Today in the Spirit: Epiphany & Epiphany 1A

Posted on January 3, 2023

Prepositions are important in the Book of Common Prayer (BCP). One change in the BCP 2019 that can easily go unnoticed is the designation “Sundays of Epiphany” in the new book versus “Sundays after Epiphany” in the 1979 (and 1928) books. The choice of wording in BCP 2019 conforms with a desire to return to…

Today in the Spirit: Christmas 2A

Posted on December 26, 2022

1 John 2:6 says: Whoever claims to live in [God] must walk as Jesus did (NIV). The whole point of having church seasons with a set lectionary and common prayers is that year after year, we should “walk as Jesus did” through his entire life from pre-existence to his return in glory. So the church…

Today in the Spirit: Christmas Day A

Posted on December 19, 2022

Two days prior to the delivery of a package Amazon sends you an email saying, “Your package will arrive soon;” then again one day prior, “Your package will arrive tomorrow;” then, finally, on the day of delivery, “Your package has arrived.” It is all exciting; the early notifications play an important role in building up…

Today in the Spirit: Advent 4A

Posted on December 12, 2022

We all know that sense of heightened desire that accompanies the arrival of a big day, like a wedding day or the first day of a new job. A moment of transition is at hand, and like a child waiting for, well, Christmas, we feel more intensely the combined force of not yet possessing the…

Today in the Spirit: Advent 3A

Posted on December 5, 2022

In all three years of our Sunday lectionary, Advent 3 is also the Baptist, part 2. After reacquainting us with the character and preaching of John the Baptist in Advent 2, the church assigns a Collect and readings to take us deeper into consideration of the power of biblical prophecy in general and John’s role…

Today in the Spirit: Advent 2A

Posted on November 27, 2022

In the second and third Sundays of Advent, our attention is drawn in the assigned Gospel readings to the ministry of John the Baptist, and so begins the church’s shift from contemplating Jesus’ second coming in glory, like a good film that supplies the end before the beginning, back to the first coming. But before…

Today in the Spirit: Advent 1A

Posted on November 21, 2022

First Advent Sunday is like New Year’s Day in the life of the church. This day and week finds the church inviting us suddenly, after the long Pentecost season, to take stock of our lives as we live them at one point in time in view of the comings of Jesus Christ over time. Having…