Readings for the Fifth Sunday after Pentecost Transcript: ‘Come to me,’ Jesus says, ‘all you that are weary and are carrying heavy burdens, and I will give you rest.’ These days, is there anyone who isn’t weary and carrying heavy burdens? It’s so easy to hear these words of Jesus and find yourself longing forRead More »
Readings for the Fourth Sunday after Pentecost. Transcript: Abraham lived in ancient Mesopotamia, in a time and a place that didn’t understand the idea of God. Rather, his culture embraced the idea of local gods that were in charge of things like fertility, weather, and war. The book of Genesis includes the story of AbrahamRead More »
The readings for Sunday are available here. “Whoever welcomes you, welcomes me,” Jesus says.
Readings for the National Indigenous Day of Prayer Transcript: In the Anglican Church of Canada, we mark this day as the National Indigenous Day of Prayer. This observance has come out of an ongoing recognition that the church has much to repent of when it comes to dealing with our Indigenous brothers and sisters. ARead More »
Readings for the Second Sunday after Pentecost Transcript: Under different circumstances, I would be wearing green vestments, in a church decorated with green hangings, because green is the colour for ordinary time. We’ve journeyed through Lent, through Holy Week and the season of Easter, past Ascension and Pentecost, and we’ve entered the longest season ofRead More »
The readings for the Second Sunday after Pentecost can be found here. If you have a look at our reading from Genesis, you’ll find a strange story about Abraham, Sarah, and some strange, divine, visitors. With all of our recent talk about the Holy Trinity, you might have noticed that we’re told that the LordRead More »
Sunday Prayers for Trinity Sunday (June 7, 2020)
Readings for Trinity Sunday Transcript: It’s tempting to avoid things that are hard. Talking about the doctrine of the Trinity is hard. Which is why there is a longstanding and only partially humorous tradition in Anglican circles of asking the intern or theological student to preach on Trinity Sunday. It’s a strange and uncharitable mixRead More »
Sunday Prayers for Pentecost Sunday (May 31, 2020)
Readings for the Day of Pentecost Transcript: In the first part of the book of Genesis, which explores the origins of the world in sweeping, cosmic, poetic terms, there is a story about a tower. Well, it seems like a story about a tower. But it’s actually a story about technology and hubris. Really, it’sRead More »
One of my favourite hymns is Veni Creator Spiritus (which means, ‘Come, Creator Spirit’). It is usually sung on the Day of Pentecost, and almost always at ordinations.
This Sunday, we will celebrate the Feast of the Ascension of our Lord. I’m not entirely sure why, but there’s something about feasts and special celebrations that feels particularly out of place in the midst of physical distancing. A kind of deep disconnect between the celebration we proclaim, and the reality we find ourselves in. An unsettling contrast between what we’re doing and how we’re forced to do it.