Rector’s Perspective

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Rector's Perspective

Fr. Andrew’s monthly editorial from The Anchor magazine.

How many Episcopalians does it take to …

by David R

RECTOR’S ARTICLE – THE ANCHOR FEBRUARY 2018 It is incredible to think that I am already writing for the second month of the year. Actually, I am writing this in the first week of this second month – which means I’m late! The delay in writing for – and then publishing – The Anchor late […]

Having an epiphany.

by David R

RECTOR’S ARTICLE – THE ANCHOR JANUARY 2018 I don’t know who said this first, but I know I heard my granddad say it: “There are puritans who cannot sleep at night because they know that someone, somewhere, is having fun.” When you consider the mess that is ‘worldwide Christianity’, it’s hardly surprising that increasing numbers […]

Bah Humbug – again?

by David R

Although others might say otherwise, I don’t consider myself to be that old. At least, I don’t feel that old. I say this because it is within my lifetime that I can recall the change that used to take place in people’s attitudes during this time of year. One didn’t need to be religious or […]

Hearing vs seeing – a short history.

by David R

Fr. Lewis considers me to be something of a ‘liturgical dinosaur’ because of some of the things I do at the altar. One thing that particularly caught his attention was when I broke off a small piece of the consecrated Host and placed it in the Chalice. This action is known as ‘commingling’. Its origins […]

Shush!

by David R

“Hello darkness, my old friend …” So begins one of my favorite songs, sung by one of my favorite duos. I find it interesting that the song begins with saying ‘hi’ to darkness, rather than the subject of its title: ‘The Sound of Silence”. Did Simon and Garfunkel wish to equate darkness with silence? Is […]

Change? CHANGE?

by David R

If you have a copy of the Book of Common Prayer, go and find it, then come back. Okay. Now find page 323 – Holy Eucharist Rite I. Follow through all the small words written in italics, especially looking for words regarding what posture one should adopt. Rite I this begins with: “The people standing […]

Jesus calls us to have eyes that see.

by David R

Many years ago there used to appear in newspapers – at least in the UK – a strange-looking picture. These pictures weren’t in every day, but would appear occasionally as a kind of diversion for people. These pictures looked really odd – just a half-page of colors and blotches, with nothing but a vague clue […]

Establishing Best Practices – because God expects the best of us.

by David R

One of the things that a church should do is take pride in doing things to the best of their ability. This occurs in worship, where we bring ‘our best selves’ to offer to God. In music and singing, prayer, and preaching we do the very best we can, rather than offer meager ‘left overs’. […]

We believe in the resurrection – in what way?

by David R

No sooner have we entered the mystery of the Resurrection of our Lord, than we are thrust into the mystery of the Ascension. Its not as if we can really make that much sense of the resurrection, is it? We can even feel the struggle those who witnessed it had in trying to explain it […]

When faith and science collide the truth should win … shouldn’t it?

by David R

In February I attended a show at the Straz Center in Tampa. Well … ‘show’ isn’t exactly the word; it was actually a lecture. The lecturer was a world-renowned paleontologist – Nizar Ibrahim – and he was giving a lecture on the dinosaur Spinosaurus, the history behind discovering it, and the part he played. The […]