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From the Rector #42

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Posted by The Reverend Neil A. Willard on

There aren’t many public theologians these days in the mold of the mid-twentieth-century’s Reinhold Niebuhr. Someone who comes very close is David Brooks, who is, in fact, today’s guest preacher at the National Cathedral in Washington, D.C. The first video below begins with his...

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From the Rector #41

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Posted by The Reverend Neil A. Willard on

For many Americans, today is known as Super Bowl Sunday. And that major event will be taking place this evening in Houston, just down the street from Palmer. If you happen to be our guest this morning because you’re in town to watch a football game, we are honored by your presence and hope...

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From the Rector #40

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Posted by The Reverend Neil A. Willard on

Today is a special day in our life together at Palmer Memorial Episcopal Church. It’s when we come together for a combined worship service, elect new leaders at our annual meeting, and stay for a wonderful lunch in the parish hall. So join me in praying for our community of...

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From the Rector #39

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Posted by The Reverend Neil A. Willard on

This past week I had an appointment across the street from the church in the Texas Medical Center. As I walked past Methodist Hospital in the rain, I was very much aware of the fact that former President George H.W. Bush was there in an intensive-care unit because of problems related to...

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From the Rector #38

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Next month the Super Bowl will take place at NRG Stadium in the City of Houston. Many people watch that event because they love NFL football. Others like the food or the company that comes to their home to enjoy a shared experience. But nearly everyone likes to see the commercials, even though...

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From the Rector #37

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Posted by The Reverend Neil A. Willard on

This past Friday, January 6, was the Feast of the Epiphany. It’s the day when we read in Matthew’s Gospel about the visit of the Magi, strangers from the East, to worship the young child Jesus. Arriving with “gifts of gold, frankincense, and myrrh,” they provide an...

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From the Rector #36

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Each year the Archbishop of Canterbury publishes an Ecumenical Christmas Letter to Christians throughout the world. The Most Rev. Justin Welby currently holds that office, and here is a quote from his letter to us in this Christmas season: In many parts of our troubled, uncertain...

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From the Rector #35

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Posted by The Reverend Neil A. Willard on

Christmas has finally arrived here in the Lone Star State. Last night, the four services at Palmer Memorial Episcopal Church in Houston were filled with people who came there on Christmas Eve seeking something — most looking for the manger, many desiring a little peace, and quite a...

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From the Rector #34

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Posted by The Reverend Neil A. Willard on

Back in 2009, in the days leading up to Christmas, I happened to read in the news about an African-American man in Florida who had just been exonerated after 35 years of wrongful incarceration. His name is James Bain, and he was only 19 years old when he arrived in prison. After DNA testing...

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From the Rector #33

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Posted by The Reverend Neil A. Willard on

Today is the Third Sunday of Advent. To prepare our hearts to celebrate the birth of Christ, our church will be filled with prayer and praise not only this morning during our services of Holy Eucharist but also in the afternoon during our annual service of Advent Lessons & Carols at 5:00...

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