Month: May 2015


haboring hope


This image of the cathedral hovering above the disciples as they are enflamed by the Holy Spirit is an image of hope and longing.  The faces on these people seem not to be faces of the confident, nor faces of the determined.  They are not the faces of people who...

fire, words and silver


When a kiln is loaded by a potter, the pots need to be close to each other.  There needs to be some space between pots for the fire to move like snakes among the grasses.  And there needs to be space around the mass of pots and shelves so that...

Pentecost


(Reredos of Saint Andrew's Episcopal Church, Denver, Colorado - depicting the Pentecost event and showing Saint John's Cathedral (left) and Saint Andrew's Church (right) as a way of celebrating the Cathedral's founding of Saint Andrew's Church.) Pentecost Sermon  – May 24, 2015, Saint John’s Cathedral, Denver, Colorado (note: this sermon...

great legs!


(photographer's note: the reredos at saint Andrew's episcopal church in denver is high above the altar on the back wall and so without a ladder, it is hard to get a photo of the images straight on.  as a result this image was taken when i was standing on the...

hope’s humble harbinger


In this icon in the reredos of Saint Andrew's Episcopal Church in Denver, Jesus is being baptized by John the Baptist. John's arm is seen over Jesus' head with a bowl of water and Jesus is pale, vulnerable and (though perhaps I am projecting) somewhat frightened of the future. His...

a new song


(an image form the reredos of Saint Andrew's Episcopal Church, given by the Cathedral for its founding.) The most wonderful thing happened on Sunday.  It was at the 11:15 celebration of the Eucharist.  We were all standing during one of the readings.  Everything was serene and elegant.  Everyone new where...

Lazarus’ Late Light


The reredos murals of Saint Andrew's Episcopal Church, Denver; given by Saint John's Cathedral. The raising of Lazarus. Lazarus' Late Light Light of light in the darknesses of death. You emerge, oh Light of Light from the dark caves of our deaths. We stink in our deaths. Things in us...

Fireflies


(Until Pentecost, The Daily Sip will be using images from a reredos which the cathedral gave to Saint Andrew's Episcopal Church when we planted her near the city.) Fireflies We are frantic for you, oh risen Christ. We lunge for you like living life's longings or like a child and...

Blessing


"O Sun behind all suns O Soul within all souls grant me the grace of the dawn's glory grant me the strength of the sun's rays that I may be well in my own soul and part of the world's healing this day that I may be well in my...

Mentors and mystics


"Prayer or meditative practice is about being dis-membered in order to be re-membered." says my friend John Philip Newell, a celtic theologian and mentor.  His book Listening to the Heartbeat of God ( http://www.amazon.com/Listening-Heartbeat-God-Celtic-Sprirtuality/dp/0809137593) was so earth-shattering to me as a curate in my first parish that, when I told...