Letting Jesus Love Us

In the Name of God: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. Amen. Jesus says, “How often have I desired to gather [you] together as a hen gathers her brood under her wings, and you were not willing!” Jesus’ image is tender: A chick would feel entirely safe nestled in the cleft of his mother’s wing. He would feel the softness of his sisters and brothers gathered in tightly ‘round. He would feel the warmth of community. He would feel that while he might be small, his... Read More
Posted by The Reverend Sandy Webb at Sunday, March 17, 2019
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On feeling awkward and why it matters

St. Mary’s Upper School Chapel Address 2/23/2019 Hello!  Good morning! I’m so glad to get to be here this morning. Thanks to Rev. Bush for inviting me and to y’all for welcoming me! As she said, my name is Jonathan and I’m an Episcopal priest here at the Church of the Holy Communion. I got married to my wife, Ali, in September, moved down here, and started at Holy Communion in October. Ali is an environmental educator and sometimes she... Read More
Posted by Jane Roberts at Thursday, March 7, 2019
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Inner Homecoming - A Lenten Journey

I just love Lent. It’s not like I have a thing for penitence … or do I? A quick Google search reveals penitence synonyms like guilt and shame. I don’t believe God’s inviting me to spend 40 days framed in those two feelings, but I also see the words sorrow, regret and amends. These three words prompt questions in my heart that stir up emotions asking me to pay attention. I’m human. One of the toughest gigs I can imagine. A day doesn’t go by... Read More
Posted by Connie Cruthirds at Sunday, March 3, 2019
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20 Years Later, Pilgrimage is in our DNA

Twenty years ago this summer, Holy Communion sent its first group of teens on a pilgrimage, setting up a tradition of investing in young people in ways that change them, inside out. The church has sponsored eleven trips for youth, including the 2019 pilgrimage to Ireland in June. It’s hard to name a single other church program that affects them as much, both for what the youth take home to grow in their hearts and in the empowerment from the community, which stands united to help them... Read More
Posted by Jane Roberts at Thursday, February 21, 2019
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Breath Held

Breath Held By Connie Cruthirds Waves come fast. Prepared, I grasp hold of what I can knowing I can’t control the ocean. Drowning was my specialty. Strapping my ankle to heavy bottom coral while asking for help was my pattern woven by habits. They choked the breath out of my lifetime. Time lines carved onto paths that twist and curve confuse you so I can’t be followed into truth. Held breath builds strength for lungs that will someday scream, “Stop”... Read More
Posted by Jane Roberts at Thursday, February 14, 2019
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All God’s Children Have a Place in the Choir

I prayed twice last month. In truth, I prayed more than twice last month, but I prayed once in a way that counted for two: I joined the choir.   There’s an old saw – sometimes attributed to St. Augustine, sometimes to St. Francis – that “he who sings prays twice.” When we sing our words, they become more meaningful and more beautiful than when we speak them. We pray the words and we pray the song – two for one.  Music has been a part of divine... Read More
Posted by The Reverend Sandy Webb at Monday, January 28, 2019
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He's Super busy managing the church's $8 million project

Jeff Porter, superintendent of the church’s $8 million renovation project, is on the job site an hour before the first worker shows up at 7 a.m., going over the day’s work in the pre-dawn darkness. His office is carved into a nook in Blaisdell. Instead of a construction trailer removed from the racket of progress, the din happens all around him, including overhead, every day. Until the project is enclosed, there is no heat in the winter nor air-conditioning in the summer. ... Read More
Posted by Jane Roberts at Wednesday, January 9, 2019
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A simple psalm for tangled days

By Connie Cruthirds Good morning, God. Thank you for this new day. For the beauty of the dark morning light And the love of possibility. There’s hope in my heart, Playfulness in these eyes, Yet I hold my breath to see what the state around me will be. I am hostage to truths I don’t want to see. We each “got” something ~ Something real, Something tight, Something to weave into a noose that stops our breath with fear. We all got something that races our... Read More
at Sunday, January 6, 2019
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"Christ was born to love you"

Isaiah 52:7-10; Psalm 98; Hebrews 1:1-4,(5-12); John 1:1-14   Words are hard. They’re dependent utterly on hearing, context and history. The subtext and impact of a word may be totally different between how you hear it and how I hear it. The Epistle of James even famously calls the tongue “a restless evil” so aware was he of the power of words to sow discord in misunderstanding and become weapons in malice. That’s why clear communication is so critical to... Read More
at Thursday, December 27, 2018
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Emotions don't follow liturgical calendar

In the hospital where I served as chaplain last year, in which I cared for the emotional and spiritual needs of patients, family, and staff, just a few hours of work could mean jarring emotional experiences. I could go from one visit with a patient who had just received the news of their worst fear being realized, to another room next with someone who was responding so well to medicine they were getting to go home earlier than expected. I could go from offering a blessing over a newborn baby... Read More
Posted by Jane Roberts at Wednesday, December 19, 2018
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Stained glass will bring art, grace to Children's Chapel

Part of being a rector means making connections with people, with resources, even antiques! When a private collector last spring asked the diocese’s Bishop and Council board to sell him several old, stained glass windows, Sandy Webb couldn’t stop thinking of the possibilities. “I was a member of the Council at the time, and I was proud of our decision to retain the windows for sacred use rather than selling them. I then started looking for a sacred use at Church of the Holy... Read More
Posted by Jane Roberts at Tuesday, December 11, 2018
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Prime Timers heading to Rossville on Saturday

By Carol Paterson When the Prime Timers named their October event “A Day in the Country,” the intent was to create a relaxing day away from the city. In farming communities, days of relaxation came after everyone had worked together.   Our plan for the Prime Timers’ trip to Rossville is to gather friends for food, fun and fellowship reminiscent of “Sunday Dinner on the Grounds.” Join us as we return to another era this Saturday in the Rossville... Read More
Posted by Jane Roberts at Wednesday, October 17, 2018
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Teen's spirit glows in Pooch Olympics

Marshall McGahey, 13, runs on the St. Mary’s cross-country team this fall; she’s a new aunt to twins and somewhere in the few minutes between school and homework, she’s planned her Fourth Annual Pooch Olympics. Not only does that mean the doggie obstacle course the McGaheys store in the garage and attic was unpacked and carried out, but this year, Marshall was determined to raise $7,000 for the Humane Society of Memphis and Shelby County in the carnival she stages in the... Read More
Posted by Jane Roberts at Wednesday, September 12, 2018
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Restored with spiritual glue

By Connie Cruthirds Since I was a little girl, Labor Day weekend has always meant the end of summer. School began, white shoes were put away, and long play days were over. I remember that almost every year from kindergarten on, teachers would ask us to share something about our summer break. My five-year-old self was learning early that reflection on where I’d been might help me find my way to where I was going next. When the summer of 2018 began, I wasn’t sure about much... Read More
Posted by Jane Roberts at Sunday, September 2, 2018
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Convention dispatch from Andy Cobb, deputy

At this convention, I serve on the legislative committee on Social Justice and U.S. Policy. This morning (July 9) I started off at 7:30 with yet another hearing and committee meeting on the topics of immigration and sanctuary churches, which are getting a good deal of... Read More
Posted by Jane Roberts at Wednesday, July 11, 2018
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