Category Archives: Rector’s Ruminations

EASTERTIDE 2012 “The Resurrection of the Earth”

RECTOR’S RUMINATIONS FOR EASTERTIDE 2012 “The Resurrection of the Earth” We often miss the obvious in hearing and reading the Bible. Consider the following: John 3:16, what Luther called the “Gospel in miniature,”  “For God so loved the world that … Continue reading

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RECTOR’S RUMINATIONS FOR LENT 2012

On Wednesday, February 22, 2012 the Orcas Island Council of Churches met to welcome two new members to the Council  – Ann Hall, Pastor of the Lutheran congregation here at Emmanuel and Roger Maris, Pastor of the 7th Day Adventist … Continue reading

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RECTOR’S RUMINATIONS FOR JANUARY 2012

THE SECOND ‘E’ OF “S.E.E.” – EVANGELIZATION In my November and December Ruminations, I invited your attention to a vision I S.E.E. (Stewardship, Environment, Evangelization) for Emmanuel Parish.  Building on my November and December ruminations as foundational or a priori … Continue reading

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RECTOR’S REPORT FOR THE ANNUAL REPORT 2011

A mission without a task is a dream; a task without a vision is drudgery; a vision and a task is the hope of the world.  (Anonymous) This past year has been spent in large part discerning and clarifying our … Continue reading

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Rector’s Ruminations for June 2011

Essential Services My reflections this month are a continuation of some concerns that I expressed in my ruminations last month regarding paying taxes.  I stated that beyond the legal requirement, we have a moral opportunity and imperative to pay taxes … Continue reading

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RECTOR’S RUMINATIONS FOR JULY 2011

“Essential Services, Part II” As you may recall last month I reflected on what constitutes what we term “essential services” for and by the State given the threat of a government shutdown that loomed large.  I noted that the institution … Continue reading

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RECTOR’S RUMINATIONS AUGUST 2011 “Looking Back and Looking Ahead”

Our Bishop’s Visit on July 17th provided the Vestry with an opportunity to review our parish ministry since his last visit three years ago.  The results of that preparation are included in this issue of the newsletter entitled, “Vestry Report … Continue reading

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RECTOR’S RUMINATIONS FOR OCTOBER 2011 “A VISION TO S.E.E.”

I have been thinking about and reflecting on our Parish Meeting and dinner on September 11th a good bit over the past few days.  Like many of you, I too, felt it was a special time. – the beautiful late … Continue reading

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RECTOR’S RUMINATIONS FOR DECEMBER 2011 THE FIRST ‘E’ OF “S.E.E.” – ENVIRONMENT

In my November Rector’s Ruminations, I invited your attention to a vision I S.E.E. (Stewardship, Environment, Evangelization) for Emmanuel Parish.  In reflecting on the “S” of S.E.E., Stewardship I noted that being a steward involves everything we do after we … Continue reading

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“Restoring the word, Stewardship”

RUMINATIONS FOR NOVEMBER 2011 “Restoring the word, Stewardship” On October 2nd we began our annual Every Member Canvass.  In my sermon I shared a vision for Emmanuel Parish that can be summarized in three words – Stewardship, Environment and Evangelization … Continue reading

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