Confession: Peace and Hope Restored

Confession: Peace and Hope Restored

Advent is here, and as one of the two penitential seasons of the church, now would be a good time to begin our preparations before the “Holiday Rush” overtakes us. I came across some great insights on penitence in a book I have been reading by Susan Pitchford...
Are we ready for Christmas?

Are we ready for Christmas?

The 2014 documentary, The Barkley Marathons: The Race That Eats Its Young, is a film about a 100+ mile endurance race in the mountains of Tennessee. It is a cult-like race based on an historic prison escape, which tests the runner’s limits of physical and...
Poinsettias, A Christmas Blessing

Poinsettias, A Christmas Blessing

Christmas is coming! What emotion does that sentence evoke? Joy? Excitement? Maybe some nervous anticipation about buying gifts or hosting family? For many, Christmas is a joyous time to be with family and friends. However, it is not so for everyone. For some,...
Christ the King

Christ the King

This Sunday is the Feast of Christ the King. Americans do not have a lot of experience with kings. This could put us at a disadvantage when we are trying to consider, embrace, and celebrate Christ as King. Authority – in and of itself – is neither good nor bad. The...
The Best is Yet To Come

The Best is Yet To Come

As a college freshman at Indiana University, I lived in a dorm referred to as an “Academic Unit”. Theoretically, all of us who lived in this unit were serious about our studies, and we could anticipate quieter hallways and a more studious atmosphere. Unfortunately,...
Giving the Present to God

Giving the Present to God

My brother has a clock on his wall that I have always appreciated. All the numbers have toppled down into a jumbled pile at the bottom. Across the face in large letters it says simply, “WHATEVER.” If you have been at St. Michael’s for any length of time, you are...
Listening to the Call

Listening to the Call

I am sure you have similar memories as mine of playing with friends after school. When I was growing up, I was fortunate enough to live in a small semi-rural town in middle England where children could run outside in the afternoon and evening. We lived in a house at...
Never Had There Been Such a Feast!

Never Had There Been Such a Feast!

“But we have little enough for ourselves!” In the folk tale Stone Soup, this is the villagers’ reaction when they see three strangers walking toward their town. So, what do they do? They hurry to hide all their food and hope the strangers pass through...
Stewardship – A Spiritual Discipline

Stewardship – A Spiritual Discipline

The theme of this year’s stewardship campaign is to Realize Stewardship Via Pledge. A pledge is a commitment, a promise, a way of “realizing” (making real) our spiritual discipline of stewardship. There is a plainly practical way to describe the...
My Grace is Sufficient

My Grace is Sufficient

Salvation – a beautiful gift given to the world by God Himself. The Father sent his only Son to earth, a God and King of all creation, to be born as a man whose purpose was to be a blameless sacrifice for the sins of humanity. He was the consummate sacrificial lamb,...