Pastoral Letter: Return to Worship May, 2021

May 26, 2021   Dear ECOT Parish Family and many friends,   We are pleased to announce major steps in returning to full Sunday worship beginning this Sunday, May 30th!!  We are listening closely to all authorized organizations in this announcement.  They ask...
Step by Step

Step by Step

No Lenten devotional would be complete without visiting the pioneering, foundational Twelve Steps of the personal recovery movement.  The theological influence immediately evident derives from an Episcopal priest, Father Sam Shoemaker, as we saw yesterday.  I present...
Recovery

Recovery

Lots of “Re’s” in our world right now….rebuild, reframe, refocus, to name a few.  It is undoubtedly a season of recovery.  I’m finding it helpful to look towards experts in personal recovery for wisdom in how to be in moments like this.  Those experts are the...
Always Lent Never Easter… NOT!!

Always Lent Never Easter… NOT!!

With full credit to the mad geniuses over at lentmadness.org and yes, to homage C.S. Lewis’ Narnian Mr. Tumnus, hasn’t it felt like that at times this past year?!  Always Lent, but never quite Easter!  And even as I write this, I am fully cognizant of so many Easter...
Fat Gratitude

Fat Gratitude

Welcome dear readers to our final devotional, as the title reflects, on Shrove Tuesday or Fat Tuesday.  Almost one year, we began this daily reflection/devotional journey together, on Ash Wednesday, February 27th, 2020.  Just a short daily spiritual tickler to invite...
Light in the Darkness

Light in the Darkness

Dear readers, in this penultimate daily devotional, we close our Epiphanytide season.  We also step through a major liminal threshold as we pass from the Advent/Incarnation/Epiphany focus of our Christian liturgical calendar to the Lent/Easter/Pentecost focus.  Both...
Waffles or Apples for All!

Waffles or Apples for All!

Happy Last Sunday of Epiphany ya’ll!  Seriously, that’s the official prayer book designation for today!  By tradition we close Epiphanytide with the greatest Epiphanic moment of Jesus’ ministry short of the cross and empty tomb, His Transfiguration!!  But since we’ve...
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