The Second Sunday After Pentecost
on June 19th, 2022
“What are you doing here, Elijah?” — I Kings 19:9, 13Sometimes this question gets asked as a real search for information. The person asking really doesn’t know why the other is here or what they are here for? At other times, however, the question is asked for the sake of the one being asked. In that instance, the one doing the asking already knows why the other is here, but the one being asked doe...
on June 12th, 2022
Batter my heart, three-person’d God; for youAs yet but knock; breathe, shine, and seek to mend;That I may rise, and stand, o’erthrow me, and bendYour force, to break, blow, burn, and make me new.— John DonneThese words (along with the other ten lines of this poem) are found on the home page of our website. This is no accident. We bear the name Holy Trinity in the name of our local church and to my...
The Day of Pentecost
on June 5th, 2022
When God began to create the heavens and the earth, the earth was complete chaos, and darkness covered the face of the deep, while a wind from God swept over the face of the waters. — Genesis 1:1–2When the day of Pentecost had come, they were all together in one place. And suddenly from heaven there came a sound like the rush of a violent wind, and it filled the entire house where they were sitti...
The Fourth Sunday of Easter
on May 8th, 2022
“The Lord is my shepherd, I shall not be in want.” — Psalm 23:1The image of the Shepherd as a description of Jesus’s relationship to his disciples is about as well known if not more so than the Psalm from which it finds its greatest expression! For most of us, we rarely if ever encounter shepherds from day to day, but yet the image doesn’t seem to lose its cache. It still provides some measure of ...
The Third Sunday of Easter
on May 1st, 2022
“I will exalt you, O Lord, because you have lifted me up and have not let my enemies triumph over me.” — Psalm 30:1St. Augustine said regarding this Psalm that it was… a Psalm of the joy of the Resurrection, and the change, the renewing of the body to an immortal state, and not only of the Lord, but also of the whole Church. For in the former Psalm the tabernacle was finished, wherein we dwell in ...
The Second Sunday of Easter
on April 24th, 2022
When the temple police had brought the apostles, they had them stand before the council.” — The Acts of the Apostles 5:27There is so much that could and should be said regarding the resurrection. First of all, one should be clear what one means when using the word resurrection. What is being referred to by this word? Simply life after death… or “going to heaven when one dies”… or…? Secondly, one s...
on April 20th, 2022
It’s finally here… the week we call Holy. It is different—separate from the other weeks. We as Christians are called to the special observance of remembering, contemplating, and celebrating the acts of God in a unique human life some 2,000 years ago. We are celebrating and seeking to enter afresh into the realities that are called to mind this week: Jesus’ final meal with his disciples, the washin...
on April 10th, 2022
“Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord!” [That which was cried out by those who observed Jesus’ entry into Jerusalem at the beginning of his last week on earth.]Almighty God, whose most dear Son went not up to joy but first he suffered pain, and entered not into glory before he was crucified: Mercifully grant that we, walking in the way of the cross, may find it none other than the way o...
The Fourth Sunday in Lent
on March 27th, 2022
“The manna ceased on the day they ate the produce of the land…” — Joshua 5:12During the Sundays in Lent, we have journeyed with the wandering Aramean, Abram and Moses. This Sunday we will be considering the generation of Israelites that entered into the land of Canaan. We are told in our text for this Sunday that as soon as they reached the border of the land that had been promised to them, the ma...
The Third Sunday in Lent
on March 20th, 2022
“Let us put forth Moses as our example for life in our treatise. First we shall go through in outline his life as we have learned it from the divine scriptures. Then we shall seek out the spiritual understanding which corresponds to the history in order to obtain suggestions of virtue. Through such understanding we may come to know the perfect life for men.” — From “The Life of Moses” by Gregory o...
The Second Sunday in Lent
on March 13th, 2022
“O Lord God, how am I to know that I shall possess it?” — Genesis 15These words were spoken by Abram (before he became Abraham) in response to God telling him that he was granting him the land from the river of Egypt to the great river, to the river Euphrates. Abram was unsure how he would know that he would possess the land.God responded by telling Abram to get a three-year-old heifer, a three-ye...
The First Sunday in Lent
on March 6th, 2022
“A wandering Aramean was my ancestor; he went down into Egypt and lived there as a foreigner, few in number, and there became a great nation, mighty and populous.” — Deuteronomy 26:5These words were given to the Hebrew people as their liturgical response during the offering of the first fruits of the land to the priest. They were to recite their collective history as they offered the fruit of the ...