We believe passionately that God has given us a mission: to draw others to know and experience in their lives the love of God in Christ. Sharing this “Good News” is at the center of our call and our life. In our chapels and retreat houses, and our online teachings, we hope to offer a still point in the midst of the chaos of contemporary life. We hope that as you explore these pages, you’ll find “Good News” that will help you live authentically, responsive to God’s call of love.

The Day the Wind Blew and the Church Grew – Br. David Vryhof

May 31, 2020

“Are we brave enough to pray for a windstorm?  Do we dare ask God to pour out the Holy Spirit on each of us and on the Church with power and might, as God did for these early believers?  Do we have the courage to pray God to unleash the Spirit on us, even if it leads to chaos and disorder?  Would we be willing for God to set us aflame with passion for the Gospel?”

On the feast of Pentecost, Br. David Vryhof dares us to invite the Spirit into our lives, our Church, our world.

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The Church Cannot Die – Br. Keith Nelson

May 30, 2020

“We must not forget that the Builder’s primary materials – chosen and precious – have always been and will always be you and me. The Church is not an edifice whose worth lies in the heavy stone pillars of its oldest cathedrals. The Church is alive, moving, breathing, and living in the space between its members, however great that space may be.”

Br. Keith Nelson urges us on to our sacred calling to be the Church for one another and the world, however the foundations seem to quake.

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Evening Prayer: Hymn Board May 30 – June 5, 2020

May 30, 2020

Musical Selections & Psalms for Daily Evensong The Week after Pentecost, 2020 30 May First Evensong of the Day of Pentecost See PDF below for all hymns and psalms.   31 May THE DAY OF PENTECOST: WHITSUNDAY Phos H82 #432 O praise ye the Lord Hymn H82 #509 Spirit divine, attend our prayers Psalms of…

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The Gospel of Christ – Br. Todd Blackham

May 30, 2020

“The good news of Jesus continues to be written on your hearts, in your lives among those you share life with.  You are the gospel of Christ.”

Br. Todd Blackham ponders how the gospel of Christ is being written, even now, in our daily lives.

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Joy Amidst Suffering – Br. Curtis Almquist

May 27, 2020

“Joy goes without saying when all is well: the exhilaration of life and company of laughter, the wonder of life that is so palpable, the burdens of life lifted and whisked away like clouds. Joy goes without saying when all is well and we experience the sheer freedom and bliss of being alive. But the weather, and the weather of the heart, changes. And that is where joy is such a paradox.”

Br. Curtis Almquist marvels at the gift of joy: how the crucible of suffering becomes the wellspring of joy.

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I will not leave you comfortless – Br. Sean Glenn

May 24, 2020

“Like the community of Jesus’ friends in the days after the Ascension, we may find ourselves comfortless, vulnerable, helplessly ignorant of any of the possibilities that God might have in store, faced with gargantuan challenges and daily choices that could have consequences far beyond our own imagining—both for good and for ill.”

Br. Sean Glenn finds wisdom for coping with today in the Scriptures describing how the disciples navigated the uncertain days between Jesus’ Ascension and the day of Pentecost.

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Mi casa es su casa – Br. Geoffrey Tristram

May 23, 2020

“God’s generosity is so overflowing, that he longs for each one of us, whoever we are, whether we feel like a stranger, or unworthy, God longs for us to ‘come home’, to come and live with God forever. You could say that the whole Gospel is about God inviting and welcoming each one of us with these gracious words, ‘Mi casa es su casa’: ‘my home is your home.’”

In this time of isolation, Br. Geoffrey Tristram invites us to consider how we have known hospitality and how we can share it now.

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Sorrow will turn into Joy – Br. David Vryhof

May 23, 2020

“All of us have experienced pain in this time of coronavirus.  Many have experienced significant loss and grief.  The experience of suffering is an unavoidable part of the human condition.  And yet, even in suffering, we can look forward to the joy of deliverance.”

Br. David Vryhof encourages us to lift our eyes above the suffering of the present moment.

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Reclaiming Rest

May 19, 2020

“God’s invitation remains the same: Just rest. It’s so simple and so transformative. The radical practice of rest can help us to recognize in ourselves the very patterns of effort that consume our energy and our lives. It can help us to let go of these useless strategies and this relentless striving. Rest takes us to the lip of the well, and helps us to fall into God’s generous grace.”

At this time when our lives and schedules are upended, consider reclaiming “rest” as an essential practice. Br. Nicholas Bartoli invites us to fall into God’s generous grace >

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Live All You Can – Br. Geoffrey Tristram

May 17, 2020

“If the present time is making you feel stir crazy, bored, or listless, don’t put your life on hold! Instead, consider whether this might be an invitation to you from the Spirit, to live life abundantly: now… today.”

Br. Geoffrey Tristram invites us to ask the Spirit’s help in discovering and experiencing abundant life, even in the midst of pandemic.

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