Sunday, May 31, 2009

We're Home!


Wow, we finally made it home after a fabulous vacation. Maggie and I had tons of fun everywhere we went. I will definitely write more about the vacation as time goes by. Here's a picture of Fort Sumter (this one is for you Matt).

Plus, we had a really great time in Tuscaloosa, Alabama at the wedding of my friend from seminary, Jack Alvey. It was an enormous wedding, about 700 guests (it was "standing room only" in the church).

Of course, this only made me and Maggie more excited about our future. We compared notes about their wedding and the vision for ours. I can't believe it's only a year from now!

Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Vacationville

Maggie and I are just driving along the east coast, enjoying the sights, sounds, and tastes of Virginia Beach, the Outer Banks, and Wilmington, N.C. It's been a blast just being with her and seeing all sorts of new things.

Tomorrow we're headed out for Charleston, S.C. We hope to enjoy a tour of Fort Sumter and see some friends of ours there.

Oh yeah, and we have hung out on the beach a lot. Just watch out, we're tan!

Wednesday, May 13, 2009

The Eucharist

What happens when we participate in the Eucharist, the Great Thanksgiving of the Church? Just about every tradition and denomination has its own particular understanding of what happens to the bread and the wine when the Church celebrates the Holy Communion. The Catholic Church believes that the bread and the wine is "abolished" and and becomes the actual body and blood. Lutherans say that God's presence is coexistent with the bread and the wine.

But we Anglicans are different. It's not what happens to the bread and wine that is of the most importance, but what happens to us. It's God promise for us, it's God's willingness to be for us.

Check this out from Richard Hooker, Book V from The Laws of Ecclesiastical Polity:

"This hallowed food, through concurrence of divine power, is in verity and truth unto faithful receivers instrumentally a cause of that mystical participation, whereby, as I make Myself wholly theirs, so I give them in hand an actual possession of all such saving grace as My sacrificed Body can yield, and as their souls do presently need."

Each and every day I am more and more convinced that my soul desperately needs that mystical participation with the Almighty.