Sunday, April 18, 2010

Still Celebrating Easter

Dear Friends, the Brick Church service was wonderful this year. It seems as if every year I say, "This one was the best EVER." Perfect weather, a great sermon, beautiful music, yummy picnic, but best of all our wonderful extended family. If you did not attend, put it on your calendar for 2011 - April 30th.

Easter is a season of 50 days but it is worth celebrating every day because an empty tomb changes everything.

Here is a terrific video which makes the case far better than I sure to watch it all the way to the end. Be sure to click on the "Full Screen" icon (to the far right on the bottom frame with four arrows)- otherwise you won't be able to read the words which, for this video, is important to be able to do.

Happy Easter forever!!!

Thursday, April 8, 2010

Brick Church Sunday is This Coming Sunday - April 11th

Plan to join us for our continuing celebration of the Resurrection of Our Lord Jesus Christ!

Our preacher will be the Rev. Brian K. McGreevy (see bio below)...Brian is a thoughtful and engaging preacher...
Special music offered by  SJS Church Musician Sue Tanner - hammered dulcimer and vocals accompanied by Brink Norton, vocalist..
Our usual wonderful picnic...

The Rev. Brian K. McGreevy, J.D., serves as Head Chaplain at Porter-Gaud School, where he is also Chair of the Religion Department. He is also on the clergy staff at St. Philip’s Episcopal Church. Rev. McGreevy, an alumnus of Porter-Gaud, attended Duke University and holds a B.A. with high honors from Furman University and a J.D. from Emory University School of Law with Honors in Family Law, where he did work in the law and theology program. He has over twenty-five years’ experience with youth ministry and teaching high school and college students in several Episcopal churches, having served as College Minister at the Cathedral of St. Philip in Atlanta as well as having served on associate staff with InterVarsity Christian Fellowship. He has completed the three-year training program for vocational deacons administered by the Episcopal Diocese of South Carolina. Following a successful 15-year career in international law and management, Rev. McGreevy and his family returned to Charleston, where they owned a bed and breakfast for ten years. Rev. McGreevy is part of the senior administration at Porter-Gaud, teaches courses on New Testament and C.S. Lewis, and oversees a vibrant student ministry where nearly 100 Upper School and 60 Middle School students are involved in voluntary weekly Bible studies and discipleship groups. He is married to the former Jane Hollis Whitney, and they have four children—Whit (a sophomore at Furman University), Amy (a senior at Porter-Gaud), Mary Hollis (a freshman at Porter-Gaud), and Anne (10 years old and home-schooled).

Photo by Brenda Kay

Wednesday, April 7, 2010

A Blessed Easter to You All!

It has been said that most preachers really have only one or two sermons irregardless of how often he or she might preach.

The late Rev. Canon Samuel Fleming's was "Jesus is Lord." St. John the Beloved was known to have wearied his congregations by constantly preaching on "Love One Another." If I were to attempt to articulate my "one" Easter sermon, it would have to be drawn from these two texts: "even when we were dead through our trespasses, God made us alive together with Christ ..." (Eph. 2:5) and "Death is swallowed up in victory." (1 Cor. 15:54c).

Few poets have written more beautifully on this topic than John Donne. Here is an excerpt from his Sonnet X, read so well by actor, Emma Thompson from the film "Wit".

Thursday, April 1, 2010

Holy Week 2010

Such a beautiful song and just right for Holy Week....

"How Deep the Father's Love for Us" - Stuart Townend