Problem of Weeds | The Rev. Robert A. Jacobs, Deacon

Problem of Weeds | The Rev. Robert A. Jacobs, Deacon

Jesus knew all about the problem of weeds and he used them to illustrate an important spiritual truth. This parable is based on the devious practice of sabotaging an enemy’s field by scattering bad seeds among a newly planted crop.

The weed in this case, also known as tares, is a plant that in its early stages of growth is indistinguishable from wheat. Only as it begins to mature is it betrayed by a grayish coloring. By then, however, the roots of the two plants have intertwined, so that it’s too late to pull the weeds without also uprooting the grain. The only recourse is to wait until the harvest, when the wheat can be safely sorted from the weeds….

Problem of Weeds | The Rev. Robert A. Jacobs, Deacon

Walking Meditation | The Rev. Susan E. Hill, Associate Rector

With the nicer weather of summer upon us, you might think about shaking up your prayer life a bit. One spiritual practice that often gets forgotten is to use walking as a prayer. In fact, monks and nuns have practiced walking meditation since the beginning of religious communities. Such a movement practice can help us get physically and spiritually fit, and it also helps us remember the value of our bodies. Walking meditation helps reconnect our minds, bodies, and souls….

Problem of Weeds | The Rev. Robert A. Jacobs, Deacon

Thriving | The Rev. Dr. Anna S. Pearson, Rector

Today is the last day of June, and what a month it’s been! We bid farewell and Godspeed to members of our Holy Apostles community, and we welcomed new people; both on staff and in the congregation. We baptized a new Christian and heard a fresh voice speak from our pulpit. We have mourned with those who are grieving. We have celebrated service and ministry among us, and rejoiced in the welcome and inclusion that has marked our common life over many years. We completed the first half of a building project that strengthens the foundation from which we offer all the beautiful activity that happens in our beloved church. We have shifted to “summer mode” in our liturgy, simplifying some aspects of our worship until our programming returns in the fall…..

Problem of Weeds | The Rev. Robert A. Jacobs, Deacon

His Eyes are on the Sparrow | The Rev. Robert A. Jacobs, Deacon

Throughout our lives there are times, we may feel discouraged and down, but always remember that God is by our side and watches over us through it all.

The sparrow is one of the smallest birds in the world and may be considered as of no consequence to many people. Know that God cares and notices when one of them falls to the ground.

Part of this coming Sunday’s Gospel, Matthew 10:29-31, “Are not two sparrows sold for a penny? Yet not one of them will fall to the ground outside your Father’s care. Even the very hairs on your head are all numbered. So don’t be afraid; you are worth more than many sparrows.”…

Problem of Weeds | The Rev. Robert A. Jacobs, Deacon

Church of the Holy Apostles at Prayer

Every week or two, Assisting Bishop Mary Glasspool writes a letter to clergy. There’s a theme to each letter, and she wrote recently about prayer (specifically corporate prayer; prayer within worshipping communities). She included this quotation from a book written in 1990 by Garrison Keillor, which mentions Holy Apostles:

…Episcopalian was the church in wingtips, the Church of the Scotch and soda. So when I moved to New York and walked into Holy Apostles, I was surprised to see no suits. Nobody was well dressed. A congregation of a hundred souls on lower Ninth Avenue, a church with no parking lot, which was in need of paint and the sanctuary ceiling showed water damage, but which managed (I learned the next week) to support and operate a soup kitchen that fed a thousand New Yorkers every day, more than a million to date. Black faces in the sanctuary, old people, exiles from the Midwest, the lame and the halt, divorced ladies, gay couples: the real good anthology of the faith. I felt glad to be there. When we stood for prayers, bringing slowly to mind the goodness and the poverty of our lives, the lives of others, the life to come, it brought tears to your eyes, the simple way Episcopalians pray….

Problem of Weeds | The Rev. Robert A. Jacobs, Deacon

Barnabas the Encouraging Apostle | The Rev. Susan E. Hill, Associate Rector

One of my favorite things about St. Barnabas, whose feast day we commemorate on Monday (transferred from Sunday), is that his name means “son of encouragement.” It is particularly notable, because Barnabas started out life in Cyprus with the name Joseph. We learn in chapter four of the Acts of the Apostles that he was so impacted by the preaching of the gospel that he sold a field that he owned and turned over all the proceeds to the apostles. It was those apostles who began to call him Barnabas….

Problem of Weeds | The Rev. Robert A. Jacobs, Deacon

Tuning In | The Rev. Dr. Anna S. Pearson, Rector

In a recent online forum on prayer, a woman who was raised in the Quaker tradition talked about her understanding of worship as a “listening prayer.” She described her surprise and delight when she stayed with some friends in Belarus and heard them answer the phone. Instead of “hello,” the custom there is to pick up, say, “I’m listening,” and then wait for the speaker to talk on the other end of the line.

This is certainly a very open way in which to begin any conversation, on the phone or otherwise. It assures the party making the call that the one receiving it is fully present and engaged. Answering the phone with these words is much more intentional than merely saying “hello.” “I’m listening” is focused, but agenda-free; creating space for input from the caller….


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