Daily & Weekly Devotionals (Page 7)

Daily & Weekly Devotionals (Page 7)

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.

Thursday, April 16, 2020

Dear Christ Church Family, As we near the end of this first week of Easter, I want to send yet one more joyful reflection. It’s not so much about the “joyful fun facts” of Easter, as it is simply the sheer joy of Easter. This is a message from our Presiding Bishop, Michael Curry. The town of Reidsville, where I recently came from, is a short distance from Winston-Salem, the city he writes about. The Moravian influence is everywhere in…

Wednesday, April 15, 2020

Dear Christ Church Family, Easter is the season of joy, so here is one more installment of Easter Fun Facts to enjoy. It also includes a “fun” reason for “tuning in” this coming Sunday for our worship broadcast. Joy,Rick+ Wednesday, April 15, 2020                  RCL Daily Office Readings, Year 2 AM Psalm 97, 99 PM Psalm 115 Exod. 12:40-51 1 Cor. 15:(29)30-41 Matt. 28:1-16 Two more Easter Fun Facts: 4. What do rabbits have to do with Easter?Answer: Nothing! Absolutely nothing! Well…OK…that’s…

Tuesday, April 14, 2020

Dear Christ Church Family, In these past weeks, we’ve focused purposefully on our current situation with the Pandemic. Since Easter is about the conquest of Fear and Death, I thought I’d focus on JOY instead. So, today and tomorrow, read the Daily Scripture Lessons, and focus on the joy. And to help with that, here are some Fun Facts about Easter. Joy,Rick+ Tuesday, April 14, 2020                        RCL Daily Office Readings, Year 2 AM Psalm 103 PM Psalm 111, 114 Exod. 12:28-39 1…

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…

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…

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…