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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Forgiveness – There should be no limit

GRACE TO YOU AND PEACE FROM GOD OUR FATHER AND THE LORD AND SAVIOR JESUS CHRIST. AMEN.

It has been almost eleven years since the event that changed many lives in Nickel Mines, Penn. It was the day that Charles Roberts IV walked into a one room school house in an Amish community, ordered the men and boys to leave at gun point, tied up ten little girls, aged 6 to 13, killed five of them, injured the others, then killed himself.

Charles’ parents thought they would have to move away, as so many times the parents take the blame for what their adult children do, and in many cases are driven out of their communities by those who would seek vengeance. Continue reading

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