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.

Trinity Sunday – Br. David Allen

Jun 3, 2007

Proverbs 8:1-4, 22-31 / Rom. 5:1-5 / Jn. 16:12-15 This afternoon when our Brother Robert L’Esperance makes his Profession in Life Vows in the Society of Saint John the Evangelist, we shall sing the 9th century Latin hymn, Veni Creator Spiritus, in the 17th century translation by Bp. John Cosin, as a prayer for inspiration…

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First Book of Common Prayer – Br. Curtis Almquist

May 29, 2007

Psalm 96:1-9 John 4:21-24 I entered the Episcopal Church as a young college student.  At the time, the Vietnam War, with all its passions and protests and confusions, was raging and horrific, but this was not perceived as a global problem, at least not by us students.  We simply needed to get out and the…

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The Day of Pentecost – Br. David Allen

May 27, 2007

A sermon preached at OSA Bethany Convent, Arlington Hts, MA Pentecost Acts 2:1-21 / Rom. 8:14-17, 22-27 / Jn 14:8-17, 25-27 Last May, on the Sunday afternoon before the end of the Course at which Br. Timothy and I were chaplains at St. George’s College, Jerusalem, we were taken to see the place commemorating the…

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Holy Baptism: A Sign of God's Love – Br. David Vryhof

May 27, 2007

Pentecost It has been 2,000 years now since a special child was born in the land of Israel.  He was raised as a Jew, and even as a boy, he seemed to have a deep interest in the things of God.  Once, when his family had gone to Jerusalem to attend a festival, he wandered…

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Give Testimony to Jesus – Br. Curtis Almquist

May 5, 2007

Feast of Saint John the Evangelist 1 John 5: 1-13 You will likely know that during the last two years we have been invited to minister in two dioceses in eastern Africa: in Kenya and Tanzania.  We are ministering in Africa as we do in the Middle East, in the British Isles, in Canada and…

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The Way of Jesus – Br. David Vryhof

May 1, 2007

Feast of St. Philip and St. James, Apostles Jesus said to [Thomas], “I am the Way, the Truth, and the Life.” John 14:6 A couple of years ago, Br. Mark and I attended a week-long training for spiritual directors that was advertised as an ‘interfaith’ event and was attended by both Christians and Jews.  As…

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The Peace of Jesus – Br. Curtis Almquist

Apr 17, 2007

Easter Feria – April 17, 2007 the day following the tragedies at Virginia Tech University John 14:23-29 Jesus said, ‘Those who love me will keep my word, and my Father will love them, and we will come to them and make our home with them.  Whoever does not love me does not keep my words;…

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What It Means to Have Faith in God – Br. David Vryhof

Apr 15, 2007

Easter II John 20: 19-31 Something mysterious happens to us when we find something to believe in. We discover that some task, some project, some idea has so captured our imaginations that we want to give ourselves wholeheartedly to it. We become dedicated to its fulfillment. Perhaps it leads us to support a cause or…

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The Great Vigil of Easter – Br. Curtis Almquist

Apr 8, 2007

Luke 24:1-12 Easter Day is called the Day of Resurrection, which may give us comfort, and courage, and confusion.  Confusion, not about Jesus’ resurrection, nor confusion about the resurrection of those who have died.  I’m thinking about the confusion this may present to us while we are still alive on this earth.  The church uses…

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Anointing the Feet of Jesus – Br. Eldridge Pendleton

Mar 25, 2007

Isaiah 43:16-2 Psalm 126 Philippians 3: 4b-14 John 12:1-8 Several weeks ago I had an opportunity to sit in on a monthly meeting of my sister’s book group.  They were reading one of those novels spawned by the success of Dan Brown’s Da Vinci Code.  Discussion of the book led to a conversation about the…

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