On June 10, 2018, we celebrated the retirement of our pastor, Fr. William Hale, in a joint service with our cluster parish, Christ the King, Taylor, MI, followed by a picnic. Father Bill and his wife, Arlene, have retired and relocated to California to be closer to family.
Suddenly, there was the beginning of the “helicopter” days. Just when Michigan had finally broken into its first 80° day, the maple trees on our street started to let loose their little winged seedlings. Ever since I was a kid, the two seeds linked together and floating down on the wind looked like some sort of feathered messengers as they rode on the wind and floated everywhere up and down the street. Wherever the wind carried them, the little winged seeds circled and circled, moving in their gyrating ways down and over, and down again, until they hit the earth. Continue reading “Notes from our Pastor June 2018 – Helicopter Days”
He descended to the dead.
On the third day he rose again.
He ascended into heaven,
and is seated at the right hand of the Father.
March ended with Holy Week, including the one of the most significant days for Christians: Good Friday. Continue reading “Notes from our Pastor, May 2018”
It is helpful if we see the whole process of Good Friday through Easter, usually referred to as the Triduum, as one integrated whole. The Church affirms that the death of Jesus is not separable from his Resurrection, nor is it possible to consider the Resurrection unless it’s in the context of his death by crucifixion. Continue reading “Notes from our Pastor, April 2018”
At the end of this month, we observe Holy Week, with all the drama of Christ’s betrayal, trial, suffering, and death presented within the services. Not only is this the most moving time of the Church year, but it always reveals for me new possibilities of how I (and perhaps you as well) can see myself in the various personae who comprise this drama. Continue reading “Notes from Our Pastor March 2018 – Approaching Holy Week”