'With what can we compare the Kingdom of God, or what parable will we use for it? It is like a mustard seed, which, when sown upon the ground, is the smallest of all the seeds on earth- yet when it is sown it grows up and becomes the greatest of all shrubs, and puts forth large branches, so that the birds of the air can make nests in the shade.'
Mark 4:30-32

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Posted by: Ed Watson on 5/5/2016 | 0 Comments
The question I have been asked to address is how Christian service and Christian worship are related. How does the one flow from the other and return again to inform and enrich it? It is not that the moral response to the needs of others was born in Christian worship—we have this innate response both defined and refined in the Hebrew scriptures. It was there within the Christian community from the outset. We are a people of service. Jesus commanded his followers to do the works he did.
Posted by: Ed Watson on 1/21/2016 | 0 Comments
I first heard the word “bi-vocational” about six months ago. I was caught somewhere between my deep longing to do full-time ministry/service work and the my inability to raise enough funds to pay my bills, leaving me with what I thought was my only option – a full-time “real job.” Yet all I really wanted was to spend my weeks volunteering, serving, building relationships, and doing justice-related work.
Posted by: Ed Watson on 12/11/2015 | 0 Comments
Friendships are essential. They cultivate creativity, compassion and a sense of belonging. Studies indicate that if you have a best friend at work, you are seven times more likely to thrive in your job. Conversely, a lack of deep lasting friendships has shown negative effects on your health and well-being. New York Times commentator, David Brooks says; “Friendship allows you to see your own life but with a second sympathetic self.”
Posted by: Ed Watson on 11/25/2015 | 0 Comments
At a recent Prayer and Action class, a parishioner shared her story, venturing into territory not often travelled at St. John’s. She had grown up poor, and she remembered all the people who had given her experiences that her family could not provide. As an adult, she has found that when you work with people in need you receive more than you give. Eyes shining, she said the poor have a very precious gift to give us.
Posted by: Ed Watson on 11/12/2015 | 0 Comments
When we gather together in worship, we gather as the Church. When we pray by ourselves, we pray as part of the Church. When we go out into the world seeking to love and be loved by Christ in others, we go as the Church. But beneath each of these statements, there are questions we need to answer. What does being the Church add to what we're doing? Why does being part of the Church matter? What difference does it make if we wish to act as members of the body of Christ in the world? The answers to these questions are not to be found in a supposed guarantee of salvation, nor are they to be found in a deeper knowledge of what the Church takes to be true (though, for the record, I'm pretty sure that Orthodox doctrine has got it about as right as human right can be). They are instead to be found in the the specific call of the Church; a call which begins and ends in the grace of Jesus Christ.
 


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