Category: Previous Messages from the Rector


We pulled out of Montgomery just a little after 5 o’clock in the morning. Despite the early hour, the humidity floated in the light breeze, a reminder that we were still in August. Coffee tastes better this early, if for no other reason than coffee and the anticipation of catching fish warm the soul and […]

God Remains Faithful

Today (Monday, August 16) a seminary classmate and friend reminded the Virginia Seminary Class of 2004 that we began our formation as ordained persons 20 years ago on this day. Sarah asked me if I had any reflections about the last 20 years. At the time I had not given it much thought, but her […]

Christian Formation for the Family

Christian Formation for the Family   Contrary to popular misguided cultural stereotypes and frequent parental misconceptions, we believe that the evidence clearly shows that the single most important social influence on the religious and spiritual lives of adolescents is their parents (emphasis added). Grandparents and other relatives, mentors, and youth workers can be very influential […]

Wonder, Love and Praise

Wonder, Love and Praise   As I write this, the halls outside my office are filled with the sounds of children’s voices of varying pitches and tones. This is Vacation Bible School week, and I love VBS! Honestly, beyond supporting the staff and the volunteers, my role is almost non-existent which allows me to watch […]

Memorial Day

Memorial Day   If I was speaking to a group of young people in a room who were interested in military service, I would be compelled to tell them, “You are more statistically likely to die by suicide as an active duty member or military veteran, than you are likely to be killed in combat.”  […]


Pentecost by John Birch   When was the last time that we heard the wind of your Spirit roar through this place? When was the last time your fire lit up this room? When was the last time we took you at your word and met together in expectation of your Spirit filling this place, […]

COVID Protocol Update

Dear Friends, I am writing to give you an update on our COVID protocols. In light of 1) the increasing percentage of St. John’s parishioners being full vaccinated, 2) reviewing the latest CDC and local guidelines and, 3) additional conversations with Bishop Glenda Curry, we will begin to make the following changes over the next few weeks: […]

Choir Rebuilding

Choir Rebuilding The first story I remember my Grandmother reading to me was the story of the Little Red Hen.  The story goes that the hen was making bread.   She asked all the barnyard animals who was going to help her sow the wheat. ‘Not I’ they all said.  Harvest the wheat.  ‘Not I’ […]

Easter Sunday

I am about to do a new thing; now it springs forth, do you not perceive it? I will make a way in the wilderness and rivers in the desert. Isaiah 43:19   To be reminded that God is always doing a new thing that brings life out of death, that brings hope out of […]

Living Fast

The Fast Life Fast from judging others; Feast on Christ dwelling in them. Fast from fear of illness; Feast on the healing power of God. Fast from words that pollute; Feast on speech that purifies. Fast from discontent; Feast on gratitude. Fast from anger; Feast on patience. Fast from pessimism; Feast on hope. Fast from […]