Weekly Update – May 16, 2019

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Love One AnotherThis week we read one of the most beloved passages from the gospel (John 13:31-35), where we hear Jesus say, “I give you a new commandment, that you love one another.” In this farewell conversation with the disciples on the eve of his death, Jesus appeals not to their belief, but to their […]

Weekly Update – May 9, 2019

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The Lord is my shepherdEvery year, on the fourth Sunday of Easter, our gospel reading comes from the 10th chapter of John, where Jesus speaks of himself as the good shepherd. In our three-year cycle we read different parts of this chapter, highlighting different aspects of this powerful metaphor.      But each year we read […]

Weekly Update – May 2, 2019

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Adding It All Up Our gospel reading for this Sunday [John 21:1-19] tells the story of Jesus’ final post-resurrection appearance. As the disciples fish, unsuccessfully, Jesus suddenly appears on the shore, and suggests they drop their nets on the other side of the boat. And when they do, they are successful beyond all expectations. The […]

Weekly Update – April 25, 2019

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More Easter JoyEaster is not just one day—it’s a season! Easter lasts for seven weeks, or 50 days through Pentecost Sunday. Throughout the season we are called to celebrate the resurrection of Christ, and we do so in church with a special acclamation (“The Lord is risen indeed!”), Easter hymns, and lots of alleluias!      […]

Weekly Update – April 18, 2019

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Our Holy Week Journey This weekend we continue our remembrance of the events at the core of Christianity as we relive the passion of Christ and his resurrection. More than just remembrance, in these services of worship, filled with mystery, we will experience the sacred story in some of the most beautiful liturgy our church […]

Weekly Update – April 11, 2019

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Our Holy Week Journey This Sunday we embark again on the remembrance of the events at the core of Christianity as we relive the passion of Christ and his resurrection. More than just remembrance, in these services of worship, filled with mystery, we will experience the sacred story in some of the most beautiful liturgy […]

Weekly Update – April 4, 2019

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Giving and Receiving Last week’s gospel lesson featured two brothers in the story of the prodigal son; this week we read about two sisters (John 12:1-8). Martha and Mary, the sisters of Lazarus, appear most memorably in a story from Luke’s gospel about discipleship, where Martha complains that Mary is too focused on being with […]

Weekly Update – March 28, 2019

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PLEASE NOTE WE HAVE ONLY ONE SERVICE THIS COMING SUNDAY, AT 9:00 A.M. Following the service we will have a festive coffee hour in the Parish House, and representatives of the Diocesan Creation Care Team will be present to introduce parishioners to the “Sustain Island Home” initiative supporting efforts to address climate change. Bring your […]

Weekly Update – March 21, 2019

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The Gospel of the Second Chance The parable of the fig tree in the Gospel of Luke (Luke 13:1-9) has been called “The Gospel of the Second Chance.” In the midst of failure, sin, blindness, and neglect, we often fail to maintain our selves and our souls in a way that will produce the fruit we […]

Weekly Update – March 14, 2019

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The Point of No Return In this week’s gospel lesson (Luke 13:31-35) Jesus is warned about his coming fate, which is becoming apparent to those following his ministry.  And Jesus responds in a way that makes it clear he is past the point of no return.      This term, “point of no return,” came into […]