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Height and Depth of Liturgical Prayer

My father was a pastor in a very non-liturgical church. In fact, I would call it anti-liturgical in many ways. We would stand to pray, not kneel. Communion was grape juice, not wine. And sermons were long and pedantic, not …

Joy to the World

In 1991 the Soviet Union, rightly called an “Evil Empire” by President Reagan, dissolved without a shot being fired. The collapse of the USSR remains the most remarkable, unexpected and utterly amazing event of my life. But now I often …

4 Questions to Ask Ourselves as We Prepare for Advent

Advent is not something we hear much about outside of church – or even outside of liturgical churches. If you asked a retailer when the “Christmas season” begins, they would probably say the beginning of November.

In our faith tradition, …

Thanksgiving at St. Michael’s

O give thanks unto the Lord, and call upon his Name, tell the people what things he hath done.

The Book of Common Prayer Morning Prayer, Rite One
for Occasions of Thanksgiving (40)

On All Saints’ Day, and for other …

My Sustaining Faith – Marriage, Motherhood, and Career

I have spent almost all of my adult life around the military. I went to university in Washington, DC, so it was inevitable that I would see and meet service members. The summer after I graduated from university, I signed …