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Hey! We were just talking about you!

“Have you been with me all this time, and you still do not know me?”     That was a line from the Gospel on Pentecost Sunday a few weeks ago , and was a question Jesus asked of his disciple Thomas. Well – as I said in my Pentecost sermon – over the past few years, I’ve had a similar realization in regard to my individual relationship with the Holy Spirit, and the Episcopal Church’s relationship with the Holy Spirit. We’ve been with the Holy Spirit (and the Holy Spirit has been with us) all this time, and we still do not know each other. We baptize in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit, we end prayers in the name of the Holy Spirit… …each and every Sunday, when we stand and say the Creed, we say we believe in the Holy Spirit [as], the Lord, and as “the giver of life” …but honestly, now: really? Do you really relate to the Holy Spirit as your “giver of life” ? IS the Holy Spirit lord in any meaningful, practical, daily

Be Busy. But Don't Hurry.

The Christian pastor and writer John Ortberg writes about what he calls "hurry sickness." Since this seems to be a " crazy-busy" time of year for many of us, and in preparation for the summer, when (I hope) things get less hurried for most of us, I thought some of Ortberg's insights bear repeating. How do you know if you suffer from hurry sickness? According to Ortberg, here are some symptoms: Speeding up. You are haunted by the fear that you don't have enough time to do what needs to be done. When listening you nod more often to encourage the other person to accelerate. You chafe whenever you have to wait. Clutter. The hurry-sick lack simplicity. Sunset fatigue. We come home after work, and those who need our love the most, those to whom we are most committed, end up getting the leftovers. This is part of what author Lewis Grant calls "Sunset fatigue"-all those end-of-the-day behaviors that signal hurry sick

When our hearts beat in rhythm with God's heart

It’s less than 24 hours since last night’s “Renewal of Ministries with the Welcoming of a New Rector” service, and so I’m still very much on a spiritual high from the evening. So for today’s E-vangelon, something a little different, and that’s first, to express my appreciation for all who did so much to make it such a wonderful event, and two, to share a part of the Rev. Mary Davila’s sermon from last night. First, the thanks: everything was fantastic, from: the tours of the historic buildings and grounds to  the amazing potluck supper – we had an HUGE crowd for that and so special thanks to the hospitality folks who quickly set up additional tables and chairs for the overflow, to all the communications and special publicity and signage, to the gracious administrative support for the worship service leaflets, to the beautiful music, to the warm hospitality of ushers and greeters, to the “continuing congregation” folk who agreed to let us thank you, to

Toilet Paper

O ne of the things I did today was go to Costco and buy 300 rolls of toilet paper .   Here's the story of why:  O ne of the youth -- a twelve year old! -- at the church I serve, The Falls Church Episcopal, has a ministry, and that is to provide toiletries to the homeless who attend the monthly “ Welcome Table ” across the street at T he Falls Church Presbyterian Church. (This is th e same church that welcomed and gave space to T he Falls Church Episcopalians during the recent six year exile from our property, so there is a long and good relationship b etween our faith communities ).  The homeless gather for dinner at T he W elcome Table one Wednesday per month. A couple of years ago there were only twelve or so guest .  No w each month they have 200 folks or more attend . A s one part of the evening they are invited to go upstairs in groups of ten or so and pick a toiletry to take home : either  a roll of toilet paper, or a bar of soap, or a tube of toothpa