Sunday, August 31, 2008
My mom, sister, and aunt arrived for a visit this past Tuesday and I have had a great time with them. They met a lot of my friends and we toured around the city. Last night I said goodbye and right about now they are starting up their RV and heading back to the highway on their way home. I am sad! We all hugged last night and my mom started to cry - several times. I stayed strong and tried to keep her from crying. She kept saying though that she may never see me again. (She is 82 years old and her health has not been that good). I am sad! VERY sad! My mom might have been right.
They may say that life is like a box of chocolates (I forget why but wasn't it because it was all so sweet??), but they are wrong. Life is more like the difficult test that your instructor springs on you. You are so angry and sad and confused and everything all at once.
My friends, may I make a request? Say a prayer for me, that I may have the strength to endure. Thanks! And a special thanks to Will and Bertie who have already none that.
Saturday, August 30, 2008
Saint Paul also writes (I Timothy 1:5) "The end of our endeavor is love." That is where it all comes out. Paul reminds us in several places, that love must be a genuine love, not phony, not hypocritical. In Romans 5, the Blessed Apostle says, "The love of God is shed abroad in your heart by the Holy Spirit which is given unto you."
Now when he says, "Hate what is evil; cling to what is good," he is talking about people. That is, hate what is evil in people, but don't reject the person because of the evil. The person is good. God loves him. He or she is made in the image of God.
Love though is a good thing. There is a lot of love in the Bible. That's why I am always puzzled when people say that God hates gays. When did God say that? When did Jesus say that. Well the answer of course is that we know of no instance where our Lord preaches hate and intolerance and no instance where he says that gays are bad.
God talks about love - for real!
Friday, August 29, 2008
Thursday, August 28, 2008
Wednesday, August 27, 2008
Del (with Phyllis) Co-founded groundbreaking lesbian organization Daughters of Bilitis. She took over as editor of the Ladder, a monthly lesbian magazine. Del also helped found the Council on Religion and the Homosexual, formed to overturn laws that criminalized homosexual behavior. She co-wrote with Phyllis the book "Lesbian/Woman". She co-founded with Lyon the Alice B. Toklas Democratic Club, the first gay political club in the United States. Del also served as chairwoman of the San Francisco Commission on the Status of Women and as a delegate to the White House Conference on Aging.
Del Martin was much more though than a pioneer. She was a faithful spouse, mother, grandmother, friend, and servant of our Lord. May she rest in God's eternal peace.
Tuesday, August 26, 2008
Monday, August 25, 2008
I'm not sure I should post this here - I might end up offending someone, and that is not my intention at all. I had gone to church with a friend and both of us know a thing or two about liturgy, so we were both quite surprised by much of what happened. Was it valid though? Of course it was. There are many ways of worshipping God and we all may have our own personal preferences, but is one better than another? I have to admit that I did think about it a bit, and my friend and I discussed it also. The important thing though I think is that it was all done reverently and with faith.
Now I'm not used to nobody at all being at the altar when the Prayer of Consecration is said. That just seems odd. Sometimes an implicit epiclesis follows the words of institution but most often the epiclesis is explicit. Tonight we heard "Oh great Spirit, come down on us and fill us." I felt like I was out in the Old West and hearing a Native American prayer.
Wrong though? Invalid? No. And do you know why? Because by grace everyone believed in what was happening. The form was not the important thing, it was the complete action. I have no doubt that last night those thirty men and women gather together celebrated a mass and received the Body and Blood of our Lord Jesus Christ, even though it was slightly irregular.
Sunday, August 24, 2008
Saturday, August 23, 2008
"I tell you, you are Peter, and on this rock I will build my church, and the gates of Hades will not prevail against it. I will give you the keys of the kingdom of heaven, and whatever you bind on earth will be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth will be loosed in heaven." Okay. There is one I didn't have on my list. KEYS OF THE KINGDOM OF HEAVEN. What exactly is Jesus giving Peter? (Now since there has not been one comment left on my blog by anyone, here might be a good place to start - what do all of YOU think Jesus was giving)?
It seems obvious from context that what Jesus is offering here to Peter the rock, is something very valuable. What might those keys be? Give it some thought.
Friday, August 22, 2008
That's only one of the things I want to mention today. I also want to point out that I am beginning my second week here of blogging without missing a day. I started this out several years ago and each time it fell by the wayside, so we shall see how it goes. It is not my intention to always write something, but at least make an entry most days.
A wonderful day it will be today. I feel rested and refreshed and thankful for this wonderful life. I am about to begin two weeks of vacation and have been busy planning next week's visit from my mom, sister, and aunt, I am trying to think of fun things to do here in San Francisco that all four of us will enjoy without spending too much money. Any suggestions?
And finally, today has an appointed reading that is a favorite of mine (Daily Office Lectionary for Evening Prayer, Acts 9:1-9). It is the beginning of the story of Saul's conversion. For me the witness and ministry of Saint Paul is a reminder that anyone can change from evil to good and that all sins are forgiven by the love of God. “Saul, Saul, why are you persecuting me? I am Jesus, whom you are persecuting. But rise and enter the city, and you will be told what you are to do.”
Thursday, August 21, 2008
Now I certainly see homelessness and I would not fare too well if I ended up out on the street, but I trust in God. Is it silly for me to be so trusting? Should I be scared? I believe that things will turn out well for me. I pray that I am right.
Do any of you have fears? If someone said "Fear not," would that help?
Wednesday, August 20, 2008
Tuesday, August 19, 2008
Monday, August 18, 2008
Sunday, August 17, 2008
For the past six weeks, by parish church has been blessed by the presence of Josephine, a seminarian from England. Today she leaves for home. I do hope she will remember us with love, as we most surely will remember her. I wanted to write something here about what her time with us has meant to me but, my first thought was “how can you thank someone was has taken you from crayons to perfume.” (Extra points for all of you who knew that was from the title song of the motion picture “To Sir With Love”). She really has done so much in just a short time! She is such a good listener too. Oh and a good cook. So what do you say?
Well I don’t know the answer, but I do know that I have no intention of saying goodbye to Josephine either. Even if she is not here with me - with all of us week after week, she is still in our hearts. Perhaps that old Beatles song says it best: I don’t know why you say goodbye, I say hello.
Saturday, August 16, 2008
I think the Latin Eucharist at Advent of Christ the King provides a contemplative alternative to the more active styles of worship which have been emphasized in the Episcopal Church in recent decades, and also continues a little-known strand in Anglican tradition. In addition to the vernacular Prayer Book adopted by the Anglican Church at the Reformation, the use of Latin continued in various places, especially Oxford University. The Elizabethan Book of Common Prayer appeared in a Latin edition in 1560, and Latin versions of the prayer book continued to be produced up until the nineteenth century.
Our twice a month service provides a truly Anglican via media, with the readings, sermon, and intercessions in English, while all the other prayers and the traditional psalm and scripture verses (the “minor propers”) are sung in Latin by the celebrant and all volunteer schola cantorum.
For those looking for further adventures in the Anglican Latin tradition, you can find several Latin versions of the Prayer Book on the internet at Chad Wohler’s extensive Book of Common Prayer website (http://justus.anglican.org/resources/bcp), with a translation of the 1979 book by Father Roderick Thompson, one my parish's associate clergy, there very same one who generally celebrates that twice-monthly eucharist.
We will be doing it tonight at 5pm at 261 Fell Street and on the first and third Saturdays of every month, so if you're in the San Francisco area, look us up!