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Parish Blog: A Joyful Farewell

I thank my God in all my remembrance of you, always in every prayer of mine for you all making my prayer with joy, because of your partnership in the gospel from the first day until now. Paul opens his letter to the Philippian church with this warm greeting of love, joy, and partnership. It…

Rector’s Blog: Introducing the Benas

This weekend, Immanuel welcomes Dave and Mary Ellen Bena back to our parish! Dave will serve as our Interim Rector through the end of the year. As our leadership discussed who our Interim Rector might be, our thoughts naturally turned to Dave. As a long-time member of Immanuel and former interim (just prior to my…

Senior Warden Blog: Listening tour coming your way!

This is a time of transition at Immanuel. We’re beginning the search for a new rector and we’ve undertaken a program with the goal to be in our own building at the earliest possible date. Either occurrence is critically important in the life of a church. Having both happening at the same time is a…

Rector’s Blog: Twists and Turns on the Journey

Kim and the boys are at a basketball tournament in North Carolina this week. So, to fill the silence of a too-quiet house, I have been watching the Lord of the Rings movies again. On the surface, the plot sounds fairly simple and straightforward. There is an evil ring that must be destroyed. Frodo and…

Rector’s Blog: Perspective

Perspective. It’s the best word to sum up Michael Greller’s response to his boss’ performance at the Masters a few years ago. After Jordan Spieth’s dramatic loss, his friend and caddy had this to say, At the end of the day, golf is a sport…This isn’t life and death stuff. There are far greater struggles…

Rector’s Blog: Praying for our Country

In Paul’s letter to the young pastor Timothy, he gives some instructions regarding prayer. What’s interesting is where he chooses to start. He writes, First of all, then, I urge that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and thanksgivings be made for all people, for kings and all who are in high positions, that we may lead a…

Rector’s Blog: Always on mission

As we think about Immanuel’s Summer of Mission, I want to reflect for a moment on C.S. Lewis’ address The Weight of Glory. In this talk, he asserts that the ultimate goal of a human is to attain the glory of God. This glory is the praise of God, “well done, good and faithful servant,”…

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…