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I am a reasonably orthodox Methodist, and I go to church because fellowship matters, because I find meaning in the history of the Israelites and in the Gospels, and because I love to sing hymns. But it is not in “God’s house” that I feel God’s presence most—it is in his outdoors, on some sun-warmed slope of pine needles or by the surf. It is there that the numbing categories men have devised to contain this mystery—sin and redemption and incarnation and so on—fall away, leaving the overwhelming sense of the goodness and the sweetness at work in the world.
From "Inward/Outward" Blog
14 April 2015
08 April 2015
Berkeley Preparatory School Middle Division Boys' Lacrosse - 2015
I am extremely blessed to coach 40 or so awesome boys on our Middle Division lacrosse team here at Berkeley Preparatory School. We had a great season!!
~The Rev. Peter M. Carey
06 April 2015
The Rev. Peter M. Carey
Berkeley Preparatory School - 6 April 2015
The word "Easter" and most of the secular celebrations of the holiday come from pagan traditions. Anglo Saxons worshipped Eostre, the goddess of springtime and the return of the sun after the long winter. According to legend, Eostre once saved a bird whose wings had frozen during the winter by turning it into a rabbit. Because the rabbit had once been a bird, it could still lay eggs, and that rabbit became our Easter Bunny. Eggs were a symbol of fertility in part because they used to be so scarce during the winter. There are records of people giving each other decorated eggs at Easter as far back as the 11th century. (Writers’ Almanac – April 5, 2015)
Many words have been written about this holiday of Easter. For this brief reflection, I will focus on the sense that this holiday of resurrection, life, and hope points to something radically new. There is a real possibility of new life, of a new start, of a new way of seeing and being.
We each begin the year with a sense of a new start a blank slate, a tabula rasa. Whether it is the new year of the beginning of the academic year, or the New Year on January 1st, many of us make resolutions and set goals for the year ahead. For Christians, this holiday of Easter rests on the belief that God has turned the tables on our expectations; that life emerges even from death, and this life is radically new and abundant.
As we move into the final stretch of our school year, it may not feel to you like we have a clean slate, or that we have that fresh sense of newness. However, the gift is there for us, if we have eyes to see. Just as Spring brings new growth, God has also given us each the possibility of a rich and new life. Just as God breathed life into the world in the Creation story in Genesis, God also breathes life into us every day.
This is the moment of new creation.
This is the first day of God’s new week.
The darkness is gone, and the sun is shining. ~ N.T. Wright
I am not sure how aware you all are of a piece of the story of Jesus in John’s gospel, when Jesus appears to the disciples after he is crucified. Near the very end of the gospel, Jesus appears to the disciples and has a conversation with Peter while after Jesus cooks fish for them.
Peter is most definitely shocked to see Jesus after he has died, but also distraught that previously, he had denied knowing Jesus three times. In the appearance to Peter, Jesus offers Peter the opportunity for new life – as Peter is forgiven and empowered to live and lead what would become the church. The one who denied Jesus was forgiven and chosen to lead! And to lead a new life!
John 21: 15-17
The message here is that God offers forgiveness and new life to Peter, to his disciples and also to the likes of us. The possibility, and the reality, of a new and abundant life is always there for us, no matter our circumstances, no matter our past, no matter who we are. And so, for us, here in this place, even in the final stretch of the year, we each have the gift of a new and abundant approach to our lives!
A Prayer in Spring, by Robert Frost, 1915
Oh, give us pleasure in the flowers to-day;
And give us not to think so far away
As the uncertain harvest; keep us here
All simply in the springing of the year.
Oh, give us pleasure in the orchard white,
Like nothing else by day, like ghosts by night;
And make us happy in the happy bees,
The swarm dilating round the perfect trees.
And make us happy in the darting bird
That suddenly above the bees is heard,
The meteor that thrusts in with needle bill,
And off a blossom in mid air stands still.
For this is love and nothing else is love,
The which it is reserved for God above
To sanctify to what far ends He will,
But which it only needs that we fulfil.
05 April 2015
O God, who made this most holy night to shine with the glory of the Lord's resurrection: Stir up in your Church that Spirit of adoption which is given to us in Baptism, that we, being renewed both in body and mind, may worship you in sincerity and truth; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.
Mark 16:1-8When the sabbath was over, Mary Magdalene, and Mary the mother of James, and Salome bought spices, so that they might go and anoint Jesus. And very early on the first day of the week, when the sun had risen, they went to the tomb. They had been saying to one another, "Who will roll away the stone for us from the entrance to the tomb?" When they looked up, they saw that the stone, which was very large, had already been rolled back. As they entered the tomb, they saw a young man, dressed in a white robe, sitting on the right side; and they were alarmed. But he said to them, "Do not be alarmed; you are looking for Jesus of Nazareth, who was crucified. He has been raised; he is not here. Look, there is the place they laid him. But go, tell his disciples and Peter that he is going ahead of you to Galilee; there you will see him, just as he told you." So they went out and fled from the tomb, for terror and amazement had seized them; and they said nothing to anyone, for they were afraid.
03 April 2015
Almighty God, we pray you graciously to behold this your family, for whom our Lord Jesus Christ was willing to be betrayed, and given into the hands of sinners, and to suffer death upon the cross; who now lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.
02 April 2015
Almighty Father, whose dear Son, on the night before he suffered, instituted the Sacrament of his Body and Blood: Mercifully grant that we may receive it thankfully in remembrance of Jesus Christ our Lord, who in these holy mysteries gives us a pledge of eternal life; and who now lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.
01 April 2015
Lord God, whose blessed Son our Savior gave his body to be whipped and his face to be spit upon: Give us grace to accept joyfully the sufferings of the present time, confident of the glory that shall be revealed; through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.