Greetings from Rev. Mike Woods

Greetings St. Liz,

The Woods family is very excited to begin our time with you this coming week. It has been a long hot summer for us as I am sure it has been the same for you.

I am writing this after standing outside with our oldest daughter, Harper, as we watched a nice little summer rainstorm pour down upon us. It was just long enough that it knocked the heat out of the air and left a cool breeze in its wake. It was cool enough that we actually felt like spending more than ten minutes outside after the storm passed. ...Read More

Updates: Pandemic Precautions + Youth Confirmation

by The Rev. Daniel P. Strandlund on August 19, 2021
Two updates for us this week are pandemic precautions and details for youth confirmation. First: Your Bishop’s Committee and I met this past Sunday via Zoom. On our agenda was to re-evaluate our current COVID precautions in light of the recent upsurge and Delta variant. Given our current climate and recent updates from the CDC, we’ve...
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A Pastoral Letter to the Pandemic’s Older Sons (and Daughters)

A Pastoral Letter to the Pandemic’s Older Sons (and Daughters)

by The Rev. Daniel P. Strandlund on August 12, 2021
I had a conversation with a friend of mine this week. He’s got young kids who are about to start school, and like a lot of parents right now, he’s worried about how safe they’ll be. Will students...
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Ritual Hearts

Ritual Hearts

by The Rev. Daniel P. Strandlund on August 5, 2021
I have never been very good at staying in touch with friends and family back in Alabama. So maybe three years ago, I decided that I’d use my commute from Buda back to Austin to call folks back...
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A Litany of Thanksgiving

A Litany of Thanksgiving

by BCP 836-837 on July 1, 2021
Let us give thanks to God our Father for all his gifts so freely bestowed upon us. For the beauty and wonder of your creation, in earth and sky and sea.We thank you, Lord. For all that is gracious...
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A Few Weeks Away

A Few Weeks Away

by The Rev. Daniel P. Strandlund on June 23, 2021
Maybe six weeks after the snowstorm, Lucy sat me down and in no uncertain terms told me I needed to take a break this summer. “Not a week or two either,” she said. “More like a month.” She was...
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Becoming Bread Again (Mark 6: 1-13)

Becoming Bread Again (Mark 6: 1-13)

by The Rev. Daniel P. Strandlund on June 10, 2021
The first few verses of Mark pair two stories about home, hospitality, and the mission of God: Jesus teaches in his hometown of Nazareth and is rejected (6:1-6a); then he sends out the twelve...
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A Tale of Two Daughters (Mark 5: 21-43)

A Tale of Two Daughters (Mark 5: 21-43)

by The Rev. Daniel P. Strandlund on June 3, 2021
This week we pick back up with our journey through Mark. To review, in Mark 5:1-20 we saw Jesus cross to the southeastern side of the Sea of Galilee with some of his disciples into predominantly...
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Revised Plan for Indoor Worship Starting May 30

Revised Plan for Indoor Worship Starting May 30

by The Rev. Daniel P. Strandlund on May 27, 2021
It’s time to resume indoor worship! As you know, “Coronatide” is a shifting landscape, and so the decisions your BC and I made in April about pandemic precautions for indoor worship are no longer...
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The Symbolic Body (Mark 5: 1-20)

The Symbolic Body (Mark 5: 1-20)

by The Rev. Daniel P. Strandlund on May 13, 2021
Jesus and his disciples have sailed from Capernaum in Galilee to the southeastern corner of the Sea of Galilee, a largely Gentile area. They are met by a man from the tombs who is possessed by an...
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An Update on Masks

An Update on Masks

by The Rev. Daniel P. Strandlund on April 29, 2021
I am writing with an update on pandemic safety protocols at St. Liz. Starting this Sunday, masks are now optional at outdoor St. Liz events, including outdoor Sunday worship. This change comes...
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Resuming Indoor Worship on May 30

by The Rev. Daniel P Strandlund on April 22, 2021
St. Liz will resume worshipping indoors and in-person beginning Trinity Sunday, May 30th. I am just tickled pink to say that we’re doing this whether it’s rainy or not! Your Bishop’s...
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Is this House Divided? Conspiracy Theories and Unclean Spirits (Mark 3:19b-35)

Is this House Divided? Conspiracy Theories and Unclean Spirits (Mark 3:19b-35)

by The Rev. Daniel P Strandlund on April 15, 2021
In Mark 3, the stakes are raised. There’s a conspiracy against Jesus at work (3:6), and as though in response, Jesus strategically withdraws with his followers to regroup (3:7). The crowd is...
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One of St. Elizabeth’s Own is Going to Seminary in the Fall (Mark 3:7-19)

One of St. Elizabeth’s Own is Going to Seminary in the Fall (Mark 3:7-19)

by The Rev Daniel P Strandlund on April 8, 2021
I am delighted to announce that Bishop Reed, in consultation with the Diocesan Discernment Committee and with the full support of your Bishop’s Committee, has approved Rachel Joiner as a postulant...
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Arimatheans: a Reflection for my Fellow Priests During the Second Holy Week of Pandemic

Arimatheans: a Reflection for my Fellow Priests During the Second Holy Week of Pandemic

by The Rev. Daniel P Strandlund on April 2, 2021
“Joseph of Arimathea, a respected member of the council, who was also himself waiting expectantly for the kingdom of God, went boldly to Pilate and asked for the body of Jesus.” -Mark...
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Crisis and a Quilt (Mark 3:1-6)

Crisis and a Quilt (Mark 3:1-6)

by The Rev. Daniel P Strandlund on March 18, 2021
A few weeks ago we observed that Jesus’ confrontation with Satan in the wilderness provides a kind of cosmic backdrop to the whole Gospel: many of the conflicts that follow are recapitulations...
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