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Psalm 25

Lent III

March 8, 2015

St. Paul’s Anglican Church


“Shame or Respect”


The playwright and critic, George Bernard Shaw, who lived to the advanced age of 94, once combined his years of learning and experience to set forth a summary of life.  What did he conclude?  His famous quotation was this: The more things a man is ashamed of, the more respectable he is.  The more things a man is ashamed of, the more respectable he is. 


This is quite a statement, period.  But is also quite a statement if you know anything about George Bernard Shaw, who wrote more than 60 plays.  Nearly all them addressed the many complex social problems of his day – but had to include a vein of comedy in order to make them more palatable.  He examined education, marriage, religion, government, health care, and class privilege.  But here is his summary observation: The more things a man is ashamed of, the more respectable he is.  As they say, “This is one he got right!” 


David, of old, also addresses shame in the psalm read together this morning!  What did he say?  Unto thee, O LORD, will I lift up my soul... all they that hope in thee shall not be ashamed!  The word he uses for “soul” is the famous Hebrew “nephesh” which means “breath.”  And the LORD God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living soul (Genesis 2:7).  Realizing that his life is a gift from His Creator, he lifts it up as a wave offering to the LORD.  Jesus would later say that those who cling to their lives will lose them… while those who sacrifice them for Jesus’ sake and the Gospel will save them unto eternal life!


It is more than a little disconcerting when we think about this in relationship to our society in the year 2015.  The term “shame,” it would seem, is rapidly disappearing from the English language – at least as far as wickedness is concerned!  


Most can remember when this was heard every day – in school… at home… at Church!  All children received a steady and unending diet, as it were, of such training on the importance of this disappearing virtue – “shame.”  I can still hear the words today: “Don’t you have any shame?”  “Shame on you!”  “Don’t bring such shame upon us!”


Lest we have forgotten, shame is that very painful and humbling realization that we have done something very wrong, something very dishonorable, something very unworthy, something very degrading.  Shame takes accountability for it – and owns it – and is humbled by it… and thereby grows wiser! 


We all know what it feels like to be ashamed.  Even a moderately well-trained dog, when scolded for the “wrong” it has done, will slink down and slither away in shame!  This is more than what some people are capable of in our day!  


Our moral roots in America once taught us to avoid shame!  These roots were firmly established in the 17th century through use of the New England Primer-- a textbook used by students in New England and in the other English settlements of North America.  It was used by students up into the 19th century. Over five million copies of the book were sold!  What did it teach us?  Perhaps some of you still remember!  This is how the alphabet was learned by the countless children of those generations!


A -- In Adam's Fall We sinned all.

B -- Thy Life to Mend This Book Attend.

C -- The Cat doth play And after slay.

D -- A Dog will bite A Thief at night.

E -- An Eagle's flight Is Out of sight.

F -- The Idle Fool Is Whipt at School.


Americans were taught that it is noble to avoid shame – at all costs!  And God was the One to Whom we were to look for help!  Unto thee, O LORD, will I lift up my soul... all they that hope in thee shall not be ashamed!  


The word he uses for “hope” is supine (being cast down on one’s back).  Unable to affect the outcome from his position… and thus totally trusting in God’s mercy for his preservation!


But, my, how times have changed!  The would-be gods of our day have decreed in their sophistication that society no longer needs “shame.”  The only thing to shame, we are excoriated, is shame itself!  It is not unlike the zealot who blurted out, “I will not tolerate your intolerance!” without realizing what he had just said…


We live among a generation made up of millions of individuals who now demand respect for their individual schemes of right and wrong – whatever they might be!  This was, of course, Satan’s temptation in the Garden of Eden – to be as God!  To determine right and wrong for ourselves!  Ergo, “shame” we are told, is a worthless relic from a bygone era which is no longer welcome in our brave new world!  


I will never forget my conversation with a dear old man who once told me just how much he missed reciting the Ten Commandments in his church.  You see, they did not want to lose parishioners who might be offended by the “shame” that is produced through such an old-fashioned practice – so they discontinued it!


He told me it hurt to see his church bless alternative lifestyle relationships!  By abandoning the concept of shame, a great part of Christ’s Church has unwittingly – or perhaps wittingly -- become more of the problem than the cure!  It was Fyodor Dostoevsky, of The Brothers Karamasov fame who once observed, “If there is no God, everything is permitted.”


But there is always hope with the Almighty!  Year in and year out, God still allows many to find “shame” in their wrongs – and then forgiveness in their confession!  And such fortunate individuals also find the release and healing which the acknowledgment of their “shame” makes possible.  


We are all aware of the prodigal son who rediscovered life when he rushed into the arms of his father with the words “Father, I have sinned against heaven, and in thy sight, and am no more worthy to be called thy son.”


But have you read about the prodigal daughter?  “Who is the prodigal daughter?” you ask.  I’ll give you a clue.  Her real name was hidden from the public for ten years following the landmark case Roe v. Wade in 1973.  For ten years she was known as Jane Roe, the plaintiff in the Supreme Court case that legalized abortion, until her real name was revealed as Norma McCorvey.


In 1995, filled with “shame” for what Roe v. Wade had unleashed upon the world, Norma McCorvey fully repented of her sins and was baptized and became a Christian.  She now heads her own pro-life Christian organization, known as the Crossing Over Ministry.


Do we really understand the value of “shame” in our lives?  Lent is a time to remember the shame of sin and the shame of folly and the destructiveness of our departure from our Creator God.  It is a time to leave the world’s ways behind and to remember the forgiveness and grace and strength which our Heavenly Father gives those who have shame and humility.  


It is a time when we remember David’s divine counsel:  Unto thee, O LORD, will I lift up my soul... all they that hope in thee shall not be ashamed!  


It is a time to remember the fitting summary of yesteryear: The more things a man is ashamed of, the more respectable he is. 


World without end. Amen.

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Psalm 32:1-12

Ash Wednesday

February 18, 2015

St. Paul’s Anglican Church


“Congregational Confession”


Lent is the season of the Christian calendar when we make preparations for Easter -- forty days of repentance through prayer and fasting, devotion and discipline.  It is a period of rigor patterned after Christ’s forty days in the wilderness.  The oldest reference to Lent is found in the fifth canon of the Council of Nicea, in the Year of our Lord, 325.


Lent is entered through Ash Wednesday, so named because penitents receive ashes upon their foreheads – obtained through the burning of the previous year’s Palm Sunday palm fronds – a symbol of lowliness, contrition, repentance and mourning before Almighty God.  The oldest reference to Ash Wednesday is found in the seventh century A.D.


This night, along with millions of penitents the world over, we agree with the Psalmist of old in saying, “I will be sorry for my sin.”


In the 32nd Psalm which is before us this evening, we find King David in the role of the penitent.  He begins by exclaiming the blessedness of those who confess their offenses to their Creator.  And he employs several separate, but related, terms – unrighteousness, sin, guile and wickedness.  


In his case, when he resisted the confession of his grievous sins, it produced physical illness!  “My bones wasted away,” he writes, “and my strength was sapped.”


But when he brought forth his sins from hiding and acknowledged them to the Ancient of Days, he was graciously forgiven.  He encourages everyone to thus confess their sins, while time and circumstances permit.


For those who do, God brings them close to Himself in a loving and forgiving embrace – a protective “hiding place,” if you will, marked by songs of deliverance.


He counsels us not to be like unruly horses and mules, which though strong and capable, only perform the will of their masters under compulsion.  We are rather to willingly come to Him in repentance and humility out of love and gratitude for His goodness and unfailing mercy.


Those who do so are called “true of heart” and they receive the profound gift of contentment through simple joy.  They are carried along by the solid undercurrent of gladness.  “Be glad,” he reminds us, “all ye that are true of heart.”


The practice of confessing sins in Christ’s Church has taken different forms across the ages.  The Early Church of the Second Century was concerned with strengthening the lives and character of Christ’s followers -- and rightly so -- on account of the adversarial climate in which they lived.  Christian character was desperately required! 


Each Sunday would find public confession of the most public sort!  Each troubled member who had broken the Christian standard of conduct stood up at the service the week following the offense and made a public confession of his sins.


This custom continued for some time and became the first of several systems of confession.  The Church was, of course, concerned with the witness of the Christian Community to the crumbling Roman Empire around it.


This system soon manifested its weaknesses, however.  Such confession was difficult and great amounts of time were required, since the sons of Adam and daughters of Eve are sometimes given to never-ending details.  Endlessly long services led to a new method.


Confession was made to the priest of a parish who at the next service then recited the sins of the parishioners according to a formula of equal time and treatment – publicly proclaiming a summary of the sins of the congregation.  Discipline was instituted against those who had sinned.


As time passed, the flaws of this second system of confession became increasingly evident!  Hearing a priest read a long recital of the sins of Church members was, indeed, very disruptive to the worship service.  Most of the worshippers found it very difficult to remember any of the sermon when they went home.  Discussions, as you can imagine, would tend toward identifying the “guilty.”


It was during the fifth century that Pope Leo the Great ended by decree such public confession and public proclamation of the sins of Christ’s flock.  He substituted private confession instead.


The confession of sin was thus maintained in absolute confidence by the priest to whom it was confessed.  The intent was to improve the life of the Church.  But another unintended consequence surfaced.  Many of the Christian community now felt free to sin, knowing that there would be no more publicity attached to their sins and confessions.  And so, the step taken by Pope Leo the Great only compounded the sin of the Christian Community.


As the centuries advanced, the difficult matter of confession remained much the same – and Christian life and character, and the Christian Community at large, grew weaker.


My dear brothers and sisters in Christ, with the coming of the 16th century Reformation came a remarkable development in the theology and practice of confession – and for this we can thank the Almighty.  All public confession, public proclamation of confession and strictly private confession were abolished – and this comes as a surprise to many Christians.


Only one form of confession was now permitted -- general confession – not confession to the Church in public, not confession to a priest in private.  These were replaced with the general confession of a congregation to Almighty God by His people from their hearts as they knelt side by side in formal, exalted, reverent public worship!


And thus this evening – as a Church Family -- we follow the same pattern and together publicly confess our sins to Almighty God.  And we do so in accordance with the Penitential Office, a veritable treasure that has been passed down to us through faithful hands for almost five-hundred years (and probably longer).


I invite you to turn to page 60 in the Book of Common Prayer and join in collective repentance from the heart… before receiving the imposition of ashes.


The Lord be with you… 

Psalm 139

Quinquagesima Sunday

February 15, 2015

St. Paul’s Anglican Church


“Lead Me in the Way Everlasting”


We are standing at the threshold of Lent… just as our Lord in the Gospel Lesson this morning was standing at the threshold of Jerusalem, as it were.  


To the Twelve He had said, “Behold we go up to Jerusalem [and we might add for clarification… for the last time], and all things… written by the prophets concerning the Son of Man shall be accomplished.”  He described His coming humiliation, His coming suffering, His coming death(!), and His coming resurrection!  And though He was surrounded by crowds… in a sense, we see that He was all alone – for no one understood despite His words, just what would happen.  Although the Twelve followed Him with stout hearts, yet we are told they did not comprehend!


Blind Bartimaeus proclaimed Him as the Messiah and gained his vision (both moral and spiritual).  But the Twelve remained blind to His purpose and to His destiny and did not understand until later what was happening! 


Yet His Father was with Him!  He that sent me is with me He explained. The Father hath not left me alone… (St. John 8:29).


One cannot picture the events unfolding here without a flood of angst… without a torrent of swirling emotions carrying us along as we anticipate what awaits Him!  His feet, were almost on the Via Dolorosa (the Way of Suffering).  He enters Jerusalem, and will leave it only once more… to die outside its walls! 


We all face difficulties in life!  We all – quite naturally – seek to avoid them.  “Take this cup from me,” we pray – just as did our Lord.  But we often forget the words He spoke that follow.  “Nevertheless,” we hear Him softly intone: “Not my will, but thy will be done!”


God’s careful leading is found everywhere in the Bible.  “He leadeth me beside the still waters,” wrote the psalmist, of old.  God’s leading is woven through all of the seasons of Christ’s Church!  He leads the shepherds to our Lord’s Manger at Christmas.  He leads the Magi by a star during Epiphany.  He leads His Son to the Cross during Lent!


Yes, we all have troubles!  But they are all scripted into our lives by the calm, wise, and sure Hand of our Heavenly Father!  To grapple with challenges is a part of God’s School of Learning for His adopted sons and His daughters!  But He never leaves us alone… in reality, He leads us through them all!  And our struggles, though small compared to those of the Christ, meet with His kind leading as well!  


The talented poet, James Whitcomb Riley (who died just about 100-years ago now) put it so well – impeccably well -- in his delightful poem, “Under the Willows”…


We, who by shipwreck only find the shores
Of divine wisdom, can but kneel at first;
Can but exult to feel beneath our feet…
The shock and sustenance of solid earth;

He is saying that sometimes the trauma and travail of our scrapes and setbacks… our predicaments and problems… our difficulties and dilemmas are too much, and knock us soundly down – like a shipwreck --into the surf of a new land of understanding!  And as we seek to get up and recover, we can but only kneel in prayer at first!  As we regain our bearings, we then begin to understand His purposes and the greater wisdom we obtain from our trials – the ”shock” and “sustenance” of His solid earth!


The critic-turned-Christian, Malcolm Muggeridge, once described their outcome as “delectable” – and life without them as (quote) “too banal and trivial to be endurable” (unquote).


The 139th psalm read together this morning equips us with the strength of understanding and the balance of perspective to assist us whenever we would stumble as we pass through the “valley of the shadow”… It is a song in essence – with four stanzas of six verses each!  We do well to understand them!


The first stanza reminds us of God’s omniscience [literally “all knowledge”] (the fact that He is all-knowing) !  Our Heavenly Father knows us… He knows details as drab as when we sit down and when we stand up.  He knows details as personal as what we are thinking.  The psalmist says this is too wonderful and excellent! Why? Because it tells us that God is concerned about us and cares for us as His children!


The second stanza tells us about God’s omnipresence (the fact that He is everywhere present)!  It is impossible to escape His presence.  This is another great reason for rejoicing!  Why? Because He is always near!  As Alfred, Lord Tennyson wrote: 


Speak to Him, thou, for He hears, and Spirit with Spirit can meet-

Closer is He than breathing, and nearer than hands and feet.


The third stanza tells us of God’s omnipotence (the fact that He is all-powerful).  The miracle of the start of life… its development through pregnancy… and then the miracle of birth!  The mystery of the joining – and development -- of body and soul!  The miracle of His kind and wise power among us!


The fourth and final stanza tells us of what we might call God’s omni-righteousness (a reference to His perfect and comprehensive justice!).  Slaying the unrepentant wicked… eliminating the blood-thirsty of this earth!  Calling to account those who hate Him and those who take His Name in vain!  Mary said her Son would put down the mighty of this earth… and exalt those of low degree!


The psalmist seeing such magnificent aspects of God’s character, humbly asks the Ancient of Days to examine him… to try him… to point out any wickedness in him – that he might change and mend his ways!  


And this, of course, is one of the key elements of Lent from our perspective!  Self-examination!  Honesty with ourselves before God!


And then he concludes with the famous words… lead me in the way everlasting.


Lead us through Lent… Lead us through the deepening shadows… Lead us through the wilderness as we observe His Son facing the devil… Lead us through Jerusalem… Lead us through His six trials… Lead us along the Via Dolorosa… Lead us up Golgotha… Lead us to the tomb! Lead us to Easter morning!


Lead us in the way everlasting!  


World without end. Amen.

Psalm 33

Sexagesima Sunday

February 8, 2015

St. Paul’s Anglican Church


“The Counsel of the LORD”


The counsel of the LORD shall endure for ever,

And the thoughts of His heart from generation to generation!


This is, indeed, one of the great verses of the Bible!  “But what makes it great?” we ask.  What makes it great is that it deals with the ultimate realty… the “core”… of this universe.  It deals with the fountain of wisdom and power and goodness coming to us from the very heart of God!


The counsel of the LORD shall endure for ever,

And the thoughts of His heart from generation to generation!


There are four words here which are critical to our understanding!


The word counsel implies information.  But since it is from the Almighty, it is perfect information!  Reliable information.  Information we can -- and should – trust fully.  In its wider sense, it means purpose or intention.  To understand His counsel is to comprehend His purposes – for you… for me… and for His world!


The word LORD is all in capital letters because it is the closest thing we have been given to the Name of God.  A  name is a limiting concept, so He told Moses of old to tell the children of Israel that He is Yahweh – the Great I Am… the eternally existent One!  That is how He seeks to be known.  Everything else is but a “title.”


Then the word endure which means to stand… to remain!  That which endures is never defeated… never grows old…  never becomes obsolete.  Nothing can ever wear it down!  Whenever everything else might fall or erode or disintegrate that which endures remains standing!


And finally the word forever which indicates no end!  Perpetual… continuous… eternal.  Outlasting time itself!


The amplified sense of it all is thus this… The perfect and reliable information which our eternally existent Creator has revealed to us shall standcontinuously… beyond the end of time -- world without end!  


The counsel of the LORD shall endure for ever,

And the thoughts of His heart from generation to generation!


To have the counsel of the Almighty makes us rich!  To understand it makes us fabulously wealthy.  To follow it carefully makes us true sons and daughters of our heavenly Father!


In Hebrew poetry, everything gets stated twice!  It is stated the first time… then it is stated again a second time in the same basic form… but using different terminology.  Hence our verse this morning! 


The counsel of the LORD shall endure for ever,

And the thoughts of His heart from generation to generation!


Knowing this about Hebrew poetry, we can deduce that His counsel arises straight  from His heart… and that not only will it remain standing perpetually, but it will be available to each and every generation along the way!


God is sovereign… and His sovereign word to us is our greatest gift!  It has been termed the vicar of Christ (“vicar comes from the same root word as vicarious – a substitute)!  Jesus said, “Heaven and earth shall pass away, but my words shall not pass away.”


All of the 613 commands in the Old Testament (according to the count of Biblical scholars) can be reduced to the Decalogue (Ten Commandments or Ten Words).  This is why we recite them – in accordance with the practice of the Early Church – each Sunday morning.  This is also why we read together Jesus summary of the two tables of God’s Law – to love God and to love our neighbors as ourselves!


The Church is thus called in the New Testament to defend the truth.  To be a bulwark (or defensive wall).  This is why the Church is thus called the pillar and foundation of truth!


What in the world has happened in Christ’s Church during our own lifetimes that has caused it to deflect so far from this primary task of defending and perpetuating the counsel of the Almighty?  How is it that Christ’s Church has all-but-forgotten His counsel which we were told endures forever?


Why is it that so many churches in our day of moral confusion and social ills have abandoned God’s counsel and the thoughts of His heart – and taken upon themselves an entirely new task… and new mantra… to be a weathervane?  To be inclusive… and affirming… and accommodating when it comes to the ways of the sinful world in which we live?  Something is terribly wrong!  Not only are the thoughts of God’s heart cut off from future generations, but they are actually concealed from those of our day who are earnestly looking for them!


It has been said that it is entirely possible to be so open minded that our brains fall out!   It has also been said that we are all too often like concrete – thoroughly mixed up and set in our ways!

The counsel of the LORD is the key to success in any undertaking in life.  Remember the words of dear old Benjamin Franklin at the Constitutional Convention (as the oldest delegate at 81-years of age) when he addressed his distinguished peers:


I have lived, Sir, a long time, and the longer I live, the more convincing proofs I see of this truth- that God Governs in the affairs of men. And if a sparrow cannot fall to the ground without his notice, is it probable that an empire can rise without his aid?


The focus of the Church is to please its Lord… root and fruit!  Not find acceptance with the world!  Not seek the respect of Christ’s enemies!  Not seek to combine light with darkness!  St. John records in the Gospel account bearing his name that Jesus’ enemies loved the praise of men more than they loved the praise of the Almighty! 


I believe the point of departure was when churches stopped worshipping God!  When worship services became “events”… “happenings” – when enthusiasm replaced reverence.


We might consider returning to the pattern laid down through King David by the Spirit of the Living God 3,000-years ago!  The first three commands given in this morning’s psalm say it all: Rejoice in the LORD… Praise the LORD… Sing unto the LORD!  Forget about man for an hour… and remember the Almighty!


It is one thing to be rooted in enthusiasm… and to bask in the accolades of men.  It is altogether something else to humbly and reverently receive the loving instruction of our Heavenly Father!


Let us never forget our greatest of all assets… 


The counsel of the LORD shall endure for ever,

And the thoughts of His heart from generation to generation!


World without end… 


Amen.

Psalm 20

Septuagesima Sunday

February 1, 2015

St. Paul’s Anglican Church 


“We Will Remember His Name”


Many wonder why Christ’s Church has a three-Sunday long season each year just before Lent (which is known as Pre-Lent).  Well, for one thing, it serves beautifully to shift liturgical gears from the bright light and the wisdom and the glory of Epiphany to the long and dark – ominous and foreboding --shadows of Lent!


But more practically speaking, the three-Sunday long Pre-Lenten season grew out of the sixth century A.D. – and a very difficult seam of European history when several unthinkable crises coalesced and darkness descended upon God’s people.  The solemnity of this morning’s collect asking for God’s “deliverance” – and next week’s collect asking for His defense -- underscores the difficulty of those days.  “Deliverance from what?“ we ask.  Defense against whom?


Emperor Justinian (and his empress Theodora) ruling the Eastern Roman Empire (known as the Byzantine Empire) sought to reclaim provinces lost earlier to invading barbarian tribes.  It took twenty years (A.D. 535-554) to accomplish this (a period now termed the “Gothic War”) but he succeeded, and won their lands back!  


Unfortunately it was something of a pyric victory, because in the wake of their triumph it was discovered just how much the lands had been decimated and considerably depopulated.  And to make matters worse, another foe – perhaps even more evil, the Lombards -- descended from the north and took over control of all that Justinian had just won.  And Justinian was powerless -- unable to resist them!


Coupled with this, which in and of itself would have been bad enough, there were documented earthquakes… attendant pestilences… and resulting famines!  The prayers – petitions for help from the Almighty --from those days entered the Medieval service books (also known as “missals”) of Christ’s Church and have come down to us in our own day as “collects” with their understandably somber and serious tone.


Psalm 20 which was read together this morning – one of the psalms prescribed for use on Septuagesima Sunday -- tells us a lot!


Some put their trust in chariots, and some in horses, but we will remember the Name of the LORD our God.


This psalm was composed by King David, who more than most understood the hazards of war!  Nothing is “given” (assured) in warfare.  Hence this psalm which he composed (with the help of the Ancient of Days) to give his people that they might pray it for their own defense – and the defense of their homeland!


God had forbidden the kings of Israel to multiply three things (among others) -- horses, wives, and wealth!


He forbad the multiplying of horses, in order that His people might be spared the destruction that always and eventually comes to the empire-builders of this world!  And without horses, we should note that chariots are of little worth!


The key here is that God’s people are those who remember to put their trust in the name of the LORD their God.  He is our first, second, third, and final – and only -- line of defense!


God really has no name.  To have a name is to be limited… to be comprehended by a single word.  So he told Moses, “Tell them I AM has sent you.  Tell them the eternally existent one Who has no limitations has sent you! 


As we cross the threshold this morning into the Pre-Lenten season, and look ahead through the nine-week long corridor leading to Easter Day, we will come to understand better that which was so clear to King David… and so clear to the subjects of Justinian – that God alone in our defense in life.  For as St. Paul tells us, we contend not against flesh and blood, but against principalities and powers… rulers of darkness… and spiritual wickedness !


We will hear our Lord tell St. Peter, “Put away your sword, for all who live by the sword will die by the sword.”  Swords were of no use in the conflict which engulfed our Lord in the sight of the Twelve.


Nor is our strength in our resolutions… alone!  St. Peter told Jesus that he would never deny Him – yet he denied Him three times before the night was over!  No, His people must remember the Name of the LORD our God!


As we walk with our Lord into the wilderness… and see Him face the Evil One without any physical weapons – a purely spiritual conflict of excruciating intensity – in which the Second Adam succeeds where the first Adam failed… we, too, begin to learn the importance and meaning of these words: but we will remember the Name of the LORD our God.


It is interesting that when the archangel Michael (according to the Book of Jude) was contending with Satan for the body of Moses, he did not even appeal to his heavenly authority – but to the Name of the Great I AM -- The LORD rebuke thee…


St. Paul reminds us the only weapons of any value in our ultimate conflict with evil are… spiritual in nature – the shield of faith… the helmet of salvation.. the breastplate of righteousness… the sword of the Spirit… etc. 


The goal during Lent is to grow strong with Christ in the Name of His Father – to see and listen and learn and follow His example!


Those who trust in physical weapons are brought down and fallen (verse 8) … but those who remember the Name of the LORD our God are risen and stand upright in victory!


What was the “secret” of St. Patrick, one of the greatest evangelists of all time (and British!) – In what is known as “St. Patrick’s Breastplate” we hear him intone the words “I bind unto myself today” what?  I bind unto myself today… The strong Name of the Trinity


Some put their trust in chariots, and some in horses, but we will remember the Name of the LORD our God.


…esp. as we follow His Son through the long shadows of Lent!


World without end… Amen.

Psalm 66

The Conversion of St. Paul

January 25, 2015 

St. Paul’s Anglican Church