Do Church

From the beginning of the pandemic, I decided to refrain from doing any sort of video recording for Sunday morning worship for my congregation.  Thankful Church offers no livestreaming or pre-recorded liturgy for our congregants.  Instead, for numerous reasons that I won’t get into here, each week, I have provided my parishioners with various materials…

Repent and Believe

A Lectionary Reflection for the people of Thankful Memorial Episcopal Church for worship from home, January 24, 2021, Year B, 3 Epiphany Listen here to an audio recording of this reflection Jonah 3:1-5, 10Psalm 62:6-141 Corinthians 7:29-31Mark 1:14-20 In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit.  Amen. You…

Caught Up

A Lectionary Reflection for the people of Thankful Memorial Episcopal Church for worship from home, January 17, 2021, Year B, 2 Epiphany 1 Samuel 3:1-20Psalm 139:1-5, 12-171 Corinthians 6:12-20John 1:43-51 Listen to an audio recording of this reflection In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit.  Amen. Sometimes…

First Days

A Lectionary Reflection for the people of Thankful Memorial Episcopal Church for worship from home, January 10, 2021, Year B, 1 Epiphany Listen to an audio recording of this reflection Genesis 1:1-5Psalm 29Acts 19:1-7Mark 1:4-11 In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit.  Amen. “And there was evening…

The Light in our Darkness

A Lectionary Reflection for the people of Thankful Memorial Episcopal Church for worship from home, December 24/25, 2020, The Feast of the Incarnation (Christmas Day) Listen to an audio recording of this reflection Isaiah 9:2-7Psalm 96Titus 2:11-14Luke 2:1-20 In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit.  Amen.    …

Still Waiting

A Lectionary Reflection for the people of Thankful Memorial Episcopal Church for worship from home, December 20, 2020, Year B, 4 Advent Listen to an audio recording of this reflection 2 Samuel 7:1-11, 16Canticle 15Romans 16:25-27Luke 1:26-38 In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit.  Amen. “Purify our…

A Reason to Rejoice

A Lectionary Reflection for the people of Thankful Memorial Episcopal Church for worship from home, December 13, 2020, Year B, 3 Advent Listen to an audio recording of this reflection Isaiah 61:1-4, 8-11Psalm 1261 Thessalonians 5:16-24John 1:6-8, 19-28 In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit.  Amen. Perhaps…

Practical Steps for Preparing the Way

A Lectionary Reflection for the people of Thankful Memorial Episcopal Church for worship from home, December 6, 2020, Year B, 2 Advent Listen to an audio recording of this reflection Isaiah 40:1-11Psalm 85:1-2, 8-132 Peter 3:8-15aMark 1:1-8 In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit.  Amen. Earlier this…

The Parable of the Unseen Stabbing

A note to my readers: What follows is a description of what the past nine months have felt like to me. Others may have a different perspective of the particular event and its consequences that led to my experience. But that is their story, not mine. This is my story; this is my own experience…

Hope Like a Helmet

A Lectionary Reflection for the people of Thankful Memorial Episcopal Church for worship from home, November 15, 2020, Year A, 23 Pentecost, Proper 28 Listen to an audio recording of this reflection Judges 4:1-7Psalm 1231 Thessalonians 5:1-11Matthew 25:14-30 In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit.  Amen. “But…