Grace is Free

“By grace you have been saved” from St. Paul’s letter to the Ephesians 2:4-10

When I was a young boy, my family would take trips to see my grandmother, aunts, uncles, and cousins in New Orleans. My two older sisters and I would sit in the back seat, and my mom would try very hard to keep us entertained with games.

There were no music players, no headphones, no iPads to keep us busy. Parents today have it so easy. Setup the iPad with a movie, and the kids will be engrossed for hours. My mom was very good at keeping us from fighting, too, because my dad had little patience for us when we were fighting. Continue reading

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The Baptism of our Lord

St. John the Baptizer said, “I have baptized you with water; but he will baptize you with the Holy Spirit.” From the Gospel according to St. Mark. (chapter 1:8)

Today we are celebrating the baptism of Jesus. The baptism consisted of the washing in the river, and the anointing of the Holy Spirit.  St. Peter mentions this in Acts 10:38: God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Spirit.

The Sacrament of Confirmation is the completion of the Sacrament of Baptism: The Bishop uses these words in the Sacrament of Confirmation:

“Strengthen, O Lord, your servant N. with your Holy Spirit;
empower her for your service; and sustain her all the days w
of her life.” ( BCP, Confirmation, words of the Bishop, p. 418)

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Our King and Savior Now Draws Near

Jesus said, “And what I say to you I say to all: Watch.”

from the Gospel according to St. Mark. (13:24-37)

Happy New Year! Too early you say? Maybe for your iPhone’s calendar, but not for the Church Year.

This is the first Sunday of Advent, the beginning of our Church Calendar year. The liturgical color has changed to Purple, and if you read some of the info out there about Advent, it says that the color represents the solemnity or somberness of the season. Some even say Advent is a “little Lent” and it should be a time of penitence and repentance. Continue reading

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All Saints Sunday

After this I looked, and behold, a great multitude which no man could number, from every nation, from all tribes and peoples and tongues, standing before the throne and before the Lamb, clothed in white robes, with palm branches in their hands, and crying out with a loud voice, “Salvation belongs to our God who sits upon the throne, and to the Lamb!”   From The Revelation to St. John the Divine

This past Wednesday was the actual All Saints Day, but we are celebrating it today as All Saints Sunday. All Saints Day is a principal feast of the church, which means it’s as important as Christmas and Easter. It’s just not as festive. There are no decorations sold at Walmart for your house, or yard. There are no Happy All Saints Day greeting cards sold by HallMark, or Stampin’ Up for that matter.

The Communion of Saints is one of those doctrines that is misunderstood by many who are not of the orthodox catholic faith. In the Nicene Creed, we profess that we believe in the Communion of Saints. Continue reading

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Love – The True Meaning

Jesus said, “On these two commandments depend all the Law and the Prophets.” Matthew 22:34-46

Love is at the same time the most discussed topic in history, and the most misunderstood topic in history.

Some of you may remember the movie, “Love Story” starring Ali MacGraw and Ryan O’Neal. It’s a tale of love between two young people who fall in love, get married, and then have to face the tragedy of her death. The one memorable line from the story was, “Love means never having to say you’re sorry.” Continue reading

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