A Reflection on King Herod after the Breach of the U.S. Capitol Building

by The Rev. Daniel P Strandlund on January 7, 2021
Twice this week we’ve heard the story of the Wise Men from the east traveling to visit the Christ child. The Wise Men observe a peculiar star at its rising, and this new light sets them on a journey to the King of Kings and Lord of Lords. I’ve been reflecting on this story all week, mostly from the perspective of these Magi. The shining of...
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Lucy's Hands

Lucy's Hands

by The Rev. Daniel P Strandlund on December 22, 2020
When a new priest is ordained, it’s common for folks to ask her for a blessing after the ordination service. Maybe in the receiving line right after worship, or maybe during a reception...
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Schedule for the week of Christmas

Schedule for the week of Christmas

by The Rev. Daniel P Strandlund on December 17, 2020
Sunday, December 20: An Advent Festival of Lessons and Carols for the 4th Sunday of Advent. This is an "online-only" service and will be on Facebook and YouTube at 10am. See bulletin link below,...
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Your 2021 Bishop’s Committee

by The Rev. Daniel P Strandlund on December 10, 2020
I am pleased to announce our 2021 Bishop’s Committee (the “BC”): Krista Piferrer, joined January 2019 (Bishop’s Warden as of Jan. 2020) Betsy Terrel, joined Jan. 2019 Ruth Anne Bloor, joined...
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The Knock

The Knock

by The Rev. Daniel P Strandlund on December 3, 2020
I’m reading Thomas Aquinas right now for my degree. He was a 13th century theologian and Dominican friar, and he remains one of the most influential thinkers in Church history. Of the thousands...
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Worship Update through the New Year

Worship Update through the New Year

by The Rev. Daniel P Strandlund on November 26, 2020
Your Bishop’s Committee and I met this week to discuss an appropriate worship plan for the Advent and Christmas seasons. Our new default will be to hold outdoor, in-person services every week. ...
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Redeeming Mammon

Redeeming Mammon

by The. Rev. Daniel P. Strandlund on November 19, 2020
There’s a poem I like called Paradise Lost. It tells the story of how Satan and his rebellious angels were expelled from heaven, and how Satan decides to get back at God by tempting Adam and...
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Defiant Spirituality

Defiant Spirituality

by guest author Will Piferrer on November 12, 2020
One Sunday afternoon in March, we came together in that little church in a field in Buda, TX to pray and sing songs of praise together, before embracing one another in a sign of God’s peace and...
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Salt, Light, and the Sundering of Israel: Reflections in Election Week

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:...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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