From the Rector’s Desk

Week of September 20, 2020

Elsewhere in the Corner you will see an article about an initiative that the Vestry and I undertook to try to provide support to families of young children in the Lawrence area. This ministry has proven to be challenging, but at the same time surprisingly rewarding. I was, I will admit, a bit surprised by…

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Week of September 13. 2020

“Truly I tell you, whatever you bind on earth will be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth will be loosed in heaven.” Jesus’ statement to his disciples has often been cited as the Scriptural foundation for the Church’s, in particular the clergy’s, authority to absolve people of their sins. But what if…

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Week of September 6, 2020

       First of all, I would like to express my heartfelt gratitude at the outpouring of love and support on the occasion of my ten year anniversary at Trinity Church. It was a wonderful surprise and I was very touched.         Second, I want to share with you some of what is going on in…

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Week of August 30, 2020

Last Sunday the passage from Paul’s letter to the church in Rome used the familiar language of the Church, the community of disciples of Jesus Christ, as a single human body. Part of the metaphor of the body stresses the importance of diversity, especially the diversity of spiritual gifts. Presently, we are in the midst of heightened…

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Week of August 23, 2020

The mason had been working all day in the sun and the heat rebuilding the brick wall of the church next door. While not the hottest day of the week, it wasn’t the coolest either. As I was leaving for the day, he was still at work, although he had briefly ducked into the church building for…

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Week of August 16, 2020

We are about to have a huge narrative jump on Sunday when it comes to the Old Testament readings. Last week Joseph was sold into slavery by his jealous brothers. This upcoming Sunday Joseph, now serving in the court of Pharaoh, is reunited with his brothers. The week after that, we leave Genesis behind entirely and move into…

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Week of August 9, 2020

Is your spiritual life by chance, or by choice? I’ll freely admit that a lot of my own spiritual life is by chance, and that is not a bad thing per se. Let me explain by using a metaphor. Right now my extroverted tendencies are largely being fed by random encounters with people I meet. I’ll run into…

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Week of August 2

I’m taking a break from my review of various spiritual gifts to check in with all of you regarding this time of forced physical separation. On August 3 the Vestry will be meeting again to discuss our situation and the best and safest way for us to engage in community. I think that at this point it…

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Week of July 26, 2020

This week’s topic for spiritual gifts has literally to do with spirits, namely the gift of the discernment of spirits. The origins of this gift as described in scripture are connected to notions of both divine and holy spiritual entities and evil ones that could influence (or afflict) people, but more contemporary uses of the…

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Week of July 19, 2020

Last week, I talked about the spiritual gift of Exhortation, which involves the ministry of instructing others of the fundamental, practical elements of discipleship. Related to that spiritual gift is another, the gift of Teaching. Teachers are not just people who take our children downstairs into classrooms for the first half of the service. They are people who…

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