The Sunday Sermon: The season of Hope

Hope is the thing with feathers That perches in the soul And sings the tune without the words And never stops at all. New Englander poet Emily Dickinson knew the power and necessity of hope, in a land where winter seems to go on for ever. Today we face a mess of contradictions. It’s the … READ MORE…

The Sunday Sermon: Advent’s Fragile Flame

I invite you to close your eyes and imagine yourself in a room in your house at night. Do whatever you can to make it as dark as possible — shut the door, close the curtains tightly — and now light a match. Watch its flaring flame, its flickering dance along the walls, and its … READ MORE…

The Sunday Sermon: How Can It Be?

Stir up your power, O Lord, and with great might come among us; and, because we are sorely hindered by our sins, let your bountiful grace and mercy speedily help and deliver us; through Jesus Christ our Lord, to whom, with you and the Holy Spirit, be honor and glory, now and for ever. Amen. … READ MORE…

St Paul’s Inside Out!

Did you get a chance to see the transformation of St Paul’s for Balboa Park’s December Nights event?  By day, we have a mild-mannered neo-Gothic Cathedral, but by night, the building became something really different as the lights cycled through different colors and effects.   Here are a few photos.  You can find more here.  … READ MORE…

The Sunday Sermon: What Shall I Cry?

A voice says, “Cry out!” And I said, “What shall I cry?” On this second Sunday of Advent, we are back at the beginning. The beginning of the good news; the beginning of Mark’s Gospel; the beginning of John the Baptist’s prophetic ministry; the beginning of a healing word to God’s people from the ancient … READ MORE…

Oh come let us adore him

Dear people of St. Paul’s, “In this holy season, let it be our care and delight.” Whenever I hear or say these words, I know that we are welcoming the Christmas season in our uniquely Anglican way. The seasonal Service of Lessons and Carols is one of those traditions that connects us with our spiritual … READ MORE…

The Sunday Sermon: The Aching Dazzle of Advent

This Advent season, which begins today, is a time of darkness and stillness and quiet. It is the time the Church has set aside for centuries to prepare for Christ. So let us now take a moment to center ourselves, to seek silence, to make room in our hearts for the beloved guest who is … READ MORE…

Your family Advent wreath

For us today, Advent is a time to explore the spiritual ideas of waiting, patience and delayed gratification. We are counting the days until Christmas and allowing ourselves to hope for all of the best to come. The concept of the Advent wreath actually originated in pre-Christian times when people would gather evergreens and light … READ MORE…

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