All the saints adore Thee

All Saints’ Day (November 1) is today, the day when we remember all those who have gone before us. In the Episcopal Church, we have quite a list of major saints and “minor saints” in our liturgical tradition. Those “minor saints” are listed in our supplemental liturgical book A Great Cloud of Witnesses, formerly known as Holy Women, Holy Men and Lesser Feasts and Fasts. The Book of Common Prayer (1979) lists the “red letter” feast days for the ... Read More
Posted by Dr. David Ouzts at Wednesday, October 31, 2018

All praises for Stewardship

Stewardship season in the church. That dreaded time when we “ask for money.” Truth be told, stewardship at Church of the Holy Communion is very good and in every way. We give to the parish budget in measure and return of how God has blessed us. The parish staff guards and carefully uses these funds to carry out our numerous programs for children, youth and adults. We also use these funds to support any number of social ministries in our diocese and in our city, from Metropolitan... Read More
Posted by Dr. David Ouzts at Wednesday, October 24, 2018

Join rector's lead in the choir loft

The rector sang in the Parish Choir yesterday morning. A first for me. Throughout the years, a number of associate rectors and deacons have sung in my various choirs. Two in recent memory love to sing so much that they look for personal opportunities outside church to sing regularly, which I think is quite healthy and wonderful. I have also known a number of bishops who love to sing. During my cathedral days, our bishop would roll his eyes at me if (when) I tootled a fanfare on the “... Read More
Posted by Dr. David Ouzts at Monday, October 15, 2018

The disciples and their BFF

I have always been intrigued by Jesus’ relationship with his disciples. Even as a child, when my grandmother would read me Bible stories from those big Bible story books she kept at the house at the lake (there was also one big book at the in-town house for nights I spent there), I remember being interested in Jesus and his interactions with the disciples. For example, Jesus’ relationship with Peter: Jesus expected Peter to be the grown-up, the eldest, the one to whom the other ... Read More
Posted by Dr. David Ouzts at Tuesday, October 9, 2018