Derek is a postulant for Holy Orders in the Episcopal Diocese of Atlanta, a Franciscan tertiary in the Third Order, Society of St. Francis, and a seminarian at the Seminary of the Southwest in Austin, TX. Most recently Derek worked as a chaplain and religious studies teacher at St. George’s Episcopal School in Milner, GA. As part of his seminary field education, Derek currently serves at Santa Fe Episcopal Church/ La Iglesia Episcopal de Santa Fe in south San Antonio. Derek currently lives in Austin, TX with his wife, LauraAnn, their toddler son, Bear, and their two kittens, Woo and Whiskey Jack.
“Grant that we may share the divine life.” Share the divine life. These are the words of the opening Collect prayer assigned for today, the Second Sunday of Christmas. And I think it’s a beautiful way to capture another angle—another perspective—another way of looking at the story of the Incarnation.
Because so often we talk about the Incarnation as something we receive. We talk about how Christ came to us, how Christ offered himself to us, how Christ gave himself to the world around us. It’s sort of a one way street.
But what would it look like if we saw the Incarnation as something we share? As an encounter of mutuality. As a relationship. As a love story. Or even as a wedding…
In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.
Happy Thanksgiving! What a wonderful and festive morning it is here in Tequesta! The weather is beautiful, Run for the Pies was a hit, and many of us will be gathering with friends and family soon.
Now I know in the church calendar the season of Advent starts this Sunday (not Christmas), but, for me, growing up, Thanksgiving was always the beginning of the Christmas season. I took it to heart when Santa came through at the end of the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day parade and the NBC hosts proclaimed on television that with him was ushered in the Christmas season. And evidently many others take it to heart too because already we’re starting to see Christmas lights up on houses and our own town parades are coming up soon!
Tis the season! Tis the season to be jolly! Tis the season to be joyful! Tis the season to be jubilant! Tis the season to be stressed and worried!
This morning at Good Shepherd’s Rector’s Forum I shared about spiritual communities as a tool for deepening our vocations, using my own experience as a tertiary in the Third Order, Society of St. Francis.