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…

Clergy Reflection – March 11, 2017

Dear Brothers and Sisters, The most fun I had this past Sunday was singing and jumping around with the kids during Church School. I taught them the song “Father Abraham” with all the accompanying hand and body motions. We sang and waved our arms and legs and spun around, finally collapsing in giggles. We then Read more…

Clergy Reflection – March 3, 2017

Dear Brothers and Sisters, Parenting is hard work! My daughter Emma is now 15 and my son Duncan is 18. I only became an empty-nester last fall when they both left home for school for the first time. I know first-hand the challenges of juggling parenthood with the rest of life. St. John’s is filled Read more…

Clergy Reflection – February 24, 2017

Dear Brothers and Sisters, This week two parishioners gave me a great gift: they lovingly criticized me. While that doesn’t sound like much of a gift, it truly is. I confess I don’t like criticism. I don’t like being told that I am wrong or mistaken or hurtful or deficient in some way. It doesn’t Read more…

Clergy Reflection – February 17, 2017

Dear Brothers and Sisters, As I watched the snow fall last week, it was with a peaceful heart as I did not need to drive in it! Last week I was on retreat at St. Margaret’s, an Episcopal convent in Duxbury. Every day I worshipped throughout the day with the nuns, ate my meals in Read more…

Clergy Reflection – January 27, 2017

Dear Brothers and Sisters, Did you know that the color of the hangings on the altar tell you what church season we are in? Do you know what a lavabo bowl is? Do you know that our weekly scripture readings are part of a three-year cycle? Are you looking for a unique spiritual practice? These Read more…