Nov 232013

Part II (Chaps 6-10) ~ Part III (Chaps 11-15)

These five words below in caps are chapter headings from the book above. This Post is a continuance of

EPISCOPAL RECEPTION 10/05/13 (by) Tom Green. It is also a completion of JWAE (the book above). The numbers in (parentheses) are page #s.

THANK, SHAPE, WORD, MAP, ROOTS (Part II ~ Chaps 6-10).

THANK (65) “We gather at Communion table not to escape the world’s problems but to escape the world’s answers.” Bishop Arthur Vogel. And the Rev. Chris Yaw chimes in with: “Episcopalians gather to worship God not to please ourselves.” (68)

SHAPE (77) “Episcopalians live our way into a new way of thinking rather than the opposite.” (Koinina Community, 77)

What does it mean that the United States has 5% of the world’s population but consumes 30% of the world’s resources? Somehow that doesn’t surprise me, yet it floors me.

WORD (87) The Bible must be taken seriously but not literally Yaw relates; most agree, yet forget in the heat of discussion. It is also a library for community reading and owned by more, by far, than any other tome. And Yaw also states that: “the Bible is God speaking to us.” (89) In Episcopal Churches four selections are made each Sunday from the Old Testament, a Psalm, the New Testament and a Gospel.

MAP (97) refers to the Book of Common Prayer which guides us in the journey of Christian life. It seems to be the Bible “rearranged for worship.” (98) Note: all unattributed citations belong to the author of JWAE, the Rev. Chris Yaw. The Latin saying “Lex orandi, lex credendi,” translates to “praying shapes believing.” (99)

ROOTS (107) A rough estimate indicates humanity as being at least 1,000,000 years old (108) that humans with brains the size of ours the age of 500,000 years and Christ at 2,000 years ago. This seems a long time ago but, with this backdrop chronology, it provides us with a different perspective. In what way, I’m not sure, but there must be a sermon in there somewhere.

And, speaking of sermons, I checked out one made about Cana. All I know, for sure, about this beloved event, is that Our Lady, the Mother of Jesus, said to the servants after her Son balked at doing anything then: Do as He tells you.” She had absolute Faith in her Son. However. the homily I read had a number of paragraphs about Mary’s experience and feelings vv. Jesus, and her life with Him. At first I felt this sermon had to be written and delivered by a woman. When I sounded out my muse about this I was told not to generalize. But, I was right it was written and delivered by a woman. And my muse is a woman too. What lesson can I draw from that I wondered. Maybe when I jump from an airplane I should pull the ripcord. Anyway that sermon was delivered last January. And I am glad that I found a copy of it since I did not hear its stirring words being delivered. So far I haven’t had to use a parachute.

PART III (Chaps 11-15)

ROPES (119) “The important thing is this: To be able at any moment to sacrifice what we are for what we could become. Charles Dubois (119)

“History is important because the lives and stories of those who came before us continue to teach and inspire us and people like our parents know the ‘ropes’.” (120) They’ve been there, done that.

PROPHET (129) Here are a few things that we could prepare for when that time comes: “Pick a destination and be open to surprises along the way. Reconcile…with the estranged…it’s called forgiveness.” (131)

Saint Francis of Assisi mentioned love and forgiveness twice in his prayer, everything else only once. That indicates to me the importance of forgiveness And recently somewhere I read that love is found in forgiveness. Prophets are known to “speak truth to power, justice to oppression.” (132)

CONNECT (141) A Kenyan Eucharistic Liturgy says: “I am because we are. We are because He is.” Reminds me of another I like: “I AM love me as I am.” Just in case I add: “But, still I must try to improve.” Get up after every fall.

Chris Yaw tells of visiting the Holy Trinity Church in Dubai where he was handed a bulletin and a book. And he felt right at home although many miles away. (143) That is Connection.

REFUGE (149) Red is the color of many Episcopal Church front doors because that stands for a place of refuge. Red is also the color of Christ’s blood, the sacrifice of martyrs and the power of the Holy Spirit. (150) Besides being a place for those fleeing violence, the Episcopal Church shelters many converts (70% of American members is mentioned. Chris Yaw ends this chapter with this sentence: “I wouldn’t be surprised if the gates to heaven are painted red.” (158)

TREASURE (!59) This chapter heading comes from a friend of the author of JWAE who said: “I think the Episcopal Church is Christianity’s buried treasure.” (160) A recent poll by the Center for American Progress reported: “…that the government should take greater steps to help the poor and disadvantaged in America.” “And that,” said Yaw “was a big reason why this book was written when the Church is in step with 89% of the American people.” (160)

And the Rev. Chris Yaw hopes that I (as a reader of his) begin to understand the Episcopal journey. In my own journey I believe I have grown a bit in my trek from being a nomad to becoming a pilgrim. I Do feel Welcome. My cup brimeth with Joy. And…excuse me… a listener has just called wanting to know who (whom? ~ where is my muse when I need her”)….wanting to know the name of that “Cana” preacher? Oh yes, I have it right here somewhere in my notes…Why it’s someone who live in Essex County, who penned And delivered an inspiring sermon about the Mother of Jesus ~ the rector of Saint Paul’s Church in Newburyport ~ the Reverend Martha + Hubbard.


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