Salt, Light, and the Sundering of Israel: Reflections in Election Week

by The Rev. Daniel P Strandlund on November 5, 2020
One of the most dramatic Old Testament stories is how the Kingdom of Israel rips itself in two.[1] It’s told in 1 Kings 9-13. Mostly, what I want to do today is retell it. To set the stage: the ascendancy of King David unites the Israelite tribes and begins a season of triumph over Israel’s historical adversaries like the Philistines. ...
Read More

Communion this Sunday: What You Need to Know

Communion this Sunday: What You Need to Know

by The Rev. Daniel P Strandlund on October 29, 2020
This Sunday is the Feast of All Saints, the 34th Sunday of Coronatide, and our first celebration of Holy Eucharist since March 8. Woohoo! Today, just the facts: *Worship @ 10am on the front...
Read More

An Update on Worship for November

An Update on Worship for November

by The Rev. Daniel P Strandlund on October 22, 2020
For the month of November, we will continue to live stream our worship services each Sunday morning at 10am. Additionally, we will have outdoor, in-person worship services at 10am on the...
Read More

Details for In Person Worship October 18

Details for In Person Worship October 18

by The Rev. Daniel P Strandlund on October 15, 2020
Outdoor, in-person worship at 10am in the front yard of the church. Masks and social distancing are required. (As a reminder: social distancing is 6 feet between households, not 6 inches you...
Read More

Our Next Adult Formation Class

Our Next Adult Formation Class

by The Rev. Daniel P Strandlund on October 8, 2020
Our next midweek adult formation class will begin this Tuesday at 7pm via Zoom. We’ll gather every Tuesday evening through November (with the exception of Oct 20). Like the Romans study we...
Read More

A Pastoral Letter to Law Enforcement Officers

A Pastoral Letter to Law Enforcement Officers

by The Rev. Daniel P Strandlund on October 1, 2020
I am a priest in the Episcopal Church, which means that like you, I wear a uniform. Mine is a black shirt with a little white tab in it. Pretty simple, really. No badge, no belt with lots of...
Read More

What’s Next for Worship

What’s Next for Worship

by The Rev. Daniel P Strandlund on September 24, 2020
Our next in-person, outdoor services will be the Sundays of October 18th and November 1st (the Feast of All Saints). I promise that neither of these outdoor, in-person services will be at...
Read More

VIII. The Privilege of Minimizing: Final Thoughts on Romans

by The Rev. Daniel P Strandlund on September 18, 2020
A theme we return to again and again in our bible study is how Paul tries to generate unity amidst division in the Roman church. The divisions are several: Jewish Christians and Gentile...
Read More

Reminders for September

Reminders for September

by The Rev. Daniel P Strandlund on September 10, 2020
Sunshine Mail: If we want to send one letter to every resident of the assistant living facilities we’re supporting in Buda, we’d need 65 letters. As of this writing, we have 12. Team, we can do...
Read More

VII. Bearing the Sword in Romans 13: What It Can and Can’t Tell Us

VII. Bearing the Sword in Romans 13: What It Can and Can’t Tell Us

by The Rev. Daniel P Strandlund on September 3, 2020
This week’s Sunday lectionary will give us most of Romans 13 but will omit what are some of the most hotly debated verses in the New Testament, Romans 13:1-7.[1] These verses contain Paul’s...
Read More

In-Person Worship this Sunday: What You Need to Know

In-Person Worship this Sunday: What You Need to Know

by The Rev. Daniel P Strandlund on August 27, 2020
The rumors are true: this Sunday we will offer our first in-person (outdoor) worship service at our physical site since Sunday, March 8. Today, I’m just writing with the details for what that...
Read More

Answers to Some Questions

Answers to Some Questions

by The Rev. Daniel P Strandlund on August 20, 2020
Today I want to answer some questions about Youth Confirmation, worship, Godly Play, and adult formation. Most of this will also go out in a print letter this week, with a handy and concise...
Read More

Sunshine Mail: a New Outreach Opportunity, from Paula Goodson and Tina Otto

Sunshine Mail: a New Outreach Opportunity, from Paula Goodson and Tina Otto

by Paula Goodson and Tina Otto on August 13, 2020
St Liz is beginning a special outreach to the residents of Buda’s two Assisted Living facilities, Sodalis and Buda Oaks. We hope to gift them a break from isolation and loneliness with Sunshine...
Read More

VI. Public Memory: Storied Ancestors in Rome and Confederate Statues

VI. Public Memory: Storied Ancestors in Rome and Confederate Statues

by The Rev. Daniel P Strandlund on August 6, 2020
We are storied and storytelling creatures. When we get to know somebody, we learn their story: how did they come to be here, now, this particular person standing before us? How they tell their...
Read More

V. Predestined?  Time, God’s Sovereignty, and Love

V. Predestined? Time, God’s Sovereignty, and Love

by The Rev. Daniel P Strandlund on July 30, 2020
Last week, our Sunday lectionary gave us the powerful concluding verses of Romans 8. A major theme of that passage is Paul’s unshakeable confidence and our own security in the love of God in...
Read More

prev       next