Ministry and Technology Forum Paper #1

This summer I’m taking Wycliffe’s Ministry and Technology course online. Every two weeks we’re to write a 1000-word response to a given prompt that we have first worked through in discussion forums, and submit that response for grading. There is no requirement to share these papers online, but I thought I’d post my thoughts anyways.

Proclaiming the Resurrection in a Strange Land

For many of us, it feels like the celebration of Our Lord’s resurrection is a distant memory from years past. This weekend just wasn’t the same: it can’t compare to gathering in a packed church, singing hymns, hearing and proclaiming the Word, consecrating and partaking of the Sacrament. And yet, celebrate we can, because Christ’sContinue reading “Proclaiming the Resurrection in a Strange Land”

Example of His Patience: Palm Sunday and Holy Week

One of the most fascinating things about the Book of Common Prayer is that its meaning has changed almost as much as the meaning of Scripture itself. Countless Anglicans across the centuries and now across the world, praying the same text, have bound to imagine different meanings to those same words. A case in pointContinue reading “Example of His Patience: Palm Sunday and Holy Week”

Governed and preserved evermore: Passion Sunday (Lent V)

WE beseech thee, Almighty God, mercifully to look upon thy people; that by thy great goodness they may be governed and preserved evermore, both in body and soul; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen. Collect for Passion Sunday, BCP Oh, theodicy. We need narratives to make sense of our lives. Just because they’re narratives doesn’t makeContinue reading “Governed and preserved evermore: Passion Sunday (Lent V)”

“Pour thy grace into our hearts”: Annunciation of the Blessed Virgin Mary

(Luke 1:26-38) “The earth was without form and void, and darkness was over the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God was hovering over the face of the waters. And God said, “Let there be light,” and there was light.” “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, andContinue reading ““Pour thy grace into our hearts”: Annunciation of the Blessed Virgin Mary”

“Hearty Desires” in a Pandemic: Lent III

The world has changed in the last week. We’re only now starting to wake up to the reality of a pandemic, to the precautions that we’re asked to take, to the restrictions that our governments have lawfully and prudently imposed on us. Amidst all the other blogs, tweets, comments, reports and reflections that have comeContinue reading ““Hearty Desires” in a Pandemic: Lent III”