Pastor’s Weekly Letter

December 1, 2017

Letter From the Pastor – December 3, 2017

 In the famous story of Romeo and Juliet, Shakespeare raised the now famous question, “What is in a name?”  And in the next sentence he gave his equally famous answer, “That which we call a rose, by any other name, would smell as sweet.” In his poetic language, Shakespeare was saying that names, in and of themselves, have no meaning.  And in our western culture that is largely true.  Names are simply labels that are applied to people for purposes of identification.  They are sometimes chosen by association as when a child is named after some relative or friend.  At […]
November 22, 2017

Letter From the Pastor – November 26, 2017

I am told that most people die having never drawn up a will.  Therefore, the  distribution of their property must be decided by the state or by the courts.  Those people did not intend to let that happen.  That wasn’t the way they wanted to do it.  But it just happened because they were pretending that this life would last forever.  All of us ought to go on with our daily routine of life, but each of us ought not to deceive ourselves into thinking it will last forever.  I am not suggesting, however, that we should spend our time […]
November 17, 2017

Letter From the Pastor – November 19, 2017

In lieu of the Letter from the Pastor, I would like to share with all of you a recent posting from Annie McMahon’s Facebook page.  Annie, as you may know, is a 20 year old parishioner and alumna of Annunciation School who suffers from Cystic Fibrosis and has been fortunate to receive a second set of lungs.  We pray for Annie during her time of recovery, as well as Kelly (Annie’s first  donor) and the second donor, whose families have given Annie this incredible gift during their time of terrible sorrow. This Thanksgiving season, let us be grateful for all […]
November 11, 2017

Letter From the Pastor – November 12, 2017

When Harry Truman was president of the United States, his daughter, Margaret, was aspiring to a career in opera.  The music critics had written some rather discouraging things  about her future in that particular field.  Finally, she went to a specialist for an assessment of her chances to become an opera star.  After several days of evaluation, the specialist gave her opinion.  She said to Miss Truman, “You have a beautiful voice.  It is big enough and rich enough for opera.  The problem is with your ear.  And because of your ear, you will never attain greatness.” Maybe that same […]
November 3, 2017

Letter From the Pastor – November 5, 2017

Heartbreak always presupposes love.  Others can stir our resentment, kindle our wrath, cause inconvenience, bring disappointment; but the only person who can break our heart is the person we love.  All of which says that love is indeed a risky business.  It makes us vulnerable.  And God has chosen to take that kind of a gamble with you and me. To be estranged from, lonely for, out of fellowship with the one you love, that is a basic element of sorrow.  You don’t go far in sacred scripture until you run into that – the loneliness of God.  The book […]