Rev. Carlton Kelley

As Christians, we are called…

By The Rev. Carlton Kelley Interim Rector Many of you were quite happy that I preached the sermon I preached on June 25 which called into question the propriety of the Senate’s health care bill.  Some of you were not.  I want to take this opportunity to explain more fully why I preached that sermon. …

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As our love grows, we are willing to take risks for God’s kingdom

My dear sisters and brothers of Grace, I started my sojourn among you almost one year ago. This time has been challenging and joyful.  I came here not knowing quite what to expect and found a congregation full of God’s love and a willingness to trust that love into the unknown future. Your lives, both …

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Grace sign sends clear message

By The Rev. Carlton Kelley Many of you have noticed the banner on the south side of our building proclaiming our unequivocal welcome of refugees and immigrants. We have received phone calls from the community commenting favorably on it and a member of the media has asked for an interview about it which has yet …

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Advent is a time to speak the healing balm of truth without fear

By The Rev. Carlton Kelley As we enter the season of Advent, a time both of penitential preparation and joyful expectation, it may behoove us to ask ourselves what goals we may have for Advent.  Sometimes the only realistic goal is simply to “get through” the frantic rush before Christmas without being gobbled up by …

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Repetition & ritual allow us to live deeply into the mysteries of faith

By The Rev. Carlton Kelly (Part II of II: continued from 10/21/2016) Another visual reminder of the uniqueness of Christian liturgical worship is the use of vestments for those who lead our liturgies.  It is in these vestments that the colors of the liturgical year are most obvious.  The foundational vestment for all clergy and …

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Ours is a liturgical church – some notes on why we do what we do

By The Rev. Carlton Kelley (Part I of II) It has been said that worship is at the very core of our being.  It is something we as humans feel the need to do – to reach out beyond ourselves in awe and reverence.  To whom or what we give this kind of devotion will …

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What are you seeking?

By The Rev. Carlton Kelley We will have a baptism, always an occasion of joy, of Alice Elizabeth Walters, daughter of John and Libby Walters on Sunday, October 16 at the 10 am Liturgy and again on All Saint’s Sunday, November 6 at 10am of Lilly Lutz, daughter of Jessica and Gary Lutz. It seems …

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God is with us – even when we disagree

By The Rev Carlton Kelley The Church throughout our entire history has dealt with issues that have caused conflict to one degree or another.   Saints Peter and Paul had a very serious disagreement about whether it was necessary that male converts to the faith of our Lord be circumcised. Obviously, Paul won the day and …

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Where can we find “all things necessary for salvation”?

By The Rev. Carlton Kelley “…I do believe the Holy Scriptures of the Old and New Testaments to be the Word of God and to contain all things necessary to salvation…” Those words are but part of the oath that every bishop, priest, and deacon ordained in the Episcopal Church declares to be true. That …

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Voice of the Rector: On Baptism

By The Rev. Carlton Kelley As we know, Holy Baptism is our foundational sacrament of redemption in which we are buried with Christ so that we might be raised with him to newness of life.  Not only does this sacrament grant the grace of the reality it signifies – new life – but it makes …

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