Pastoral Response to Desolation and Despair

Pastoral Response to Desolation and Despair

Sometimes…often…usually, there is little more to say than that which has already been said. I find cause to re-post this message. I don’t know how many times this makes. The original post was during another Presidential administration. No words hve been changed. We substitute the name George Floyd for the other names once prominent for a season and now forgotten. We substitute Minneapolis for the cities once set ablaze and now smoldering. What needs to be said has already been said.
This short essay ends with a call for a return to holiness. a return to the Church. On this re-posting, I must add something different. Anyone desiring to return to the churches in North America on this Pentecost Sunday will find them padlocked. The people hiding in fear. Its voice silent. We never should have locked the doors to the church.
Why is it important to gather as a church? Today is one reason why.

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Ad Orientem: Uniting Words With Action

Ad Orientem: Uniting Words With Action

When I fall on my knees with my face to the rising sun,  O Lord, have mercy if you please

The irony of this wonderfully composed Eucharistic hymn is that the pastor leading it has no intention of doing either (falling on their knees or facing liturgical east). An equally great irony is that it was introduced into our hymnal the same year that our Book of Worship instructed us to stop doing these things. Perhaps, if the words were changed to fit our actions, “As I stand on my feet to praise the ones with whom I eat,” then it would add more import to the next clause: “O Lord, have mercy…” Continue reading “Ad Orientem: Uniting Words With Action”