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Rector’s Blog: Summer of Mission

1967 was the Summer of Love. Bryan Adams sang about the Summer of ’69. I remember reading the Summer of the Monkeys while I was in school. It’s interesting how we look back on the summer season as so momentous, we need to label it! I decided rather than buck the trend, Immanuel should embrace…

Rector’s Blog: Remembering Grace

It’s amazing how just a few words can change everything. Think about the words “I love you!”, “Will you marry me?”, “I do!” Not a lot of words, but when they are spoken, they change everything about a person’s life and relationships. There are words like that in scripture and our liturgy. “God so loved…

Rector’s Blog: New Liturgy Ahead!

This year marks a momentous anniversary in the life of the Anglican Church in North America. It was 10 years ago this summer that the ACNA was formed and Archbishop Robert Duncan was consecrated as our first archbishop. To mark the occasion, there is a special Assembly at Christ Church Plano (the location of Archbishop…

Rector’s Blog: Our New Liturgy

This year marks a momentous anniversary in the life of the Anglican Church in North America. It was 10 years ago this summer that the ACNA was formed and Archbishop Robert Duncan was consecrated as our first archbishop. To mark the occasion, there is a special Assembly at Christ Church Plano (the location of Archbishop…

Rector’s Blog: God and Change

Five hundred years before Paul wrote his letter to the church in Ephesus, an Ephesian philosopher named Heraclitus was observing the nature of life and committing those thoughts to writing. One of his most enduring quotes is “Everything changes and nothing remains still.” Anyone living in this area can certainly attest to the vast changes…

Rector’s Blog: Memorial Day & Church in the Park

This Sunday is our annual Church in the Park service. It is one of my favorite services of the year at Immanuel. It is fun to gather as a church family to worship God in the midst of his creation and then have a picnic and fun fellowship together. I hope you’ll be able to…

Rector’s Blog: The Close of a Chapter

This weekend, we will mark the close of a significant chapter in the life of our church. In the summer of 2014, Immanuel moved from the Hillendale Fire Station to Beville Middle School. I don’t think any of us imagined that we would still be here five years later! But what a glorious five years…

Rector’s Blog: Spiritual Rest

This week was my annual clergy covenant retreat. I think this is the 14th year we’ve been together. (I’ve kind of lost track!) Our time together is full of sharing the joys and difficulties of ministry, catching up on each other’s families, and listening and praying for one another. We laugh a lot, too! We’re…

Rector’s Blog: Arbitrary

When I was in elementary school, my Uncle made a trip to visit us every spring. He came partly to see us and partly to watch the NJCAA regional tournament which was held in the colosseum in our town in Kansas. From time to time I would join him to watch the games. Most of…

Rector’s Blog: The Work of the People

As Anglicans, we often use the word “liturgy” to talk about our worship service. Sometimes we even use it to describe our type of church: “We are a liturgical church.” But the original use of the word was more common than that. It didn’t have to do with church at all. It was the term…