Lenten changes

This Sunday is the First Sunday in Lent, and each year offers us an opportunity to regroup. Some people take on a specific Lenten discipline – giving up something like chocolate or taking on something like a book study – which is fine but can begin to feel burdensome. I like to think of the Lenten season as a time to pare away the excesses, allowing more time for God. Lent is a great gift to those of us who love worshipping God with liturgical practice. I confess that I had to g... Read More
Posted by Dr. David Ouzts at Tuesday, February 25, 2020

The Last Hoorah

Virtually all our Sunday feasts have titles that include numbers: First Sunday of Advent, Second Sunday after the Epiphany, Third Sunday in Lent, Fourth Sunday of Easter, and the like. The Sundays after Pentecost number the most, lasting from late May or early June until sometime in November, depending upon where Easter Day and the Day of Pentecost fall that calendar year. Obviously, some feast days, which occasionally fall on a Sunday, have fixed dates: Christmas Day (Dec. 25), The Epiphan... Read More
Posted by Dr. David Ouzts at Monday, February 17, 2020


Before we get too far, this week's entry is not about the Ten Commandments. Well, not necessarily, but perhaps indirectly. The Revised Common Lectionary, which we use each week for worship, is rich with its messages that come from a common thread or theme found in the Sunday’s four readings: Old Testament, Psalm, New Testament, and Gospel.  The theme is also present in the Collect of the Day, one of the opening prayers in our liturgy. Often this collect has an immediately re... Read More
Posted by Dr. David Ouzts at Sunday, February 16, 2020

Eight Sundays

The congregation cheered and applauded this past Sunday morning when the Rector announced: “Only eight Sundays until we’re back in the nave!” Yes, the finish line is in sight, and we are down to the wire. The nave presently still is surrounded with chain-link fencing and is inaccessible. When walking the halls of the parish house, we frequently hear jackhammering and beeping equipment coming from behind its locked interior doors. However, on the outside of the nave, ... Read More
Posted by Dr. David Ouzts at Monday, February 3, 2020