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Converted to the Love That Has Visited Us: Reflecting on Saint Oscar Romero’s Christmas Eve Homily

“Convertirse al amor que nos visita”

In 1977, in the country named after our Lord (El Salvador), St. Oscar Romero greeted those in attendance and listening over the radio as he preached on Christmas Eve (using the same texts prescribed in the ACNA’s lectionary for Christmas: Isaiah 9:1-6; Titus 2:11-14; Luke 2:1-14).

Now, as a Latino priest myself, Romero is a […]

By |2020-12-23T10:09:03-06:00December 23rd, 2020|Categories: Miscellaneous|Tags: |2 Comments

The “Perfect” Christmas Eve Sermon??

Christmas Eve is rough on preachers; at least for this one.

The atmosphere for a truly great sermon is all there: scenery, families, music, lighting, Scripture, attendance, joy, and a holy hope in every heart and on every face. But my Christmas Eve sermons (33 and counting) are never equal to this setting. They always seem weak […]

By |2020-12-14T16:49:55-06:00December 12th, 2020|Categories: For Pastors, History, Preaching|Tags: , , , , |1 Comment

Nine Lessons and Carols: A Rookie Anglican Guide

The Anglican tradition has inherited many ancient pieces of liturgy, so it may be a bit surprising to learn that the Festival/Service of Nine Lessons and Carols (traditionally held on or near Christmas Eve) is a fairly recent invention, celebrating its one-hundredth birthday only last year in 2018. It was constructed out of the grief and horror of the First […]

By |2019-12-21T16:08:07-06:00December 21st, 2019|Categories: Church Year|Tags: , |2 Comments

What NOT to Get Your Rector (Or Their Spouse) for Christmas!

I have been having fun writing about some gift ideas for Rectors and their Spouses. I served as a Rector for over 30 years and spend a lot of time now with Rectors and their families.

I know that many laypeople want to get the Rector and their Spouse a gift for Christmas to show their love and appreciation. […]

By |2020-12-14T16:44:06-06:00December 19th, 2019|Categories: Miscellaneous, Opinion|Tags: , , |0 Comments

What Your Rector’s Spouse Wants For Christmas

Earlier, I wrote a post about What Your Rector Wants For Christmas. I love Rectors and have the good fortune to spend time with, teach, coach, and encourage lots of Rectors around the Anglican Church in North America.

But I don’t just love Rectors. I also love their families! The role of a Rector is unique. So is the role of […]

By |2020-01-14T09:39:54-06:00December 17th, 2019|Categories: Miscellaneous, Opinion|Tags: , |0 Comments

The 12 Days of Christmas: The Ultimate Guide to Christmastide

Sure, you’ve heard the song, but did you know that the “12 days of Christmas” actually start on Christmas Day (Dec. 25) and go until the day before Epiphany (Jan. 5)? This mini-season of the Church calendar is also known as “Christmastide”!

So, December 25 is the first day of Christmas. December 26 is the second day. And so on, until […]

By |2020-12-26T18:16:23-06:00December 16th, 2019|Categories: Church Year|Tags: , |0 Comments

Let John Chrysostom Preach His Nativity Sermon the Sunday after Christmas

Several years ago, I served as the Assistant Rector at a large Anglican Church. This meant, of course, that I had the wonderful opportunity of preaching cultural holiday weekends when attendance would be predictably low … i.e. Memorial Day Weekend, Labor Day Weekend, etc.

One of the key weekends that I always got to preach was the First Sunday of Christmas. […]

By |2020-12-14T16:43:42-06:00December 13th, 2019|Categories: Church Year, Opinion, Preaching|Tags: , , , |2 Comments

The Incarnation: What is It? Why Does it Matter?

This post is a part of Rookie Anglican, a blog dedicated to Making Anglicanism Accessible. It was first preached as a sermon by Fr. Steven Lanclos on January 3, 2018 at Anglican Church of the Good Shepherd in Pelham, AL.


That which was from the beginning, which we have heard, which […]

By |2020-12-14T16:46:13-06:00January 4th, 2018|Categories: Anglicanism, Theology|Tags: , , , , , , , |0 Comments

Collect Reflections: The First Sunday of Christmas

This post, in addition to being a part of Rookie Anglican, is part of a series on the Collects of the Christian Year (ACNA), called “Collect Reflections.” If you’re just jumping in, make sure to check out the introductory post, “Announcing Collect Reflections.” All Collect Reflection posts can be found here.


Have you ever had a hard “Christmas […]

Giving Even When You Receive

Last week, I talked about how to encourage generosity at the end of the year by making  Growing generosity is a part of your teaching ministry, and teachers need to be creative. We’ve talked about getting creative by making a Christmas Wish List for your church. It’s a way to engage the people directly with the needs […]

What’s on Your Christmas Wish List?

At LeaderWorks, we are all about helping church leaders do their work. To that end, we posted a new idea for helping your church give in the final month of the year: make a Christmas Wish List for your church!

Still, you deserve more than a lump of coal, so take a break and write your Christmas wish list. […]

By |2019-01-10T16:52:17-06:00November 30th, 2017|Categories: Anglicanism, For Pastors|Tags: , , , , |0 Comments

Make a Christmas Wish List for Your Church

We’ve talked a lot about increasing generosity at the end of the year. As we’ve posted elsewhere, the end of the year brings challenges. You’ve got this year’s budget gaps, next year’s budget planning, end-of-the-year appeal letters—it’s a lot. On top of that, Christmas is fast approaching.

There are two temptations during seasons like this in ministry.

Avoidance

I’ve seen […]

“The Day Beyond Christmas” (A Christmas Poem)

The Day Beyond Christmas

“Hey! Good News has come here! I bring you Good News.”
That’s the message I heard as I woke from my snooze.
The daylight had gone, I had fallen asleep.
I was cold to the […]

By |2020-10-08T16:37:21-05:00December 29th, 2016|Categories: Church Year|Tags: , , |0 Comments

What They Are Saying About The Incarnation

Here are a few lines from some of the wisest writers and thinkers…  Drink deep and believe!  

–David Roseberry from LeaderWorks


Hast thou not heard, that my Lord Jesus di’d?
Then let me tell thee a strange storie.
The God of power, as he did ride
In his majestic […]

By |2019-01-10T16:54:46-06:00December 21st, 2016|Categories: Anglicanism|Tags: , , , , , |0 Comments

Four Meditations for the Nine Lessons and Carols

Here is a question about the wonderful parish tradition of Lessons and Carols: Is there room for a brief homily or meditation during this service? Is there an opportunity to present the gospel from the lectern (through the nine lessons) AND through the pulpit?  John Yates III thinks so.  He has done so for the past few years. Here he […]

By |2019-01-10T16:54:47-06:00December 14th, 2016|Categories: Anglicanism|Tags: , , , |8 Comments

Christmas and The Holidays

How do we as Christians find a way to celebrate the Feast of the Incarnation and the birth of Christ, and yet at the same time be a part of our culture?

We have to know both the culture in which we live and the Bible in order to be faithful.   In order to navigate this in our own culture, it might be […]

By |2020-10-16T16:54:38-05:00December 22nd, 2011|Categories: Opinion|Tags: , |0 Comments
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