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“It is the unexpected that is the test of life … it takes something like a genius to run it when times are tough. … Likewise, almost any kind of faith is promising in ordinary times, but when hearts are crushed, and no help appears in sight then one needs a faith that stands the test.”

— Patriarch Herman Adrian Spruit, Sidewalk Sermons, Prism, March-April, 1985.

May 2022

About Judas, A Rhetorical Consideration

2022-05-17T16:47:31+00:00May 17, 2022|

The first line of last Sunday’s reading reminds us of Judas’s part in the Holy Week story, so let’s spend a moment pondering this. How many loyal employees have been in his place? No, we aren’t asked to turn our boss over to the authorities, but [...]

God as Mother

2022-05-09T00:57:20+00:00May 9, 2022|

As people in the United States celebrate Mother’s Day by honoring Mothers, let us also honor the feminine aspects of Creator God. Writers of the Scriptures have shown us that like earthly mothers who serve as our teachers, our comforter and our protector, God does the [...]

Do you love me?

2022-05-02T19:10:53+00:00May 2, 2022|

The reason Jesus asked Peter the same question three times in John 21:15-19 may seem obvious. Peter denied Jesus three times just before the crucifixion and now must face those denials. Jesus gently gives him a way to do this so he could move forward. Not [...]

April 2022

Presiding Bishop’s Easter Message, 2022

2022-04-17T06:20:25+00:00April 17, 2022|

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,  Peace, joy, and Apostolic Blessing  Good Friday has come and gone in the liturgical cycle of the Church, yet in our secular experience, it seems as though we are still in the midst of it. The COVID 19 pandemic continues, [...]

God bless the women.

2022-04-11T06:33:48+00:00April 11, 2022|

Depending upon your worship community, the service on Sunday morning may have started with a procession with palms and a story of Jesus' entry into Jerusalem. Once inside the church, the service could have continued with a lengthy reading of the gospel story of the events [...]

Quote for the Month

2022-04-01T19:36:02+00:00April 1, 2022|

“Those who shared in the process of putting together our Church wanted a motto for us. Following my convictions and the desires of the people, I selected this: Let there be Harmony through Understanding. …. [including the meanings] …. unity, togetherness, and fellowship.” Founder ABp. Herman [...]

March 2022

Have We Been Changed?

2022-03-14T05:00:13+00:00March 14, 2022|

  In Luke 9:28b-36, we read about the Transfiguration of Jesus. Peter, John and James went to the mountain with him and while there they saw Jesus’ face change and saw his clothing become dazzling. We’re told that they told no one what they had seen. [...]

Lectio Divina

2022-03-09T06:54:27+00:00March 9, 2022|

  Bishop Michael will be leading us in Lectio Divina at 7 pm (Arizona time) each Wednesday evening during Lent.  If you are interested in participating in this zoom event, please contact Presiding Bishop Mark at: antioch1!swcp.com.

Temptations

2022-03-08T06:16:37+00:00March 8, 2022|

  In Luke 4:1-13, the Gospel reading for last Sunday, we read and heard about the temptations Jesus faced while he was in the wilderness. He was able to respond to each with a rebuttal from Scripture. As well as knowing Scripture, he knew his purpose. [...]

January 2022

Our Gifts

2022-01-17T07:30:51+00:00January 17, 2022|

  In 1 Corinthians 12:1-11, we are reminded of the many gifts people receive. We are also reminded that each gift is important, none more important than the others. We are all needed. Whether one is a greeter, a floor sweeper, preacher, or if one handles [...]

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