One of the good things about being less than full time is that I get to visit other congregations and see what they’re doing.  I think it was the end of last month I visited All Saints in Sacramento (as supply) and really enjoyed meeting the people.  Things were just enough different to keep me on my toes.  I enjoyed it. (more…)

It may be of no interest to anyone but me, but I started using The St. Helena Breviary last month.  I am, I guess, still an associate of the (Episcopal branch of the) Franciscans.  I have been for upwards of twenty years.  And for the last several years I have been using the pocket edition of Celebrating Common Prayer – an office book from English (Anglican) Franciscans. (more…)

Roshi talks about why we pray and what we really expect when we pray.  He begins by saying:

The basement of St. Mark’s coffee house was filled with Holy Doubt tonight.

We were reading from Acts, 1 John and John.

But it was John 15:16 that set the Spirit free and the debate poured out and flooded the basement. Here’s the Scripture that set off the debate about prayer, whether it works and why we pray: “…the Father will give you whatever you ask him in my name.”

This promise of God granting our prayers occurs again and again in the Gospels.

But he also says:

One woman spoke of her mother dying of cancer. One man spoke of runaway children not returning. One spoke of fear that doesn’t go away. And I could not help but think of my Mother’s suicide. All spoke of prayer and prayers not answered.

If you want to see the whole thing, click here.

I’ve been reading an article from “The Abbey Letter (Easter 2009)” from St. Gregory’s Abbey in Three Rivers Michigan.  It’s called “Seven Times A Day I Praise You” by Brother Martin.  He talks about various books you can use to say the Daily Office, including The Book of Common Prayer (from the Episcopal Church), A Monastic Breviary (from the Order of the Holy Cross), The St. Helena Breviary (from the Order of St. Helena), Celebrating Common Prayer (from the Anglican Franciscans in England, which is what I’m using for Morning Prayer these days), Common Worship:  Daily Prayer (from the Church of England), Take Our Moments and Our Days:  An Anabaptist Prayerbook (from the Mennonites) and Benedictine Daily Prayer:  A Short Breviary (an adaptation of the office as set down in the Rule of St. Benedict).  It’s a useful review of what you can find in each one of them, and there is information about ordering the books at the end of the article. (more…)

Dean Brian Baker at Trinity Cathedral in Sacramento has linked to an excellent piece on using the daily offices by Derek Olsen.  You can see it here.

Returning to Roshi Doshi’s blog, open windows & unlocked doors, he had some interesting reflection on prayer.  If you are interested, you can find it here.

My younger daughter called last night from Wichita. Yesterday, her husband, an aeronautical engineer, was laid off. They laid off all the contract workers, and thousands of the employees. This follows an earlier round of layoffs. The employees got two months pay. The contract workers got nothing. All of them were told to take their stuff as they left (and don’t come back). Glenn was a contract worker. Audrey is not employed. I have no idea what they are going to do.

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