Choristers reach high, blend voices

Allie Maury had never seen a church as ornate as Christ Church Cathedral in Nashville. By the end of the two-day Chorister Festival, she and two other Holy Communion Choristers had sung in two of its worship services and spent nearly five hours the day before in rehearsal.  “The part that meant the most to me was practicing and hearing all of the music come together so well, then making it even better by working hard on all the small details. Overall, my favorite part was... Read More
Posted by Jane Roberts at Tuesday, March 13, 2018
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Image of man, his potential burns in photographer's memory

By Cindy McMillion Gus, b. 1963 / d. Feb 5, 2018 I met Gus downtown at St. Mary’s Cathedral in December of 2016, not long after I started attending the Wednesday morning community worship and breakfast there. The midweek service and meal are designed especially for people who are homeless or housing-insecure, but it draws people from many walks of life: black, white, wealthy, poor, male, female, young and old. We hear the words of Christ together, we kneel side by side to... Read More
Posted by Jane Roberts at Thursday, February 8, 2018
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An Open Letter to Holy Communion's College Students

Dear Friends, By this time, you will have learned about the tragic death of Jackson Roberts, one of our own, in a motorcycle accident near Furman University earlier this weekend. Jackson was a strong young man, an able student, and a person of great character. The world is less for not having him in it. A few of you have asked me to help you make sense of all this. (Many of your parents have asked the same.) I can’t. No one can. There is no sense in why this happened; there is no... Read More
Posted by The Reverend Sandy Webb at Tuesday, January 16, 2018
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96-year-old reflects on kindnesses we're never too old to bestow

( This is a New Year's reflection from Lester Gingold, longtime member of Church of the Holy Communion.) January, named for the Roman God looking forward and backward, reminds me each year to be grateful for the past and to hopefully look for a successful year to come. Reaching my 96 th year on January 1 is certainly a milestone, and as Joyce and I awaken each day, we say how blessed we are to still be on this planet and to have survived 67 years together. At the conclusion of a... Read More
Posted by Jane Roberts at Wednesday, December 27, 2017
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Growing step by step includes giving

Good morning.  Tim kicked us off last week with a great illustration of how Christian stewardship is a celebration of returning to God what He has so graciously given to us. It’s about recognizing that our time, talents and resources are His. I love the words Paul used in his letter to the Philippians when he thanked them for their gifts and concerns while reminding them that God would meet all of their needs according to the riches of His... Read More
Posted by Jane Roberts at Tuesday, October 10, 2017
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Now, the story of Haiti takes shape on the loom of our lives

WEAVERS Haiti Dispatch #5 (October 8, 2017) The Reverend Sandy Webb I am traveling with weavers! All five of our students (and some of their teachers) have been passing their idle time this week by weaving bracelets out of string. Each project begins with four or five strands. In turn, each strand is looped around the strand next to it until a pattern emerges. Each weaver interacts with her string in her own way, which means that each bracelet is unique. The strands of our... Read More
Posted by The Reverend Sandy Webb at Monday, October 9, 2017
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Exactly how salvation will come to Haiti is hard to guess

DELIVERANCE Haiti Dispatch #4 (October 7, 2017) The Reverend Sandy Webb Good fortune does not seem to smile on Haiti very often, but some here still hope it will. The most common advertisement on the short drive from the Eucalyptus Guest House to St. Vincent’s Episcopal School is brief but clear: “Loto.” There are at least half a dozen lottery sales points on that stretch of road, and we passed dozens more on Saturday when we journeyed to the coast.... Read More
Posted by The Reverend Sandy Webb at Sunday, October 8, 2017
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Lessons from Haiti simple but startlingly profound

MON PERE Haiti Dispatch #3 (October 6, 2017) The Reverend Sandy Webb “ Mon pere ! Mon pere !” Pere Fan Fan, director of St. Vincent’s Episcopal School, greeted me with these words at the Port-au-Prince airport on Wednesday afternoon: “My father! My father!” The Church has described her male priests as “father” for centuries, but this time it felt somewhat undeserved. I am a priest, but my purpose in Haiti is to observe the good work... Read More
Posted by The Reverend Sandy Webb at Saturday, October 7, 2017
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Today, a soccer ball was a Kingdom vessel

USEFUL ONESIMUSES Haiti Dispatch #2 (October 5, 2017) The Reverend Sandy Webb My favorite biblical characters are the ones who get the least amount of publicity, the fewest references in the biblical text. For me, they are the patron saints of everyone who simply goes about her daily life doing the nitty-gritty work that must be done if God’s kingdom is going to advance. In St. Paul’s Letter to Philemon, we meet one such character: Onesimus. In Greek,... Read More
Posted by The Reverend Sandy Webb at Thursday, October 5, 2017
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Haiti distant but familiar already

THE GOD SQUAD Haiti Dispatch #1 (October 4, 2017) The Reverend Sandy Webb   One of our students found the words that I could not: “I’ve never been here before, but it feels so familiar.” I have never been to Haiti before, but I feel like I have. I the experience of taking travel medicine, of surviving rides in taxis that are older than I am, and of meeting people who are rich of spirit despite their poverty of estate. The experience is familiar,... Read More
Posted by The Reverend Sandy Webb at Thursday, October 5, 2017
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Remember how He said, "It is more blessed to give than to receive"

Remember the words of our Lord Jesus Christ how He said, “It is more blessed to give than to receive.” Growing up in this parish, Church of the Holy Communion, I heard those words hundreds and hundreds of times. The Reverend Dr. Eric S. Greenwood, the first rector of this parish, spoke them for the offertory sentence at every single service, and I believed his words, because he said so! Before Dr. Greenwood would proclaim the offertory sentence though, he would give the... Read More
Posted by Jane Roberts at Wednesday, October 4, 2017
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Easy to see God in democracy we call City Council

On September 19, I prayed for our city. I often pray for Memphis, but on this particular day, I did so in public: Be it hereby known that the Reverend Sandy Webb in recognition of a life of exemplary qualities, outstanding service to the city, meritorious involvement in humanitarian affairs and demonstrated concern for governmental processes has been appointed Chaplain of the Day of the Memphis City Council and is hereby entitled to all of the honors, rights, privileges and prerogatives... Read More
Posted by The Reverend Sandy Webb at Wednesday, September 20, 2017
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Fearless Girl models many attributes, starting with respect, courage and artful verve

CHAPEL TALK St. Mary’s Episcopal School, Memphis The Reverend Alexander H. Webb II (“Sandy”) August 16, 2017 “Fearless Girl” This summer, I met someone to whom I would like to introduce you. Her name: Fearless Girl. Fearless Girl is the work of New York artist Kristen Visbal, commissioned by State Street Global Advisors. She appeared in Lower Manhattan’s Bowling Green on March 7, 2017. Fearless Girl stands directly in front of... Read More
Posted by The Reverend Sandy Webb at Wednesday, August 16, 2017
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Planting, Tending the Kingdom is First Act of Profound Faith

Cara Modisett Mustard Seeds, Meals and the Kingdom of God I am probably not the only person here this morning who has, buried in some jewelry box or drawer, a mustard seed pendant. This one was my mother’s – a small glass orb, meant to be worn on a necklace, ringed in gold, and inside, a tiny, tiny mustard seed. The mustard seed is the first in a list of parables in today’s Gospel; in each of those parables Jesus is telling us something about the Kingdom of... Read More
Posted by Jane Roberts at Thursday, August 3, 2017
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We Walk Sightless Among Miracles

(Editor's note: Charlton Lyons wrote this to his fellow members of the Peppers, the early-morning running group at Holy Communion, after reflecting on a meditation from Berry Simpson.) Hello, friends, A week or so ago I had an experience that is relevant to Berry Simpson’s reflection that Robert sent for tomorrow.  I want to share it tonight so I don’t monopolize the conversation tomorrow morning. Attached is a picture of part of our back yard. Although I have... Read More
Posted by Jane Roberts at Wednesday, July 26, 2017
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