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2nd Sunday in Lent – Year C

Posted by on March 17, 2019 in Meditations, News | 0 comments

2nd Sunday in Lent – Year C

GENESIS 15: 1-12, 17-18In spite of the visions God shared with Moses and Moses’ experience of faith in God’s promises, Moses is skeptical.Question: Have you ever felt like Moses? How did you overcome it?PHILLIPIANS 3: 17-4:1Paul holds before us an ideal of how the Christian is to embrace his Christian life. Question: Is your faith life strong enough to apply Paul’s words to your daily life? If not, what must you do to accomplish that?LUKE 13: 31-35Jesus’ unconditional love is seen in the tender way He encourages his followers. Question: Are you able to apply Jesus’ behavior in your own life? Toward the people you know, whether you like them or...

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1st Sunday of Lent – Year C

Posted by on March 10, 2019 in Meditations, News | 0 comments

1st Sunday of Lent – Year C

DEUTERONOMY 26: 1-11Our response to the generosity of God’s gifts is taught in this lesson.Question: Do you freely give back to God from his gifts to you in ministry? What is it you do?ROMANS 10: 8-13Paul shares the theology from which the first Christian creeds were established. To know Jesus the Christ in a personal manner was and is a necessity.Question: Is knowledge of Jesus born of your lips or your heart? How does your life reflect this belief?Luke 4: 1-13Jesus is tempted by Satan. Look closely at how Jesus responds to each question. Never does Jesus compromise His call by God.Question: Think of a time you were confronted with a choice like Jesus was. Did you maintain your integrity or did you...

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Open wide the Window of our Spirits

Posted by on March 6, 2019 in Chaplain, News | Comments Off on Open wide the Window of our Spirits

Open wide the Window of our Spirits

Lent 2019 We will soon be entering the Season of Lent. Lent is not only a time for us personally to look inward as it were “soul searching” but it is also the Church inviting us corporately and collectively as the People of God to introspection and study. It is not meant to be just passive or static. It is calling us into discernment about we are as the Body of Christ and individually as a follower of Jesus Christ. For me each Lent has usually been a time fo growth. Not always profound but always something I can reflect upon afterwards. At times I realize that it is something I have been thinking about or mulling over “just in the back of my mind.” We all know that “growth” always involves and is punctuated by change; seen or unseen, cursory or sustained. What are we being called into this year during the Season of Lent? While clearing out my files I found a prayer I would like to share with you all as members of The Episcopal Community. “Open wide the WIndow of our Spirits, O Lord, and fill us full of light:Open wide the door of our hearts, that we may receive and entertain Thee:With all our powers of adoration and love.” Amen!Christina Rossetti May God bless us as we seek to serve Christ and to move forward in faith and grace. Blessings, +Phillip M. Duncan. II Bishop & Chaplain of The Episcopal...

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Lenten Thoughts 2019

Posted by on March 4, 2019 in News | Comments Off on Lenten Thoughts 2019

Lenten Thoughts 2019

When I think of Lent, I think of daffodils. To bloom, daffodils must have a period of quiet (twelve to sixteen weeks) underground in the silent, cool darkness. During that time, a daffodil slowly develops roots as it takes in nutrients from the soil. It then goes dormant, resting, before beginning the inner formation of the future flower. Finally the leaves push through the soil to the light, the first sign of the inner silent growth. The foliage, its life supported by the strong roots slowly grown during the quiet resting time, is able to withstand snow and freezing temperatures. Three to six weeks after the leaves appear, the daffodil fully blooms — resurrected from the brown seemingly lifeless bulb.   Lent for me is like that. It’s a time for quiet reflection and inner growth — a time to draw in nutrients, to send out new roots, to intentionally prepare for growth, for new life. What “nutrients” will you add to the soil of your growth this Lent? What intentional changes will you make in your life that will give you time to simply “rest” in the Lord’s presence — in the deep, quiet, nurturing of His Spirit so that, transformed, you may bloom in the glorious beauty of His likeness. Nancy Young National President The Episcopal...

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Walking the Way of Love

Posted by on February 25, 2019 in News | Comments Off on Walking the Way of Love

Walking the Way of Love

Join our Presiding Bishop as he discusses “The Way of Love” Click here to learn more and begin your journey.

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Christmas Message to The Episcopal Community 2018

Posted by on December 24, 2018 in Archives | Comments Off on Christmas Message to The Episcopal Community 2018

Christmas Message to The Episcopal Community 2018

Beloved in Christ, I send each of you in the Episcopal Community greetings and my prayers for a blessed Christmas Season.  As Christians we gather on Christmas to celebrate the birth of Jesus who was born in a stable because there was no room in the Inn.  As disciples of Jesus we take time during this Holy Season to ensure that the Inn is also in our hearts as we make room for Jesus and witness to the Gospel in His name.  It is for all Christians a season of Hope and Joy that the Christ Child may fill our hearts with peace, respect and good will for all people throughout the world.  Come Lord Jesus and fill our hearts with your love and grace that we may serve in your Holy Name.  A blessed and joyful Christmas to each of you.Peace and Blessings,+Bishop Phillip DuncanChristmas...

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Advent: A time to prepare

Posted by on November 30, 2018 in Archives | Comments Off on Advent: A time to prepare

Advent: A time to prepare

Greetings from The Rt. Rev. Philip Duncan We are about to enter the Advent Season: a time to prepare for the celebration when we will remember God coming into His creation as one of us. Advent is a time of getting ready for the birth of Christ Jesus our Lord. For many of us, it is the time of card and letter writing to friends far and near. For others, this time is for spiritual preparation; for others, it is gift buying to then be given on Christmas; and for still others, it is a time of pain as we remember what once was and will never/cannot ever be again. And for some of us, it is a time to remember those who have gone before us in faith and hope. It is a time to prepare for what is still to come, what is before all of us. Advent opens wide the door of our faith as we also recognize the fullness of our humanity: birth, life and death. Advent is also about what is to come and the joy preparing for the birth of Jesus, born of Blessed Mary—Jesus who died for us so that we might have life eternal. The older I get, I like Advent more and more. A member of my first parish who was just a little older than I am now, said to me, “Fr. Duncan, Advent is about God saying to us: ‘Here I come ready or not!’” I know she was correct. For her wisdom and the wisdom (and love) of so many who have gone before us all during this Advent, we give thanks to God for His grace and blessings shared through those saints who have graced our lives. Pax, + Bishop Duncan Advent...

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General Convention 79 – Austin, TX

Posted by on June 24, 2018 in Archives | Comments Off on General Convention 79 – Austin, TX

July 4 – 11, 2018 Join us as we gather to serve The Episcopal Church. We will participate in the ECW Triennial. Nancy Young, National President and Patti Joy Posan, National Vice President, will lead a workshop at Triennial, “Wake Up! See! Hear! Share!” On July 8th we will gather for our Annual Meeting and install the newly elected members of The Circle of Leadership. More information to come. TRIENNIAL MEETING 2018 JULY 5-13, 2018 IN AUSTIN, TEXAS GO! Share the Word: Every Day, Comunicamos, Every Where October 21-23, 2016  The Episcopal Community will be joining with the Episcopal Church Women of the Diocese of the Central Gulf Coast for their fall retreat at Beckwith Conference Center. The Annual Meeting of The Episcopal Community, National Gathering, will be held during the retreat.  The keynote speaker for this gathering is The Rev. Becca Stevens. Becca is many things…an author, speaker, social entrepreneur, founder and president of Thistle Farms and Magdalene House. Thistle Farms is a powerful community of women who have survived prostitution, trafficking and addiction. Magdalene is a private residential rehab center that takes its motto of “love heals” very seriously. Her ministry was featured in the PBS documentary, “A Path Appears.” “You don’t have to worry about changing the world,” says Stevens. “The idea of loving the whole world one person at a time is a great way to live your...

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Alleluia! Christ is Risen! The Lord is Risen indeed! Alleluia!

Posted by on March 29, 2018 in Archives | Comments Off on Alleluia! Christ is Risen! The Lord is Risen indeed! Alleluia!

I have been on my Lenten journey toward the Easter Event, and this year I have found it harder not to take short cuts or “get on with it.”  Well the journey is almost over and finished or not, Easter will arrive. It is all but time to proclaim “Christ is risen!” “The Lord is risen indeed!”  Words that are the central profession of our faith.  We still have the time of the three days before Easter Day and without them Easter can be empty. I will get the Easter candy and eggs for my grandchildren and the lamb for Kathy and my son to cook for the Easter meal as is our family tradition. But I am sure that I will find myself in a church on Maundy Thursday, Good Friday and Holy Saturday. That is my remembering the gift I (we) have been given and the cost of that gift. It is for me the time of my being confronted; “with all I have done and left undone.” My imperfections and short comings. But make no mistake it is also about forgiveness and accepting forgiveness as a gift from God. I do not and cannot earn it. I can share it and that is what Easter is about. Sharing God’s love for all in Christ.  My prayer for us is to reach out to those in need and share God’s love in this broken world. You are all in my prayers with special intentions during this Season of Easter.  God be with you and yours. Blessings, + Bishop Duncan Easter...

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Holy Week 2016 – Lectionary

Posted by on February 13, 2016 in Archives | Comments Off on Holy Week 2016 – Lectionary

Holy Week 2016 – Lectionary

PALM SUNDAY LECTIONARY ISAIAH 50: 4-9 The prophet receives his assignment from God every morning, which he dutifully teaches to God’s people. Question: What have God’s prophets taught you? Are you willing to trust them? PHILIPPIANS 2: 5-11  Paul calls us to a life of humility in the service of our Lord and Savior Jesus. Question: Have you committed yourself to a life of humble service to Jesus and His Kingdom? How do you serve Him? LUKE 23:1-49 The hour has come and Jesus faces what he was born to experience. Question: Where are you in this crowd of people? What will you do  to change the outcome of this day? FIFTH SUNDAY AFTER LENT Isaiah 43:16-21 “Trust in God brings the past alive, gives the present meaning, and the future hope.” “Do we really want our faith to be so mundane as to be entirely predictable? Or do we want our God to do surprising things, things that we couldn’t even begin to imagine, things that ‘no eye has seen, nor ear heard, nor the human heart conceived’ (1 Cor. 2:9)?” Philippians 3:4b-14 Without throwing away his own religion Paul, nevertheless, throws away a theology which had made him important and given him great status. In its place he embraces Christ and Christ’s way. What does it mean to know Christ? What social holiness will come from your knowing the power of Christ’s resurrection? John 12:1-8 It seems Martha was a person of some figure, from the great respect which was paid to her and her sister, in visits and condolences on Lazarus’s death, as well as from the costly ointment mentioned in the next verse. And probably it was at their house our Lord and his disciples lodged, when he returned from Jerusalem to Bethany, every evening of the last week of his life, upon which he was now entered Have you ever seen or experienced someone physically caring for a loved one in preparation for that dying person’s death? FOURTH SUNDAY OF LENT JOSHUA 5: 9-12 A story of forgiveness and restoration for God’s people. Question: Has there been a time in your life when God has withheld something from your daily life? How did you feel when it was restored? 2 CORINTHIANS 5: 16-21 Paul’s is concerned that the people he has come to teach believe that his honesty is valid. It is always imperative that a leader lives above reproach. Question: As a Christian do you see how important it is to live an exemplary life? How do you accomplish that? LUKE 15: 1-3, 11-32 The story of the Prodigal Son contains judgment, jealousy, forgiveness and unquestionable love. Question: As we journey toward Christian maturity, do you see how easy it is to become ensnared in questionable behavior? Which ones have caught you? What did you learn from these experiences?   THIRD SUNDAY IN LENT LECTIONARY EXODUS 3: 1-25 God intervenes in Moses life, giving him a task that will test his faith and love of God. Question: Has God ever asked the seemingly impossible of you, to test your faith in Him? How did you respond? 1 Corinthians 10: 1-13 Paul teaches from experience the importance of understanding and using our knowledge of God’s love and empowerment for His people. Question: Are you...

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