the 18th day of PentecostProper 2313 October 2019 Today’s readings are:2 Kings 5:1-3, 7-15cPsalm 1112 Timothy 2:8-15Luke 17:11-19 Click here to access these readings.        I joked about this at our pet blessing last Sunday, but there really isn’t anything in my priest books that tells me how to bless animals. Actually, there’s not all that […]

God, Creation, and the Animals

Blessing of the AnimalsGenesis 1:24-31Psalm 148:7-14Matthew 11:25-30         I have a lot of books about ministry, and none of them tell me how to bless a animal.  None of them.  I’ve got the Book of Common Prayer, I’ve got the Lutheran book of worship, I’ve got commentaries on the Book of Common Prayer, and (I […]

What brought you to Jesus?

the 16th Day after PentecostProper 21September 29th, 2019 Today’s readings are:Amos 6:1a, 4-7Psalm 1461 Timothy 6:6-19Luke 16:19-31 Click here to access these readings.      Now, I want to ask you all a question that, usually, makes Episcopalians squirm. I’ve seen it made Roman Catholics squirm a bit, too, but this sort of question, that […]

Small Things

the 15th Day of PentecostProper 20September 22nd, 2019 The lessons for today are:Amos 8:4-7Psalm 1131 Timothy 2:1-7Luke 16:1-13 Click here to access these readings.             While in seminary, a couple friends and I took once took a retreat at a monastery down in Alabama (good ‘Father-Shippey’ kinda country, where the sweet tea flows like water). […]

God’s Mercy and Love

the 14th Day after PentecostProper 1815 September 2019 Exodus 32:7-14Psalm 51:1-111 Timothy 1:12-17Luke 15:1-10 Click here to access these readings.         What does the mercy of God look like?  This is a great word: ‘mercy.’  We know what it means, surely.  You don’t have to pull out your phones and look up ‘mercy’ in the […]