Daily & Weekly Devotionals (Page 2)

Daily & Weekly Devotionals (Page 2)

Daily & Weekly Devotionals and reflections by The Rev. Dr. Richard Miles and The Rev. Rob Banse

UPDATED July 2020 – The Rev. Rob Banse will send a weekly devotional on Mondays to share thoughts and reflections on Biblical passages. The Daily Devotionals were suspended after June 26 to allow the staff and lay leaders to focus on the return to in-person gatherings and worship.

March – June 2020: During the COVID-19 shutdown, the Interim Rector The Rev. Dr. Rick Miles (Mon. – Thurs.) and The Rev. Rob Banse (on Fridays beginning April 3) will be creating a daily devotion with their reflections which will be added to this website. Additional resources are included in the links below. The text of weekly sermons and video of virtual worship services are included in the Sermon and Video Archives section of the website.

Friday, June 19, 2020

Good morning, Christ Church! God certainly moves in mysterious ways. Today is Juneteenth. It is a commemoration that I was only vaguely aware of until the events of the last several weeks changed everything. On this day, we remember the emancipation of all enslaved people being finally declared on June 19, 1865, in Galveston, Texas, one of the last remaining outposts of the Confederacy. The Emancipation Proclamation was intended to bring to a conclusion one of the two great “original…

Thursday, June 18, 2020

Dear Christ Church Family, Good news! Phase II starts on Monday! We are preparing for small gatherings again; actual face-to-face get-togethers, though still limited, to start up again at Christ Church. Even greater news! We are working on the plans for even more down the road. So, our Lord’s words in our Gospel lesson for today are timely. They remind us of why even the smallest of gatherings are important to us as his followers. Have a listen. Peace,Rick+ Thursday,…

Wednesday, June 17, 2020

Good morning, Christ Church! Rick+ has invited me to start writing the devotions for Wednesdays as well as Fridays. I am happy to do so. I just hope that I don’t wear out my welcome. I have been re-reading a book by Jaroslav Pelikan entitled, “Interpreting the Bible & The Constitution.” It is a fascinating comparison of these two “Great Codes” and how the interpretation of each over the centuries has provided the framework upon which the respective communities are…

Tuesday, June 16, 2020

Dear Christ Church Family, Can people change? Yes, if God, our creator, is working that change. Can our life’s obstacles be overcome? Yes, if God, our guide, is clearing our path. The things that impede us, especially those impediments to life within us, can change too, if we remember and invite God’s power to work miracles in us. Our Psalmist today reminds us that this is what God does. Peace,Rick+ Tuesday, June 16, 2020                        RCL Daily Office Readings, Year…

Monday, June 15, 2020

Dear Christ Church Family, The Lord’s Prayer has several petitions that require some explanation if we are to understand their full meaning. However, because we are so familiar with the words, we can go for a long time without thinking about those fuller meanings. One petition in particular has been brought to my attention by a question I was recently asked, and that question needs an answer. Maybe it’s a question you’ve asked yourself. Here’s that petition’s fuller meaning explained.…

Friday, June 12, 2020

Good morning, Christ Church! This past Sunday afternoon, Janie and I had the pleasure of gathering with other members of this diocese in front of St. John’s, Lafayette Square. We were there to represent that congregation’s several centuries of faithful presence in the heart of the city. Specifically, we were there to support the protesters with bottles of water, snacks, prayer, and words of encouragement. Please be assured that we were doubly masked and made liberal use of Purell about…

Thursday, June 11, 2020

Dear Christ Church Family, There is so much that discourages us right now. To discourage means to lose courage and to take courage out of others. Never has the ministry of Encouragement, putting courage into others, been more needed. Today we celebrate the life and ministry of the saint who defined this ministry with his life. His story follows. Peace,Rick+ Thursday, June 11, 2020                       RCL Daily Office Readings, Year 2 AM Psalm [70], 71PM Psalm 74Eccles. 11:1-8Gal. 5:16-24Matt. 16:13-20  Saints Day…

Wednesday, June 10, 2020

Dear Christ Church Family, Today, Jesus speaks out against the “yeast of the Pharisees and Sadducees,” warning us that we are just as capable as the Disciples of hearing a message other than God’s, especially when we are actually listening to our own cultural religion. Peace,Rick+ Wednesday, June 10, 2020                   RCL Daily Office Readings, Year 2 AM Psalm 72PM Psalm 119:73-96Eccles. 9:11-18Gal. 5:1-15Matt. 16:1-12 Saints Days Ephrem of Nisibis Matthew 16: Unlearning Racism; a Hidden Yeast. When Jesus tells the Disciples…

Tuesday, June 9, 2020

Dear Christ Church Family, What do an Eastern Market fish and today’s reading from Matthew have in common? Well, maybe nothing. Except to remind us how to help Jesus do a miracle. Sound “fishy”? Check it out. Peace,Rick Tuesday, June 9, 2020                          RCL Daily Office Readings, Year 2 AM Psalm 61, 62PM Psalm 68:1-20 (21-23) 24-36Eccles. 8:14-9:10Gal. 4:21-31Matt. 15:29-39  Saints Days Columba I was at the fishmongers in Eastern Market last Friday when a huge 70 lb. fresh-caught rockfish was brought…

Monday, June 8, 2020

Dear Christ Church Family, This Gospel story from Matthew is such a troubling one, especially in light of the current troubles in our own land, that I’ve revisited this lesson from a few months ago. Then, it was about our personal responses to Covid-19. Now it is about so much more. Peace,Rick+ Monday, June 8, 2020                          RCL Daily Office Readings, Year 2 AM Psalm 56, 57, [58]PM Psalm 64, 65Eccles. 7:1-14Gal. 4:12-20Matt. 15:21-28 Saints Days [Melania the Elder]Roland Allen A life-changing…