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Good News

This morning, the church I serve -- and by that I m ean The Falls Church Episcopal, the Diocese of Virginia and The Episcopal Church -- received good news. T he Virginia Supreme Court unanimously ruled in favor of the Episcopal Diocese of Virginia and The Episcopal Church in a long -awaited decision, affirming a ruling from Fairfax County Circuit Court Judge Randy Bellows - a ruling which allowed the return, about a year ago this time, of The Falls Church Episcopal congregation to their buildings and grounds.  (I say "their" buildings and grounds instead of "our" buildings and grounds because as much as I love and enjoy being a part of The Falls Church Episcopal, I didn't join them as their rector until September of last year, and it seems a bit presumptous of me to claim that chapter of this congregration's difficult history as if I were a part of it.)  By way of background for those who may not be familiar with the recent history of this


In the gospel reading appointed for this upcoming Sunday ( John 21:1-19 ), we hear the story of one of Jesus' Easter appearances. It's early one morning after Peter and the other disciples had been working (fishing) all night. They'd worked all night, but caught nothing. Yes, worked: keep in mind this isn't recreational, out-with-a-buddy-and-a-six-pack type of fishing. Fishing was Peter's (and James' and John's) occupation. It was their job, the way they made a living. So they've worked all night, but caught nothing. It's been a fruitless, unproductive time. Then, at daybreak, as they're pulling into shore, something strange and unexpected happens. A "stranger-whom-they-later-realize- is-Jesus" (I'll say more about that dynamic in Sunday's sermon) tells them to try something new (I'll say more about that in Sunday's sermon, too) and so they cast their nets on the other

Easter Resolutions: Under New Management

Today, an introduction to a several-part series on "Easter Resolutions." I didn't make up the term - a quick Google search shows over 2,000 uses of it - but I like the idea of "Easter Resolutions." It seems that the most familiar or typical time to make resolutions is January 1st. And making New Year's Resolutions is understandable, because the start of a calendar year symbolizes an opportunity for a new start, and a fresh beginning. But I'll admit that I've never really gotten on board with New Year's Resolutions. The change from December 31 to January 1 just seems a little...what...arbitrary? -- and other than the fact that the number of the year we happen to be in has changed, there's really no underlying reason to make life changes. So New Year's Resolutions, at least for me, lack motivation...they lack a driving force behind the changes I want to make. The second most familiar or typical time to make re