Pastoral Letter for Christmas Worship, 2020

Dear Transfiguration Parish Family and many Friends, After prayerful discernment, we are amending our normal Christmas Eve, Christmas Day and 12th Night Epiphany worship schedule.  Given extensive data from Eagle County Public Health, Vail Health and the State of Colorado, coupled with clear guidance from the Office of the Bishop

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Stir It Up, L’il Darlin’!

With all due respect to Bob Marley and the Wailers, the Third Sunday in Advent is often nicknamed “Stirrup Sunday” because of the fantastic Collect for this third week of our Advent journey.  Here it is:   Stir up your power, O Lord, and with great might come among us;

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The Gift of the Present Moment

About 100 pounds, rep #8, 3rd set, bench press straight long barbell medal rod….dangling precariously above my exposed head and throat.  Homestead Court Club weight room, Edwards, recently.  One might think that situation requires total focus to coordinate a smooth complete press as what remains of my pectoral muscles are

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Great, Completed, Full

The traditional theme of the Third Sunday in Advent, noted in your Advent bags, is Joy.  That’s why the third Advent candle is rose-hued instead of the more somber purple, a visual reminder that we need a joy fix in the midst of a more reflective time.  Really?!!  Would that ALL

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You Can’t Really Take It With You

On this Third Sunday of Advent, we mark our third significant Saint’s Feast Day in Advent, the Feast of Saint Lucy or Lucia.  Like her contemporary Saint Nicholas, Saint Lucia marks a consequential shift from the early, persecuted church to the landed, establishment church of the early Middle Ages.  The

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Even So Lord

One of the pandemic’s most ravaging larcenies is depriving us of shared musical experiences, and not in some furtive, pilfering manner either.  From concerts to live theater, from choirs to festivals, from hymn sing to children’s’ holiday performances, it seems COVID’s singular objective is to deprive us wholesale of moments

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I’ve Heard About You Before…

Okay, yeah, I’ll admit it.  I didn’t want to go see it, could’ve cared less about their music when they were global superstars, waaay too many Broadway attempts to resurrect aging rock hipsters from previous decades, but, “rush” cut-rate tickets, seats on the first row, can see the large piano

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Surpassing Human Understanding

The theme of our second Advent candle, and pervading this entire week, is Peace.  The very words sound comforting in their native tongues, Shalom in Hebrew, Eirene in Greek (from which we derive the English name “Irene”).  Used almost 250 times throughout Holy Scripture, our English term struggles to contain

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Truth to Power and to Us

We are reflecting together in this brief, intense Advent season on the poignant Advent Sunday Collects.  So constitutive, so incisive, so formative for our spiritual (and not so spiritual for that matter) walk though Advent.  The Collects waste no time in their laconic cross-examination and lacing indictment of the human

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Wait For It….

Undergirding our weekly Sunday Advent themes are several implicit, transcendent Christian cornerstone experiences.  In Advent, as God’s future comes graciously towards us and into view, we are called, literally, to wait.  To receive God’s gifting on God’s terms in God’s good time.  There is a profound historical tension here, as

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