Tuesday, December 25, 2012
Monday, December 24, 2012
|Linda Worthiemer (of NPR) shared her mother's |
recipe for Lemon fruitcake.
In ancient Egypt the fruitcake was considered an essential food in the afterlife. The oldest fruitcake dates back to Roman times. In the Middle Ages they branched out and added honey, spices, nuts and preserved fruits.
In his letter to a friend, the great American preacher, Philips Brooks (Episcopalian, rector of Holy Trinity, Boston, and author of “O Little Town of Bethlehem”) wrote:
God is seeking us and giving himself to us…that is love, not that we loved him but that he loved us…There is such a thing as putting ourselves in the way of God’s overflowing love and letting it break upon us till the response of love to him comes, not by struggle, not by deliberation, but by necessity, as the echo comes when the sound strikes the rock.[iv]
Thursday, December 20, 2012
This is the last week of our Bonhoeffer Book Study on the Christmas Sermons. What a delight it has been. I have enjoyed doing them and enjoyed our conversation! Blessings for a wonderful conclusion to your Advent and a joyous Christmastide!
Tuesday, December 18, 2012
Friday, December 14, 2012
The waters of Babylon
We lay down and wept
And wept for, thee Zion
We remember, thee remember
Thee remember, thee Zion
By the waters
The waters of Babylon
We lay down and wept
And wept for thee Zion
This morning's news of the shooting at the Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut has taken us all by surprise. We have awakened in the midst of our preparations for the Holiday into a nightmare that reminds us of our vulnerability, and the vulnerability of our children.
I am aware of our own families here in Texas who dropped their children off today and will embrace them this afternoon. The Episcopal Diocese of Texas has clergy and lay pastors in congregations all over the diocese who are ready to help all of those who feel in need of conversation and prayer in the wake of this disaster.
I have reprinted below resources for talking with children and the statement from our Episcopal brothers and sisters in Connecticut and invite your prayers for them as well. Let us weep together. Let us mourn the lost. Let us pledge to work towards the loving kingdom of God that Christ Jesus envisions. And, let us hope for our future and the future of the Sandy Hook community.
C. Andrew Doyle
ResourcesThis is a comprehensive list of excellent resources compiled by Sharon Pearson and leading Christian educators for those of us needing guidance after Friday's tragic and senseless shooting. Most importantly, turn off the TV.
- Tips for Talking to Children about the School Shooting (from the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry)
- Dealing with Grief – What to Say and What NOT to say (from the Huffington Post)
- Helping Children Cope with Traumatic Events
- And Mr. Rogers lives on with his wise words. (The Fred Rogers Company)
- Tips for Parents to help their children and youth cope in times of tragedy (from Episcopal Relief & Development)
- Books about Grief and Loss
- Ministering in a Torn World (Part 1, Part 2, Part 3) – compiled after 9/11 for Christian Educators
- Tragedy: Prayers, Guidelines and Resources (from the Episcopal Church)
- Talking to Children About Violence: Tips for Parents and Teachers (from the National Association of School Psychologists)
- Violence on Campus: Helping Your Kids Cope with Tragedy
Statement from Diocese of Connecticut on Sandy Hook Shooting
Faithfully, Ian, Laura and Jim
The Rt. Rev. Laura J. Ahrens
The Rt. Rev. James E. Curry
Thursday, December 13, 2012
This week we have the third installment of our 2012 Advent Book Study on Bonhoeffer's Christmas sermons. You can read along and listen to all three reflections. The fourth and final reflection will be posted prior to the 4th Sunday in Advent.
Sermon preached on Advent 2 regarding John the Baptist in Luke's Gospel, Trinity Episcopal Church Marble Falls, and Epiphany Episcopal Church Burnet Texas.
Friday, December 7, 2012
This podcast covers the second section of reading material from Bonhoeffer's Christmas Sermons.
A number of individuals had conversations following the first Advent Book Study podcast about the death of Moses. I thought you might enjoy this little diversion from the reading of Bonhoeffer. I hope you enjoy.
Tuesday, December 4, 2012
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