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Posts from January 2016

Toolbox for Sunday, February 7, 2016

Click here for the Sunday, February 7, 2016 Printable Toolbox Title and Topic Final Epiphany Sunday…Superbowl!  Mission as Super Celebration of Discipleship Transformation and Witness In many ways, the test of our discipleship comes down to a day like today, our faith promise Sunday. It’s the day we put our money where our mouth is, our resources where our hearts are, the…

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Toolbox for Sunday, January 31, 2016

Click here for the Sunday, January 31, 2016 Printable Toolbox Title and Topic Epiphany 4:  Some of the Hardest Mission of All, Our Hometown! Transformation and Witness It’s been said it’s easiest to do mission work in foreign lands. Today we realize again the hardest mission work for a Disciple is the mission to one’s own family, friends and community. From Jeremiah,…

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Toolbox for Sunday, January 24, 2016

Click here for the Sunday, January 24, 2016 Printable Toolbox Title and Topic Epiphany 3:  What the Disciple Needs for Mission Transformation and Witness As we continue in this greatest missionary season of them all, we come to what is required to take on the journey of mission. It’s quite amazing to see not only what Jesus asks his Disciples to take…

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Al - church greens

St. Michael’s Sanctuary and Cole Farms

2 Corinthians 9:13 Because of the ministry you have provided, others will Praise God for the obedience that accompanies your profession of the Gospel of Christ, and for your generosity in sharing with them and with everyone else. When you walk into St. Michael’s Church during Advent, it increasingly takes your breath away. The flower…

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Rich Giersch and Laura Gruber

Tuesday Courage for Our Confirmation Candidates

1 Peter 3:15 “Always be ready to give the reason for the hope you have within you.” Picture the scene: It’s a dark and chilly Advent Tuesday morning, at the very unholy time of 6:30, and I’m going where? Each Tuesday during advent, one of our confirmation candidates faithfully gave witness at the early morning…

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Christmas Life Group Blessing

One of the joys of this year has been not only talking about the Life Group ministry, but also actually being part of one! Libby and I have hosted our group for two years, and it has become the one of the highlights of our lives. But this past week, our group turned a corner:…

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Praying from atop the Steeple

You may not know this, but the Diocese of South Carolina is divided into deaneries, which are groups of regional parishes. Our deanery consists of St. Philip’s Church, St. John’s Church (Hanover Street), The Cathedral, Holy Cross (Sullivan’s Island) and Christ Church (Mt. Pleasant). About every six weeks, the clergy of the deanery get together…

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Rectory Yard Being Redeveloped Along with Dependency

It really takes your breath away. The next time you drive into the parking lot, take a look at the Dependency, and you will find a whole new look! The next phase of the Dependency renovation is complete, having removed trees, shrubs, and the muckity muck in the Rectory yard. The work of clearing out…

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Disturbing Trend

Because Charleston has a such a strong heritage of faith and faithfulness, we are normally behind the averages when alarming statistics about faith and church pop up—but not this one. In his article below, Art Heinz points out a very troubling statistic that is red-hot nationally and locally: a trend where more and more folks are going to church monthly if they…

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A Brief Reflection on Skipping Church

Heinz makes the key point that worship is about advancing our spiritual lives, and that often comes at a cost. This is evident in the following real-life testimony of a parishioner, who has given me permission to share her experience. Dear Fr. Al: This past Sunday, you caught me as I was rushing in with baby Finn (and the Operation Christmas Child…

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