The Second Sunday of Easter, Year A, Otey Memorial Parish, Sewanee

“For you will not abandon me to the grave, * nor let your holy one see the Pit” (Ps. 16:10; Acts 2:27).

On Easter Day this year it was announced that the final resting place of two Archbishops of Canterbury had been discovered at St. Mary’s Church in Lambeth, next to the Archbishop’s residence at Lambeth Palace in London. The remains of Richard Bancroft, Archbishop of Canterbury from 1604-1610, and John Moore, Archbishop from 1783-1805, … Read more

Easter Day, Christ Church Cathedral, Nashville

“On this day the Lord has acted; * we will rejoice and be glad in it.” (Ps. 118:24).

In the 1993 comedy film Groundhog Day, Bill Murray plays a TV weatherman who goes to cover the observance of February 2nd in Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania. He’s not a very nice person, and while he’s there he gets caught: caught repeating the same day, over and over again. He’s stuck in town because of a blizzard, one he didn’t predict, … Read more

Renewal of Ordination Vows and Consecration of Chrism, Christ Church Cathedral, Nashville

“The Lord is my shepherd; * I shall not be in want” (Ps. 23:1)

From the earliest days in the catacombs, Christians have looked to Jesus the Good Shepherd. Drawing upon Psalm 23 and the Gospels, the early Christians inscribed on the walls images of a youthful shepherd tending the flock; pictures of the one whom the First Letter of Peter called “the shepherd and bishop” (1 Pet. 2:25) of their souls. The pastoral imagery … Read more

The Fifth Sunday in Lent, Year A, St. Bede’s Church, Manchester

“Jesus said to her, ‘I am the resurrection and the life’” (Jo. 11:25).

I remember a summer’s night, much like many others before and since, when my brother and I stayed up late to watch television. You may remember the night yourself, if you’re of a certain age: July 20, 1969, almost fifty years ago, when astronauts Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin became the first men to walk on the moon. Even though the pictures … Read more

The Fourth Sunday in Lent, Year A, St. James, Dickson & Calvary Church, Cumberland Furnace

“He said, ‘Lord, I believe.’ And he worshiped him” (Jo. 9:38).

At this point in Lent, with a couple more Sundays to go, it might be a good idea to surface briefly, take stock, and remember what the season is all about. Penitence: yes, absolutely, starting with a strong Ash Wednesday and continuing on. During this season we’re called to “self-examination and repentance”; to “prayer, fasting, and self-denial”; to “reading and meditating on God’s holy Word” … Read more

The Third Sunday in Lent, Year A, Grace Chapel, Clarksville & St. Luke’s Church, Springfield

“Oh, that today you would hear his voice” (Ps. 95:7).

“Don’t put off until tomorrow what you can do today”: this aphorism is attributed to Founding Father Benjamin Franklin, who was fond of sayings like this. Some of this folk wisdom he put into Poor Richard’s Almanack, like “You may delay, but time will not, and lost time is never found again”: a variant on the theme with a warning for procrastinators. Personally I like … Read more

The First Sunday in Lent, Year A, Trinity Church, Winchester & Christ Church, Alto

“For just as by the one man’s disobedience the many were made sinners, so by the one man’s obedience the many will be made righteous” (Rom. 5:19).

Music often has “movements”, a self-contained section within a musical work that can be performed on its own, but which really requires the other movements of the musical composition for a complete performance. Often the movements contrast in their tone, variations on a theme if you will. A … Read more

The Last Sunday after Epiphany, Year A, St. Peter’s Church, Columbia

“The Lord said to Moses, ‘Come up to me on the mountain, and wait there” (Ex. 24:12).

A “mountaintop experience” is a significant life-changing event. The phrase conjures up the notion of a journey, since people don’t usually live on top of mountains: in order to get there you need to move from where you are to where you need to be. Mountaintops also increase our range of vision: you can see further and perhaps even see … Read more

The Seventh Sunday after the Epiphany, Year C, St. James’ Church, Sewanee

“Be perfect, therefore, as your heavenly Father is perfect” (Matt. 5:48)

There’s a scene in one of the final seasons of The Sopranos, HBO’s hit TV show from the last decade, where Tony Blundetto, Soprano’s cousin and part of his criminal crew, has killed the brother of mobster Phil Leotardo in reprisal for the murder of one of his friends. Leotardo wants his own vengeance: “an eye for an eye, a tooth for a tooth” … Read more

Bishop’s Day with Vestries, Wardens, and Treasurers, St. Paul’s Church, Murfreesboro

“Faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen” (Heb. 11:1).

Our reading from the Letter to the Hebrews today gives us a collection of “faithful figures” from the Old Testament: Abel, Enoch, and Noah, all commended as examples of faith. If you follow along in this chapter others appear, some well-known and others more obscure: Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, the patriarchs of course; Joseph and Moses (the Egyptian connection); … Read more