The Way of Love

What do you seek? Love? Hope? A whole life? A life of peace?

How do you live a peaceful, loving life in a world that is neither? By following Jesus. The way, the truth and the life of Jesus is the way of love, and the Episcopal branch of the Jesus Movement offers spiritual practices to help you grow as a follower of the way. The following graphic summarizes the practice. I spoke about it recently. Please click here to listen. Grace and peace, Mother Anne+

 

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Tough Questions

 

Please click the link below to hear what I had to say about this week and the parable of the Good Samaritan. Grace and Peace, Anne+

Sermon on the Good Samaritan, St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, Salem, Oregon. July 10, 2016

 

 

God is looking for you: Where are you?

Click below to hear about a Biblical Hide and Seek, and find out about what happened in the Garden of Eden.
Grace and Peace,
Mother Anne+

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ADAM AND EVE, 1526 (detail, adapted)

LUCAS CRANACH THE ELDER
Oil on panel
Samuel Courtauld Trust: Courtauld Bequest, 1948, London, U.K.

Good Shepherd and the 23rd Psalm

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Christ as the Good Shepherd a 4th century CE marble engraving (Photo by Kleuske). In the collection of the Museum of Epigraphy, at the Baths of Diocletian, National Roman Museum.

Listen to hear why the 23rd Psalm is not for people
who feel safe.

Blessings! Mother Anne+

Can Jesus Help? Dealing with Mental Illness

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In Mark 1:21-28 the Gospel speaks of Jesus freeing a man from an unclean spirit. How does this connect with the Dementors featured in J.K. Rowling’s Prisoner of Azkaban? Click on the audio link below to find out.

(Thanks to the advanced technology at St. Paul’s, I can now share the audio version of my sermons. Let me know what you think!)

Blessings,
Mother Anne+

How did you get in here without a wedding robe?

The first time I preached on this text about the King’s wedding banquet was six years ago.

It was before I went to seminary—I was in my home parish, in the process of discerning my call and experiencing some of the things that I would be doing if I became a priest. What I heard most in this parable was: welcome! God welcomes us to the banquet—the banquet of the Eucharist, the heavenly banquet of eternal life. Continue reading

Living Water from the Rock

“Is the Lord with us or not?”

That is the question the people of Israel ask, after they repeatedly express all of their anxiety about food and water. The people are in the wilderness. They have crossed the sea, and entered into a place of hunger and thirst.
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Parting the Sea: finding help when you need it

“The angel of God who was going before the Israelite army moved and went behind them; and the pillar of cloud moved from in front of them and took its place behind them. It came between the army of Egypt and the army of Israel. And so the cloud was there with the darkness, and it lit up the night; one did not come near the other all night.” (Exodus 14:19)

As I read this text right now, I wish the LORD had left it at that. I wish that putting a pillar of cloud between the Egyptians and Israelites was enough, so that the violence and loss of life were not necessary. As I read this text, it hear it telling a story that keeps happening in the world—one where conflict and death are an inevitable part of how we interact with each other. Continue reading