Weekly Readings: Proper 17

First reading and Psalm Exodus 3:1-15 Psalm 105:1-6, 23-26, 45b Second reading Romans 12:9-21 Gospel Matthew 16:21-28 Theme: Rather than trying to scold God, we must take up our cross and allow God to set us on fire with the Holy Spirit, which burns without destroying. Prayer: Father, I want to participate in the work... Continue Reading →

St. Augustine “Confessions”

There are so many ways to praise this work it is hard to know where to begin. St. Augustine's Confessions created a genre of literature "the spiritual autobiography" and stills stands out as one of the greatest ever produced. A bishop known for delving into the deep waters of theology Augustine shows a tender and... Continue Reading →

TBT on Romans 12:3

 CEB Romans 12:3 Because of the grace that God gave me, I can say to each one of you: don't think of yourself more highly than you ought to think. Instead, be reasonable since God has measured out a portion of faith to each one of you. "This is what it means to love Christ,... Continue Reading →

Wednesday with the Wesley’s

All the blessings which God hath bestowed upon man are of his mere grace, bounty, or favour; his free, undeserved favour; favour altogether undeserved; man having no claim to the least of his mercies. It was free grace that "formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into him a living soul," and... Continue Reading →

The Beauty of the Church

1.  This day are opened, our mouths to give thanks.  They who opened the breaches, have opened my sons' mouths.  Thank the Merciful, who has delivered the men of our city, nor thought at that time of exacting the debts that were due by us.  When they rose up they that took us captive, the... Continue Reading →

Prayer of the Week

My Lord God, I have no idea where I am going. I do not see the road ahead of me. I cannot know for certain where it will end. Nor do I really know myself, and the fact that I think I am following your will does not mean I am actually doing so. But... Continue Reading →

WEEKLY READINGS: Proper 16

First reading and Psalm Exodus 1:8-2:10 Psalm 124 Second reading Romans 12:1-8 Gospel Matthew 16:13-20 Theme: As members of Christ's body we are transformed by God to recognize both who Jesus is, and what God's purposes are. In this state we can resist the evil rulers of our time knowing that God is acting with... Continue Reading →

Throwback Thursdays

St. Anthony was early monk who lived in the Egyptian desert considered one of the great saints of his time, his short proverbs are great wisdom for the Church today. These are two of my favorites. Saint Anthony said: "Our life and our death is with our neighbor. If we gain our brother, we have... Continue Reading →

Wednesday with the Wesleys

O, For a Thousand Tongues to Sing  O for a thousand tongues to sing My great Redeemer's praise! The glories of my God and King, The triumphs of his grace.  My gracious Master and my God, Assist me to proclaim, To spread through all the earth abroad The honors of thy name.  He breaks the... Continue Reading →

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