We’re glad you’re here.
The Episcopal Church (in all its variety) welcomes all visitors—whether online, or in-person, (in study, prayer, worship, in service to others)—in the spirit of peace, possibility, relationship, and healing that marked the ministry of Jesus. Peace be with you.
We take seriously our Baptismal promise to continue in the apostles’ teaching–with God’s help.
We pray every year (mid-November) as one body: “Blessed Lord, who caused all holy Scriptures to be written for our learning: Grant us so to hear them, read, mark, learn, and inwardly digest them, that we may embrace and ever hold fast the blessed hope of everlasting life, which you have given us in our Savior Jesus Christ.” 1979 Book of Common Prayer (BCP) p. 236
We believe God wants to answer that prayer–with our help.
We take seriously the study of the Bible, holy scripture. This blog is a result of ongoing study and listening to the Spirit. We invite you to join us in this study (in person or online). Come, hear what the Spirit is saying.
Using the links (below) you can find the latest posts and the archived posts in these areas:
- Year C Readings – the readings we use in Sunday worship are from the Revised Common Lectionary. Readings, in a 3-year cycle, from the books of the Bible are appointed and used by all the churches in The Episcopal Church. These readings form the basis of our Sunday morning conversations in our forum Hear what the Spirit is saying.
- Art & Music – Here you will find our posts of visual art opening and exploring the texts we “read, study, learn and inwardly digest.” You will also find music and notes about music used to open and celebrate the texts read in worship.
- James 1:22 – “But be doers of the word, and not merely hearers who deceive themselves.” Here you will find encouragement and resources (links to organizations in and beyond the church serving the needs of others, ideas, invitations, reflections, exhortations and so on) to be a doer of the word. “Just as the body without the spirit is dead, so faith without works is also dead,” according to the apostle (James 2:26).
- Opportunity Calendar – during Advent and Christmas 2011 a daily calendar was created that informed folks of the needs of the world and the efforts of various church and secular organizations to meet those needs; an invitation was offered to help meet the needs that surround us. The posts began on Nov. 27, 2011 and finished on Jan. 5, 2012.
- General Interest – these are items that are not necessarily related to the Sunday readings but have or may have appeal to participants in our forum (or on this blog). Expect surprises here because one of the things we have learned is that the Spirit is quite creative in helping us “grow up.”
- Supplemental Resources – these are posts which may have been in a printed handout for use in the Sunday morning forum or may be resources for further study in a particular text or item of interest to students of the Bible. Links to additional online resources will be a part of these posts.
On September 25, 2012 we added (via Dan Rondeau) a semi-regular series of posts entitled Wind Chimes (view the original post). Building upon the theme ‘Hear what the Spirit is saying’ and the verse from John 3, “The wind blows where it chooses, and you hear the sound of it, but you do not know where it comes from or where it goes. So it is with everyone who is born of the Spirit.” (verse 8) Wind Chimes was introduced:
When a wind chime catches the wind (even the whisper of a wind) it makes music, it interprets the wind in ways that are always the same and always changing. In regular posts I will share links to news (religion news), reflections and meditations (related to our Sunday readings as often as possible), prayers or prayer starters, resources to help you keep learning and growing (spiritually), and whatever else I come across.