Saturday, March 22, 2014

This week at Grace....

Grace Episcopal Church's Tuesday noon Lenten Lunch series continues this week with Fr. Richard Norman giving the meditation over soup and salad.

Grace is collecting money for Heifer Project International, a nonprofit that invests in livestock for poor families to develop the ability to feed themselves. Come for lunch with some change in your pocket to "feed the pig[gy]" bank on every table.

Friday, March 21, 2014

Thursday, March 6, 2014

Daylight Saving Time

Daylight Saving Time begins at 2:00 a.m. this Sunday, March 9 - Spring forward one hour before bed on Saturday night.

Monday, March 3, 2014

Meet Interfaith!

Face Time

Sermon for the Transfiguration by Archdeacon Bette at Christ Church, St. Joseph, La. 

My son has a girl friend. Like an amazing number of young couples today, they met online—on Twitter, to be precise. She lives two states away. But that does not prevent them from “hanging out,” watching television together, even playing video games together.

How do they do that? It’s called “face time.” And it’s possible because phones today have video cameras built into them. And it helps that “long distance” calling is now no different than calling the house next door.

I imagine most of us have had at least one experience something like those described in today’s lessons—a mountaintop experience, a vision or dream that changed our life (Exodus 24:12-18 & Matthew 17:1-9, NRSV).  “Face time” with God, if you will, and you don’t have to go to a geographic mountain to experience it. 

Of course, there are those among us who scoff at such things. Those who take pride in being realists. Those who believe that dreams are just dreams and visions always frauds, and nothing is real save what we apprehend with our human senses and rational minds.

The human intellect is a wonderful thing and a great gift from God that we should use to its fullest capacity. But in comparison to the mind of God, human intellect is profoundly limited.

I am sorry for those who live so thoroughly inside their own cranium that they cannot find meaning in dreams, visions and mountaintop experiences. Their world is small. They are not available to be transformed by face time with God!