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 | 0 comments
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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 | 0 comments
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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 | 0 comments
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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 | 0 comments
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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 | 1 comments
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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 | 2 comments
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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 | 1 comments
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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 | 1 comments
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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 | 1 comments
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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 | 3 comments
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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 | 1 comments
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Miracles? What Miracles?

(Editor's Note: Robert Propst uses meditations from Berry Simpson in his training for the Peppers, a group of Holy Communion men who meet at 6 a.m. to prepare for the Book It 5K. They met this morning for the first time in preparation for this year's race on September 16.) Close to Holy Berry Simpson Last week I read Psalm 42:2, “My soul thirsts for God,” and it launched me to wondering how I could make that my story. How can my soul become thirsty for God? ... Read More
Posted by Jane Roberts at Wednesday, July 26, 2017 | 0 comments
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Title, Vocation and Identity - or How to Address a Female Priest

Vocation, title and identity are interwoven in ways that have become increasingly apparent to me since my ordination. I have been in ministry leadership from a young age, but ordination brought a new title, as I moved from being Mrs. Hester Mathes to the Reverend Hester Mathes.  “The Reverend” as a title most often lives in letterheads, email signatures and Sunday bulletins. What I have learned in my first years of ordained ministry is that my title in spoken language,... Read More
Posted by The Reverend Hester Mathes at Sunday, July 16, 2017 | 13 comments
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At my father's humble grave, I saw the courageous seasons of his life

We buried my dad last Monday. His four children, grandchildren and those they love woke early on Memorial Day, crowded into two cars and drove to Stuttgart, Ark. In one car, the occupants faithfully played the “Alphabet Game,” watching for each letter on some car or sign. In the other car, we traveled with Dad’s remains in a cube-shaped brass urn with his name, John Burnett, taped on it. Next to his name was a series of numbers representing his... Read More
Posted by Connie Cruthirds at Sunday, June 4, 2017 | 7 comments
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'I am way, truth and life' is the example, not biblical one-upmanship

By the Reverend Dr. Gillian Klee Reflection at 5:30 p.m., May 14 It was the funeral of the Emperor Franz Josef of Austria. He was to be buried with his Hapsburg ancestors in the burial vaults in the Capuchin Monastery in Vienna. A grand procession made its way past the crowds to the monastery gate. The herald rapped on the gate and from within the Abbot asked, “Who are you, who knocks?” The Herald replied, “I am Franz Josef, Emperor of Austria, King of... Read More
Posted by Jane Roberts at Monday, May 15, 2017 | 1 comments
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