30 April 2013

This is the table

A Celtic Prayer of welcome to the Holy Table

This is the table, not of the Church, but of the Lord,
it is make ready for those who love Him
and those who want to love Him more.

So, come, you have much faith and you who have little,
you who have been here often and you who have not been here long,
you who have tried to follow and you who have failed.
Come because God invites you, and it is His will
that you should meet him here.

25 April 2013

Take notice of the wonder!

To pray is to take notice of the wonder, to regain a sense of the mystery that animates all beings, the divine margin in all attainments. Prayer is our humble answer to the inconceivable surprise of living. It is all we can offer in return for the mystery by which we live....

Amidst the meditation of mountains, the humility of flowers wiser than all alphabets--clouds that die constantly for the sake of God's glory--we are hating, hunting, hurting. Suddenly we feel ashamed of our clashes and complaints in the face of the tacit glory in nature. 

Abraham Joshua Heschel

16 April 2013

The Lord is my shepherd

Psalm 23 King James Version

The LORD is my shepherd; *
I shall not want.

He maketh me to lie down in green pastures; *
he leadeth me beside the still waters.

He restoreth my soul; *
he leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for his
Name’s sake.

Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death,
I will fear no evil; *
for thou art with me;
thy rod and thy staff, they comfort me.

Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of
mine enemies; *
thou anointest my head with oil;
my cup runneth over.

Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days
of my life, *
and I will dwell in the house of the LORD for ever.

15 April 2013

Keep watch dear Lord

Keep watch, dear Lord, with those who work, or watch, or weep this night, and give your angels charge over those who sleep. 
Tend the sick, Lord Christ; give rest to the weary, bless the dying, soothe the suffering, pity the afflicted, shield the joyous; and all for your love's sake. Amen.

10 April 2013

Abide in God's love

Jesus prays to the Father in John 17:20-26, and gives us a model of how we might also pray to God.  The theme, as I see it, in this prayer is of love and oneness.  Just as Jesus and the Father are one, so also we should be one, of one mind, of one heart, not so separated and alienated from each other, but one.  And the basis of this oneness is love, just as God the Father loves God the Son, so also God's love pours out into us, and we have only to look to the deep wells within us to find the love that God has placed within our very souls.  Jesus prays to the Father, and asks that we might all be one, and be united through God's love.  So, shouldn't love be the litmus test of what we do, of what we are, and of what we desire?  Shouldn't we not "sweat the small stuff" unless it comes to the living out a life of love towards one another?  Abide in God, abide in Christ, look deep to the wells of love that have been placed within us!

~The Rev. Peter M. Carey

John 17:20-26 (NRSV)
20 "I ask not only on behalf of these, but also on behalf of those who will believe in me through their word, 21 that they may all be one. As you, Father, are in me and I am in you, may they also be in us, so that the world may believe that you have sent me. 22 The glory that you have given me I have given them, so that they may be one, as we are one, 23 I in them and you in me, that they may become completely one, so that the world may know that you have sent me and have loved them even as you have loved me. 24 Father, I desire that those also, whom you have given me, may be with me where I am, to see my glory, which you have given me because you loved me before the foundation of the world.
25 "Righteous Father, the world does not know you, but I know you; and these know that you have sent me. 26 I made your name known to them, and I will make it known, so that the love with which you have loved me may be in them, and I in them."

09 April 2013

"Faith" is a fine invention ... April is poetry month

"Faith" is a fine invention...

"Faith" is a fine invention
When Gentleman can see—
But Microscopes are prudent
In an Emergency.

by Emily Dickinson, public domain

08 April 2013

A wonderfully joyful "Joyful Noise" service at St. Paul's Yesterday!!

We had a wonderfully joyful "Joyful Noise" service yesterday, led by our Associate Rector Heather Warren as well as John Frazee and Betsy Daniel...assisted by our Senior Associate Rector (and photographer!), Peter Carey...

03 April 2013

Tuesday in Easter Week

John 20:11-18

Mary Magdalene stood weeping outside the tomb. As she wept, she bent over to look into the tomb; and she saw two angels in white, sitting where the body of Jesus had been lying, one at the head and the other at the feet. They said to her, "Woman, why are you weeping?" She said to them, "They have taken away my Lord, and I do not know where they have laid him." When she had said this, she turned around and saw Jesus standing there, but she did not know that it was Jesus.

Jesus said to her, "Woman, why are you weeping? Whom are you looking for?" Supposing him to be the gardener, she said to him, "Sir, if you have carried him away, tell me where you have laid him, and I will take him away." Jesus said to her, "Mary!" She turned and said to him in Hebrew, "Rabbouni!" (which means Teacher). Jesus said to her, "Do not hold on to me, because I have not yet ascended to the Father. But go to my brothers and say to them, `I am ascending to my Father and your Father, to my God and your God.'" Mary Magdalene went and announced to the disciples, "I have seen the Lord"; and she told them that he had said these things to her.

01 April 2013

Easter Monday

Matthew 28:9-15

Suddenly Jesus met Mary Magdalene and the other Mary and said, "Greetings!" And they came to him, took hold of his feet, and worshiped him. Then Jesus said to them, "Do not be afraid; go and tell my brothers to go to Galilee; there they will see me."

While they were going, some of the guard went into the city and told the chief priests everything that had happened. After the priests had assembled with the elders, they devised a plan to give a large sum of money to the soldiers, telling them, "You must say, `His disciples came by night and stole him away while we were asleep.' If this comes to the governor's ears, we will satisfy him and keep you out of trouble." So they took the money and did as they were directed. And this story is still told among the Jews to this day.