Sunday, August 31, 2014

Collect for the Twelfth Sunday after Pentecost (Proper 17)

Lord of all power and might, the author and giver of all good things: Graft in our hearts the love of your Name; increase in us true religion; nourish us with all goodness; and bring forth in us the fruit of good works; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God for ever and ever. Amen.

Saturday, August 30, 2014

Friday, August 29, 2014

Friday Afternoon Porch Break

It's the Friday afternoon of Labor Day in the US - the last weekend of summer.

Hope you are relaxing where you are.

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Throwback Thursday!

Throwing back all the way to August 9, 2014! 
Here's my hubby and me at the rehearsal for our son's wedding. And no, he is not standing on a step.

Collect for St. Augustine

perfect freedom

Lord God, the light of the minds that know you, the life of the souls that love you, and the strength of the hearts that serve you: Help us, following the example of your servant Augustine of Hippo, so to know you that we may truly love you, and so to love you that we may fully serve you, whom to serve is perfect freedom; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Nearly Wordless Wednesday: Whatcha Doing?

So the terns on the top of the pilings are glaring.
And the terns on the rope below are curious.

All God's creatures have a place in the choir.

Morning Prayer: Daily Bread

Sanderling with breakfast (a sand flea)

Give us this day our daily bread. 
And forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us.

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Tuesday Afternoon Bird Photo

Sanderling coming in for a somewhat sideways landing.

Morning Psalm

Psalm 10

1Why do you stand so far off, O LORD,*
and hide yourself in time of trouble?
2The wicked arrogantly persecute the poor, *
but they are trapped in the schemes they have devised.
3The wicked boast of their heart's desire; *
the covetous curse and revile the LORD.
4The wicked are so proud that they care not for God;*
their only thought is, "God does not matter."
5Their ways are devious at all times;
your judgments are far above out of their sight;*
they defy all their enemies.
6They say in their heart, "I shall not be shaken;*
no harm shall happen to me ever."
7Their mouth is full of cursing, deceit, and oppression;*
under their tongue are mischief and wrong.
8They lurk in ambush in public squares
and in secret places they murder the innocent;*
they spy out the helpless.
9They lie in wait, like a lion in a covert;
they lie in wait to seize upon the lowly;*
they seize the lowly and drag them away in their net.
10The innocent are broken and humbled before them;*
the helpless fall before their power.
11They say in their heart, "God has forgotten; *
he hides his face; he will never notice."
12Rise up, O LORD;
lift up your hand, O God;*
do not forget the afflicted.
13Why should the wicked revile God? *
why should they say in their heart, "You do not care"?
14Surely, you behold trouble and misery;*
you see it and take it into your own hand.
15The helpless commit themselves to you,*
for you are the helper of orphans.
16Break the power of the wicked and evil;*
search out their wickedness until you find none.
17The LORD is King for ever and ever;*
the ungodly shall perish from his land.
18The LORD will hear the desire of the humble; *
you will strengthen their heart and your ears shall hear;
19To give justice to the orphan and oppressed, *
so that mere mortals may strike terror no more.

Monday, August 25, 2014

Phos hilaron

O Gracious Light Phos hilaron 

O gracious light,
pure brightness of the everliving Father in heaven,
O Jesus Christ, holy and blessed!

Now as we come to the setting of the sun,

and our eyes behold the vesper light,
we sing your praises, O God: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.

You are worthy at all times to be praised by happy voices,

O Son of God, O Giver of Life,
and to be glorified through all the worlds. 

Morning Psalm

Psalm 86
1Bow down your ear, O LORD, and answer me,*
for I am poor and in misery.
2Keep watch over my life, for I am faithful;*
save your servant who puts his trust in you.
3Be merciful to me, O LORD, for you are my God;*
I call upon you all the day long.
4Gladden the soul of your servant,*
for to you, O LORD, I lift up my soul.
5For you, O LORD, are good and forgiving,*
and great is your love toward all who call upon you.
6Give ear, O LORD, to my prayer,*
and attend to the voice of my supplications.
7In the time of my trouble I will call upon you,*
for you will answer me.
8Among the gods there is none like you, O LORD,*
nor anything like your works.
9All the nations you have made will come and worship you, O LORD,*
and glorify your Name.
10For you are great;
you do wondrous things;*
and you alone are God.
11Teach me your way, O LORD,
and I will walk in your truth;*
knit my heart to you that I may fear your Name.
12I will thank you, O LORD my God, with all my heart,*
and glorify your Name for evermore.
13For great is your love toward me;*
you have delivered me from the nethermost Pit.
14The arrogant rise up against me, O God,
and a band of violent men seeks my life;*
they have not set you before their eyes.
15But you, O LORD, are gracious and full of compassion, *
slow to anger, and full of kindness and truth.
16Turn to me and have mercy upon me;*
give your strength to your servant;
and save the child of your handmaid.
17Show me a sign of your favor,
so that those who hate me may see it and be ashamed;*
because you, O LORD, have helped me and comforted me.

Sunday, August 24, 2014

Collect for the 11th Sunday After Pentecost (Proper 16)

Grant, O merciful God, that your Church, being gathered together in unity by your Holy Spirit, may show forth your power among all peoples, to the glory of your Name; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

Saturday, August 23, 2014

Saturday Morning Movie: Bunny Jumping

Here's a little Saturday morning silliness - Hamish and Andy, the stars of Euro Gap Year, decided to go to Stockholm and enter a rabbit jumping competition. First they had to get a rabbit. And then they had to compete. Also, they dress funny.


Friday, August 22, 2014

Friday Afternoon Multi-tasking Break

This willet (note the blue-green legs) is doing a little dance while carrying a tasty lunch in the shell. Apparently it thought I might be interested in its meal.

Actually, I like my seafood cooked, thank you very much.

Happy Friday!

Collect for Cities

Heavenly Father, in your Word you have given us a vision of that holy City to which the nations of the world bring their glory: Behold and visit, we pray, the cities of the earth. Renew the ties of mutual regard which form our civic life. Send us honest and able leaders. Enable us to eliminate poverty, prejudice, and oppression, that peace may prevail with righteousness, and justice with order, and that men and women from different cultures and with differing talents may find with one another the fulfillment of their humanity; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

(BCP 825)

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Throw Back Thursday: beach scene

Looking back to last week at the beach. Lots of kayakers on the Currituck Sound. 
These two were in perfect rhythm together. 

For Those Who Influence Public Opinion

Almighty God, you proclaim your truth in every age by many voices: Direct, in our time, we pray, those who speak where many listen and write what many read; that they may do their part in making the heart of this people wise, its mind sound, and its will righteous; to the honor of Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

(BCP 827)

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Nearly Wordless Wednesday: Sandcastle

What's a beach vacation without a good sandcastle? 
I wish we had had these cool castle molds when I was a kid. 

Prayer for the Oppressed

Look with pity, O heavenly Father, upon the people in this land who live with injustice, terror, disease, and death as their constant companions. Have mercy upon us. Help us to eliminate our cruelty to these our neighbors. Strengthen those who spend their lives establishing equal protection of the law and equal opportunities for all. And grant that every one of us may enjoy a fair portion of the riches of this land; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

(BCP 826)

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Tuesday Afternoon Flower Photo

A tulip from one of the wedding reception bouquets.

Collect for Times of Conflict

O God, you have bound us together in a common life. Help us,
in the midst of our struggles for justice and truth, to confront
one another without hatred or bitterness, and to work
together with mutual forbearance and respect; through Jesus
Christ our Lord. Amen.

(BCP 824)

Monday, August 18, 2014

O Gracious Light

O Gracious Light Phos hilaron 

O gracious light, 
pure brightness of the everliving Father in heaven, 
O Jesus Christ, holy and blessed! 

Now as we come to the setting of the sun, 
and our eyes behold the vesper light, 
we sing your praises, O God: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. 

You are worthy at all times to be praised by happy voices, 
O Son of God, O Giver of Life, 
and to be glorified through all the worlds. 

Prayer for Social Justice

Grant, O God, that your holy and life-giving Spirit may so move every human heart [and especially the hearts of the people of this land], that barriers which divide us may crumble, suspicions disappear, and hatreds cease; that our divisions being healed, we may live in justice and peace; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

(BCP 823)

Thursday, August 14, 2014


Tom and I are taking off for the beach today! What a long, busy spring and summer we have had. New job, commuting, moving me, moving Mom, marrying off our son - time for some R&R. 

Needless to say, we are going to the beach. See you next week!

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Tuesday Afternoon Tomato Photo

These rainy days make our gardens grow.

Visual Morning Prayer

Our days are like grass; we flourish like the flower of the field;
When the wind goes over it, it is gone, and its place shall know it no more.
(Psalm 103:15-16)

Monday, August 11, 2014

Morning Psalm

The heavens bear witness to your wonders, O LORD,*
and to your faithfulness in the assembly of the holy ones;
For who in the skies can be compared to the LORD? *
who is like the LORD among the gods?

(Psalm 89:5-6)

Sunday, August 10, 2014

The Blessing of a Marriage

Most gracious God, we give you thanks for your tender love
in sending Jesus Christ to come among us, to be born of a
human mother, and to make the way of the cross to be the
way of life.  We thank you, also, for consecrating the union of
man and woman in his Name.  By the power of your Holy
Spirit, pour out the abundance of your blessing upon this
man and this woman.  Defend them from every enemy.  Lead
them into all peace.  Let their love for each other be a seal
upon their hearts, a mantle about their shoulders, and a
crown upon their foreheads.  Bless them in their work and in
their companionship; in their sleeping and in their waking; in
their joys and in their sorrows; in their life and in their death. 
Finally, in your mercy, bring them to that table where your
saints feast for ever in your heavenly home; through Jesus
Christ our Lord, who with you and the Holy Spirit lives and
reigns, one God, for ever and ever.  Amen.

(My son has married his sweetheart today. Congratulations Bradley and Brianna!)

Collect for the Tenth Sunday after Pentecost (Proper 14)

Grant to us, Lord, we pray, the spirit to think and do always those things that are right, that we, who cannot exist without you, may by you be enabled to live according to your will; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

Saturday, August 9, 2014

Saturday Morning Music: The Perfect Day

Tomorrow my firstborn marries his bride. I'm sure there will be pictures to share later. Meanwhile, in honor of the wedding weekend, I wanted to post a clip of a really wonderful piece of wedding music, which I found: Henry Purcell's Voluntary for Two Trumpets. Unfortunately, the person who posted the video won't allow it to be embedded anywhere (like here on my blog). But it's a great piece. So here's the link to go watch it on YouTube. While you watch, you can say Mazel Tov to Brad and Bri!


Friday, August 8, 2014

The General Thanksgiving

Almighty God, Father of all mercies, we your unworthy servants give you humble thanks for all your goodness and loving-kindness to us and to all whom you have made. We bless you for our creation, preservation, and all the blessings of this life; but above all for your immeasurable love in the redemption of the world by our Lord Jesus Christ; for the means of grace, and for the hope of glory. And, we pray, give us such an awareness of your mercies, that with truly thankful hearts we may show forth your praise, not only with our lips, but in our lives, by giving up our selves to your service, and by walking before you in holiness and righteousness all our days; through Jesus Christ our Lord, to whom, with you and the Holy Spirit, be honor and glory throughout all ages. Amen.

Thursday, August 7, 2014

Thursday Afternoon Flower Photo

I think this is a Mexican flame vine. Whatever it is, it's spectacular. No wonder this bee couldn't resist this beauty!

Morning Psalm

All glorious is the princess as she enters; *
her gown is cloth-of-gold.
In embroidered apparel she is brought to the king;*
after her the bridesmaids follow in procession.
With joy and gladness they are brought,*
and enter into the palace of the king.

(Psalm 45:14-16)

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Tuesday Afternoon Flower Photo

This is the back of a zinnia bloom. 
I took it with my phone in the "community garden" at one of our local retirement communities. 

This view reminded me of some of the folks I went to see in the healthcare unit of the community, what we see of them now as they are beginning to look heavenward.

Morning Psalm

So he commanded the clouds above *
and opened the doors of heaven.
He rained down manna upon them to eat *
and gave them grain from heaven.
So mortals ate the bread of angels;*
he provided for them food enough.

(Psalm 78:23-25

Monday, August 4, 2014

Evening Walk

You know how it is when you move. You haven't gotten a routine down yet. Stuff you know you have doesn't seem to be where you thought it was. You forget the things you used to do or at least you can't figure out how to do them in a new place. (How can we sing our song in a strange land?)

So this evening I was determined to go for a walk AND take along my camera. I have found the way to the pond at the University of Richmond nearby, in addition to walking around in my neighborhood, but I still hadn't taken out my camera on a walk. For one thing, I couldn't find all the parts. And for another, I couldn't find my walking bag in which to put my keys and phone. But I was determined to walk and take some photos tonight.

It's just ordinary stuff, going out for a walk, but in a new place, it can seem daunting.

I gave up looking for my walking bag (although I did finally find it when I got home) and headed out to the duck pond. I got a few lovely shots, which I hope to post here in the coming days.

As it grew dark on my way home, I stopped by a mimosa tree. Mimosa trees are pretty much junk here in the south. They spring up everywhere and can be invasive. But the powder puff blooms are actually love, and this one was kind of glowing in the gathering dark.

Sometimes very ordinary things make nice photos.

Good night, all.

Morning Psalm

Turn now, O God of hosts, look down from heaven;
behold and tend this vine;*
preserve what your right hand has planted.

Psalm 80:14

Sunday, August 3, 2014

Collect for the Eighth Sunday after Pentecost (Proper 13)

Let your continual mercy, O Lord, cleanse and defend your Church; and, because it cannot continue in safety without your help, protect and govern it always by your goodness; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

Friday, August 1, 2014

Friday Afternoon Beach Break

Fun in the sun! Don't let anyone harsh your mellow on a beautiful day at the ocean. 
Wish I were there!

Morning Canticle

10    The Second Song of Isaiah        Quaerite Dominum
          Isaiah 55:6-11

Seek the Lord while he wills to be found; *
    call upon him when he draws near.
Let the wicked forsake their ways *
    and the evil ones their thoughts;
And let them turn to the Lord, and he will have compassion, *
    and to our God, for he will richly pardon.
For my thoughts are not your thoughts, *
    nor your ways my ways, says the Lord.
For as the heavens are higher than the earth, *
    so are my ways higher than your ways,
    and my thoughts than your thoughts.

For as rain and snow fall from the heavens * 
    and return not again, but water the earth,
Bringing forth life and giving growth, *
    seed for sowing and bread for eating,
So is my word that goes forth from my mouth; *
    it will not return to me empty;
But it will accomplish that which I have purposed, *
    and prosper in that for which I sent it.

Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit: *
    as it was in the beginning, is now, and will be for ever. Amen.


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