As an ordained deacon one of my responsibilities each Sunday is to have “the prayers of the people.” There are certain areas to be covered with reminders and I can add as I need. It’s such a privilege. But today I failed.
In my journey from being ordained as a pastor in another tradition to the decision to be ordained as a vocational deacon in the Anglican Church, I have drawn more from the example of Stephen in the Book of Acts. Today is the Feast of St. Stephen. O Glorious Lord, your servant Stephen looked upContinue reading “The Feast of St. Stephen”
ETERNAL GOD,in your great loveyou gave your servant NICHOLASa perpetual name for deeds of kindness on land and sea.Grant that your Church may never cease to workfor the happiness of children,the safety of sailors,the relief of the poorand the help of those who are tossedby tempests of doubt or grief;through JESUS CHRIST our LORD,who livesContinue reading “The Feast of St Nicholas”
James led the Council at Jerusalem in Acts 15. He helped forge the decision concerning Gentile believers being allowed into the Church as equals to Jewish believers. A prayer: Grant, O God, that, following the example of your apostle James the Just, kinsman of our Lord, your Church may give itself continually to prayer andContinue reading “St. James of Jerusalem”
With the flood of self-promotion, self-branding, social marketing, etc., craze we constantly battle, what gets missed are the true saints. Between the hollering online over any issue, Baltimore, gay marriage, war, etc., it’s hard to remember there are simply MILLIONS of good people living good lives doing good things… quietly. A saint has just leftContinue reading “Faithful saints”
Andy Crouch has a piece in the Wall Street Journal on saints, and they’re not just for Catholics anymore. We all have our favorites. We just don’t call them saints. My patron saint will be Dallas Willard.