Holy Land Day One

We are off to a good start. Although I am sad that one of our group was unable to make it (she’s ok), 35 of us managed to arrive at the Miami airport and go through the truly amazing Israeli security for El Al flights.

We are on a 787 Dreamliner and this plane is fancy! As I type this we have about 9 hours to go to Tel Aviv. Everyone is very excited and ready to begin our journey.

Jennifer and I had a few days ahead of the trip for a little RandR in Miami (including spaghetti and pizza for Thanksgiving dinner! If you know me, you know it made me happy!). We are refreshed and ready for a holy adventure.

Stay tuned for updates. Israel is 8 hours ahead of FWB so my posts may arrive at awkward times for you. Just keep checking! Also if you follow me on Twitter or you have “liked” the St. Simon’s on the Sound Facebook page, notifications for new posts will show up there.


Morning Prayer 11/18/18

Beautiful day, why not start it in church? The Epistle reading for Eucharist reminds us “And let us consider how to provoke one another to love and good deeds, not neglecting to meet together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another, and all the more as you see the Day approaching..”

Don’t neglect to meet together, and when you do, encourage one another! You’ll be glad you did.

Morning Prayer 11/14/18

I have no valid excuses for my slacking off on posting. I do try to say at least one of the offices every day, but haven’t lately had time (taken time?) to post any thing.

Habits are hard to make and easy to break. I think it was Martin Luther who said he who has no time to pray should pray twice as long. Wonderful advice! This morning I took my time with morning prayer, placed myself where there were no distractions and let the words of scripture and these beautiful prayers remind me of how much I need this time.

A portion of Psalm 119 is appointed for today. These words rang true:

I hate those who have a divided heart, *
but your law do I love.  You are my refuge and shield; *
my hope is in your word. 
Away from me, you wicked! *
I will keep the commandments of my God. 
Sustain me according to your promise, that I may live, *
and let me not be disappointed in my hope. 

A divided heart may merely mean divided time, or misguided priorities. The world needs more prayer, not less, more devotion, not less, more of our time spent with God instead of spent on other things. It has always been so. The reading today from Joel continues the thought:

Yet even now, says the LORD, return to me with all your heart, with fasting, with weeping, and with mourning; rend your hearts and not your clothing. Return to the LORD, your God, for he is gracious and merciful, slow to anger, and abounding in steadfast love, and relents from punishing.

May all of us, with all our undivided hearts, return to the Lord. Our spiritual disciplines of prayer and study light the path back to God.

Morning Prayer 11/6/18

Listened to an old version of the Venice by the Maranatha Band as I said Morning Prayer this morning, brought back a lot of memories.

Come let us worship and bow down and kneel before the Lord our God our maker

It’s Election Day and with that a lot of anxiety. Also a lot of relief over the end of political commercials! No matter what happens today, remember

For He is our God, and we are the people of His pasture and the sheep of His hand.

For an Election

Almighty God, to whom we must account for all our powers and privileges: Guide the people of the United States in the election of officials and representatives; that, by faithful administration and wise laws, the rights of all may be protected and our nation be enabled to fulfill your purposes; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Morning Prayer 11/2/18

All Souls Day or the Commemoration of the Faithful Departed.

All Souls Day follows All Saints Day (Nov 1) and the vigil of All Saints (Halloween). Like many parishes, St. Simon’s will remember All Saints Day at our weekend services following Nov 1st, and we are guilty of mashing together All Saints and All Souls. For me, following the New Testament understanding that all those who have died in Christ are saints, but also recognizing those who have a special remembrance in our calendar of Lesser Feasts is a juggling act worth the juggle. We will name in church all those we have lost since the previous All Saints Day as well as allowing time for people to name their loved ones who are part of the Faithful Departed. We celebrate their lives and sing for ALL the saints who from their labors rest.

Today begins our Craft Fair at St. Simon’s, come shop if you are in the area! Over 100 booths of homemade crafts, great Christmas shopping opportunities along with our world famous Cajun Pickles!

Then tonight we are joining with a multitude of faith groups in a prayer vigil for those lost in the mass murders at the synagogue in Pittsburg, to pray and remind each other of the way of love in the midst of a world that seems to has lost that way at times. We will be at the Landing in Ft. Walton Beach at 5pm,

For to your faithful people, O Lord, life is changed, not ended; and when our mortal body lies in death, there is prepared for us a dwelling place eternal in the heavens.

Itinerant: noun. a person who alternates between working and wandering.