A Note From Father Rock

Our bishops have called us to prayer. We are in fragmented and contentious times. Wednesday’s events will live long in our memories. I have been saddened and sickened. But most importantly I have been driven to prayer. This is one of my favorites, and it seems quite appropriate for these days. It comes from the Prayers section in the Book of Common Prayer on page 824. Call me if you need to speak.

A Meditation for You
Our prayers shape our beliefs. Our beliefs shape our actions, with God’s help. Our actions shape our world. Last week’s devotion spoke of new beginnings and the Feast of the Holy Name. You can read it here

We have recently completed a season of expectant waiting, Advent, culminating in the birth of Christ. Christ is the One for whom we have waited, our savior from worldly clamors! Yet as we celebrate the liturgical season of Epiphany, we discover that we still have more gifts to give! Like what? To whom? How? We, too, can follow the star…

Gifts of the Epiphany
Find a guiding star for the week by listening to or reading Christina Rossetti’s poem. What word, phrase or image stands out for you? Take that word, phrase or image into this week, as the gift it was meant to be. Where have you seen the word, phrase or image? Felt it? Heard it? Offered it? 
In the Bleak Midwinter

In the bleak midwinter, frosty wind made moan,
Earth stood hard as iron, water like a stone;
Snow had fallen, snow on snow, snow on snow,
In the bleak midwinter, long ago.

Our God, Heaven cannot hold Him, nor earth sustain;
Heaven and earth shall flee away when He comes to reign.
In the bleak midwinter a stable place sufficed
The Lord God Almighty, Jesus Christ.

Enough for Him, whom cherubim, worship night and day,
Breastful of milk, and a mangerful of hay;
Enough for Him, whom angels fall before,
The ox and ass and camel which adore.

Angels and archangels may have gathered there,
Cherubim and seraphim thronged the air;
But His mother only, in her maiden bliss,
Worshipped the beloved with a kiss.

What can I give Him, poor as I am?
If I were a shepherd, I would bring a lamb;
If I were a Wise Man, I would do my part;
Yet what I can I give Him: give my heart.

Narrative by Stephanie Shareck Werner, Copyright 2021.
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Staying Connected
Friday, January 8, 2021
  • 12pm- Noonday Prayer (online)

Sunday, January 10, 2021
  • 9am- Children's Sunday School (online)
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  • 10am- Morning Prayer Worship (online)
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Monday, January 11, 2021
  • 10:30am- Grief Group (online)
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  • 12pm- Noonday prayers (online)

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