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Maundy Thursday Never Mind

Holy To-Do Lists and Pious Soups Don’t Save

Behind the Music: Clergy Edition

Rev Coles on Living in the Gap Between Jesus’ Love and Our Best Efforts

Happy Easter: Paint the Damn House in Hope

Alleluia, Hurl Yourself over the Edge

Join Us for Palm Sunday!

This week we’re streaming the service from All Saints Winter Park FL, with Stuart Shelby presiding and Paul Zahl preaching:

Dear Pastor, How Is Your Soul?

A Letter to and from an Exhausted Pastor

Remembering Sy Sperling — and Your Pastor, Minister, or Priest

The Professionals are the Clients, Too

Daniel Defoe on Preaching During a Pandemic

A resonant passage from A Journal of the Plague Year 1665, in which the author of Robinson Crusoe describes some of the preaching in London during that catastrophe, ht WDR:

Neither can I acquit those ministers that in their sermons rather sank than lifted up the hearts of their hearers. Many of them no doubt did it for the strengthening the resolution of the people, and especially for quickening them to repentance, but it certainly answered not their end, at least not in proportion to the injury it did another way; and indeed, as God Himself through the whole Scriptures rather draws to Him by invitations and calls to turn to Him and live, than drives us by terror and amazement, so I must confess I thought the ministers should have done also, imitating our blessed Lord and Master in this, that His whole Gospel is full of declarations from heaven of God’s mercy, and His readiness to receive penitents and forgive them, complaining, ‘Ye will not come unto Me that ye may have life’, and that therefore His Gospel is called the Gospel of Peace and the Gospel of Grace.

But we had some good men, and that of all persuasions and opinions, whose discourses were full of terror, who spoke nothing but dismal things; and as they brought the people together with a kind of horror, sent them away in tears, prophesying nothing but evil tidings, terrifying the people with the apprehensions of being utterly destroyed, not guiding them, at least not enough, to cry to heaven for mercy.

Join Us For Morning Prayer

This week we’re streaming the service from St Albans in Waco, TX, with Aaron Zimmerman preaching:

I Take It Back

I Got What I Wanted… and I Don’t Want It

Barbie Bread and Fresh Fruit

In Our Tears, Jesus is Near

The Blessing (in which I begrudgingly admit everything will be alright)

Confessions of a Certified Catastrophizer

Join Us for Morning Prayer

We at Christ Church in Charlottesville again taped today’s planned Morning Prayer service, which you can follow along with by downloading the service bulletin here. Paul Walker presided and preached, Sam Bush did the music, Amanda McMillen did the readings, and Christie Walker said the prayers.