Discerning The Call

An exploration of my faith and my call

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Episcopal Problems…

notalwaysluminous:

Damn, is it Maundy Thursday already? 

I really need to get a pedicure before this evening.

Should probably shave my legs too.

Thank you!! I had been angst about my feet, but I had totally forgotten that a pedi is something people do…

Currently feeling MUCH less angsty as my feet soak during my lunch break…

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Five Errors to Drop From Your Easter Sermon

jamesmdavisson:

TL;DR:

  1. Don’t say Jesus died when he was 33 years old.
  2. Don’t explain the apparent absence of a lamb at the Last Supper by only saying Jesus is the ultimate Passover Lamb.
  3. Don’t say the same crowds worshiped Jesus on Palm Sunday and then cried out for his crucifixion on Good Friday.
  4. Don’t bypass the role of the women as witnesses of the resurrected Christ.
  5. Don’t focus on the suffering of Jesus to the extent that you neglect the glory of the Cross in and through the Resurrection.

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http://barefootchaos.tumblr.com/post/82897917892/fiatluxetfactaestlux-missmarionmac

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justkeepbreathingnow:

when suddenly you have to come up with 4 cute church outfits at once because Maundy Thursday, Good Friday, Easter Vigil, and Easter Day

The struggle is real.

Though to be honest, I’m fine. I pretty much always have…

One of the many benefits of singing in the choir is that I don’t stress about my outfit too much… Yes, I like to look nice for coffee hour or whatever may follow the service, but I don’t have to dress to the nines!

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The Passover seder is conducted in an orderly fashion, with each ritual performed at a certain time, in a certain way, according to thousands of years of tradition. This is surprising, as the Jewish people do not have a history of being particularly well organized. Even God Himself often seems engaged in convolution, a phrase which here means “as if He has not quite followed His own plan.” If you look around your Passover table now, you will most certainly see the muddle and the mess of the world. There is likely a stain someplace on the tablecloth, or perhaps one of the glasses has a smudge.

Soon things will be spilled. You might be sitting with people you do not know very well, or do not like very much, so your own emotional state is somewhat disordered.

Nobody likes everything served at the Passover dinner, so there will be chaos within people’s palates, and the room is likely to be either too cold or too hot for someone, creating a chaos of discomfort. Perhaps there is someone who has not yet been seated, even as the seder is beginning, because they are “checking on the food,” a phrase which here means “sneaking a few bites” when they’re supposed to be participating in the ceremony.

This is as it should be. Passover celebrates freedom, and while the evening will proceed in a certain order, it is the muddle and the mess around the order that represent the freedom that everyone deserves, and that far too many people have been denied. With that in mind, why not excuse yourself, in an orderly fashion at some point in the ceremony, so that you might check on the food?

Kiddush, Playground commentary by Lemony Snicket, New American Haggadah

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shigaretto:

sailorp00n:

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I’ve been living on my own for almost 4 years now and I have like 50 tabs open.

Bless the person who put together this post, it ought to be made into a pamphlet for everyone in highschool/college.

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a-certain-life:

discerningthecall:

faithinseeds:

faithinseeds:

So the Episcopal church in my Work Town is holding a Good Friday Event 12:30 -3pm. I’ve never been there, only drove past it by chance on one of my failed trips to find the Cathedral. The name of the event? Silent Vigil and Knitting. (emphasis mine.) Um, during a vigil like…

Yeah, I see your point. In the past, when I have attended vigils, I would just use my St. Augustine’s prayerbook (which has prayers in it) or a prayer rope or something to try to help keep focused. I would think that there would be booklets with prayers in them available for people to use? I would just be worried about people trying to be contemplative would be bothered by the needles clacking. But then again, I am sensitive to noise in situations like that. However, the prayer shawls/ other things for charity would be really neat. I hadn’t thought of that.

I see your point too, and as terrible as I am knitting, it wouldn’t be the needles clacking that disrupted the service…

Maybe crochet or tunisian crochet would be quieter, since they only have one needle? Or offer contemplative art space, for people who would like to draw their own work or color in someone else’s… Filing away so many ideas for my own eventual (hopeful) ministry!

Contemplative art is kind of one my my favorite things right now. I have an audio Bible I like to listen to while I draw, and I focus on it so much better than if I weren’t doing anything.

Where can I get one of those?! That sounds awesome!

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faithinseeds:

faithinseeds:

So the Episcopal church in my Work Town is holding a Good Friday Event 12:30 -3pm. I’ve never been there, only drove past it by chance on one of my failed trips to find the Cathedral. The name of the event? Silent Vigil and Knitting. (emphasis mine.) Um, during a vigil like…

Yeah, I see your point. In the past, when I have attended vigils, I would just use my St. Augustine’s prayerbook (which has prayers in it) or a prayer rope or something to try to help keep focused. I would think that there would be booklets with prayers in them available for people to use? I would just be worried about people trying to be contemplative would be bothered by the needles clacking. But then again, I am sensitive to noise in situations like that. However, the prayer shawls/ other things for charity would be really neat. I hadn’t thought of that.

I see your point too, and as terrible as I am knitting, it wouldn’t be the needles clacking that disrupted the service…

Maybe crochet or tunisian crochet would be quieter, since they only have one needle? Or offer contemplative art space, for people who would like to draw their own work or color in someone else’s… Filing away so many ideas for my own eventual (hopeful) ministry!

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faithinseeds:

So the Episcopal church in my Work Town is holding a Good Friday Event 12:30 -3pm. I’ve never been there, only drove past it by chance on one of my failed trips to find the Cathedral. The name of the event? Silent Vigil and Knitting. (emphasis mine.) Um, during a vigil like that shouldn’t you be focusing on the Crucifixion, not on accidentally dropping stitches? Or are you supposed to reenact the event using your double pointed needles? Yes, I am judging them.

I get your point, but I also can’t sit still for that long and stay focused. Knitting would help me focus on the words and the service, whereas just sitting there, I’d probably fall asleep.

And it’d be really cool if the projects being knitted are for charity or for prayer shawls or some other ministry like that…

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Why, when people are mentioning a church they wish to keep anonymous, do they call it St. Swithin’s? I thought it was a made up name, but apparently, he’s the patron saint of droughts!

…or did I misinterpret someone’s usage, and they actually attend St. Swithin’s?

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Does anyone else do the thing, where you text someone multiple times, and they take forever to answer you, and when they finally do, you’re so annoyed by the time suck that you don’t want to answer them either, but then you do, because you miss them?

I know it’s petty, but it just makes me so mad to be ignored like that, especially by someone who says they care about me. And then, after a 10-hour dry spell, you text me two words?! UGH!

[I know this is a little thing, in the grand scheme of things. I’m dealing with some heavy things in my personal life, and this is the only thing I’m really capable of handling without bursting into tears. Yay for the emotional rollercoaster that is Holy Week!]

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