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From the Rector #24

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Posted by The Reverend Neil A. Willard on

One of my favorite theologians is Miroslav Volf, an Episcopalian who teaches at Yale Divinity School. Born in Croatia, where his father was a pacifist and a Pentecostal minister, he witnessed both ethnic and religious violence as the former communist Yugoslavia split apart. Yet he knows well the ...

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From the Rector #23

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Posted by The Reverend Neil A. Willard on

Hopefully those who primarily attend the 9:00 a.m. Choral Eucharist on Sundays have noticed the restoration of the psalms to those liturgies since my arrival at Palmer. The psalms are a too often neglected spiritual treasure within Christianity. Yet their words can be our own words not only ...

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From the Rector #22

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Posted by The Reverend Neil A. Willard on

Palmer’s 11:00 AM liturgy on Sundays uses the traditional, poetic language of Rite I. Adorning those beautiful words is the music of Healey Willan as we sing “Glory be to God on high . . .” and “Holy, holy, holy, Lord God of Hosts . . .” Incense is always used at this ...

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From the Rector #21

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Posted by The Reverend Neil A. Willard on

If you walk into the pulpit in the church, you might notice a small brass plaque on top of the railing that is engraved with these words: “. . . we wish to see Jesus.” Those words were spoken to a disciple of Jesus by what the Gospel of John describes as “some Greeks” who ...

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Miracle

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Posted by Lynn Morstead on

It had been a busy day at the Sacred Heart Immigration Respite Center in McAllen, Texas. Approximately 65 clients in the morning and another 25, give or take, in the afternoon wave. We had found a clean change of clothes for everyone from the mountains of donations, given everyone a comforting ...

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From the Rector #20

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Posted by The Reverend Neil A. Willard on

Today is the 15th anniversary of the terrorist attacks against the homeland of the United States on September 11, 2001. On that morning, four passenger airliners were hijacked and turned into instruments of death, killing nearly 3,000 people and causing the collapse of the twin towers of the World ...

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From the Rector #19

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Posted by The Reverend Neil A. Willard on

In the days leading up to this Labor Day weekend, I was perusing the website of the Theology of Work Project, which reflects on the high calling of our daily work. There I found a prayer that I’ve adapted for us to ponder on the eve of this holiday. Perhaps these words will become your own ...

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God Moves in Mysterious Ways

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Posted by John A. Fields on

Albert Einstein observed that coincidence was God’s way of remaining anonymous. An 18th century English hymn speculates that God moves in mysterious ways. These quotes have a special meaning to me and a place in my faith journey. As a young father with a busy career, I began to question if ...

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From the Rector #18

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Posted by The Reverend Neil A. Willard on

This week Steven Patterson retires as Palmer’s Business Administrator after having worked for this congregation in more than one role for almost 16 years. Many of you have interacted with him about calendars and room set ups and, yes, even the temperature inside the church. I will greatly ...

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