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The Start of a New Calendar Year

I'm taking a page from the blog my wife (Heart Of My Heart) keeps.  It's an interesting exercise. Review the year just past by revisiting blog posts.  So here are the first sentences from my first posts over the past year.  Boy, am I a student or what?  Not much posting done last year.  Seriously, I posted once one month, twice in two other months, three times one month ...  School will do that to you.

January 5, 2011

GOE Hospitality Week

The first week of January for seniors in seminary involves taking the General Ordination Exams, or GOEs.  Some people, over time, have sarcastically referred to these examinations as "God's Own Exam."

February 9, 2011

Chapel Memorial

I've been meaning to post slides depicting two options to memorialize Immanuel Chapel which stood on the grounds of Virginia Theological Seminary for 129 years.  We lost our chapel in a tragic fire October 22, 2010.

March 12, 2011

A Lenten Journey Begins

My Lent seemed to begin before Shrove Tuesday had even ended. This 2nd semester of my Middler Year is kinda kicking my butt so far, and too many things were beginning to collide up against one another. 

April 9, 2011

Who We Anglicans Pray For

As a sacristan at VTS, one of my incidental responsibilities is to prepare Cycle of Prayer cards for our worship. In our prayers, we include the Anglican Cycle for the worldwide Communion, the Seminary Cycle for all places of education and formation for the Episcopal Church, and the local Washington Theological Consortium.

May 3, 2011

Please Do Not BAR Our Progress

Tomorrow the Seminary returns to City Hall to appeal to the Alexandria Board of Architectural Review to endorse our desire to preserve the Immanuel Chapel ruin as a memorial garden space. Following are the revised architectural schematics to retain the iconic Narthex wall and tower.

June 7, 2011

Internship in Ministry

Today was Day One of my Mid-Atlantic Parish Training Program (MAPTP) internship at St. Mark's, Alexandria. The intent of MAPTP is the immersion of rising senior seminarians in the Diocese of Virginia into the day-to-day culture of a congregation's life; to provide learning opportunities through mentoring relationships; and to prompt reflection on the summer experience through the lens of the ordination liturgy for the Priesthood.

July 2, 2011

Too, Too Funny to NOT Share

The Washington Post's Style Invitational is a weekly challenge contest to use words in a clever manner.  It is sometimes fun to participate, but is always more fun to appreciate the creativity of others.

August 3, 2011

Clericus Breakfast

I was in our kitchen this morning when I casually looked up at the clock. 8:03 a.m.  Hmmm. They would be gathering at Elsie's Magic Skillet right about then. And I wasn't there. Sigh.

September 1, 2011

Remember, Christian Soul, ...

... that thou hast this day, and every day of thy life, ... God to glorify.   Jesus to imitate.   A soul to save.   A body to mortify.   Sins to repent of.   Virtues to acquire.   Hell to avoid.     

October 4, 2011

Senior Sermon

Preached in VTS Lettie Pate Evans interim chapel (Sr. Sermon) on October 3, 2011. Year A (RCL): Jonah 1:1-17, 2:10; Psalm 130, Luke 10:25-37

In the Name of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. Amen. 

We’ve just heard the parable of the Good Samaritan. So where do all the characters end up?

November 5, 2011

Sermon: Do As I Say, Not As I Do

Preached at St. George’s, U Street, NW Washington D.C. (field ed site) on October 30, 2011. Proper 26, Year A (RCL): Joshua 3:7-17; Psalm 107:1-7, 33-37; 1 Thessalonians 2:9-13; Matthew 23:1-12

Come Holy Spirit, fill the hearts of your faithful, and kindle in us the fire of your love. Send forth your Spirit and we shall be created, and you shall renew the face of the earth. Amen.

Growing up as a teenager, I compiled an arsenal of sayings from my parents I swore I would never say to my own children. You know, things like, “You’re not leaving the house dressed like that!” or “Wipe that expression off your face right now!” or “Just wait until your mother gets home!”  

December 8,2011

Yes, Virginia, There IS A St. Nick!

Proof positive, family and friends, there is a Saint Nicholas, Bishop of Myra (c. 325), who still roams about in Virginia! The good bishop visited the children, parents, faculty and staff of Grace Episcopal School on December 2, 2011. His feast day is December 6th.