Joy to the World

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 think about the fact that a...
4 Questions to Ask Ourselves as We Prepare for Advent

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, the Christmas season does not...
Thanksgiving at St. Michael’s

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 Onefor Occasions of Thanksgiving (40) On All Saints’ Day, and for other major Saints’ days, we open service with these...
My Sustaining Faith – Marriage, Motherhood, and Career

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 my contract and went to Marine Corps Officer...
Saints, Feasting, and the Kingdom of God

Saints, Feasting, and the Kingdom of God

Feasting with Saints in the Kingdom of God In the Apostles’ Creed we recite that we believe in the communion of saints. The communion of saints includes us! For Anglicans “all baptized Christians are saints” (Price and Weil Liturgy for Living 240). Yet we...
Faith Delivered to the Saints

Faith Delivered to the Saints

During the past thirteen years I’ve served as a full-time staff member, part-time staff member, and retired associate priest. However, my coveted title has been “Priest Not In Charge”. In fact, I now like to think of myself as “Priest Not In Charge Emeritus”. But...
Living in Paterson

Living in Paterson

One of my favorite recent films is Jim Jarmusch’s Paterson (2016). It is wise, funny, and spellbinding. This could sound surprising if you start reading a description of the plot. Each morning, a bus driver wakes up early. He eats a bowl of cereal. He walks...
Harvest Sunday

Harvest Sunday

As the fall season approaches, I find myself taken back to the time I spent living in Honduras. I’ve been thinking about the church I attended there, Espíritu Santo, and one Sunday when I showed up completely unprepared. Unbeknownst to me, this particular Sunday at...
The Veterans Association of North County Resource Center

The Veterans Association of North County Resource Center

The Veterans Association of North County Resource Center is the inspiration of veteran Chuck Atkinson. As a Past Commander of the American Legion Post #146, his dream, initially, was to locate a place where his American Legion Post could meet on a regular basis....
Peaceful, Behind-the-Scenes, Quiet, Unnoticed, Close to God

Peaceful, Behind-the-Scenes, Quiet, Unnoticed, Close to God

These are some of the words and phrases I have heard members of the St. Michael’s Altar Guild use to describe this ministry. Members of the Altar Guild are scheduled in pairs and work together to care for our church vessels and vestments. They make quick work of...