Fix Our Hearts

March 29, 2020

Church of the Servant, Wilmington, NC

5th Sunday in Lent – Year A
Ezekiel 37:1-14

The Collect for the 5th Sunday in Lent

Almighty God, you alone can bring into order the unruly wills and affections of sinners: Grant your people grace to love what you command and desire what you promise; that, among the swift and varied changes of the world, our hearts may surely there be fixed where true joys are to be found; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.

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Church of the Servant, Wilmington, NC

3rd Sunday in Lent – Year A
John 4:5-42

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Not part of my vocabulary just five days ago, I’ve now used the phrase social distancing at least a dozen times in the past twenty-four hours. In response to concerns about the spread of the new COVID-19 virus, we’re embracing the call to limit in-person social interaction in the hope of “flattening the curve” (another newly adopted term) of the virus’s reach. And while social distancing may be new to our vernacular, its existence is as old as time. Perhaps not so much the mitigating risk kind we’re enacting today, but the kind that results when we exclude others because of who they are, what they’ve done, or how they live.

The story told in John’s gospel about Jesus’ encounter with the Samaritan woman demonstrates social distancing on multiple levels. Read the rest of this entry »

Tell them about the Dream

February 16, 2020

Church of the Servant, Wilmington, NC

6th Sunday after Epiphany
Matthew 5:21-27

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Courage Required

February 9, 2020

Church of the Servant, Wilmington, NC

5th Sunday after Epiphany
Matthew 5:13-20; Isaiah 58:1-9a

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For the last few days, I have been among hundreds of people from across the Diocese of East Carolina, participating with many of you here present in this year’s Annual Convention. Read the rest of this entry »

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