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The Church of England just announced its decision to consecrate women bishops.

notalwaysluminous:

Meanwhile, the Episcopal Church is just sitting here like, 

Really? Y’all are going to start having women bishops now? In 2014?

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Well, aren’t y’all adorable. 

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Summer Scenes from the Garden

This week we delivered another several pounds of fresh produce from our small but mighty parish garden at Holy Communion to the Food Ministry at Trinity Episcopal Church, one of our sister-parishes in the Diocese of Missouri. The harvest right now is mainly greens and spinach, which are rich in both flavor and nutrients. Our produce is all pesticide free, and the soil we use is organic. It is a source of great joy to see how many people can be fed from a tiny plot of ground.

While harvesting, our hearts were filled with wonder to hear the buzzing accompaniment of the honeybees all around us, who were assiduously scouring the basil and spinach for pollen. What a blessing and a mercy it is that our garden also serves as a critical habitat for these wonderful creatures, whose numbers are declining at alarming rates.

Please consider planting food crops for the benefit of those who have no access to fresh produce. Please also consider planting flowers and plants that help sustain bees, butterflies, and other important parts of our natural world.

Small things can make a great difference!

Prayer 550

O God, You have given us our breath: it is right that we use it to sing and glorify your ever-present Love. May our thankfulness to You resound with each beat of our hearts. 

You are the center of our being: may we make our hearts a fit dwelling place for your Spirit. You have called us to truly love one another: may we shrug off the coils of envy and resentment that choke us. May we unlearn all that anger has taught us, that hope and generosity may take root in our souls. 

May your peace calm all our fears, as rain is soaked up by a dry and thirsty land. May we turn our eyes from the mountains and valleys in our path to the glorious light of your mercy and truth. O Shepherd, protect us from the wolves that prowl among us: may we hear, know, and trust your promises. 

Now, O Eternal One, accept the prayers of your people, for each need which has been offered in love.

Amen.

Christians in modernity thought their task was to make the Gospel intelligible to the world rather than to help the world understand why it could not be intelligible without the Gospel.
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scoopexplainsit:

Chapel windows at Holy Communion: the Four Evangelists.

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scoopexplainsit:

Chapel windows at Holy Communion: Logos.

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