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Love is a Bother

by the Rev. Scott Walters   “No pressure.” That’s what Dad used to say after making some request that might involve the slightest inconvenience of the requestee. “No pressure,” was his way of saying he didn’t want to be a bother, but there was this one small thing he was wondering if you’d be ok … Continue reading “Love is a Bother”

Believing in Ted Lasso and Other Stuff

by the Rev. Buddy Stallings   Ted Lasso (actually Jason Sudeikis though he will forever be Ted Lasso to me) was my breakout star of the pandemic, the pandemic, which apparently may continue through the third season of the series and beyond, and yes, the same pandemic that is making me crazy! But that is … Continue reading “Believing in Ted Lasso and Other Stuff”

Gifted

by the Rev. Katherine Bush   One Christmas years ago my mother-in-law (now of blessed memory) gave me two gifts. She gave me a copy of the then-newly published edition of Flannery O’Connor’s A Prayer Journal and a painted metal watering can in the shape of a pig – the water comes out of its … Continue reading “Gifted”

Living Into a Name

by the Rev. Paul McLain   One of the most exciting things about the birth of a child is giving the newborn baby a name. January 1st is not only the start of a new calendar year. It is the Feast of the Holy Name of Our Lord. It is a holy day in which … Continue reading “Living Into a Name”

Holy Tide

by the Rev. Katherine Bush   “… this holy tide of Christmas/ is filled with heav’nly grace. O tidings of comfort and joy, comfort and joy,/ O tidings of comfort and joy.”   I’m writing this after the last meals have been served and the tables cleared from our Emmanuel Meal on Monday afternoon. Our … Continue reading “Holy Tide”

Visible Means of Support

by the Rev. Scott Walters   It’s been at least twenty-five years since I walked onto a job site one day in a pair of shorts and a Walters & Marietta Construction t-shirt, my work uniform for that time of year and phase of my life. We were building a house and had hired Dan … Continue reading “Visible Means of Support”

My Abrupt, Disruptive Advent Experience

by the Ven. Mimsy Jones   Advent is the time of year I run headlong into two of my most onerous traits, procrastination and perfectionism. “Why do today what you can put off until tomorrow?” coupled with, “It has to be better!” is a treacherous mental combination, never more so than in December.   Advent … Continue reading “My Abrupt, Disruptive Advent Experience”

Live This Moment

by the Rev. Buddy Stallings   In some ways, it is a mystery that I am so drawn to Advent, given who I am and how I do life. Although I often pretend to be a patient man, in my heart I know better. I do not like waiting. I don’t suppose anyone particularly does. … Continue reading “Live This Moment”

Thanksgiving in the Rain

by the Rev. Paul McLain   While living in New Haven, Connecticut, we made plans to go with Lucille Clancy, a parishioner at our church, to the Macy’s Thanksgiving parade in New York City. We were so excited about this and Lucille was looking forward to going back to the site of her fondest Thanksgiving … Continue reading “Thanksgiving in the Rain”

Setting Up Camp

by the Rev. Katherine Bush   Since I arrived at Calvary about four weeks ago, I’ve been greeted with warmth and kindness. I’ve reacquainted myself with a westbound commute and started to learn some new names. I have climbed into the pulpit two Sundays and looked out over the altar two Sundays as well. It … Continue reading “Setting Up Camp”

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