"What happened that night so long ago was a paradigm shift that ruptures the priviledge of the status quo and ushers in a selfless and self-giving love. That's the essential meaning of Christmas: Love came to dwell among us." -The Rev. Gary Cyr
"Can we courageously embrace the fullness of who we are and give witness to God's abundant grace? Can our words and actions be such that when people see us they see Jesus? On this feast of Christ the King, may we find such courage and faithful witnesses." -The Rev. Gary Cyr
"The Talmud, a collection of Rabbinic writings, says, "do not be daunted by the enormity of the world's grief. Do justly now. Love mercy now. Walk humbly now. You are not obligated to complete the work, but neither are you free to abandon it."" -The Rev. Gary Cyr
"On this feast of All Saints, as we remember those who's journey in the life is complete, we pray that their souls and the souls of all the departed may rest in peace and rise in glory." -The Rev. Gary Cyr
"The welfare and well-being of creation, the ability to coexist in spite of our perceived differences, the meeting of one another's needs such that no one goes without is truly what God's Kin-dom is predicated upon." -The Rev. Gary Cyr
"There is repentance. After all, Jesus did say from the cross, "Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they do." Except we do know that we are dishonoring creation. That we are polluting the air, the water, the land itself." -The Rev. Gary Cyr
"Each of us has been gifted wth life, with the capacity to love, with individual skills and talents. We have also been gifted with choice. How will we choose to use those gifts?" - Karen Anderson, Lay Preacher
"God has blessed each and every one of us with skill and reason and the means by which we are able to provide for our own needs and the needs of those less fortunate. In other words, for the greater good." - The Rev. Gary Cyr
"...the Song of Songs- and the sacred writings of scripture- offer a different prospective of intimacy and human sexuality, where communion, the coming together of the lover and the beloved, becomes an expression of Divine intimacy between the Creator and the created." - The Rev. Gary Cyr
"So when you come to the altar to receive the bread and wine, take care, for you are being invited to a feast where you yourself are willing to be given, broken, and shared with the world- and as such, to be a blessing to the world." - The Rev. Gary Cyr
"Can it be that the kindness of one person helps to encourage others to give?...We must look everyday at what we have and how we can share that with others." -Gennaro Hathaway, lay preacher in training
Two videos and the full text of Presiding Bishop Michael Curry's sermon at the royal wedding of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex (Prince Harry and Meghan nee Markle). The first video is the official BBC broadcast. The second was recorded on one of the large public screens stationed along the procession route in Windsor.
Where charity and love prevail, there God is ever found:God judged us worthy of love regardless of the cost to God's self - The Rev. Gary Cyr, Rector. Click on arrow below to hear a version of the chant "Ubi Caritas (Where Christian Love) tr. Omer Westendorf: tune Paul Benoit (1961) sung/played by Richard Schletty.
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you taught us to pray.
So, in a moment of silence
we pray for all known to us
who tonight need to know you are near.
We thank you,
for all engaged in the ministries of healing and reconciliation,
for those who work in hospitals and hospices,
for doctors and district nurses,
for carers and counsellors,
for peacemakers and peacekeepers.
God our maker,
Jesus our healer,
Holy Spirit of love and life,
hear our prayers.
To those who seek you,
to all who need you,
to the world you cherish
bring wholeness, bring peace. (The Iona Abbey Worship Book, p. 123)
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