Posts by Fr Brad Helmuth
Walking in faith is difficult. It requires, well, faith. Trust. Not in ourselves. Or the process. Or in others. But in God. Who could be working through others. Or us. Or the process. And, like I shared on Sunday, Walking in faith guarantees we will make mistakes. It happens. When God’s people step out in faith, Occasionally mistakes happen. Because we don’t understand, Or are confused. Or are arrogant in thinking we know, Or ignorant in not knowing that we…
Change is constant. In everyone. And in everything.
I had the joy of being with my good friend and colleague, the Reverend Matt Warren, for his installation at St. Stephen’s Orinda. Matt has a history at St. Stephen’s.
On Sunday, I talked of the importance of knowing those with whom we share community. Paul shared two things that are key to doing this.
As I said on Sunday, knowledge is important. It is important to know things about the things in our lives. How things operate. What things are dangerous. What things can help save our lives. What steps to take when in certain situations. What things are helpful in our relationships. What things are damaging to a healthy community.
What would you do if you knew that today was the last day of your life? How about the last day before the end of the world? Would your priorities change? Would the things that are important to you now be as important?
These three words can be difficult to understand and difficult to follow. (Especially the obey part). But they are essential to the life of faith. Ears to hear. Eyes to see. A heart that’s willing to obey.
On Sunday, we celebrated the baptism of Jesus. For Jesus, this was launching point of His walk to the cross and the discipleship of those who He called to follow Him. Baptism is confusing to a lot of people. What is it? What is it not?
On Sunday, the readings and Collect for the day spoke about power. “Stir up your power” the Collect pleads to God.
Mise en place. A good cook knows what this is and what this means. Everything in its place. So much of good cooking is about the preparation.
Pick any story of struggle and you will find that the best way out is through community.
This past Sunday, we celebrated the end of the liturgical year. Christ the King Sunday. It seems fitting that the end of the year be about the Lordship of Christ. It starts with the prophecy of His coming. Advent Then to His birth. Christmas His being revealed to the world. Epiphany His obedient journey to the cross to be The Sacrifice. Lent His death, resurrection, and ascension. Easter His promised gift of the Advocate; the Holy Spirit. Pentecost But it ends with Christ as the King