Showing posts from March, 2015

Gaudior, the Unicorn, Lent 5B

Lent VB, 2015 Readings can be found here The news often causes me great anxiety.  Drought, cyclones, weather extremes and war; racial inequity, homophobia and religious radicalism.  I find myself feeling helpless in the midst of what all too often feels like a world mired in abuses and horrors.  And, from the midst of this feeling of helplessness, I considered the readings this week.  And in my consideration of promise and life and death and love and in the context of St. Patrick’s day...I remembered the opening pages of “A Swiftly Tilting Planet”. A Swiftly Tilting Planet, by Madeleine L’Engle, sets the stage on an earth, our earth, in which our abuses of the world and its resources have reached a head and the despot of a small nation is set to destroy all of creation through the use of nuclear force.   In the opening chapter, Scientist and advisor to the president of the United States, Mr. Murry tells his children that “The world has been abnormal for so long that we've forgotten wh…

Count the Stars, They Stay Still

Lent 3B, 2015 St. Clement’s Episcopal Church Readings can be found here
442; 147; 341.
These are the numbers--members, averages Sunday attendance, communicants in good standing.  Each year, every Episcopal Church is asked to fill out what we call the parochial report.  The national church states that “The Parochial Report established by our Constitution and Canons is a tool for the collection of data that is intended to assist the Church in planning for mission.”
More numbers...
24; 13.
How many baptized, how many buried, how many transferred?  How many left?  What’s the total?  
And, so we count.  
How many communicants in good standing.
Taking communion here three times a year makes one a communicant in good standing.  
Enter your user ID number here, and then your personalized pin.  
A parish I served as a youth worker in Ohio, St. Luke’s, has a vibrant ministry with its neighborhood and the children in it.  Dozens of children show up each week for a hot meal, worship, open…