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Darkness Shall Not Prevail

Posted by on December 29, 2020 in Archives, TEC_News | Comments Off on Darkness Shall Not Prevail

Darkness Shall Not Prevail

From Nancy Young, National President Advent is a time of waiting and expectation, a time when we look forward to Christmas Day and the celebration of Christ’s birth—a time when we anticipate being with family and celebrating with friends, of gathering in a beautifully decorated church, of enjoying glorious music, and of sharing Eucharist. This year, however, for many of us, the Christmas season has been a dark time, a time of struggle, of loss, of loneliness, and of grief. Daily we hear the names of nurses, doctors, teachers, celebrities,...

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Bishop Duncan’s Christmas Letter

Posted by on December 29, 2020 in Archives, Chaplain | Comments Off on Bishop Duncan’s Christmas Letter

Bishop Duncan’s Christmas Letter

From The Rt. Rev. Philip Duncan, National Chaplain December 25, 2020 Each year I prepare for Christmas, and each year I try to think back to the Advents before in hoping to make my process more complete and fruitful in the getting ready. Soon that preparation will be in the past, and Christmas will be here, and I know I will have done my best and that is what is important. None of us is perfect, and Christmas is about God sending all of us His own perfection through The Word Made Flesh: His Son Jesus! I believe we each need to...

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Bishop Duncan’s Message Advent 2020

Posted by on November 23, 2020 in Archives | Comments Off on Bishop Duncan’s Message Advent 2020

Bishop Duncan’s Message Advent 2020

Each year I come to the season of Advent with mixed emotions.  I like Advent, and I like Christmas better.  Advent is the getting ready for Christmas and how we accomplish that matters.  If all of our focus is on Christmas, we miss the opportunity to be ready and refreshed for Christmas. If we rush through the preparations, we might miss the real joy that is promised.  “Come thou long expected Jesus” is our expectation that God has already fulfilled!  It is ours to claim!  Yes, there may be things we want to do...

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A Message from Chris Butterworth

Posted by on November 23, 2020 in Archives | Comments Off on A Message from Chris Butterworth

A Message from Chris Butterworth

Dear Sisters in Christ,Well here we are again. Advent 2020.  We have spent most of the year waiting – waiting for Covid to end, waiting for a vaccine; waiting for the election (no matter where you stand.) Now, we are approaching Advent – a season of waiting.  Oh boy – more waiting.I was asked to lead a book study at our friend’s church over at the next town.  I picked a book called “Seven Spiritual Gifts of Waiting” by Holly Whitcomb; it is an Advent study.  The seven spiritual gifts of waiting are: Patience,...

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Advent and the Great Pumpkin

Posted by on November 23, 2020 in Archives | Comments Off on Advent and the Great Pumpkin

Advent and the Great Pumpkin

Watching “It’s the Great Pumpkin”, Charlie Brown with my grandchildren on Halloween, the movie seemed a strange story for children on what is for most a candy filled, fun holiday. Linus waits and waits and waits, accompanied only by the somewhat reluctant Sally, for the coming of the Great Pumpkin whom he assures his friends will come bringing gifts to all sincere believers.  In spite of the ridicule of his friends, he waits. He is certain the Great Pumpkin is coming.  But the Great Pumpkin doesn’t come, and Linus’ friends,...

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Community in the time of Covid-19

Posted by on August 4, 2020 in Archives, TEC_News | Comments Off on Community in the time of Covid-19

Community in the time of Covid-19

Community in the Time of COVID-19 by Nancy Young, National President, The Episcopal Community How can we be there when we can’t be there? This is a question that religious groups throughout the church are having to answer during this COVID-19 pandemic. At a time when we must practice social distancing, a time we cannot travel, a time of isolation, we face two primary challenges: How do we support each other in this time of separation, turmoil, and grief?How do we carry on the mission and business of our group? This is not a new question for...

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Miller’s Moths

Posted by on June 1, 2020 in Archives | Comments Off on Miller’s Moths

Miller’s Moths

All these [the Disciples] were constantly devoting themselves to prayer,Together with certain women, including Mary the mother of Jesus,As well as his brothers.When the day of Pentecost had come,they were all together in one place.And suddenly from heaven there came a soundLike the rush of a violent wind and it filledthe entire house where they were sitting.Divided tongues appeared among them,And a tongue rested on each of them.All of them were filled with the Holy SpiritAnd begin to speak in other languages,As the Spirit gave them ability.I...

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Pentecost 2020 Bishop Duncan

Posted by on June 1, 2020 in Archives | Comments Off on Pentecost 2020 Bishop Duncan

Pentecost 2020 Bishop Duncan

Dear Sisters of The Episcopal Community, As Christians we are always on a holy journey. That journey is sometimes glorious and sometimes not! In that journey we are always traveling on the road of faith and trust in God. For the past 50 days we have followed with the apostles and saints throughout history. We have traveled with them in their desert times and their waiting for the coming of the Holy Spirit promised by Jesus. Those in that community were first left speechless and then they all spoke so they understood each other.For us, we...

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Easter Message, Nancy Young

Posted by on April 15, 2020 in Archives | Comments Off on Easter Message, Nancy Young

Easter Message, Nancy Young

A lot can happen in three days . . .Low in the grave He lay low in the graveJesus my saviorWaiting the coming dayJesus my LordThe days after Jesus’s death were a dark time for the disciples. They most likely hid in fear for their lives, not knowing if they might be arrested next. It was a time of uncertainty about the future, a time when they were afraid to leave their lodgings not knowing who or what might pose a danger to them, a time of anxiety. In short, it was a time much like the one we are living in now.Every day we hear new...

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Bishop Duncan’s Easter Message

Posted by on April 15, 2020 in Archives | Comments Off on Bishop Duncan’s Easter Message

Bishop Duncan’s Easter Message

Easter Sunday this year is the 12th of April.  Lent will be behind us and for most of the world the Coronavirus, COVID-19 has taken center stage.  We are all likely to feel afraid and vulnerable.  Kathy and I have moved into the mode of staying home and going out as little as possible.  A form of “self-isolation.”  We have tried to keep a “Good Lent” and by our usual standards we could not do it.  Churches closed for worship, no special Lenten events and hospitals not open for visitations...

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