Death not the end here

In that biblical, Trinitarian manner, they say funerals come in threes – that is, three in close proximity to each other. Indeed, we have had a number of burial services of late, which is not unusual in a sizable parish. Baptizing, marrying and burying the faithful is a blessed part of what we do. Helping people get a proper start in life and  marriage is the church’s obligation. Being with people at the end of life, with assurance and dignity, is in our DNA. In the An... Read More
Posted by Dr. David Ouzts at Monday, March 27, 2017

Old Favorites

We all have that old sweatshirt, pair of worn jeans or old shoes to which we retreat  when we need comfort. Or maybe it's a favorite movie or a book we're happy to read over and over.  The same is true for hymns and anthems. We all have our favorite hymns. And choirs have their favorite anthems, those that we trot out when the occasion arises or when we want something familiar. This Sunday’s (March 26) Gospel is the account of Jesus healing the bl... Read More
Posted by Dr. David Ouzts at Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Living Water

Given that last Wednesday was International Women’s Day, perhaps it is most appropriate for us to hear the story of the Samaritan woman at the well as the Gospel reading this Sunday (March 19). What lessons should we glean from this beloved story? She was a despised woman, both as a Samaritan, a race of people shunned by the Jews, and as someone whom even her own people considered an outcast. And yet, who talks to her and actually asks her for a drink of water? Jesus himself... Read More
Posted by Dr. David Ouzts at Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Purple Paraments

Walking our pilgrim of Lent this year, we have some new art to adorn our liturgy and worship spaces this year. This professionally handcrafted artwork is a completely new set of purple paraments for the chancel and for our clergy to wear. This beautiful purple set was commissioned by our parish and designed and crafted by Grace Vestments of Brooklyn, New York, which also designed and made our new Advent Sarum blue set. The complete set includes pulpit an... Read More
Posted by Dr. David Ouzts at Monday, March 6, 2017