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Costa Rica Mission Trip 2017

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This year’s international mission trip by Palmer Church accomplished much in the way of repairs to the Escuela San Marcos in Limon, Costa Rica. And the renovations, including clean and newly painted walls and scrubbed, shiny desks, will be lasting reminders of all the work that went on...

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Congratulations Archway Graduates

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Palmer Church was the scene of joyful celebration May 26 as yet another class of Archway Academy seniors received their high school diplomas. Thirty-three young people were graduated from Archway in the company of hundreds of family members and friends who descended upon the campus to celebrate...

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From the Rector #52

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Today is first and foremost the Lord’s Day in this glorious season of Easter. It is also Mother’s Day in the United States. For those in search of words to honor and address both of those realities, I offer the following prayer that I’ve adapted and greatly expanded from the...

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From the Rector #51

Posted by The Reverend Neil A. Willard on

Each year on the Fourth Sunday of Easter, a portion of the tenth chapter of the Gospel of John is read in our liturgies.  Those words refer to Jesus as the good shepherd and to us as the sheep whom he protects. And the twenty-third psalm is always heard on this day...

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Palmer Parishioners Step Out to Serve Quarterly

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Palmer Memorial Church, Houston, made a difference in the lives of many Houstonians April 30 as church members spread compassion and support to Houston’s poor and marginalized citizens and to the professionals who care for them during the church’s Serve Sunday. It was the fifth...

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From the Rector #50

Posted by The Reverend Neil A. Willard on

Today’s guest speaker at the Rector’s Forum at 10:15 a.m. in St. Bede’s Chapel is Mr. Justin Normand from Irving, Texas. Last fall this Presbyterian who wears a cowboy hat and boots and has a fancy white beard stood on a public sidewalk outside the nearest mosque to his home...

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On the Road with the Rector #9

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Living in the City of Houston provides us with incredible opportunities to participate in cultural and intellectual events. Throughout the year, I’ll invite you and your friends and neighbors to join me in some of these activities that might either strengthen or challenge us as...

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God Moment: The Donkey

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Because we have a donkey visiting Palmer today as part of our Palm Sunday devotions, I thought it would be polite if we took a moment to view this occasion from the perspective of our long-eared guest.  Of course, the donkey cannot speak for itself, but the donkey’s point of view was...

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From the Rector #49

Posted by The Reverend Neil A. Willard on

Next Sunday, April 9, is Palm Sunday, when we will carry our palm fronds and sing our hosannas, following Jesus Christ and proclaiming him as King of kings. It will also be our first celebration of Palm Sunday as the feast day for Palmer Memorial Episcopal Church. Palmer is not only a...

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From the Rector #48

Posted by The Reverend Neil A. Willard on

As I’ve written previously in this season of Lent, Anglican Christianity reads the Ten Commandments as they are described in the Book of Exodus (as opposed to the way they are listed in the Book of Deuteronomy). In his biblical commentary Exodus 20-40, William Johnstone, an emeritus...

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