“I love that people love the church. Let’s keep sharing the love.”
Whatever bread we are, whatever sign we bring to the world, God can give us the grace to perform it with the cleverness, courage, and subtlety of Nathan the prophet, Jesus the Christ, and all the evangelists who preach the Gospel and, when necessary, use words.
Hear again these words from the letter to the Ephesians: “I ask that you’ll have the power to grasp love’s width and length, height and depth, together with all believers. I ask that you’ll know the love of Christ that is beyond knowledge so that you will be filled entirely with the fullness of God.” The writer of Ephesians prays that his hearers will be filled with the fullness of God. In the Gospel story today, Jesus takes five barley loaves and two fish and fills the bellies of 5,000 people. Twelve baskets are filled with the leftover pieces. The good news is that God offers us fullness.
Jesus sends his disciples out to preach repentance, but I do not think he means for them or us to preach condemnation. As Jesus sends his disciples out empty-handed, I wonder if he also means for us to travel lightly, without so many assumptions about who is right and who is wrong. Perhaps our mission is to preach repentance in a different way, inviting each other to return to God and experience a change of heart.
by Linda Carter and the Rev. Carey Chirico, Deacon Smiles, laughs, and lots of them! Who knew we had a rector who could juggle apples while saying the opening prayer or juggle plastic bags? The mood in the room went from the usual quiet, concerned one to a momentary respite from life’s troubles. Thank you, […]
From the Rev. Joe Hensley, rector, St. George’s Episcopal Church Fredericksburg, VA | Fourth Sunday of Easter Year B, April 26, 2015 “The Lord is my shepherd. I shall not want.” There are few other words in scripture that are more comforting. I have said them at the bedside of sick and dying persons. I have […]
From the Rev. Joe Hensley, rector, St. George’s Episcopal Church Fredericksburg, VA | Third Sunday of Easter Year B, April 19, 2015 Peace be with you. These are the risen Jesus’ first words to his disciples as he appears to them late on that Easter Day. These are the words we share with one another […]
The Maundy Thursday Homily from the Rev. Deacon Carey Chirico, St. George’s Episcopal Church Fredericksburg, VA | April 2, 2015 Psalm 116:8 For you, O LORD, have delivered my soul from death, my eyes from tears, my feet from stumbling. Amen. It begins with feet. Small, innocent feet which have never touched the ground. Small […]