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...
Why We Celebrate the Feast Day of St. Michael

Why We Celebrate the Feast Day of St. Michael

In our baptismal vows we make what can feel like an impossible promise. John H. Westerhoff in Living Faithfully as Prayer Book People posits, “Our first act is to renounce evil, that is, to acknowledge evil’s influence on our lives and to make a formal...
Foreign & Domestic Missions: Vida Joven de México

Foreign & Domestic Missions: Vida Joven de México

One of the great joys of my life as a parishioner at St. Michael’s by-the-Sea has been my experiences visiting the children at Vida Joven de México. Since 2016, we as a parish have been proudly serving the orphanage, which provides a loving home for abandoned and...
Leading the Faithful in Worship

Leading the Faithful in Worship

On August 24th, I received an email from the Parish Communications Coordinator, Megan Stanton, asking me to write about the Worship Team. As an introduction, I would like to share with you how I became involved in this ministry. Step back with me to the early 1990’s...
Intentional Time

Intentional Time

While spending time with my family on the biggest feasting day of the year, Thanksgiving, I had an epiphany. I realized that even though my mother lived in San Clemente, and I at the time lived in Vista, we only saw each other a handful of times in the year. This...