Saturday, November 28, 2015


"This is the first, wildest, and wisest thing I know, that the soul exists and that it is built entirely out of attentiveness." —Mary Oliver

The task of education

“It is the foremost task of education to insure the survival of these qualities: an enterprising curiosity, an undefeatable spirit, tenacity in pursuit, readiness for sensible denial, and above all, compassion.” 

~Kurt Hahn, Outward Bound Founder

Sunday, November 22, 2015

Prayers from the service of Compline

Prayers from the service of Compline 

Be our light in the darkness, O Lord, and in your great mercy
defend us from all perils and dangers of this night; for the
love of your only Son, our Savior Jesus Christ. Amen.

Be present, O merciful God, and protect us through the hours
of this night, so that we who are wearied by the changes and
chances of this life may rest in your eternal changelessness;
through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Look down, O Lord, from your heavenly throne, and
illumine this night with your celestial brightness; that by
night as by day your people may glorify your holy Name;
through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Visit this place, O Lord, and drive far from it all snares of the
enemy; let your holy angels dwell with us to preserve us in
peace; and let your blessing be upon us always; through Jesus
Christ our Lord. Amen.

Keep watch, dear Lord, with those who work, or watch, or
weep this night, and give your angels charge over those who
sleep. Tend the sick, Lord Christ; give rest to the weary, bless
the dying, soothe the suffering, pity the afflicted, shield the
joyous; and all for your love's sake. Amen.

O God, your unfailing providence sustains the world we live
in and the life we live: Watch over those, both night and day,
who work while others sleep, and grant that we may never
forget that our common life depends upon each other's toil;
through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Open my lips, O Lord

Open my lips, O Lord, *
    and my mouth shall proclaim your praise.
Create in me a clean heart, O God, *
    and renew a right spirit within me.
Cast me not away from your presence *
    and take not your holy Spirit from me.
Give me the joy of your saving help again *
    and sustain me with your bountiful Spirit.
Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit: *
    as it was in the beginning, is now, and will be for ever. Amen.

~From Psalm 51

Friday, November 20, 2015

The Parable of the Good Samaritan

Luke 10:25-37New Revised Standard Version (NRSV)

The Parable of the Good Samaritan

25 Just then a lawyer stood up to test Jesus.[a] “Teacher,” he said, “what must I do to inherit eternal life?” 26 He said to him, “What is written in the law? What do you read there?” 27 He answered, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your strength, and with all your mind; and your neighbor as yourself.” 28 And he said to him, “You have given the right answer; do this, and you will live.”
29 But wanting to justify himself, he asked Jesus, “And who is my neighbor?” 30 Jesus replied, “A man was going down from Jerusalem to Jericho, and fell into the hands of robbers, who stripped him, beat him, and went away, leaving him half dead. 31 Now by chance a priest was going down that road; and when he saw him, he passed by on the other side. 32 So likewise a Levite, when he came to the place and saw him, passed by on the other side. 33 But a Samaritan while traveling came near him; and when he saw him, he was moved with pity. 34 He went to him and bandaged his wounds, having poured oil and wine on them. Then he put him on his own animal, brought him to an inn, and took care of him. 35 The next day he took out two denarii,[b] gave them to the innkeeper, and said, ‘Take care of him; and when I come back, I will repay you whatever more you spend.’ 36 Which of these three, do you think, was a neighbor to the man who fell into the hands of the robbers?” 37 He said, “The one who showed him mercy.” Jesus said to him, “Go and do likewise.”


  1. Luke 10:25 Gk him
  2. Luke 10:35 The denarius was the usual day’s wage for a laborer
New Revised Standard Version (NRSV)
New Revised Standard Version Bible, copyright © 1989 the Division of Christian Education of the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved.

Thursday, November 19, 2015

Reflections on the recent events in Paris

Upper Division Convocation
The Rev. Peter M. Carey
Berkeley Preparatory School, Tampa, Florida
19 November 2015

Let us pray

Grant, O God, that your holy and life-giving Spirit may so move every human heart, that barriers which divide us may crumble, suspicions disappear, and hatreds cease; that our divisions being healed, we may live in justice and peace. Amen.

We have been reminded all too often in recent times of the ways that religion can be bent and perverted to evil uses. 

And so, it is very important to remember what former president, George Bush stated just six days after 9-11 when he spoke at the Islamic Center in Washington, DC:

“The face of terror is not the true faith of Islam.  That’s not what Islam is all about.  Islam is peace.  These terrorists represent evil and war.  When we think of Islam we think of a faith that brings comfort to a billion people around the world.  Billions of people find comfort and solace and peace.  And that’s made brothers and sisters out of every race – out of every race.  (America counts millions of Muslims amongst our citizens, and Muslims make an incredibly valuable contribution to our country.  Muslims are doctors, lawyers, law professors, members of the military, entrepeneurs, shopkeepers, moms and dads.  And they need to be treated with respect.)  In our anger and emotion, our fellow Americans must treat each other with respect.”

These are helpful words to remember as we continue to learn more about these terrible attacks, and consider the best way to counter the despicable acts by these fringe groups.  Like many of you, France is close to my heart.  My parents visit France each year, and were just recently there this Fall.  I myself love France and have spent time right where some of these attacks occurred.

Just as Paris was reeling, I received word from my friend and former headmaster Ham Clark (the cousin of two Berkeley students) who is now head of a school in Beirut that his school community is also reeling from multiple bombings nearby. 

And so, like you perhaps, I am feeling many emotions: anger, fear, sadness, helplessness … so, how might we respond.  I would pray that we respond with the desire to learn as much as we can about these events, while also holding true to the “better angels of our natures.”

One Parisian who is living in the US had this quite profound response:

"It is so easy to hate. It is so much harder to quell and extinguish hatred, especially at moments like this. But, if we are to be victorious in this struggle, we must begin by owning our own selves and exercising self-control. We must not allow ISIS to plant their evil banner in our hearts and souls...We have to unite to fight this evil and mourn the loss of these young lives, not just in Paris but in Egypt, in Lebanon, in India, to name a few places." ~Christele Furey

As our own French student, Charly Pollet shared the other day:

“We fight terrorism with love, compassion, and joy (joie de vivre)  by cherishing our life, being thankful for each and everyday.  Remember the French community around the world and here at Berkeley as well as the victims of terrorism everywhere.  “Live as if you were to die tomorrow, learn as if you were to live forever”- Gandhi

One way that Parisians are standing up to terror is by the simple, and yet profound, act of returning to their beloved cafes – the very places which were the sites of some of these violent acts.  And so, as I again ask us to pray, I lift my coffee cup to those Parisians, those citizens of Beirut, of Egypt, of India, and elsewhere who are standing up to this evil. 

Let us pray

Almighty God.  Broaden our minds and hearts so that we may find solutions to terrible situations while also acting out of compassion and loving kindness.  Help us to seek the good, while we also root out evil.  Help us to see recognize the interconnectedness of our ever shrinking world and to see one another as fellow brothers and sisters.  Amen.

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Lead from trust, hope, and faith

We have places of fear inside of us, but we have other places as well—places with names like trust and hope and faith. We can choose to lead from one of those places, to stand on ground that is not riddled with the fault lines of fear, to move toward others from a place of promise instead of anxiety. As we stand in one of those places, fear may remain close at hand and our spirits may still tremble. But now we stand on ground that will support us, ground from which we can lead others toward a more trustworthy, more hopeful, more faithful way of being in the world.  

      ~Parker Palmer

Monday, November 16, 2015

Prayer for all who suffer

By Jean Jullien

Almighty God, pour out your grace and peace upon all those who suffer today.  For those who are reeling from the attacks in France and Lebanon, and all those throughout the world who are in harm's way, we pray that they might feel the blessing of your healing power.  We know that what appears impossible to us is within your power to grant.  Send your Holy Spirit among us, and enliven us to find solutions to difficult problems, to bring peace where there is war, to bring understanding where there is confusion, and to bring love where there is hate.  All this we ask through your son, Jesus Christ.  Amen.

(The Rev. Peter M. Carey, Chaplain, Berkeley Preparatory School)

Wednesday, November 11, 2015

Thank a Veteran

Today is a day to remember and honor the veterans of the United States of America and also a day to remember the Armistice (end of fighting) on the 11th month of the 11th Day in 1918 when the "War to End All Wars" came to an end. Of course, it was not the war to end all wars and our veterans have born the greatest burdens in this century as we have sent them into harm's way countless times. I have many friends who are veterans and I honor their sacrifice and their dedication on this day while I also pray and work for peace in our time.

So, thank a veteran today and also work for peace and justice!

Tuesday, November 10, 2015

The strength of the hills

In his hand are the deep places of the earth: the strength of the hills is his also. ~Psalm 95:4

Wednesday, November 04, 2015

For all the saints

For All the Saints 
For all the saints who from their labor rest,
Who Thee by faith before the world confessed,
Thy name, O Jesus, be forever blessed,
Alleluia! Alleluia!

O blest communion, fellowship divine.
We feebly struggle, they in glory shine;
Yet all are one in Thee, for all are Thine.
Alleluia! Alleluia!

And when the fight is fierce, the warfare long,
Steals on the ear the distant triumph song,
And hearts are brave again, and arms are strong.
Alleluia! Alleluia.

From earth's wide bounds, from ocean's farthest coast,
Through gates of pearl streams in the countless host,
Singing to Father, Son and Holy Ghost,
Alleluia! Alleluia!

(1864) (William How)

Monday, November 02, 2015

Bishop Curry becomes the Episcopal Church's Presiding Bishop

See his sermon HERE

Blessed All Souls Day

Today is All Souls Day!

Several years ago I was blessed to spend the day at Westminster Abbey on November 2nd...and I wrote about it below...

May you have a blessed All Souls Day,

~The Rev. Peter M. Carey

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Several years ago while in college, I was studying in Europe and made a trip up to England to visit a friend and to see some of the sights there.  I was excited that my friend was staying in Kent, and I would be able to go to Canterbury Cathedral to attend church and poke around in the town.  But, before going to Kent, I was in London in early November, visiting museums and churches, and doing the tourist thing.  On November 2nd, I made my way over to Westminster Abbey, where I was to meet up with one of the canons of the Abbey.  A mutual friend made the connection for me, and I was exploring the Abbey on a terribly rainy and cold day.

Not being totally keyed into the liturgical calendar, I was able to learn a bit about All Souls Day while in Westminster Abbey.  Since it was such a cold and rainy day, and since there are endless things to see and to visit, I stayed there much of the day.  Since All Souls Day is also known as the Feast of the Faithful Departed when many Christians remember all those who have died in the last year, it became a rich and deep place to observe the holiday.  In addition, just the day before, one of the elderly canons (priests in a leadership role) at the Abbey had died. So, along with the rainy day, the soulful Abbey (full of tombs!), and the occasion of the death of the canon it really was a wonderful place to learn about All Souls Day, and about the depth of our Anglican Tradition - not merely by reading about it or talking about it, but by doing it.   I entered Westminster Abbey a tourist, and left a pilgrim.

I pray that we all take time today to reflect upon All Souls Day and pray for all those who have died, and pray for us, that we might live in a way that is full, abundant, and holy.

Blessings on All Souls Day,

~The Rev. Peter M.Carey

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Sunday, November 01, 2015

Become free

“How free you can become if you stop worrying about things that don’t concern you!”Thomas Merton

Saturday, October 31, 2015

7 Times Halloween Played an Important Role in the ‘Harry Potter’ Series

7 Times Halloween Played an Important Role in the ‘Harry Potter’ Series

Posted on October 27, 2015 by  in

When most of us think about Halloween, we think of costumes, candy, and spooky books. It ends there once you pass the trick-or-treating age. Unless, of course, you’re reading Harry Potter.
If you look closely, Halloween turns out to be an especially significant day in the wizarding world. October 31 marks both good and bad occurrences throughout J.K. Rowling’s bestselling series, and we’ve rounded up those times below.

1492: Sir Nicholas de Mimsy-Porpington dies

This goes back nearly 500 years before the first book takes place. But Nearly Headless Nick plays a role in many future Halloweens, so it’s important to know that he died on this day. He was executed after a teeth-straightening spell he performed went wrong, but after being terrified of death, he came back as a ghost and now lives at Hogwarts as the Gryffindor house ghost.

1981: Lily and James Potter are murdered by Voldemort

This is where the series begins. Lily and James are killed by Voldemort, and Harry survives, thus ending the first Wizarding War. The entire series is based on this one moment, so it’s a pretty important Halloween. October 31, 2015 marks the 34th anniversary of their death.

1991: A troll invades Hogwarts


In Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone, Professor Quirrell lets a troll into the castle. Everyone is understandably terrified by this dangerous creature, but it’s ultimately the event that sealed Harry, Ron, and Hermione as the three best friends that anyone ever had. Fortunately, Halloween was also the first time Professor Flitwick taught the Wingardium Leviosa spell, which Ron uses later that night to help defeat the troll.

1992: The Chamber of Secrets is opened

In Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, Ginny Weasley accidentally opens the Chamber on Halloween — the first time it’s been opened in 50 years. The basilisk was released, wreaking havoc to the school, and bringing everyone at Hogwarts to the realization that something sinister may be occurring.

1993: Sirius Black breaks into Hogwarts

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Sirius Black escapes from Azkaban, and Hogwarts is put under lockdown as the wizarding world is under the impression that a dangerous criminal is on the loose. Sirius breaks into the castle on Halloween night, entering the Gryffindor tower to search for Ron’s pet rat Scabbers. Halloween 1993 is also the student’s first trip to Hogsmeade, and as always, the day is an emotional rollercoaster on all levels.

1994: Harry’s name is put into the Goblet of Fire

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When Harry’s name is mysteriously entered into the Goblet of Fire on Halloween night, he’s forced to participate in the incredibly dangerous Triwizard Tournament despite being underage. The Tournament ends with Voldemort’s return, and the series as a whole takes a turn for the worse.

1997: The Deathly Hallows

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While not directly related to Halloween, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows does hint at it. The word “Hallows” is derived from All Hallows Eve — a day dedicated to remembering the dead. As Harry approaches his final battle with Voldemort, he not only remembers the dead, but encounters them again as they walk him through his battle. Finally, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows is based on the three Hallows in Beedle the Bard’s tale, which combined, helps the owner combat death itself.
What is your favorite Harry Potter Halloween moment? Tell us in the comments!

Friday, October 30, 2015


The bishop of Virginia, the Rt. Rev. Shannon Johnston, wrote a great article back in 2005 about his understanding of, and his support of, Halloween. I am posting the entire article here as it is a wonderful argument for why Christians can support Halloween in good conscience. So dress up, have a great day, and be sure to also go to church this Sunday when we celebrate All Saints Day!

~ The Rev. Peter M. Carey
The Rt. Rev. Shannon Johnston (written before he was consecrated bishop and posted on October 26, 2005) 
When I was a child, I loved Halloween. All of my family participated enthusiastically, decorating our house with witches, devils, black cats, and ghosts. It was innocent fun, filled with imagination and creativity. Looking back, what made Halloween so great for this child was its contrast of silliness and fright, the supernatural and the known, the permitted and the forbidden, the secretive and the public. Halloween was unique; no other occasion was anything like it.

 As an adult––and as a priest––I still love Halloween. And I do mean HALLOWEEN, not a “Fall Festival” or the like. Every year, I carve two pumpkins–one playfully smiling and the other “very scary.” I love seeing the children’s costumes and making a big fuss over them. How sad now that Halloween is being spoiled and even taken away from us by the absolutely outrageous ideas that it is “satanic,” pagan, or of the occult. Such notions are poorly informed, terribly misguided, and absolutely untrue. There are many materials circulating these days, all pretending some sort of scholarly knowledge and/or religious authority, that strive to show that Halloween is “really” celebrating the powers of darkness. In response, I must be absolutely clear: pretenses of authority notwithstanding, these materials are at great odds with centuries of commonly accepted theology, not to mention scholarship with proven accreditation. The so-called “exposure” of Halloween is nothing more than a skewed, self-serving agenda from various churches that make up only a tiny minority of Christianity, indeed a minority within Protestantism.

Of course I am aware that satanists, Wiccans, and other occult groups are indeed active on October 31. It is also true that some pseudo-spiritualists and some plain ole’ nut-cases use Halloween as an excuse to act out. NONE OF THIS CHANGES WHAT HALLOWEEN ACTUALLY IS OR WHAT IT MEANS IN THE CHURCH’S LIFE AND WITNESS.Much of the occult association with the day arose long after the Church’s observances began in the mid 300's. Our answer to those Christians who bristle at the celebration of Halloween is that we will not allow occultists to steal it away from God’s Church. Moreover, several Christian observances have pre-Christian ancestry or pagan parallels (the date of Christmas, for example).  Whatever the case, the fact is that the Christian truths proclaimed on such days are not affected.

A big part of the problem here comes from the people who do not understand the Liturgical Year because their churches do not follow it. It’s hard to keep a clear perspective on something so rooted in history and tradition if you belong to a church that has no such roots, or to one that rejects as irrelevant or “suspect” the ancient practices from the earliest Christian centuries.

The bottom line is Halloween’s relationship to All Saints’ Day (Nov. 1), one of the Church’s seven “Principal Feasts.” The celebration of any Principal Feast may begin on the evening before––thus, Christmas Eve, Twelfth Night (before Epiphany), Easter Eve (the Great Vigil), etc. Halloween is simply the eve of All Saints’ Day, which is also a baptismal feast. The great truth behind Halloween’s revels is that which we declare at every baptism: “YOU ARE SEALED BY THE HOLY SPIRIT IN BAPTISM AND ARE MARKED AS CHRIST’S OWN FOREVER.”

The most important thing to remember is this: Halloween is the time when Christians proclaim and celebrate the fact that Satan and the occult have no power over us and cannot disrupt our relationship with our Lord and Redeemer, as long as we live faithfully to Christ. We show this by making fun of such pretenders, lampooning them in their face. This is why our costumes and decorations certainly should be witches, devils, and ghosts. In the victory of Christ, Christians are privileged to do this and we must not be timid about it!

Ours is not a fearful faith, cowering from the prospect of falling unawares into Satan’s grasp. In God’s grace and your faithfulness, you ARE Christ’s own forever. Nothing supersedes that fact.  Halloween is therefore one of the boldest Christian witnesses, precisely because of its highly public, graphic, and lampooning nature. Personally, I suspect that those who cannot embrace this are living a fear-driven and even insecure faith. If so, they have bigger problems than the highjinks of Halloween.
In Christ,

Wednesday, October 28, 2015

Harry Potter and Halloween

You knew me, O God

In my mother’s womb
you knew me, O God.
In my father’s birth
and in the birth of his father were my beginnings.
At the inception of time
and even before time began
your love conceived of my being.
As you have known me
so may I come to know you.
As you prepared my birth
so may I make way for fresh birthings of your Spirit. As you sowed all things in love
so may your love for all things be born in me,
so may your love be born again in me.
-John Phillip Newell - from Sounds of the Eternal: A Celtic Psalter.


If I were to wish for anything I should not wish for wealth and power, but for the passionate sense of what can be, for the eye, which, ever young and ardent, sees the possible. Pleasure disappoints, possibility never. And what wine is so sparkling, what so fragrant, what so intoxicating as possibility?

Tuesday, October 27, 2015

Prayers for schools

Berkeley Preparatory School Prayer
Written by Father Robert Marais, Chaplain and Assistant Headmaster, 1969

Almighty and loving Father,
source of all wisdom and truth.
Bless with thy love and favor,
the Berkeley Preparatory School.
Inspire our founders, teachers and students
with what is right and good.
That we may always be a credit to our school,
our country, and to thee, the only God.
Through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen

For Schools and Colleges (Episcopal Book of Common Prayer, page 824)

O Eternal God, bless all schools, colleges, and universities, and especially the Berkeley Preparatory School, that they may be lively centers for sound learning, new discovery, and the pursuit of wisdom; and grant that those who teach and those who learn may find you to be the source of all truth; through Jesus Christ our Lord.  Amen

For Young Persons (Episcopal Book of Common Prayer, page 829)

God our Father, you see your children growing up in an unsteady and confusing world; Show them that your ways give more life than the ways of the world, and that following you is better than chasing after selfish goals.  Help them to take failure, not as a measure of their worth, but as a chance for a new start.  Give them strength to hold their faith in you, and to keep alive their joy in your creation; through Jesus Christ our Lord.  Amen.

Sunday, October 25, 2015

Share your knowledge

"Share your knowledge. It's a way to achieve immortality." — Dalai Lama XIV

From The Episcopal Cafe: Financing the Church by Robert Prichard

My Church History professor from seminary, Dr. Robert Pritchard, has a fine article up on The Episcopal Cafe today in which he describes the changing practices of "Financing the Church" through US History.  A good read.

~Peter Carey

Episcopal Cafe: THE MAGAZINE

by Robert W. PrichardAlthough it might not always be clear from stewardship sermons, Christian attitudes about Church finance have changed frequently over the centuries in response to changes in the cultures and economies of the nations in which Christians lived. In the case of the Episcopal Church in United States, there have been multiple overlapping patterns of church support.

During the colonial era, patterns of support depended on the colony in which a church was located. In those states in which the Church of England came to be established (Maryland, Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina, and Georgia) the legislature designated land for church buildings and glebes (land that could be farmed by clergy or rented to produce income) and gave the church vestry the right to levy a tax (called a tithe but actually a flat tax on everyone who had wealth above a certain level). With the right to tax came also the responsibility for social welfare; churches supported orphans and widows, and other impoverished persons, and assisted with the care of the sick. (The move to give these duties to the vestries began when Parliaments in Elizabethan England realized that no one had assumed the public welfare responsibilities once exercised by the non-longer existing monastic orders.) The combination of glebe lands and tithes was at times sufficient to support the church, but it generally was not big enough for major capital projects, such as the construction of church buildings. That was often financed by soliciting subscriptions from church members and staging fundraising events such as lotteries.

This system in the colonies with Anglican establishment did not produce uniform returns or lead to a uniform clergy salary structure. Eighteenth-century clergy salaries in Maryland, where the governor selected the clergy, were, for example, higher than those in other colonies. Church finance also differed within individual colonies. In Virginia, for example, clergy were paid in pounds of tobacco; where soil was rich—in the Tidewater area—the tobacco brought a higher price...

Read it all HERE 

Increase in us

Almighty and everlasting God, increase in us the gifts of faith, hope, and charity; and, that we may obtain what you promise, make us love what you command; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

Thursday, October 22, 2015

Best harvest ever

Four young men sit by the bedside of their dying father. The old man, with his last breath, tells them there is a huge treasure buried in the family fields. The sons crowd around him crying, “Where, where?” but it is too late. The day after the funeral and for many days to come, the young men go out with their picks and shovels and turn the soil, digging deeply into the ground from one end of each field to the other. They find nothing and, bitterly disappointed, abandon the search. The next season the farm has its best harvest ever.

Draw water with rejoicing!

9    The First Song of Isaiah    Ecce, Deus
       Isaiah 12:2-6
Surely, it is God who saves me; *
    I will trust in him and not be afraid.
For the Lord is my stronghold and my sure defense, *
    and he will be my Savior.
Therefore you shall draw water with rejoicing *
    from the springs of salvation.
And on that day you shall say, *
    Give thanks to the Lord and call upon his Name;
Make his deeds known among the peoples; *
    see that they remember that his Name is exalted.
Sing the praises of the Lord, for he has done great things, *
    and this is known in all the world.
Cry aloud, inhabitants of Zion, ring out your joy, *
    for the great one in the midst of you is the Holy One of Israel.
Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit: *
    as it was in the beginning, is now, and will be for ever. Amen.

Wednesday, October 21, 2015

Keep watch, dear Lord

Keep watch, dear Lord, with those who work, or watch, or
weep this night, and give your angels charge over those who
sleep. Tend the sick, Lord Christ; give rest to the weary, bless 
the dying, soothe the suffering, pity the afflicted, shield the 
joyous; and all for your love's sake. Amen.

Tuesday, October 20, 2015

Lord it is night

Lord it is night.

The night is for stillness.
Let us be still in the presence of God.

It is night after a long day.
What has been done has been done; what has not been done has not been done.

Let it be.

The night is dark.
Let our fears of the darkness of the world and of our own lives rest in you.

The night is quiet.
Let the quietness of your peace enfold us, all dear to us, and all who have no peace.

The night heralds the dawn.
Let us look expectantly to a new day, new joys, new possibilities.

In your name we pray.

Sunday, October 18, 2015

Psalm 9

Snow in Vermont Yesterday! 

Psalm 9 or
Confitebor tibi
1I will give thanks to you, O LORD, with my whole heart; *
I will tell of all your marvelous works.
2I will be glad and rejoice in you; *
I will sing to your Name, O Most High.
3When my enemies are driven back, *
they will stumble and perish at your presence.
4For you have maintained my right and my cause; *
you sit upon your throne judging right.
5You have rebuked the ungodly and destroyed the wicked; *
you have blotted out their name for ever and ever.
6As for the enemy, they are finished, in perpetual ruin, *
their cities plowed under, the memory of them perished;
7But the LORD is enthroned for ever; *
he has set up this throne for judgment.
8It is he who rules the world with righteousness; *
he judges the peoples with equity.
9The LORD will be a refuge for the oppressed, *
a refuge in time of trouble.
10Those who know your Name will put their trust in you, *
for you never forsake those who seek you, O LORD.
11Sing praise to the LORD who dwells in Zion; *
proclaim to the peoples the things he has done.
12The Avenger of blood will remember them; *
he will not forget the cry of the afflicted.
13Have pity on me, O LORD; *
see the misery I suffer from those who hate me,
O you who lift me up from the gate of death;
14So that I may tell of all your praises
and rejoice in your salvation *
in the gates of the city of Zion.
15The ungodly have fallen into the pit they dug, *
and in the snare they set is their own foot caught.
16The LORD is known by his acts of justice; *
the wicked are trapped in the works of their own hands.
17The wicked shall be given over to the grave, *
and also all the people that forget God.
18For the needy shall not always be forgotten, *
and the hope of the poor shall not perish for ever.
19Rise up, O LORD, let not the ungodly have the upper hand; *
let them be judged before you.
20Put fear upon them, O LORD; *
let the ungodly know they are but mortal.