Weekly Reading: Proper 18

First reading and Psalm Exodus 12:1-14 Psalm 149 Second reading Romans 13:8-14 Gospel Matthew 18:15-20 Theme: Love each other as yourselves and if someone should harm you, reconcile, bring that person back to your side, so that together you may praise the Lord. Our lives involve praising God as a community for the salvation given... Continue Reading →

The Sayings of the Desert Fathers

This collection appears in a couple of formats but, I am partial to the one done by Benedicta Ward. The title "Desert Fathers" refers to a group of monks who lived in the Egyptian desert community of Scetes. This group of ascetics moved to the desert to escape the temptations of life and focus on... Continue Reading →

Throwback Thursday

John Chrysostom on Romans 12:9 If you have love you will on notice the loss of your money, the labor of your body, the toil of your words, your trouble or your ministering, but you will bear everything courageously. Origen on 12:11 The expression "aglow with the Spirit" proves that the Word of God is... Continue Reading →

Wednesday with the Wesleys

Thy ceaseless and unexhausted love, Unmerited and free, Delights our evil to remove, And help our misery, Thou waitest to be gracious still, Thou doest with sinners bear, And all thy grace declare. Thy goodness and thy truth to me, To every soul abound, A vast unfathomable sea, Where all our thoughts are drown, Its... Continue Reading →

The Beauty of the Church

I was sinking deep in sin, far from the peaceful shore,Very deeply stained within, sinking to rise no more,But the Master of the sea, heard my despairing cry,From the waters lifted me, now safe am I. Love lifted me! Love lifted me!When nothing else could helpLove lifted me! All my heart to Him I give,... Continue Reading →

Prayer for the Week

O Lord God, I Am no longer my own, but yours. Put me to what you will, rank me with whom you will;     put me to doing, put me to suffering;     let me be employed for you or laid aside for you,     exalted for you or brought low for you;     let me be full, let... Continue Reading →

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