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I know that this is tough to hear. But this is also a time for creativity and imagination, and there are people all around us who are doing amazingly kind things every day. God shows up in our responses to adversity — in our life-giving choices of patience and generosity. We can certainly stay busy counting all the things we can’t do now, or that aren’t safe for us, but I don’t think that we’ll be very happy doing that. But when, through our imagination and creativity, we find joy and wonder in new ways of being together during times of social distancing and quarantine, the glory of God is revealed.View Sermon
Roger Bullard and Della+ were classmates in seminary. He completes his study and formation at Berkeley Divinity School at Yale in May. He is a ‘second career’ seminarian, following a commercial career in advertising, consumer products, and, finally, executive recruitment. Roger’s path to his Master of Divinity at Yale engaged him in hospital chaplaincy, pastoral care, and parish life. He serves on the vestry of St. John’s Episcopal Church in Stamford, and has an extensive background in parish governance at his former parish in Greenwich. Following graduation he will pursue ministry of lay leadership, pastoral care, and adult Christian education.View Sermon
The interaction of our sacred and secular calendars is fascinating. As we walk through the last weeks of Epiphany, we are preparing for Lent, our time of holy reflection and contemplation. Lent is the time when we remember Jesus’ preparation in the wilderness before he began his earthly ministry. We are also approaching the order deadline for palms for Palm Sunday, when the church remembers Jesus’ walk into Jerusalem at the beginning of our celebration of Holy Week.
So how do we prepare for our earthly ministry as followers of Jesus, all as our sacred and secular calendars interweave in real time? Shall we order ECO palms or traditional, long palms? ECO palms are essentially fair trade palms, harvested as whole fronds, with individual leaves fanning out like rays from a center spikey stem.View Sermon