St Michael and All Angels – Church Back Home- September 29, 2013

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This Holy Communion is a celebration and an honoring of the Archangel Saint Michael, and all angels, including the Archangel Uriel after whom our sanctuary is named. An interesting fact about angels is that once you see them and what they do, they’re obvious and everywhere.

The readings for today are probably familiar to you, but I know I noticed something in them that gave a new dimension to how I saw things, and I wanted to share them with you.

Bishop Cal
Blessed Be!

Midweek In A Very Different Pastor’s Study – September 25, 2013

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Most of you probably know that eternal question: “Which came first, the chicken or the egg?” Did the chicken come first to lay eggs for future chickens, or did the original egg somehow come along and hatch? And if you have fun with that, see if you can see which of this pair came first: hate or ignorance?

Either might be true, because either one seems well able to breed the other, and it’s proven daily. Let’s explore this for a bit, because it’s a problem.

Blessed Be!
Aidan Odinson/ Bishop Cal

Seventeenth Sunday After Trinity – Church Back Home- September 22, 2013

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Along with the Eucharist, some words about the positive benefits of humility. Most of us strive for that, although we know people who seem to strive for anything but that. Of course, there are also those who will actually boast their humility. But in this case, let’s look at what the payoff can be for the real thing!

Blessed Be!
Bishop Cal

Midweek In A Very Different Pastor’s Study – September 18, 2013

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I keep talking about work that’s on-going here, and today I’m going to mention some of the specifics. Not so much as a “report card” of how things are going along, but as to how some of the basics of what I keep talking about are applied.

Claire, our newest arrival who was rescued from Hurricane Sandy, gave me a challenge concerning the backdrop for the other video cast, and it’s an example of what can be done. And, a cameo appearance by Yuengling during one of the work sessions!

Blessed Be!
Aidan Odinson/ Bishop Cal

Sixteenth Sunday After Trinity – Church Back Home- September 15, 2013

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The Gospel reading is, in essence, the story of a widowed mother rescued from her own death. After all, in those days a widow depended on her son and if her son was dead, then her worldly support was limited to what cash was left over after she finished burying her son! Of course, no parent should have to bury a child, but in this case the implications were more.

And in the Epistle, something more. And worth considering as we face what we need to deal with in this life!

Blessed Be!
Bishop Cal

 

Midweek In A Very Different Pastor’s Study – September 11, 2013

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I’m not going to speak on what some might think is the obvious topic for today, and instead speak on what is the more urgent subject to deal with here in 2013, and hope that what I see is what is actually happening.

You are familiar with the perpetual argument over whether a glass of water is half full or half empty. In this case, let’s see how it applies for politicians, diplomats and the rest of us.

Blessed Be!
Aidan Odinson/ Bishop Cal

Fifteenth Sunday After Trinity – Church Back Home- September 8, 2013

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And here we have another one of those well-known, well-abused scriptures as the Gospel for our Eucharist. Perhaps not so much abused, but there are separate parts within which are too often used out of the full context in a way that ignores the real lesson here.

What does a person actually worship? It seems Jesus saw the issue in his time, long before anyone had a desire for a fancier automobile! And what does the lesson of the “lilies of the field” really teach us? Guess what! It ties in with some words from a prayer we share here every week!

And in there is the real lesson, which will do much for all of us!

Blessed Be!
Bishop Cal