Having a child is it’s own kind of spiritual education, but it is, more than anything an experience in awe at the simple fact of creation. Soon after the birth of my second son this past summer, I found this poem. I share it with you all in the hopes that you share it as well, for it captures, beautifully, just how amazing being a parent is.
The Rev. Noah Van Niel
August 20th, 2017
St. John the Evangelist
11 Pentecost (Proper 15 A): Isaiah 56:1, 6-8; Psalm 67; Romans 11:1-2a, 29-32; Matthew 15: (10-20), 21-28
Good morning! I’m glad to be back in this pulpit, and I’m glad you’re here today. Church feels like the right place to be this week as we pray and pray and pray for this country that “our divisions may cease and all may be one as you, Jesus, and the Father are one” (Prayers of the People Form V).
Given the events of the last week which put on full display the threat which newly emboldened hate groups present to our citizens and our country, I think it would be good for us to spend a few minutes being reminded of how God goes about organizing groups of people so that we might do likewise. Continue reading