Writhe That Wreath!

So it turns out that one of the oldest, most well attested and most globally evidenced holiday traditions involves that wreath on the table, wall or door.  Ancient Greeks made them from bay and cherry laurel leaves to award Olympiad victors in the Hellenic athletic contests of antiquity.  Ancient Persians

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Almighty God, Give Us Grace

Growing up in the Episcopal Church means being wrapped in the warm blanket of Anglican liturgical tradition, all based upon not only the Word of God but also lots of…words.  The Prayer Book tradition is inescapably literary, which any old-school Anglican soul knows isn’t everyone’s cup of tea.  It kinda

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Pardon Me, Do You Have Any Ficus Carica?!

Closely aligned with the Great Themes of Advent are multiple symbols of the season, each conveying some profound and often comedic axiom about our faith.  Our Advent symbol this week may possibly be the world’s most perfect, complete natural food.  Dear readers, I present the oldest harvested fruit known to

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Setting Up Advent Shop

To properly enter into the Advent season, I want to re-visit an earlier Lenten devotion about a home chapel, worship space or prayer corner.  I asked then, and ask again now, that you reserve some modest space as sacred space in which you pray, read scripture, ponder these and other

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Happy Andermas Ye Bonnie Kirk!

We interrupt this newly launched Advent devotional blog to mark one of the great festival days on the Christian calendar, the first of several we will celebrate together in the coming weeks.  November 30th is the Feast Day of Saint Andrew, Apostle and Patron Saint of Scotland.  Interestingly, he is

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Trunk or Treat 2020 A Success!

Many thanks to all the volunteers and candy preparers for this very successful Halloween celebration at ECOT!  Nearly 30 children ages birth to 18 years dressed as super hero, princesses, ghosts and ghouls, pirates, dragons, and more visited our first annual Trunk or Treat! What a lovely opportunity it was

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