The Parable of the Talents

Posted by Father Gordon Miltenberger on

Right away he who received went… For us who have received the gift of the Holy Spirit there can be no waiting, no delay. Behind all slackness in the Lord's service there is a misconception about God's character. There is a feeling that he is hard on us, asks more than is reasonable. We...

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This Congregation Here Present

Posted by Father Gordon Miltenberger on

We ask, in the Prayer for the Church, that God will give us his grace, "and especially to this congregation here present." Why is this group singled out? It is because a group of Christians gathered in God's house has a special privilege and obligation. It is an outstanding, significant, and...

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About Money

Posted by Father Gordon Miltenberger on

"A fool and his money are soon parted." Does that describe me? Or you? I am all too acutely aware that my money and I are soon parted. But I am loath to admit that I am thereby proved a fool. It is likely that we feel a real and serious indignity because so much of our money is taken from us...

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How Much Does It Cost?

Posted by Father Gordon Miltenberger on

How much does it cost to be a Christian? We are told that something will cost us only pennies a day, so it won't seem that we are spending much money. We would all like the most profit from the least effort. But it won't work that way for the Christian. Are we members of the burial society of...

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VBS

Posted by Fr. Nick Funk on

We had a great time with our tri-church Vacation Bible School! Volunteers from Redeemer Lutheran, United Presbyterian, and St. Paul’s Episcopal came together to eat, learn, and grow in Christ. We couldn’t have done it without the many helping hands onsite during the event and the...

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Bishops Visit & Other News

Posted by Fr. Nick Funk on

 The Texas heat has not slowed St. Paul’s down. In fact, we’re ramping up! Not only did we have good food and fellowship at last Sunday’s Vestry lunch, over the last couple weeks, we’ve seen some exciting changes in the way we do our Sunday liturgy. To cover the...

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He Is No Fool

Posted by Father Todd Wetzel on

Do not store up for yourselves treasures on Earth, where moth and rust destroy, and where thieves and robbers break in and steal ...for where your treasure is, there will be your heart be also.   ~ Matthew 6:19-21 On January 8, 1956, Jim Elliot, part of a missionary team sent to the Acua...

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Tags: christian life, priorities, sacrifice, treasure

God Loves The Charlie Brown In All Of Us

Posted by Father Todd Wetzel on

I love the PEANUTS comic strip where Charlie Brown is busy building a birdhouse. Lucy comes by and asks, "How's the birdhouse coming along, Charlie Brown?" Charlie replies, "Well, I'm a lousy carpenter. I can't nail straight. I can't saw straight and I alway split the wood. I'm nervous. I lack...

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Tags: faith, grace, perfection

A Word of Introduction

Posted by Father Todd Wetzel on

A word of introduction as I have been ‘hired’ by your Vestry with the consent of Bishop Sumner and Canon Gilton to function as your Priest, Pastor, Advocate and Preacher during this ‘interim’ time between the departure of Fr. Gary and the selection and arrival of your...

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Tags: interim, introduction, new beginnings, rector, church business

New Folks Coming In

Posted by Father Gary Herbst on

One of the challenges in any transition is welcoming new folks in.  For sure with any change in leadership there will be rough areas and smooth areas.  Old leaders have their certain areas of expertise and new ones have different skills.  My predecessor, Fr. Don, had certain areas...

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Tags: church matters, new beginnings, transition

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