Clergy Reflection – October 6, 2017

They devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and fellowship, to the breaking of bread and the prayers. –Acts of the Apostles 2:42 Does this description of the earliest followers of Jesus sound too good to be true? It should, because it is too good to be true. The early Christian movements (yes, there were more Read more…

Clergy Reflection – September 29, 2017

Clergy Reflection September 29, 2017   Dear Brothers and Sisters, Tomorrow I will have the honor of leading a wedding service in the afternoon. On Sunday I will rejoice to preside at a celebration of the Eucharist. Several weeks ago I served at our Deanery Confirmation service, and on November 5th I will Baptize two Read more…

Clergy Reflection – September 22, 2017

Clergy Reflection September 22, 2017     Dear Brothers and Sisters, One of the great sea changes I have noticed during my 22 years of ordained ministry is the role of the family in church. Family life has become so stretched, and calendars so full, that many families find their weekends are booked. They cannot Read more…

Clergy Reflection – September 15, 2017

Clergy Reflection September 15, 2017     Dear Brothers and Sisters, Tomorrow St. John’s is pleased to host the deanery confirmations. Stephen Voysey and I will be welcoming Bishop Alan Gates to lead the service. Our own George Lockwood will be among those being confirmed, the choir will be leading us in music, the bishop Read more…

Clergy Reflection – September 8, 2017

Dear Brothers and Sisters, When I was a child my Dad taught me the silly phrase, “I scream, you scream, we all scream for ice cream!” And so it is this coming Sunday the 10th. As a fun way to kick off our program year this fall we are inaugurating “Celebration Sundae!” We will be Read more…

Clergy Reflection – September 1, 2017

Dear Brothers and Sisters,   What a joy it is to return to you after a restful vacation! Bill and I had a lovely time with all our kids and grandkids in Maine for a week, in addition to seeing old friends. Then I spent two weeks getting Duncan and Emma ready for school and Read more…

Clergy Reflection – August 25, 2017

  Clergy Reflection for 8/25/17           As a former teacher, September always feels like to start of a new year, the academic year. It was a time of energy and enthusiasm as I looked forward to what might happen differently this year than past ones due to new people being involved Read more…

Clergy Reflection – August 18, 2017

  SKOKIE     My suburban Chicago high school had about 4,000 students during my school years. About half of them came from Jewish-heritage households and the other half from Christian-heritage households. I can recall going to my friend Jeff’s house for Seder, and he coming to my house for a Confirmation party. Neither one Read more…

Clergy Reflection – August 11, 2017

DELIVERABLES My Father hired and oversaw the work of many people in his career as an investment banker. Even as a young child, I can recall him talking to my Mother about his work day. One salesman had irked him by failing to follow up with a customer who had a known interest in a Read more…

Clergy Reflection – July 7, 2017

Clergy Reflection     Working 9 to 5 In my childhood memory, most of the adults I knew who worked outside the home were called “white collar” workers and held what were called “9 to 5” jobs, meaning they arrived at an office by 9:00 AM every work day and left it at 5:00 PM Read more…