Fourteenth Sunday After Trinity – Church Back Home- September 1, 2013

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The healing of the ten lepers on the Gospel we’ve heard, but what about the Epistle? It gives some insight into the phenomenon known as “where the rubber meets the road”. And, it gives some insights into the advantages of genuinely “walking the walk”. All that, and Holy Communion too!

Blessed Be!
Bishop Cal

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Midweek In A Very Different Pastor’s Study – August 28, 2013

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I’ve been known to have something to say about the type of people known to some as “Pollyanna” and to others (such as Wiccan) as “fluff bunnies”, infamous for their simple solutions to any problem. But there is one place where a simple solution can be appropriate. Let’s see!

Blessed Be!
Aidan Odinson/ Bishop Cal

Thirteenth Sunday After Trinity – Church Back Home- August 25, 2013

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With our Communion, a powerful pair of readings that some folks don’t really connect. The Epistle speaks of the Law, its limitations and why it came to be, and then in the Gospel, we have a lawyer trying to verbally bait Jesus. And here we see where the spirit goes beyond the law, because of something that the lawyer is forced to admit!

Blessed Be!
Bishop Cal

Midweek In A Very Different Pastor’s Study – August 21, 2013

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Over the weekend, Lady Stormy and I officiated at a funeral. It was a Wiccan funeral for someone who was a neighbor who we didn’t know especially well, but we came to know the family well. And it was a funeral that was well-done in all aspects.

I’ve come across people who say that they don’t want a funeral when they die, but there is a saying that keeps going through my mind: “Funerals are for the living!” A funeral won’t benefit the deceased much, but it can be of great benefit for those remaining in this life.

Blessed Be!
Aidan Odinson/ Bishop Cal

Twelfth Sunday After Trinity – Church Back Home- August 18, 2013

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In addition to the Holy Communion service, a bit extra for the sake of an urgent letter from someone I’ve come to think of as a friend, Bishop Mouneer Anis, the Anglican bishop of Cairo, Jerusalem and most of the Middle East. He and his people can really use our prayers, with all the violence there. And then the Epistle for today, which many people need to learn. One of the most important points of what Jesus taught is the need to follow the spirit rather than the letter. Yet we have people so intent on the letter that they forget the spirit!

Blessed Be!
Bishop Cal

Midweek In A Very Different Pastor’s Study – August 14, 2013

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One of the hardest questions to ask: “What are we supposed to accomplish here?” Hard to ask for a few reasons, beginning with the thought that perhaps you thought you should have already known the answer but you don’t. And difficulty in finding someone who can give an answer beyond what they were told. The answer can be found in the difference between what I like to think we are about and what those who like to nit-pick our essence claim that we are about. And the answer can be one of our major goals!

Blessed Be!
Aidan Odinson/ Bishop Cal

Eleventh Sunday After Trinity – Church Back Home- August 11, 2013

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Along with Communion, a reminder! I’m sure you know at least one Pharisee. Perhaps not of the Jewish tradition of Annas and Caiphas, but someone (or some people) who set themselves apart from the rest of us because of how wonderfully righteous they see themselves as being. I’ll get into what a publican was, but suffice it to say that publicans were usually wealthy, almost always unpopular, and probably mostly crooks. And what can we learn from them?

Blessed Be!
Bishop Cal