the end. I was fairly sure my congregation would go along with the middle. This time I was right.
What didn’t work/what did I miss?
This is a hard question to answer with this kind of a sermon.
What did work?
Most of this sermon depended on there being a space where people could speak honestly–or at least honestly enough. That seemed to happen this time.

Other sermons I liked:

Priest Arnold highlights the Eucharists beautifully “Through our prayers, God’s grace, the movement of the Holy Spirit, Christ is present for us to touch, to eat, to drink his life into our own.”

Bishop Fisher considers what the interim week was like for Thomas.

Priest Pankey followed his post with a great sermon, “Don’t Doubt Thomas”

Deacon Pam reminds us how important the woundedness of Jesus is.

(Don’t see your sermon or a sermon you liked? Maybe I don’t know about it. Leave me a comment with a link and I’ll take a look.)

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Faith, Doubt, and Community: a sermon for Easter 2 4-7-13

The lessons can be found by clicking here. I worked with John 20:19-31.

not belief whiteboard

Our beliefs and doubts

Thomas has not-belief. As do we all.

This is a fairly interactive sermon. I tried to make sure the mic picked up the gist but there may be parts that are tough to understand. Thank you for your patience.

Easter 2, 2013

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Sunday Afternoon on Twitter

I have an ongoing goal to show that actual conversations happen on Twitter.  I like to think of Twitter as the online version of a great coffee shop where great conversation can happen.  So this afternoon on Twitter a group of us started talking about Eucharistic Prayers.

  1. Eucharistic Prayer A: Eucharistic Prayer B: Eucharistic Prayer C: Eucharistic Prayer D: Disclaimer: This …

  2. @BCPYouth I use them all, but many Churches do seem to revert to A a lot.

  3. @theologybird I personally like D the best, but alas, what can we do?

  4. @BCPYouth I Love D! Would use it more if ppl didn’t comment on the length. (I know. I know.) We’re working on it.

  5. @theologybird Such a beautiful service! The longer the service, the better! 

  6. @BCPYouth no arguments from me. But some ppl need a ramp up into such a life. 

  7. @theologybird @BCPYouth A is the most basic, and the shortest, but I *love* both B & D. And EP2 in EOW.

  8. @GodWelcomesAll @BCPYouth A is ‘almost’ Rite 1 in Rite 2 language. And they did some good stuff in EOW

  9. @GodWelcomesAll @BCPYouth Wish we’d authorize another responsive Eucharistic prayer in the style of C but with the language of D

  10. @cmccarson @BCPYouth Me too. (Glances over shoulder) most participatory. Love that.

  11. @theologybird @BCPYouth Agreed. Love the additional congregational responses.

  12. @theologybird @BCPYouth When I write Eucharistic Prayers, I like to spread out the speaking parts – even the deacon says something!

  13. @theologybird @GodWelcomesAll @BCPYouth No one likes Prayer C but me. I love “Earth our island home”. Ah, the Star Trek Eucharistic Prayer!

  14. @GodWelcomesAll @theologybird @BCPYouth I love the line: By his blood, he reconciled us. By his wounds, we are healed. Really beautiful

  15. @cmccarson @GodWelcomesAll @BCPYouth it’s hard to beat Isaiah. Even sounds good in English

  16. @cmccarson @GodWelcomesAll @theologybird Probably my favorite part of C. I love the language of D though. A and B to me sound really rushed.

  17. @mciszek @theologybird @GodWelcomesAll @BCPYouth I love Prayer C…followed closely by EOW Prayer 2 and then Prayer D

  18. @mciszek @GodWelcomesAll @BCPYouth again and again [God] called us to repent. 

  19. @mciszek @theologybird @BCPYouth I love C – Deliver us from the presumption of coming 2 this Table 4 solace only, and not for strength;

  20. @cmccarson @theologybird @BCPYouth And “Risen Lord, be known to us in the breaking of bread!”

  21. @mciszek @theologybird @BCPYouth … for pardon only, and not for renewal. One of the most beautiful lines in the BCP.

  22. @GodWelcomesAll @mciszek @BCPYouth yes. C has a lot of great lines. Obviously.

  23. @theologybird @mciszek @GodWelcomesAll So, can we just have a service that combines all of them? 

  24. @theologybird @mciszek @BCPYouth I love the Incarnational language of B. And EOW 2 & D’s lifting up of Mary.

  25. @GodWelcomesAll @mciszek @BCPYouth B seems to play with the imagery of John 1 in ways I love. “Author of our salvation”

  26. @BCPYouth @theologybird @mciszek That might get a little long, even for me.

  27. @BCPYouth @GodWelcomesAll @theologybird @mciszek Nope. Way too long of a service. Honestly, I like my Eucharist short and sweet.

  28. @theologybird @mciszek @BCPYouth And I love the Eastern heritage of D!

  29. @BCPYouth @GodWelcomesAll @theologybird Least favorite liturgical element from EOW: The “supper of the Lamb” fraction anthem.

  30. @mciszek @BCPYouth @GodWelcomesAll some, not all, great stuff in EOW. (As some will say abt BCP)  

  31. @theologybird @BCPYouth @GodWelcomesAll Agreed, but my rector likes that fraction anthem and used it all summer this last year. 😦

  32. @BCPYouth @theologybird @mciszek I love pretty much *all* the BCP, but want more pretty prayers. Dunno that any one book can hold all of it!

  33. @GodWelcomesAll @BCPYouth @mciszek I want to make shirts “I steal my best theology from the Book of common Prayer”

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A #CCAB outcome

As Episcopal denizens of Twitter already know, this past week was the organizational meeting of the CCAB’s.  I attended as a new member of the Standing Commission on Lifelong Christian Formation and Education.

As it often does, the appropriate role of social media was a topic for all of the assembled CCAB’s.  There were a number of avid social media users present.  There were a number of people who found the interwebs confusing and new.

I find the appropriate and sensitive use of social media, even and especially at gatherings like this, to be a great tool. (And, let’s be honest, an occasional stress/boredom/loneliness relief.)  I’m working on more to say about a lot of this.

For now though, I want to share one result of our social media presence.  A new Episcopalian followed the #ccab and posed about a question on twitter about which CCAB is dealing with disabilities.  I saw this and connected the tweet with @gaycjen, the current President of the House of Deputies. This lead to an answer.  Which lead to another person chiming in with this:

There are, and will always be, questions about social media and boundaries. About what should be shared and with whom. These are good questions and the Church needs to wrestle with them.

We need to wrestle with them because sometimes beautiful Godly things happen. And if our tradition teaches nothing else, beautiful Godly things are worth the struggle.

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Hair Loss

My mother wore her hair long until cancer and chemotherapy left her bald. I remember her telling me, from the first of many hospital beds, that she’d chosen to have them shave her whole head. As far as I can remember she handled baldness well with wigs, scarves, and bare scalp.
A few years and inches of hair later, I remember her combing through my even longer hair after her cancer returned and was rediagnosed as we talked about her hair. I mentioned how much I looked forward to her hair growing out again and she said, gently, that that was never going to happen. That was the moment when I really knew she was going to die.

I remember when my second brain tumor was diagnosed and my neurosurgeon mentioned radiation. I read and read and read research. Surgery, yes, radiation, no. ‘No’ in part, in large, because I could not take the thought of that loss on top of the rest of a horrid year.
‘No’ until after my third tumor was found and removed 3 years later. I remember collecting handfuls of hair every night for weeks. I never went bald. In fact, I have so much hair no one else noticed. But there was something about the drain-clogging hair loss that was extra real.

After spending most of the last year debating, I cut my hair today. By a lot. 12+ inches.

12 inches of hair and the bag it goes into before being mailed

I know what I’m doing. I’ve done this exact thing before–four other times if I’m remembering correctly. I like shorter hair (shoulder length now). I like long hair. So from time to time, I go back and forth.

Whenever I do cut this much hair off, I donate it. So my pony tail of superfluous hair goes out in tomorrow’s mail. Not because I’m a good person. Because I know about hair loss. Because this particular loss, this particular grief, is mine too.

We are all more injured, more scarred than we often think. In this we are alike. Just a little.
In this we are not alone.

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