First Book of Common Prayer – Br. Curtis Almquist

Psalm 96:1-9
John 4:21-24

I entered the Episcopal Church as a young college student.  At the time, the Vietnam War, with all its passions and protests and confusions, was raging and horrific, but this was not perceived as a global problem, at least not by us students.  We simply needed to get out and the problem would go away. Continue reading

The Day of Pentecost – Br. David Allen

A sermon preached at OSA Bethany Convent, Arlington Hts, MA

Pentecost

Acts 2:1-21 / Rom. 8:14-17, 22-27 / Jn 14:8-17, 25-27

Last May, on the Sunday afternoon before the end of the Course at which Br. Timothy and I were chaplains at St. George’s College, Jerusalem, we were taken to see the place commemorating the Ascension of Jesus on the Mount of Olives.  Then we went over to Mount Zion, beyond the Kidron Valley, on the other side of the Old City of Jerusalem. Continue reading

Holy Baptism: A Sign of God’s Love – Br. David Vryhof

Pentecost

It has been 2,000 years now since a special child was born in the land of Israel.  He was raised as a Jew, and even as a boy, he seemed to have a deep interest in the things of God.  Once, when his family had gone to Jerusalem to attend a festival, he wandered away, and when his anxious parents finally found him, it was in the temple, where he was engaged in serious discussion with a group of religious teachers. Continue reading

Give Testimony to Jesus – Br. Curtis Almquist

Feast of Saint John the Evangelist

1 John 5: 1-13

You will likely know that during the last two years we have been invited to minister in two dioceses in eastern Africa: in Kenya and Tanzania.  We are ministering in Africa as we do in the Middle East, in the British Isles, in Canada and the States: a ministry of spiritual formation.  Whether at home or away, we seek to offer silence and sanctuary, guidance in prayer and spirituality, and a vision for wholeness. Continue reading

The Way of Jesus – Br. David Vryhof

Feast of St. Philip and St. James, Apostles

Jesus said to [Thomas], “I am the Way, the Truth, and the Life.” John 14:6

A couple of years ago, Br. Mark and I attended a week-long training for spiritual directors that was advertised as an ‘interfaith’ event and was attended by both Christians and Jews.  As part of the conference we were assigned to a small group, which met to put into practice the principles we were being taught.  One day, as the group was praying together, one of the members offered a prayer which began with these words: “Jesus,” she said, “You are the Way, the Truth, and the Life…” Continue reading