Advent Theme : Hope

Advent Theme : Hope

The Great Theme of Advent Week One : Hope. Each week in Advent is characterized by a grand biblical theme emblematic of God’s gracious attention to us.  As we light the first candle of Advent each day this week, we reflect together on Hope. 

Happy Andermas Ye Bonnie Kirk

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…

Pastoral Letter: November 09, 2021

Pastoral Letter: November 09, 2021

November 9, 2021 Thank you, thank you, thank you for the generous gift of time you just gave me!  I am back at home and church following a wonderful pre-Sabbatical month away.  I am deeply grateful for this time to step away from daily ministry demands these past...
Pastoral Letter: The Road Ahead September, 2021

Pastoral Letter: The Road Ahead September, 2021

September 27, 2021 Dear ECOT Parish Family and many friends, I write to share timely updates about the next month and the road ahead for our beloved ECOT.  Following a chockablock spring and summer as well as a non-stop pace these past many years, I need to step...

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...
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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