Posts from 2020 (Page 8)

Posts from 2020 (Page 8)

Monday, April 13, 2020

Dear Christ Church Family, Parishioner Laurie Gethin found this wonderful bit of verse and sent it to me. As I’m off for a couple of days this week, I’ve asked her to post it for you in the usual Daily Devotional spot. I love it, and I think you will too. Just be sure to read it in the light-hearted Dr. Seuss rhythm intended. Enjoy! Peace,Rick+ How the Virus Stole Easter By Kristi Bothur With a nod to Dr. Seuss   Twas late in ‘19…

Easter Sunday, April 12, 2020

Easter Sunday Grades PK-K: Easter Sunday 1st and 2nd Grades: Easter Sunday 3rd and 4th Grades: Easter Sunday 5th Grade and older: Easter Sunday For questions regarding our programming for children and youth, contact Rev. Mary Miller Flowers, Interim Assistant Rector.

Good Friday, April 10, 2020

Good Friday, Christ Church. Despite our continued physical separation, we still gather together at the foot of the cross. Last week, I recommended Dietrich Bonhoeffer as a companion during Holy Week. One of his great works is “The Cost of Discipleship,” or simply, “Discipleship.” Here, he draws a very sharp distinction between what he calls “cheap grace” as opposed to “costly grace.” If ever there is a day during all the days of the year to deeply and prayerfully consider…

Maundy Thursday, April 9, 2020

Dear Christ Church Family, Tonight is Maundy Thursday. As or scriptures this day make clear, this is the beginning of the final moments of our Savior’s life before his death on the Cross. What he does this night will forever change the course of human history. To understand that better, read the devotional that follows, then plan to join us virtually for our service tonight. Peace,Rick+ Maundy Thursday, April 9, 2020      RCL Daily Office Readings, Year 2 AM Psalm 102…

Wednesday, April 8, 2020

Dear Christ Church Family, The current events of the Pandemic have brought many things we usually take for granted, and other things we just ignore, into sharp relief. Most of us are lamenting the new conditions and restrictions upon our lives. Some of our laments are trivial, but others run deep. Our Scriptures are calling to us today, to make one lament in particular our focus this week. Peace,Rick+ Wednesday, April 8, 2020                    RCL Daily Office Readings, Year 2…

Tuesday, April 7, 2020

Dear Christ Church Family, Does a broken prayer still work? Can God understand us, even when we can’t find the words that say what we think and feel? We’ve all had such prayers; ones that just don’t say what we want, that don’t sound/feel as though we’ve made ourselves understood. When those prayers happen, will God still “get” us? Psalm 6 can help us answer that question, along with a little help from the Apostle Paul. Peace, Rick+ Tuesday, April…

Monday, April 6, 2020

Dear Christ Church Family, I commend the words of Psalm 51 to you this day. Actually, every day. In the long tradition of Christian and Jewish devotional practice, only a few Psalms are more recited or committed to memory. In the Lutheran Liturgy, the verses of it that start, “Create in me a clean heart O God,” are sung at every offertory before Communion. In the Anglican/Episcopal Liturgy, these same words are prayed by the priests as they wash their…

Palm Sunday, April 5, 2020

Palm sunday Grades PK-K: Palm Sunday 1st and 2nd Grade: Palm Sunday  3rd and 4th Grade: Palm Sunday 5th Grade and Up: Palm Sunday For questions regarding our programming for children and youth, contact the Rev. Mary Miller Flowers, Interim Assistant Rector.

Friday, April 3, 2020

Hello Christ Church! I really want to thank Rick for initiating these daily devotions. They have become a beacon in these strange and uncertain days. These reflections have reminded us that, even as we shelter in place, God’s kingdom is always rooted in community. It has been powerful knowing that, as I read them, you are doing the same, and in that act, while not gathered physically, we are a community in spirit. Thanks be to God. Rick has asked…

Thursday, April 2, 2020

Dear Christ Church Family, This morning, a young mother and her child reminded me of the way to serenity. She is the Psalmist, the composer of this morning’s Psalm 131. I can’t imagine a more needed message for our times. Peace,Rick+ Thursday, April 2, 2020    RCL Daily Office Readings, Year 2 AM Psalm 131, 132, [133] PM Psalm 140, 142 Exod. 7:25-8:19 2 Cor. 3:7-18 Mark 10:17-31 Saint Day James Lloyd Breck Psalm 131: A Song of Quietness. I have pointed…