29 November 2012

Liturgy for the Longest Night: My Soul Waits for the Lord

Liturgy for the Longest Night: My Soul Waits for the Lord
on Friday, December 21 from 7:00-8:00 pm.
at St. Paul's Memorial Church, Charlottesville, VA
1700 University Ave, Charlottesville, VA 22903
This service is especially for those who may find Christmas a difficult time of year.  Many people suffer in silence at this time of year, whether because of the remembrance of the death of a loved one, the end of a relationship, a job loss, or a profound sense of loneliness. 
The service will be held on the winter solstice, the “longest night” of the year. The tone will be contemplative and quietly hopeful.  All are welcome to be part of this late Advent service of Evening Prayer with music and candle lighting.  Come for yourself and for others who will benefit from your prayers and presence.  If you would like to come and need a ride, please the church office, 295-2156.
My soul waits for the Lord, more than watchmen for the morning,
more than watchmen for the morning.  (Psalm 130:5)

Let us sing to the Lord

Come let us sing to the Lord; *
let us shout for joy to the Rock of our salvation.
Let us come before his presence with thanksgiving *
and raise a loud shout to him with psalms.
For the Lord is a great God, *
and a great King above all gods.
In his hand are the caverns of the earth, *
and the heights of the hills are his also.
The sea is his, for he made it, *
and his hands have molded the dry land.
Come, let us bow down, and bend the knee, *
and kneel before the Lord our Maker.
For he is our God,
and we are the people of his pasture and the sheep of his hand. *
Oh, that today you would hearken to his voice!

28 November 2012

There are three things we all should do every day

To me, there are three things we all should do every day. We should do this every day of our lives. Number one is laugh. You should laugh every day. Number two is think. You should spend some time in thought. And number three is, you should have your emotions moved to tears, could be happiness or joy.

But think about it. If you laugh, you think, and you cry, that's a full day. That's a heck of a day. You do that seven days a week, you're going to have something special.

Jim Valvano

Join us next Monday at 10am for "Revised Coffee Lectionary" at CVille Coffee!!

We are members of St. Paul's Memorial Church in Charlottesville, VA and we meet every other week at local coffee shops to discuss the readings coming up in the Sunday lectionary - RCL - Revised "Coffee Lectionary" 

We will meet at CVille Coffee (1301 Harris Street) in Charlottesville from 10am - 11am on the 2nd and 4th Mondays beginning in December (the "new year" in the church - Advent!) through May 13th.

I will be posting the reading we will study on the "Revised Coffee Lectionary" blog, as well as on the St. Paul's Facebook Page, and we will also have a handout at church for anyone who is interested.  I look forward to seeing you with us at CVille Coffee, and/or also online on this blog! 


December 17, 2012

January 14, 2013

January 28, 2013

February 11, 2013

February 25, 2013

March 11, 2013

March 25, 2013

April 8, 2013

April 22, 2013

May 13, 2013

27 November 2012

Psalm 23

The Lord to me a shepherd is,
   want therefore shall not I:
He in the folds of tender grass,
   doth cause me down to lie:
To waters calm me gently leads
   restore my soul doth he:
He doth in paths of righteousness
   for his name's sake lead me.
Yea, though in valley of death's shade
   I walk, none ill I'll fear:
Because thou art with me, thy rod,
   and staff my comfort are.
For me a table thou hast spread,
   in presence of my foes:
Thou dost anoint my head with oil;
   my cup it overflows.
Goodness and mercy surely shall
   all my days follow me:
And in the Lord's house I shall dwell
   so long as days shall be.
"Psalm 23" from The Bay Psalm Book. Public domain. 

22 November 2012

Remembering John F. Kennedy and C.S. Lewis - November 22, 1963

C.S. Lewis

John F. Kennedy

Lincoln's Thanksgiving Proclamation

The year that is drawing toward its close has been filled with the blessings of fruitful fields and healthful skies. To these bounties, which are so constantly enjoyed that we are prone to forget the source from which they come, others have been added, which are of so extraordinary a nature that they cannot fail to penetrate and soften the heart which is habitually insensible to the everwatchful providence of almighty God.

In the midst of a civil war of unequaled magnitude and severity, which has sometimes seemed to foreign states to invite and provoke their aggressions, peace has been preserved with all nations, order has been maintained, the laws have been respected and obeyed, and harmony has prevailed everywhere, except in the theater of military conflict; while that theater has been greatly contracted by the advancing armies and navies of the Union.

Needful diversions of wealth and of strength from the fields of peaceful industry to the national defense have not arrested the plow, the shuttle, or the ship; the ax has enlarged the borders of our settlements, and the mines, as well of iron and coal as of the precious metals, have yielded even more abundantly than heretofore. Population has steadily increased, notwithstanding the waste that has been made in the camp, the siege, and the battlefield, and the country, rejoicing in the consciousness of augmented strength and vigor, is permitted to expect continuance of years with large increase of freedom.

No human counsel hath devised, nor hath any mortal hand worked out these great things. They are the gracious gifts of the most high God, who while dealing with us in anger for our sins, hath nevertheless remembered mercy.

It has seemed to me fit and proper that they should be solemnly, reverently, and gratefully acknowledged as with one heart and one voice by the whole American people. I do, therefore, invite my fellow-citizens in every part of the United States, and also those who are at sea and those who are sojourning in foreign lands, to set apart and observe the last Thursday of November next as a day of thanksgiving and praise to our beneficent Father who dwelleth in the heavens. And I recommend to them that, while offering up the ascriptions justly due to him for such singular deliverances and blessings, they do also, with humble penitence for our national perverseness and disobedience, commend to his tender care all those who have become widows, orphans, mourners, or sufferers in the lamentable civil strife in which we are unavoidably engaged, and fervently implore the interposition of the almighty hand to heal the wounds of the nation, and to restore it, as soon as may be consistent with the Divine purposes, to the full enjoyment of peace, harmony, tranquillity, and union.

In testimony whereof, I have hereunto set my hand and caused the seal of the United Stated States to be affixed.

~Abraham Lincoln's Thanksgiving Day Proclamation, October 3, 1863

Happy Thanksgiving from LOST

Happy Thanksgiving!

21 November 2012

"Thank you!"

If the only prayer you ever say in your whole life is "thank you," that would suffice.
~Meister Eckhart

Re-launch of Revised "Coffee" Lectionary

We are members of St. Paul's Memorial Church in Charlottesville, VA and we meet every other week at local coffee shops to discuss the readings coming up in the Sunday lectionary - RCL - Revised "Coffee Lectionary"

We will meet at CVille Coffee in Charlottesville from 10am - 11am on the 2nd and 4th Mondays beginning in December (the "new year" in the church - Advent!) through May 13th.

I will be posting the reading we will study on this blog, as well as on the St. Paul's Facebook Page, and we will also have a handout at church for anyone who is interested.  I look forward to seeing you with us at CVille Coffee, and/or also online on this blog! 



December 3, 2012 
December 17, 2012

January 14, 2013
January 28, 2013

February 11, 2013
February 25, 2013

March 11, 2013
March 25, 2013

April 8, 2013
April 22, 2013

May 13, 2013

20 November 2012

"we like those who dream" ~ Psalm 126

In convertendo

When the LORD restored the fortunes of Zion, *
then were we like those who dream.
Then was our mouth filled with laughter, *
and our tongue with shouts of joy.
Then they said among the nations, *
"The LORD has done great things for them."
The LORD has done great things for us, *
and we are glad indeed.
Restore our fortunes, O LORD, *
like the watercourses of the Negev.
Those who sowed with tears *
will reap with songs of joy.
Those who go out weeping, carrying the seed, *
will come again with joy, shouldering their sheaves.

18 November 2012

49ers Visa Commercial - I think I embody this "coach"

I just saw this commercial in which some "fan" is trying to motivate the 49ers to go out and win...I would say (with great humilty) that this is often how I feel while coaching (which I have done for many many years) and also when I preach.  I hope that the Holy Spirit will come in and help me out (like Jim Harbaugh does in the commercial)

Check out the commercial; it is a total trip!

Blessings for all of us who are working with hope that God will step in and help us out where we are lacking!

In Christ,

Peter Carey

Being Present

From Richard Rohr:

Being Present

The early but learned pattern of dualistic thinking can get us only so far; so all religions at the more mature levels have discovered another “software” for processing the really big questions, like death, love, infinity, suffering, and God. Many of us call this access “contemplation.”It is a non-dualistic way of seeing the moment. Originally, the word was simply “prayer.”
It is living in the naked now, the “sacrament of the present moment,” that will teach us how to actually experience our experiences, whether good, bad, or ugly, and how to let them transform us. Words by themselves invariably divide the moment; pure presence lets it be what it is, as it is.
When you can be present, you will know the Real Presence. I promise you this is true. And it is almost that simple.
When I am present, I can know the Real Presence.

16 November 2012

I will bless the Lord

I will bless the Lord who gives me counsel; my heart teaches me, night after night. I have set the Lord always before me; because he is at my right hand, I shall not fall. Psalm 16:7,8

Good food for thought: Coffee Hour Caution

14 November 2012

If you really want to know God

If you really want to know God, go to his people. Go to your barber and talk about God. Tell the 

carpenter about what you're experiencing. Take time to read the lives of the saints . They always knock 

you off your feet because they tell you the preoccupations you have aren't the ones you should have. 

Get in touch with those women and men who did crazy things like falling in love with God. 

~Henri J. M. Nouwen

11 November 2012

11 November 2012 - Sermon - The Rev. Peter M. Carey - "Go!"

The Rev. Peter M. Carey
11 November 2012 Sermon
St. Paul’s Memorial Church


As real estate agents say, the most important three variables for a property are “location, location, location.”  Where we put ourselves says a lot about us.  Are we “homebodies” or “travellers”? Are we “outdoors-people” or “workaholics”?  Location is important.  Presence is important.  Groucho Marx said, “90% of success is showing up,” and a truer statement was probably never said. 

In this season of harvest, when we each have considered what we are doing with our time, and our talent, and our treasure, we would do well do dig a little deeper into not only the “when” and the “what” but also the “where” we spend our time, where we offer our talent, and where we put our treasure.  As Jesus said, “where you put your treasure, there your heart will be.”  Also, where we put our selves is where our heart will be.

When we turn to the Bible, we see many references to place, and if our study of and knowledge of scripture ended before we entered middle school, we may not have grasped the geographical setting of the stories of Holy Scripture.  A fascinating way to “encounter the Bible for the first time” is to get a really accessible Bible Atlas, and load up Google Earth and have some fun actually seeing where all these amazing things happened.

Even if we’re not Biblical experts in location, we may remember one of the most common ways that God spoke to His people: “Go!”  Just remember, he said “go” to Adam and Eve when they needed to leave Eden after the temptation.   God said “go to the Promised Land” to Abram (who would be come Abraham).  God told Moses to “Go” away from Egypt, and Moses told Pharaoh to “let my people go.”  Jesus told his disciples to “Go ye into the world, making disciples of all people!” It seems that “going” is a key part of our faith.  Let me be clear, this kind of going is not “running away,” but really “running to,” and “running to” something that is unclear, perhaps scary, new, different, other.  This going will require faith, and courage, and also community and humility.

Where do we put ourselves?  Are we staying in comfort and complacency?  Are we heeding God’s call to go, to chart out a new course, to put ourselves at risk of failure, to put ourselves at risk of transformation?

In his book, “Where God Happens,” our current Archbishop of Canterbury, Dr. Rowan Williams writes about the ways that the Holy Spirit gets stirred up when we put ourselves outside of our normal and comfortable circles.  In this remarkable book, which I highly recommend as an Advent read, Dr. Williams discusses the ways that putting ourselves in the presence of “the other” puts us into a place “where God happens” in a very real and present way.  Of course, God is always present, and is always “happening,” but when we obediently follow God’s command to “Go” we may find that God’s presence is more tangible, more real.  And so, who is “the other” for you?  Unfortunately for all of us, it is most likely that person who really bugs us.  The “other” may be that person who we would rather remove from our daily interactions.  The “other” may indeed be that person who, paradoxically, drives us crazy, and also, if we are courageous and loving, may bring us peace. 

A prayer for those in the armed forces of our country

For Those in the Armed Forces of Our Country
Almighty God, we commend to your gracious care and keeping all the men and women of our armed forces at home and abroad. Defend them day by day with your heavenly grace; strengthen them in their trials and temptations; give them courage to face the perils which beset them; and grant them a sense of your abiding presence wherever they may be; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

08 November 2012

Learn how to see

Study the science of art. Study the art of science. Develop your senses—especially learn how to see. Realize that everything connects to everything else.

—Leonardo da Vinci

07 November 2012

Bishop of Durham Justin Welby to be Archbishop of Canterbury

From The Telegraph (UK)

Bishop of Durham Justin Welby to be Archbishop of Canterbury

Justin Welby, the Bishop of Durham, has accepted the post of Archbishop of Canterbury, The Daily Telegraph has learnt.

Bishop of Durham Justin Welby
Their favourite is the Rt Rev Justin Welby, Bishop of Durham, a 56-year-old former oil company executive, who is seen as the front-runner 
Sources have confirmed that the Eton-educated bishop will be announced as successor to Dr Rowan Williams as early as Friday, after the Crown Nominations Commission put his name forward to Downing Street.
It marks a meteoric rise for the former oil executive who has been a bishop for only a year, but insiders described Welby as "the outstanding candidate".
Last night a spokesman refused to confirm his appointment. But it came a few hours after he pulled out at short notice from a planned appearance on the BBC Radio 4 discussion programme Any Questions due to take place in County Durham on Friday.
He also cut short a retreat with diocesan staff and returned to the capital where it is understood his wife is travelling down to join him tomorrow.
Earlier this week bookmakers stopped taking money on Bishop Welby after a flurry of bets on him being chosen.
Sources in Canterbury earlier attempted to play down the expectation, with one even suggesting that they had been “surprised” that it was not him.
Although one of the front-runners since the beginning of the process there had been doubts over whether Bishop Welby had been a bishop for long enough. He took over at Durham just a year ago having previously been Dean of Liverpool.

06 November 2012

Grant that barriers which divide us may crumble

‎"Grant, O God, that your holy and life-giving Spirit may so move every human heart [and especially the hearts of the people of this land], that barriers which divide us may crumble, suspicions disappear, and hatreds cease; that our divisions being healed, we may live in justice and peace; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen." (BCP 823)

"A Good Day"

I was reminded of this wonderful, short, video by David Steindl Rast when Brett Hughes posted it on the "Another Best Day" blog today.  Check it out! "A Good Day" with Brother David Steindl Rast.

~ The Rev. Peter M. Carey

05 November 2012

Two kids of intelligence, Rumi

There are two kinds of intelligence. One acquired,
as a child in school memorizes facts and concepts
from books and from what the teacher says,
collecting information from the traditional sciences
as well as from the new sciences.

With such intelligence you rise in the world.
You get ranked ahead or behind others
in regard to your competence in retaining
information. You stroll with this intelligence
in and out of fields of knowledge, getting always more
marks on your preserving tablets.

There is another kind of tablet, one
already completed and preserved inside you.
A spring overflowing its springbox. A freshness
in the center of your chest. This other intelligence
does not turn yellow or stagnate. It’s fluid,
and it doesn’t move from outside to inside
through the conduits of plumbing-learning.

This second knowing is a fountainhead
From within you, moving out.

—Rumi (Translated by Coleman Barks)

02 November 2012

All Souls Day

Today is All Souls Day!

Several years ago I was blessed to spend the day at Westminster Abbey on November 2nd...and I wrote about it below...

May you have a blessed All Souls Day,

~The Rev. Peter M. Carey

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Several years ago while in college, I was studying in Europe and made a trip up to England to visit a friend and to see some of the sights there.  I was excited that my friend was staying in Kent, and I would be able to go to Canterbury Cathedral to attend church and poke around in the town.  But, before going to Kent, I was in London in early November, visiting museums and churches, and doing the tourist thing.  On November 2nd, I made my way over to Westminster Abbey, where I was to meet up with one of the canons of the Abbey.  A mutual friend made the connection for me, and I was poking around the Abbey on a terribly rainy and cold day.  Not being totally keyed into the liturgical calendar, I was able to learn a bit about All Souls Day while in Westminster Abbey.  Since it was such a cold and rainy day, and since there are endless things to see and to visit, I stayed there much of the day.  Since All Souls Day is also known as the Feast of the Faithful Departed when many Christians remember all those who have died in the last year, it became a rich and deep place to observe the holiday.  In addition, just the day before, one of the elderly canons (priests in a leadership role) at the Abbey had died. So, along with the rainy day, the soulful Abbey (full of tombs!), and the occasion of the death of the canon it really was a wonderful place to learn about All Souls Day, and about the depth of our Anglican Tradition - not merely by reading about it or talking about it, but by doing it.   I entered Westminster Abbey a tourist, and left a pilgrim.

I pray that we all take time today to reflect upon All Souls Day and pray for all those who have died, and pray for us, that we might live in a way that is full, abundant, and holy.

Blessings on All Souls Day,

~The Rev. Peter M.Carey

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01 November 2012

Happy All Saints' Day

Almighty God, you have knit together your elect in one communion and fellowship in the mystical body of your Son Christ our Lord: Give us grace so to follow your blessed saints in all virtuous and godly living, that we may come to those ineffable joys that you have prepared for those who truly love you; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who with you and the Holy Spirit lives and reigns, one God, in glory everlasting. Amen. 

  -- All Saints, Holy Women, Holy Men, p. 663

Will Barrow Memorial Flag Football Tournament Announced ~ November 3rd, 2012

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