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Week 6: Sabbath as Counter to Covetousness

“As God’s chosen ones, holy and beloved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, meekness, and patience. Bear with one another and, if anyone has a complaint against another, forgive each other; just as the Lord* has forgiven you, so you also must forgive. Above all, clothe yourselves with love, which binds everything together in perfect […]

Week 4: Sabbath as Belonging

The Hebrew Scriptures, the Gospels, and the Epistles- basically, the entirety of the Scriptural tradition- are each full of stories of what it means to belong. The story of the Israelites that we’ve been following these last few weeks in our community exploration of Sabbath, is a journey marked by a disparate people becoming God’s […]

Week 3: Sabbath and Memory

We likely all remember the major highlights of the Exodus story. The Israelites follow Moses, trusting (sometimes) God. They have moments of anxiety and fear. They create Golden gods and they bicker. And yet, God’s covenant is renewed and eventually, after 40 years, they make it to the Promised Land. But right before they enter, […]

Week 2: Sabbath as Rest from Anxiety

In last week’s Sabbath reflection, we noted that Sabbath, as a guiding principle, is rooted in the creation narrative- on the seventh day, God rested. But God did more than to simply rest from action, from creative energy. God rested from anxiety about that work as well. On the seventh day, God did not show […]

Fervent in Prayer and in Works of Mercy by the Rev. Amy Slaughter Myers

Ash Wednesday – March 1 – begins the season of Lent in the church. (What’s Lent, you may ask? http://www.episcopalchurch.org/page/calendar-church-year What’s Ash Wednesday? http://www.episcopalchurch.org/library/glossary/ash-wednesday ) The Book of Common Prayer invites us to be “fervent in prayer and in works of mercy” during the Lenten season. This Lent, the Epiphany community will offer at least one […]

Rebellious love: Bringing our whole selves

How are you feeling? What are you afraid of? What gives you hope? These three questions created our frame last week. Sitting in an uneven circle in a cinder-block-walled room on a chilly afternoon, we committed to be with one another, to listen to one another. We listened without comment, without defensiveness, without response. We […]