Daily & Weekly Devotionals (Page 3)

Daily & Weekly Devotionals (Page 3)

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.

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…

Friday, June 5, 2020

Good morning, Christ Church! On Sunday, I came across the following passage from Thomas Merton. I have struggled with it ever since: “Instead of loving what you think is peace, love other men and love God above all. And instead of hating the people you think are warmongers, hate the appetites and the disorder in your own soul, which are the causes of war. If you love peace, then hate injustice, hate tyranny, hate greed – but hate these things…

Thursday, June 4, 2020

Dear Christ Church Family, Are we watching the end or a new beginning? It’s a question that is going through the minds of many of us right now as we look out our windows. The Psalmist in our Psalm today had the same question. Peace,Rick+ Thursday, June 4, 2020                         RCL Daily Office Readings, Year 2 AM Psalm 50PM Psalm [59, 60] or 8, 84Eccles. 3:16-4:3Gal. 3:1-14Mat. 14:13-21 Saints Days [John XXIII] There are times when I read a Bible passage, trying to get…

Wednesday, June 3, 2020

Dear Christ Church Family, We are currently trying to disinfect our surroundings and protect ourselves from any incoming threat of infection. But what about our spiritual, interior surroundings? Is there anything to do there? Consider Paul’s advice today. Peace,Rick Wednesday, June 3, 2020                     RCL Daily Office Readings, Year 2 AM Psalm 119:49-72PM Psalm 49, [53]Eccles. 3:1-15Gal. 2:11-21Matt. 14:1-12 Saints Days Martyrs of Uganda Galatians 2: Justification, Yet Again. The threat of Covid 19 infection seems so ever- present. We find ourselves…

Tuesday, June 2, 2020

Dear Christ Church Family, Increasingly these days, on TV and in conversations, we are hearing that people are not capable of change; that who we are and will ever be is all decided before the age of 6. But it’s not true! As Christians, we are in the Redemption business, and we are led by one who is The Redeemer. Our lesson from Galatians briefly refers to one who was changed, not just in attitude, but in character. He was…