Clergy Reflection – June 23, 2017

  Dear Brothers and Sisters, Last week I had the wonderful privilege of hosting our talented St. John’s choir at my home in Boxford for an end-of-the-year Choir Party. Most of the choir and their significant others were able to be there and we had a delightful time eating, talking, laughing and catching up with Read more…

Clergy Reflection – June 9, 2017

  Dear Brothers and Sisters, “Showing up is 80 percent of life. Sometimes it’s easier to hide home in bed. I’ve done both.” – Woody Allen As we enter these summer months it becomes easier to skip church on a Sunday because we are traveling or having outdoor adventures. Completely understandable. I myself have been Read more…

Clergy Reflection – June 2, 2017

Dear Brothers and Sisters, This past Monday, it was my honor and pleasure to march as part of the Beverly Farms Memorial Day Parade. Over the course of the almost two hours I had the opportunity to chat with the other marchers including Beverly Mayor Michael Cahill, several of the city council members including Ward Read more…

Clergy Reflection – May 19, 2017

Pentecost People On June 4th, we celebrate the festival day of Pentecost ( literally “50th day,” observed in many Christian communions as the fiftieth day after Easter Day). It is the day when the liturgy focuses on the gift of the Holy Spirit to sustain the Church throughout its life and the spiritual journeys of Read more…

Clergy Reflection – May 12, 2017

Dear Brothers and Sisters, Last year I was privileged to join Joanne Patton as her guest for an evening honoring Operation Troop Support. We gathered with many of their volunteers and supporters for a wonderful dinner, music, and awards ceremony. Joanne is one of the founders of OTS, and, as you might imagine, was well Read more…

Clergy Reflection – April 29, 2017

Dear Sisters and Brothers, One of the great joys of my life is sitting by the marsh in our backyard. Bill and I have a couple of chairs back there, and from their seats we can survey a large beautiful marsh, cattails, grasses, woods, damp breezes, and a myriad of wildlife. In the evenings, there Read more…

Clergy Reflection – April 21, 2017

Dear Brothers and Sisters, What a glorious Holy Week and Easter we celebrated here at St. John’s this past week! Spectacular music, humble foot washing, moving prayers, breathtaking flowers, sparkling silver and candles, bread and wine, reverent worship leaders, and the spirit of a community gathered to worship Jesus Christ. To share just one snapshot Read more…

Clergy Reflection – April 7, 2017

Dear Brothers and Sisters,   It began with a cough on Tuesday. By Wednesday I was feeling worse. By Thursday, I had a fever, canceled all my commitments, and stayed in bed. The dreaded flu! I say to God, “Really? You let me get sick just before Holy Week? The busiest time of the year?” Read more…

Clergy Reflection – March 31, 2017

Dear Brothers and Sisters, I am not a winter person. I like skiing and skating just fine, but dislike being cold. It’s much more fun to swim and hike and garden in the warmth of summer. So with March “coming in like a lion” and now today “going out like a lion” too, I am Read more…

Clergy Reflection – March 24, 2017

Dear Brothers and Sisters, Our Lenten book group is reading The Book of Joy by His Holiness the Dalai Lama and Archbishop Desmond Tutu. Fortunately, St. John’s is filled with insightful bookworms who love this sort of stuff and who together generate some wonderful discussions! I happily go along for the ride! The whole book Read more…