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I am Fr. Rob Lord, an Episcopal Priest. Following the contemplative/active way, God in all things, seeking the Kingdom of God for the flourishing of others. Winter Park, Florida

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I am Fr. Rob Lord, an Episcopal Priest. Following the contemplative/active way, God in all things, seeking the Kingdom of God for the flourishing of others. Winter Park, Florida

    Epiphany 3: Finding The Grace To Answer The Call

    Epiphany 3: Finding The Grace To Answer The Call

    Once again, I found joy and synergy with God in the gift of preaching at Emmanuel Episcopal Church today.  I am so honored to serve their very fine Rector and my friend, Fr. David Bumstead. So grateful.

    The focus of my sermon from the Gospel lesson for today, was receiving the grace to “answer the call.” The call is the greatest opportunity one can ever be given in this life. That call is to become a Christ Follower and Apprentice of Jesus Christ. We are called to a life beyond superficiality to one of eternal significance, to be with him in order to be like him. 

    Saint Basil the Great articulated the goal of Christianity as “Likeness to God as far as possible for human nature.” Everyone of us—because of God’s presence and action in our world—can partake in the divine-likeness (2 Pet 1:4).

    I also love the way South African Methodist pastor, author, teacher, and spiritual director Trevor Hudson expresses it with these words:



    “I have come to see that the central issue of the gospel of Jesus involves the gracious opportunity to become a new kind of person and to enter into a new way of life. Available to anyone who responds wholeheartedly to the invitations and call of Jesus, his gospel embraces both the forgiveness of our sins and the recovery of abundant life”. – Trevor Hudson



    May you find these words a source of wisdom. Pray for the grace to accept the call of God in your life and how you can live well and beautifully, no matter what your circumstances.

    With you on the Journey, 

    Rob+

     

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    Living The Life Jesus Lived: The Baptism of Christ

    Living The Life Jesus Lived: The Baptism of Christ

    Today it was my privilege to join the newly established mission congregation of All Souls Episcopal, Horizon West, FL.  I was deeply grateful to supply for their talented and gifted prospective Vicar, Fr. Matt Ainsley, who is doing exceptional ministry there.

    The Feast of the Baptism of Jesus invites us to live our lives as Jesus would live them if he were us. Baptized into Christ we learn to: See this world as he sees it, to count on and depend on the Holy Spirit and the Reign of God, and to discover our deepest identity – we are the Beloved of God. 

    May God richly bless Fr. Ainsley and the formation of God’s people at All Souls! 

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    A Christmas Greeting December 24th, 2019

    A Christmas Greeting December 24th, 2019

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    Advent III – Are You The One Or Should We Look For Another?

    Advent III – Are You The One Or Should We Look For Another?

    John’s condition is heart-wrenching. In an isolated cold dark prison waiting execution,  he is struggling to make sense of it all. He had been so confident of Jesus.

     

    Have you ever confronted his question? Jesus are you the one or should we look for another? We all face the existential reality of heartbreak, tragedy, betrayal, and suffering. We may experience doubts about the goodness of God. We may even ask “Are  you the One?”

     

    Jesus responds, “Go, report to John what you hear and see.” He doesn’t answer directly to justify himself. He lets actions speak. Then he quotes the prophet Isaiah who centuries before described the coming Messiah as the one from whom “the blind receive their sight, the lame walk, the lepers are cleansed, the deaf hear, the dead are raised, and the poor have good news brought to them.”

     

    Every proof of his being God’s chosen involves compassion and healing rather than judgment and condemnation. And the recipients of this healing are those ordinarily dismissed; the ones usually excluded by the religious. 

     

    Yes, if we see his way of being, his words, his actions, it is clear Jesus is the fulfillment of all prophetic hope. He is God with us, the Messiah, and in him we our infinitely loved and given an unshakable life in the Kingdom of God. 

     

    With Joy That Sustains, 

     

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    God of The Living: A Sermon At Good Shepherd Episcopal Church, Maitland, Florida

    God of The Living: A Sermon At Good Shepherd Episcopal Church, Maitland, Florida

    It has been one of my joys as a retired priest to serve as a supply priest, and especially to see the dedication and giftedness of the next generation of clergy as they boldly begin in parish ministry. It reminds me of my younger days! 

    Fr. Cameron MacMillan is the Rector of Good Shepherd in Maitland, Florida and is bringing grace, healing, and vision to this parish. Many spoke to me of how grateful they are for his ministry and leadership.

    I am deeply grateful for the gift of preaching and celebrating the Eucharist today.  I find my message becoming more focused on the essentials!  Hope this brings comfort to you. 

    With you on the Journey, 

    Rob+

     

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    Increase Our Faith: The Gift Already Within You! A Sermon At Emmanuel Episcopal Church, Orlando, FL.

    Increase Our Faith: The Gift Already Within You! A Sermon At Emmanuel Episcopal Church, Orlando, FL.

    Have you ever cried out, Lord, Increase my faith?  WHAT AM I ASKING FOR? Faith is confidence grounded in reality, not a wild, desperate leap.

    Jesus agrees we need faith. However, he does not support our assumption that a greater quantity of faith will help us. The disciples do not need more faith. They need to be reminded about what faith is and assured they have all they need to do what Jesus has enjoined them to do.  It only takes the size of a mustard seed.

    Maybe the mistake the disciples make isn’t so much in asking for more faith, but in thinking they don’t have enough, in thinking God’s gift to them was somehow insufficient. 

    Jesus is saying to them and to us:  Faith. It’s Already Within You. Engage it! 

    In this sermon I focus on two ways our faith can be engaged:

    1. God Confidence and 2. Personal Agency. 

    In short, the biblical meaning of faith is confidence in God, or as we say, “God-confidence.” Basic to everything here is the idea that Christian belief is really about knowing who and what to trust. In Christ, what you can rely on are his person, his life, death and Resurrection, and the available resources of God and God’s Kingdom. 

    With deepest gratitude to Fr. David Bumstead, Rector of Emmanuel.

    With you on the Journey, my dear friends, 

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