Lenten avant-garde meets the traditional

Episcopalians are nothing if not traditional. Even when we deviate, we have the structure of our liturgy upon which to fall back. Indeed, our most innovative, experimental, trial liturgies throughout the years always include the basic elements. Within that framework, new, avant-garde music often meets the traditional as well. As this Sunday (March 5) is the First Sunday in Lent, we will observe a number of traditions for this parish: The Great Litany sung in procession, “all those... Read More
Posted by Dr. David Ouzts at Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Light from light

The story of the Transfiguration, which is always the Gospel reading for the Last Sunday after the Epiphany, is one of my all-time favorites. I often find myself gravitating to the biblical stories that are not immediately accessible or understood, as I always know that there is more to deduce, more to glean, more to the story itself. I think that frequently may be the point with God: We do not have to understand everything right now, nor do we need to take everything at face-value. Faith an... Read More
Posted by Dr. David Ouzts at Thursday, February 23, 2017

The Holy Spirit is our reward

Christianity is sometimes accused of having too many rules. Churches are often accused of the same thing. And the Holy Bible is the depository and dispensary for all of those rules. A basic list of rules is found in the Old Testament, the Ten Commandments to be exact. These rules are self-explanatory and not radical. You shall not murder. You shall not commit adultery. No one can argue with these. In his teaching, Jesus made great use of stories, examples, metaphors and analogies, all ... Read More
Posted by Dr. David Ouzts at Tuesday, February 7, 2017

Light and Salt?

Ye are the salt of the earth. Ye are the light of the world. When I learned these scripture verses as a child, probably in VBS (Vacation Bible School, remember that?), I remember understanding the part about being a light to the world: Being Jesus’ hands and feet in the world, spreading his light, giving light to all in the house - not hiding it beneath a bushel basket - letting our light shine to others so that all may see our good works and that we may glorify our Father in... Read More
Posted by Dr. David Ouzts at Wednesday, February 1, 2017