September Newsletter Article (“Evangelism: The vocation of all disciples of Our Lord.”)

                Mention the words “Evangelist” or “Evangelism” to some folks and fear or better yet nausea begins to surface, because “Evangelism” for Americans has taken on such a negative connotation.  The mere mention of the word evangelist conjures up images of TV preachers or street preachers.   For some folks, “Evangelism” implies that if you are …

August Newsletter Article – "Worship: Why we Do What we Do"

My earliest memory of church is sitting beside my mother on Sunday morning at the age of five, in small Methodist parish which was situated in a rural part of East Tennessee.  In this little chapel, there was no incense, no bells, and no pipe organ, but there was liturgy.  We lit beautiful candles, the …

“Grace” – Newsletter Article July 2011

In the Church, we speak of grace quite a bit, but do we really understand it? The catechism defines grace as “God’s favor towards us, unearned and undeserved; by grace God forgives our sins, enlightens our minds, stirs our hearts, and strengthens our wills.” (Book of Common Prayer, 858) Through God’s grace our failures, our …

“The Lazy Days of Summer” – June 2011 Newsletter Article

                Two summers ago, I experienced the liberation of completing my first year of seminary.  At the age of 42, I went back to school despite the fact that it had been twenty years since I completed my undergraduate degree.  After that first year of seminary, the intensity and demands of graduate school weighed heavily …

April 2011 Newsletter Article – St. David’s Episcopal Church

“Holy Week: From ‘Hosanna’ to the Triduum to The Feast” by The Rev. Eric S. Cooter“Holy Week” for Christians has been and is just that, the holiest of weeks in our liturgical calendar. Through the liturgies of Holy Week, we experience a tradition that is centuries old. Palm Sunday, the Triduum (Maundy Thursday, Good Friday, …

Newsletter Submission November 2010

“Advent: More than Four Weeks before Christmas”By Fr. Eric CooterIn just a few weeks, the liturgical calendar will shift from what the Church refers to as “Ordinary Time” (the Sundays after Pentecost) to the “Season of Advent.” Advent, the four Sundays before the Nativity of Our Lord Jesus Christ, has through certain symbols, taken on …

September 2010 St. David’s Newsletter Article

“Stewards: Taking care of the master’s vineyard.” By Fr. Eric S. CooterBack in the day, I was a retail associate buyer for a large national retail chain. I managed a specific portion of the resources, inventory, advertising, and multi-store selling space for this rather large corporation. The merchandise was not mine, the advertising investment was …

Aug 2010 Newsletter Submission – St. David’s Episcopal Church

“I Want to Pray” By The Rev. Eric CooterWhether we face challenges and uncertainty or even in times of relative peace, the phrase “I want to pray,” reflects a deep awareness of our reliance on God. Merely acknowledging a desire to pray can be a spark that ignites a raging fire of love for God. …