The season of Advent
means there is something on the horizon
the like of which we have never seen before.
It is not possible to keep it from coming,
because it will.
That’s just how Advent works.
What is possible is to not see it, to miss it,
to turn just as it brushes past you…
So stay. Sit. Linger. Tarry.
Ponder. Wait. Behold. Wonder.
There will be time enough for running.
For rushing. For worrying. For pushing.
For now, stay.
Something is on the horizon.
Jan L. Richardson
In Night Visions: Searching the Shadows of Advent and Christmas
In the church, we hear this admonition year after year. Slow down! It’s advent! The warning can become so commonplace that we fail to hear its message. But in it there is deep truth. At a time of year that calls for busyness—parties, presents, meals, shopping, decorating, celebrating, traditions galore—it is easy to lose ourselves in it all and somehow miss it. It is possible to feel the days pass and the energy escalate but as the day dawns feel as if something has elusively brushed past us, something has just escaped our grasp.
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By now you have hopefully noticed our new logo for the church. It will be creeping its way into every publication we produce. As I discussed in a past article, it is important for the church’s materials to be clearly recognizable, consistent, and representative of who we are. We are now well on our way to realizing this goal.
“Now you are called to work as pastor, priest, and teacher, together with your
bishop and fellow presbyters, and to take your share in the councils of the Church.” (“The Examination” in ordination of a priest, BCP 531)
This December 9th I will celebrate the 5th anniversary of my ordination to the priesthood. That evening, in a Spanish-language liturgy, amidst a cloud of incense and much support and love in a small urban church in the city of Durham, North Carolina, I committed myself to the role and responsibilities of being a priest in our church as described in the ordination service in our Book of Common Prayer. During the part of the service called “The Examination,” Bishop Michael Curry charged me to take my share in the councils of the Church. At the Celebration of New Ministry we celebrated together in June of 2011 here at St. Stephen’s, a colleague in ministry presented me with a copy of the Canons of this church and charged me to take my place in the councils of the diocese (BCP 562).
Dear People of St. Stephen’s,
Starting at the beginning of September, we will be using a different Eucharistic service out of Enriching our Worship (EOW) at our 10am service. Father Rod and I have both used EOW Eucharistic prayers in the past, but at least in my tenure with you, we have not done the entire service out of EOW.
Dear People of St. Stephen’s,
“Are you the one to build me a house to live in? I have not lived in a house since the day I brought up the people of Israel from Egypt to this day, but I have been moving about in a tent and a tabernacle. Wherever I have moved about among all the people of Israel, did I ever speak a word with any of the tribal leaders of Israel, whom I commanded to shepherd my people Israel, saying, ‘Why have you not built me a house of cedar?” (2 Sam. 7:5b-7)
King David thinks that the ark of God needs a proper home—a house of cedar instead of a tent. But God has other plans. God informs David, through the prophet Nathan,