Yesterday morning, at 2am, I awoke to the sound of a text from Littleton Public Schools notifying parents that the school system, along with many others throughout the Denver metro area, would be closed due to safety concerns caused by one person infatuated with a shooting that happened 20 years ago in our community. This moment has played out thousands of times for families across our metro area—and likely happened to you.
On Sunday we begin Holy Week. This is the holiest of times for us during the church year, as we remember the final days of the Jesus’ life, his teachings, and our call to follow him. All of this culminates on Easter Sunday as we celebrate the promises of the resurrection. Often overlooked, Holy Saturday is a day that we, as Christians, contemplate the silence of the tomb as we await the promise of the resurrection.
Next week, I take a journey I have long dreamed about. By this time next week I will be arriving into Delhi, India for a two week trip with my brother. I don’t like talking about myself or having people focus on me—maybe it’s part of being the youngest child who got used to getting the thrice hand-me-down bike or the freedom that came with often being overlooked amidst the siblings. Yet, I want to share with you all a bit about this trip because I’ve noticed in myself some changes in preparing for this long-hoped-for trip.
This week I write to you not about this upcoming Sunday (although it will be great—and I’ll see you there); rather, I want to be in touch with you all about what is upcoming in the life of St. Tim’s and the diocese. First, we will approach the Lenten season together with a Mardi Gras party on Tuesday, March 5th in the Parish Hall. Jambalaya, salad, bread pudding, and great fellowship begins at 5:30pm.
This Sunday, February 24th, we welcome Joe Hattick, Director of Christian Formation at St. Michael's Episcopal Church, Colorado Springs. Joe is a friend of St. Timothy's as he and his youth have joined along with our youth on several mission trips and youth offerings. This Sunday, Joe will be leading a conversation at our Adult Forum located downstairs, where we will discuss and learn about teen suicide prevention.
Every year we gather, as a community, to focus our attention on the life of St. Tim’s. This coming Sunday, February 3rd, we have one service at 9am where we will have our Annual Meeting.
I have been looking forward to this upcoming Sunday for some time. Ever since I first visited St. Tim’s—before I was called here—my imagination was sparked by the possibilities of building relationships and partnerships with Arapahoe High School and our surrounding neighbors. When I first arrived in late 2016, I reached out to Arapahoe High School to see how we could be good neighbors.
Two days ago was the first day of 2019. It’s hard to believe. All around us there were celebrations for the arrival of this New Year. We love new things in our society—the newer the better. In the new we sense hope, the future, that all will be well. I can’t help but wonder if this, too, is part of our consuming culture—to seek the new not only to hide from “what has been” but also to give us the assurance that we are here now and up-to-date.
This Sunday we celebrate the final Sunday in Advent with one service at 9am. Our combined worship is followed by the Greening of the Church as we prepare for Christmas Eve services on Monday at 4pm (Family Service and Children’s Pageant) and 8pm (Lessons and Carols), please note that both of these services have Communion.
This Sunday, you might notice something a bit different. Nearly every Sunday we pray together a psalm as part of our worship service. This Second Sunday of Advent, we will not be praying a psalm together, but reciting a passage from Luke's gospel (Lk. 1:68-79), often called the Benedictus, meaning "Blessed"
Thanksgiving is upon us and is the beginning of the holiday season of planning, festivities, and sometimes hand-wringing. As the days turn to night sooner, we would do well to be reminded that even in the darkness there is need of joy and celebration. Surrounded by night we have special need of fellowship to remind us we are not alone.
This Sunday we close our annual pledge campaign to meet our financial needs for the work we believe God is calling us to as the people of St. Tim's. We have heard from parishioners each Sunday over the past 5 weeks about how St. Tim's--how you!--make a difference in their lives. We have heard the stories of how we have offered ourselves to one another in care and prayer; we've heard how our life together in showing love and welcome transforms people's lives and their relationship with God
“Lord, if you had been here, my brother would not have died,” says Mary, the sister of Lazarus. Can you imagine the piercing power of these words to the heart of Jesus—who was a dear friend to Lazarus and Mary and Martha? John tells us that Jesus wept in this moment. The power of death is a real thing in our lives and, it’s power is not final; indeed, the power of death has been defeated.
This Saturday, October 27th, we, as the Episcopal Church in Colorado, will be electing a new bishop. Last year our bishop, Rob O’Neill, announced his plans to retire in March of 2019 and this began a search process that culminates this Saturday as delegates from the parishes and throughout the diocese gather to prayerfully elect the 11th Episcopal Bishop of Colorado.
Over the past several months, I’ve had, what I might call, meaning-conversations with quite a few people. More than normal, to be honest. I’m not sure what has caused this spike in people wanting to talk about the core values of their lives.
It is an exciting time at St. Tim’s. And as our Senior Warden, Simon Caddick, mentioned on Sunday: God continues to guide us and call us forth into deeper waters of faith as a congregation. We are working to align our monies with our mission, which is a way of saying, that we are committed to being faithful to the ways God is calling us forth in ministry.
This week brought deep sadness, pain and grief upon many in our larger community as we heard the news that two students, in separate incidents, died by suicide. These students were not immediately a part of St. Tim’s, but some of us did know them. John Putnam, our Youth and Children Minister has been in touch with our youth and parents. The reality of such tragic moments in our lives, families, community, and church brings forth a myriad of emotions. As a parent of two children, my heart is sick for the families, friends and loved ones of the dead. Indeed, my heart, as I am sure for many of us, is touched by the fear and wondering of, “What can I do to help my children, grandchildren, loved ones?”
“Jesus called the crowd with his disciples, and said to them, ‘If any want to become my followers, let them deny themselves and take up their cross and follow me. For those who want to save their life will lose it, and those who lose their life for my sake, and for the sake of the gospel, will save it. For what will it profit them to gain the whole world and forfeit their life?’” This is one of my favorite scriptures, coming from Mark 8—and we hear it this Sunday
This coming Sunday, September 9th, will be our Kickoff Sunday. We launch our program year together and gather after the 10am service for an all-parish picnic and celebration.
There is unspeakable joy in being a priest and pastor. There is also great responsibility and with it, great privilege to offer care, love, forgiveness, blessing and edification in the name of Jesus. In part, this is why I am writing to you this week about a topic in the life of the greater church that is difficult for me as a priest and a parent to put into words.