April 27 – The Second Sunday of Easter – The Rev’d Jo-Ann Murphy

It’s hard to imagine the impact that Jesus’ resurrection had on his closest followers.   His execution on the cross had plunged them into confusion.  According to the Gospel of John’s version of the story they apparently didn’t give any credence to Mary Magdalene’s Easter morning announcement to them, “I have seen the Lord,” or they…

April 17 – Maundy Thursday – The Rev’d Jo-Ann Murphy

The Rt. Rev. Mariann Edgar Budde, Bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Washington, writes, “Who doesn’t want to live a successful life?  What a gift it is when we work hard and we get what we want, when serendipity is on our side and our dreams are realized.  There is great satisfaction and power in…

March 23 – Journey of Transformation – The Rev’d Jo-Ann Murphy

This is a week to think for a few minutes about journeying.  In our reading from the Hebrew Scriptures (Exodus 17:1-7) the children of Israel have left slavery in Egypt and are journeying through the wilderness, heading for the land promised to them by Yahweh.  In our reading from the fourth gospel (John 4:5-42) Jesus…

March 9 – Looking Our Hearts in the Face – Rev’d Jo-Ann Murphy

“Lord, teach us to take our hearts and look them in the face, however difficult it may be.” Gaudy Night by Dorothy L. Sayers   What is Lent for, really?  Mirroring Jesus’ experience in the wilderness, it is a time to let the light of truth reveal our motivations, to recalibrate our spiritual lives, to…