Weekly Rector's Notes

Dear Christ Church,

For years I have collected songs about Jesus sung by people who were not always Jesus people. They ranged from hymns to grunge folk to rap, but one of my favorites was by a skate punk group King Missile III named “Jesus was Way Cool” that claimed that Jesus could among other things turn oregano into marijuana. Why? Because Jesus was way cool.

It's easy to laugh at, but every time the song comes my pastoral heart thinks that this isn't far off from what we offer to most people most of the time. Jesus is a superman figure who comes to do cool things and then die and rise again because that is what superman does. Along the way he crushes sin like Lex Luther.

Dear Christ Church,

It is good to be home! Three weeks away is a long time, but I am back in the saddle, though I am not sure I really have control of this horse yet. Christ Church is a busy place. Tomorrow is a memorial service for Beth Spang, a long term member and dear friend as well as wife, mother, and grandmother. Sunday is Day School Sunday, and we are hosting our school children and families.

The vital principle, tragically missed by both modern liturgists and their critics, is that, like the [Benedictine] Regula, the Book of Common Prayer is not a list of Church services but an ascetical system for Christian living in all of its minutiae.

The Lord be with you.
And also with you.
Let us pray .

(now what?)

So several years ago I was vesting with an assistant for an 8:00 a.m. Service.  As we tied on our robes for the service, he said he had something to ask me.  He said it in a way that indicated that he was mustering up courage to ask.  I waited and tried not to guess what he was preparing for.

Dear People of God,

This week marks our last community class on the Divine Conspiracy. Did you read along with us? 

When I first started assigning reading homework for church it came because of a simple realization: many people cannot come to class. This may not seem like a big deal to you, but I was single and childless for a large part of my Christian ministry. It simply didn't seem like a problem to get myself and a Bible into a car on a Wednesday night or a Saturday for a retreat.

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