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Third Sunday after Trinity, Sunday, June 17th, 2018

From the First Epistle of St. Peter we hear:  ". . . for God resisteth the proud, and giveth grace to the humble." (I St. Peter 5:5 ff)  St. Peter more than likely is quoting Scripture here because we also find in Proverbs 3:34:  "Surely He scorneth the scorners: but He giveth grace unto the lowly."   . .. . giveth grace to he humble . . . giveth grace to the lowly . .  .   Not only did St. Peter learn this truth from Holy Scripture but he learned it even more importantly in witnessing countless souls approaching humbly to Our Blessed Saviour.  Of course, Our Blessed Lord came to be with the humble of the world:  the poor and needy;  the sick; the sinners.  This is the reason He came:  to redeem those in need of redemption.  But before we can obtain redemption, we have to acknowledge our need of redemption.  In other words, we have to admit in our hearts, in our souls, in our minds, that we have sinned and are in need of forgiveness.  In a similar sense, it is much like acknowledging that we are sick and going to the doctor in search of healing.  We first recognize the fact that we are sick; next, we realize that we can not get well on our own; finally, we go to the doctor seeking medical treatment.  The same is true, spiritually speaking:  we first recognize the fact that we are sinners; we realize that we can not find peace and healing in ourselves; we finally humble ourselves and ask for God's forgiveness and ask Him to come into our heart.  "When Jesus heard it, He saith unto them, They that are whole have no need of the physician, but they that are sick: I came not to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance."  (St. Mark 2:17)  Let us pray for humility enough to recognize that we are in need of God in our life and then give our hearts over to Him.

Join us as we gather together as God's family to:  hear the Word of God; listen as God speaks to each one of us in our hearts; worship God in song and in word; listen to the King James Bible and the 1928 Book of Common Prayer; and, finally, receive Our Blessed Lord in Holy Communion so that we can be nourished for the journey we call life.  Take one hour out of your busy schedule to worship God, to honour God, to acknowledge the need for God in your life.


St. Margaret of Scotland Anglican Church worships every Sunday morning at 9:30 AM at the Chapel at Marquette Manor, which is located at 8140 N. Township Line Road on the Northwest side of Indianapolis.

Second Sunday after Trinity, June 10th, 2018

It was a beautiful Sunday afternoon last weekend . . .  a little bit hot, yes . . . . but a beautiful weekend nonetheless.   Because of that reason I was trying to finish up the work I was doing in the back yard at home.  The peacefulness of the afternoon was soon disrupted because the neighbors that live behind us were having a party of sorts with a pool and one of those big, inflatable bounce house's that the kids jump in.  I think there must have been perhaps ten to twelve children at this gathering.  These children were aged eight to ten years old, I guess, although I am not good at guessing ages.  Anyway, these children were very loud as you might expect.  Now, I really didn't have a problem with the yelling and screaming of the children.  That's just what kids do when they are outside at a party with other children.  Here's what caught my attention, though.  One of these children  . . . . at the top of her lungs . . . .  would yell "Oh My God!"   Now, this was happening every minute or so and it was very hard to miss each time she would yell it.  I have discovered that Children are very similar to parrots.  They both mimic what they have heard.  Thus, be careful what you speak in front of both parrots and children.  Thus, it was pretty obvious to figure out that this little girl heard "Oh My God" said quite a bit at home.  I do not fault the little girl in the least.  We hear this phrase . . .  and, sadly, much worse . . . . spoken in conversations;  . . . we hear it on TV and in the movies;  . . .  we hear Our Lord's Name spoken more as a curse word than we do as a source of praise for the wonderful things He does for us.   St John writes in his first epistle:  "That we should believe on the name of his Son Jesus Christ" (1 St. John 3:23)   The Name of God  . . .  The Name of His Son . . . . The Names and titles of the Holy Ghost . . . . All of these names are sacred; they are holy; we should speak these names with honor and respect.  And yet people utter the Name of God with utter disregard and do not even realize it.  Call on God in prayer.  Call Him when you need Him.  Utter His Name to describe the wonderful things He has done for you.  "O give thanks unto the Lord; call upon His Name!" (Psalm 105:1)  The Name of God is holy.  The Name of God is sacred.  The Name of God should mean something and stand for something.    " . . .  and we will walk in the Name of the Lord Our God for ever and ever." (Micah 4:5) When we do speak the Lord's Name, let us speak His Name in the proper context.   Let us praise the Name of the Lord.  Let us speak His Name with pride and love.  Let us thank Him by Name for all of the wonderful things He has done for us.   

St. Margaret Church meets each and every Sunday morning at 9:30 AM.  We worship at the beautiful Chapel at Marquette Manor, located at 8140 N. Township Line Road on the Northwest side of Indianapolis.  We use the King James Bible and the 1928 Book of Common Prayer.  Come join us as we listen to God speak to us through His Word.  At Communion time, we receive the Precious Body and Blood of Christ to nourish us and give us strength for our journey called life.




First Sunday after Trinity, June 3rd, 2018

In the Sixteenth Chapter of St. Luke's Gospel, Our Blessed Lord relates the story of Lazarus and the Rich Man.  In this story, Our Saviour contrasts the difference between how these two men lived their lives:  the rich man wore fine clothing and ate  delicious foods while Lazarus was a poor beggar who lived a miserable existence.  We are further told that when both men died, Lazarus went to Heaven and the rich man went to hell.  In fact, the rich man suffered so much in hell that he cried out to Abraham to send Lazarus to him to give him even the slightest bit of relief to his torment and we then hear the following:  "But Abraham said, Son, remember that thou in thy lifetime receivedst thy good things . . . ." (St. Luke 16:25)

This Gospel passage points out the problem faced by so many in our society today.  So many of us are fixated on the good things in life.  We have everything we want:  the latest gadgets; the newest car; a house in the fanciest neighborhood; the latest fashions; etc.  Now, there is nothing wrong with any of these things just mentioned, but when they take our attention away from God, that is where the problem arises.  We are called as Christians to keep our attention fixed on God.  It is God Who provides all the blessings in life but if these "blessings" divert the attention away from Him, what use are they in the long run?  Fashionable clothes go out of style . . . the latest electronics become obsolete . . .   cars break down . . .  but the one thing they never goes bad is the love of God.  "Put your money where your mouth is."  We've all heard this phrase.  In essence, it means that you better back up your words or else they are "just words" and no more.  Well, God did back up His words.  He proved beyond a shadow of a doubt that He loved us by sending His Only Begotten Son into the world to save us from our sins.  Our Blessed Saviour died on the Cross for us.   Why do we keep our attention focused on earthly items that will fade away into nothing?  We have been given a gift beyond measure:  the gift of salvation.  It is offered freely.   Keep your eyes focused on God.  Keep your attention on your Heavenly Father. 

Join St Margaret of Scotland Anglican Church for Mass on Sunday, June 3rd, 2018 as we celebrate the First Sunday after Trinity.  Mass begins at 9:30 AM.  You can find us at the Chapel at Marquette Manor, which is located at 8140 Township Line Road on the northwest side of Indianapolis, Indiana.


 Join us for traditional worship, 1928 Book of Common Prayer, King James Bible, and down to earth Bible preaching!

Trinity Sunday, May 27th, 2018

The Third Chapter of St. John's Gospel begins with Our Lord discussing faith with Nicodemus.  As we read through this discussion presented by St. John, we soon discover that Our Lord is having a difficult time making Nicodemus understand the concept behind being "born again."  As you know Our Lord says exactly what He means.  He doesn't beat around the bush.  Now I want to point out that this is true not only with His words but also by His actions.  So Our Lord tells Nicodemus that a man must be born again in order to see Heaven.  To this, Nicodemus replies:  "How can a man be born when he is old? can he enter the second time into his mother's womb, and be born?"  (v. 9)  At this question Our Lord gives a sharp reply to Nicodemus.  He says:  "Art thou a master of Israel, and knowest not these things?"  (v. 10)  Now Our Lord really gets to the point of the matter when He gives the next example to Nicodemus.  "And as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, even so must the Son of man be lifted up: that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have eternal life."  Here, Our Lord speaks about the example of the "serpent in the wilderness" found in the Old Testament book of Numbers, Chapter 2.  If you read through that section, you will find that Moses was leading the people through the wilderness.  But as they were going along they started complaining and moaning about their troubles.  (I can't imagine people actually complaining and moaning about their troubles, can you?)   In fact, the people began to even question why they ever left Egypt in the first place.  It says that a plague of deadly, fiery serpents was sent as a punishment for the people complaining.  And as the people cried for mercy, God instructed Moses to fashion a bronze serpent which He told Moses to hold up before the people.  And as the people looked at the bronze serpent, they were healed.  Our Lord is describing Himself when He brings up this example.  In other words, He is instructing us to look up to Him for our healing.  He wants us to look up to Him to see the example of perfect love.  This is the image of Our Blessed Saviour hanging of the Cross for no other reason than to save us from our sins.  We should all think of Our Lord hanging on the Cross because it illustrates how much He loved you and how much He loved me.  He loved us so much that He was willing to die for us up on that Cross.  And all who look to Jesus will never be disappointed.  All who look to Him will never be turned away.  Our Lord also ascended to Heaven with the hopes that we will join Him in Heaven.  Through the Cross, He did away with our sins.  And through His Ascension, He went to prepare a place for us.   Always look to Jesus and gaze upon Him.  He is the only true satisfaction in this life.  So often we look to other things to satisfy us . .  . to save us . . . . whether they be drink or drugs, . . . . money or riches,  . .. . titles or position, . . .  Everything in life ultimately fades away except the love of God.  With God all things are possible.   We just have to look up to Our Blessed Saviour.


St. Margaret of Scotland  Church worships every Sunday morning at the Chapel at Marquette Manor, which is located on the Northwest side of Indianapolis at 8140 N. Township line Road.  Mass begins at 9:30 AM.  Come join us for traditional worship.  We use the King James Bible along with the Anglican Missal and the 1928 Book of Common Prayer.  We gather together to join as God's family to listen to His Word and worship Him and receive Him in His Precious Body and Blood.  Please join us for Mass and then stay with us afterward for our delicious Coffee Hour.


Whitsunday (Pentecost), May 20th, 2018

In the world in which we live . . .  if you want my opinion . . .  it's understandable if a person is scared.   I mean just look at all the things to be scared of.   All you have to do is turn on the nightly news and see a whole host of things that will terrify you:  school massacres . . . . drive-by shootings . . . . wars and threats of wars  . . . .  erupting volcanoes . . . . . These are just things which I saw featured on the news this week.  The news itself does a good job of scaring us, though, I have to admit.  The media focuses on negative things to begin with.  They report on murders, car wrecks, robberies, factories closing down, etc.  But then when you factor in the news being on for hours and hours during the day, the result is that you keep seeing the same scary news over and over and over and over  again . . .  . It's almost as if the "fear" is pounded into your head over and over again by the news media.  Now, don't get me wrong.  I am not saying that there are not things to be scared of or concerned about.  Oh, by all means, yes there are.  What I am pointing out is that by courtesy of the Internet, by courtesy of the news media, we are allowed to dwell on our fears twenty-four hours a day.  In my opinion, you can't watch the news without getting at least a little depressed.  

Perhaps this is the precise reason Our Blessed Lord said what He said.  If we look at the Fourteenth Chapter of the Gospel of St. John, we hear Our Lord say:  "Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid."  In fact, let's look at the whole verse:  "Peace I leave with you, My peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you.  Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid."  (St. John 14:27)   In this verse Our Blessed Saviour makes a point to specify that it is "His peace" that He is giving us.  He is differentiating between His peace that He is giving and the the peace that the world gives.  The peace that the world "gives" is anything but peaceful.  The world gives us doubt.  The world gives us fear.  The world imparts jealousy and hatred.  We always have worries at the back of our mind about a whole host of things.  We are scared . . . .  sometimes rightly scared and sometimes not . . .  but still scared, nonetheless.  

But throughout all of these anxieties and fears and worries and concerns, the Lord is the cure to our concerns.  He is the sure foundation that we need in our life.  He is the One  . . . . the only One  . . . . Who can offer true peace and security of mind.  "Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid."  God will always be with us, no matter what.  God will always be there for us, in good times and bad.  God will never forsake us.  God will never leave us.  God is ever faithful to His promise even when we are not.  Our Blessed Lord promised that when He left this world, He would send us the Holy Ghost to comfort us, to strengthen us, to fortify us.   "But the Comforter, which is the Holy Ghost, Whom the Father will send in My Name, He shall teach you all things, and bring all things to your remembrance, whatsoever I have said unto you."  (St. John 14:26)  We have to keep in mind as well that the Holy Ghost is known as the "Comforter" but that name is misleading in our modern day English language because it almost describes something very "comfortable" such as a nice comfy pillow, for example.  Actually, the translation would be more accurate as "Strengthen" or "Strength."  Our Lord is sending us the Holy Ghost to strengthen us.  Either way, let us be assured of one thing:  God is always there for us and we should not be afraid of anything this old world can throw at us.  

St. Margaret Church meets each and every Sunday morning at 9:30 AM.  We worship at the beautiful Chapel at Marquette Manor, located at 8140 N. Township Line Road on the Northwest side of Indianapolis.  We use the King James Bible and the 1928 Book of Common Prayer.  Come join us as we listen to God speak to us through His Word.  At Communion time, we receive the Precious Body and Blood of Christ to nourish us and give us strength for our journey called life.

Sunday after Ascension, May 13th, 2018
(Mothers Day)

I've been seeing a lot of video's online lately in regards to animal mothers protecting their babies.   Whether it be cats, dogs, bears, birds, etc.  It is always fascinating to see what a mom will do to protect and support her children.  As the secular "Mother's Day" is set to celebrated tomorrow, I can not help to think of my own mother who did so much to support me, protect me and give me life.  When you think about it in those terms, I have often thought that mothers probably most closely resemble God, more than anything here on earth.  "As every man hath received the gift, even so minister the same one to another,"  (I St. Peter 4:10)   

First and foremost, our mother gives us life.  Without them, we would not be here.  If it were not for my mother, I would not be here right now writing this short essay.  If it were not for your mother, you would not be sitting there reading this short essay.  It is the mothers of this world that bring the next generation into the world.  And it has been like that since the time of Adam and Eve.  "God created man in His own image, in the image of God created He him; male and female created He them.  And God blessed them, and God said unto them, Be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth, . . . " (Genesis 1:27-28)  So in this light, mothers are helping, whether they know it or not, to carry on the commandment God gave originally to Adam and Eve and all the subsequent generations since then.  The bottom line is without our mother, we would not have life.  So, too, with God.  Without Him we would not have life.   

My own mother, God rest her.  As I was growing up I remember seeing her make sacrifices for me so that I could have things.  In other words, very often I would see my mother do without, so that I could have things that I needed.  She sacrificed and did without so that she would make sure that I didn't have to go without.  The question is why would mothers do this?  Why would a mother gladly go without so that her child could have something?  The obvious answer is love.  Mothers make sacrifices, small and large, our of love for their children.  So, too, did Our Blessed Saviour make sacrifice for us.  First, we could say that He made the sacrifice of leaving His throne in Heaven in order to become a human being like us.  "But made Himself of no reputation, and took upon Him the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men:  And being found in fashion as a man, He humbled Himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the Cross." (Philippians 2:7-8)  Our Blessed Lord sacrificed His life for our benefit.  Our mothers endure what they do for us out of love.  Our Blessed Lord endured what He did on our behalf out of love.  

While my mother was still alive, I would see her.  I would spend time with her.  I would do things for her.  But could I have done more for her than I did?  Absolutely.  But unfortunately "life" got in the way.  In other words, my own career kept me busy.  Maintaining my own house and family took up time.  Shopping and running errands took up time.  And before you know it, time gets away from you and you wonder where it went to.  "Honour thy father and thy mother: that thy days may be long upon the land which the Lord thy God giveth thee." (Exodus 20:12)  We honour our parents by doing things for them, yes, but we also honour them with our time.  In other words, spend time with your parents.  But we are also called to honour God as well, aren't we?  And similar to what I described above, very often we do not find the time to honour God as we should because "life" gets in the way:  going to work; running errands; focusing on doing what WE want to do.  Typically we usually go to God in emergency situations . . .  when we NEED Him.  Honour God by spending time with Him in prayer . . . . in reading of Scripture . . . . by going to church . . .  by helping others.  

The bottom line is that mothers are amazing creatures.  Whether the mother is a cat or a dog or a bear or a bird or a  human being, mothers give life to their children; they nurture their children; they sacrifice for their children.  In this way, mothers emulate God and what He does for us:  He gives us life; He nurtures us; He sacrificed His own Son for us.  And just as we are called honour our mothers, we are also called to honour God and to bless God and to thank God for all the blessings He has bestowed upon us.  If your mother is still with you, make a point to thank her and let her know how grateful you are for everything she has done for you.  And if your mother is not around, thank God for your mother.  And while you are at it, thank the Good Lord above for all the blessings He has bestowed upon you.  Thank Him for the life He has given you and thank Him for the blessings He has given you throughout your lifetime.  

Join us as we listen to the Word of God found in the King James Bible and the 1928 Book of Common Prayer.  Join us as we join together as God's family and worship Our Heavenly Father.  Join us as we come to the altar to be fed the Precious Body and Blood at Communion time.  And, finally, please stay after Mass for some fellowship at our coffee hour.  St. Margaret Anglican Church worships at the beautiful Chapel at Marquette Manor, which is located at 8140 N. Township Line Road on the Northwest side of Indianapolis.  Mass begins at 9:30 AM.


Fifth Sunday after Easter, Sunday, May 6th, 2018

St. James tells us:  ".BE ye doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving your own selves." (St. James 1:22)   For a Christian, this sounds like pretty good advice:  " . . . . be ye doers of the word, and not hearers only . . . ."  But this Epistle of St. James has caused some controversy over the years for some Christian thinkers such as Martin Luther, for example, because they contended that St. James was proposing that we can earn our way into Heaven by what we do.   Now, without a doubt, there have been various individuals over the centuries who have tried to "buy their way" into Heaven.   But I contend what we hear from this verse ".  . . . be ye doers of the word, and not hearers only . .  ."  is just good old  fashioned common sense, if you ask me.  I say this because, sadly, each one of us can think of a person who is "nothing but mouth."  In other words, we probably each know someone who talks about being a Christian but they  do not particularly live as a Christian.  There are a lot of people who could explain the Christian faith and they could go on and on and on about it, but the really important question is:  Can they live the Christian faith and not just talk about it?  "Be ye doers of the word . . . ."  I think his is probably one of the biggest reasons why Our Blessed Lord came to earth as a human being, so that we could see Him in action.  Sure, God could have just simply spoken to us about being a Christian and left it at that.  But Our Lord chose to become a human being so that He could show us how it is to actually live as a Christian.  While Our Lord was with us He worked; He ate;  He traveled; He conversed and spoke and preached;  . . .  etc.  Our Blessed Saviour not only taught about God by His words but He lived His life for His Heavenly Father.  Our Lord was a wonderful teacher and taught the faith wonderfully . . . . but He backed up His teaching by the way in which He lived His life.  This is what we are called to do:  Live our life for God.  Do what God wants us to do.   None of us are perfect and we will make mistakes.  God already realizes this.  This is why He sent His Son into the world.  We are called to live our life for God and the evidence is shown in the way in which we life our life; in the ways in which we treat others;  in what we do for one another:    " . . . .  be ye doers of the word  . . . . ."


Join us for Mass on Sunday, May 6th, 2018 as we gather together as God's family to hear the Word of God and to worship Our Blessed Lord.  St.Margaret of Scotland Church worships each Sunday morning at 9:30 AM at the Chapel at Marquette Manor, which is located at 8140 N. Township Line Road on the Northwest side of Indianapolis. 

Fourth Sunday after Easter, April 29th, 2018

I am not sure when and how it started but, in my opinion, people do not listen as well as they used to.  Did you hear what I said?  People do NOT listen as well as they used to.   What do I mean by that statement, I am sure you are asking yourself.   I am not referring to the actual physical act of hearing.  I am actually referring to the people that we encounter that do NOT want to listen to anything other than their own viewpoint.  Now, human beings are all different.  And, as such, we are going to have different points of views on a whole array of subjects.  Whether it be taste in music . . . or food . . . or movies . . . or fashion.  Or perhaps it is something more serious such as opinions in politics or religious matters.  Human beings are NOT going to agree 100 percent of the time on anything.  Even spouses or siblings or family members are going to disagree or have differing opinions on things.  But it used to be when I was younger that if you had a differing opinion, you just acknowledged that you disagreed and moved on.   You might not like a person's political stand, for example, but in essence it just amounted to a difference of opinion.   You might not agree with a person's opinion on a given subject but you just left it at that.  Today, sadly, it seems that if someone has an opinion on something that is "politically incorrect" it's not enough to just disagree and move on.  No, today you have to boycott the person and have that person "suffer the consequences" for having a differing opinion.  If someone has an opinion on something that differs from you, fine, move on.  Maybe you don't like the position that person has.   If you don't, OK.   It's fine.  People are allowed to disagree and have different opinions.  

In St. Jame's Epistle beginning in the first chapter we hear the following:  "let every man be swift to hear, slow to speak, slow to wrath" (St. James 1:19)  I was given some wise advice years and year ago when I was growing up:  "You have TWO ears and ONE mouth.  So listen twice as much as you speak."   Whoever told me this must have gotten this advice from St. James. Today, it seems the opposite.  We talk twice as much as we listen.  Is this because we are trying to "drown out" anyone else who thinks differently from us?  Is it because we are so desperate to have everyone else hear us?  

"Be stedfast in thy understanding; And let thy word be the same.  Be swift to hear; and let thy life be sincere; And with patience give answer." (Sirach 5:10-11) But then we read something really astounding in verse thirteen  if you think about it: "Honour and shame is in talk; And the tongue of man is his fall."  (Sirach 5: 13)  What does this mean?  Honour AND shame is in talk???  And the tongue of man is his fall????   Again, we would be wise to listen to the words of St. James:  "let every man be swift to hear, slow to speak, slow to wrath"  The bottom line is that both cursing and blessing can come from the same mouth.  With the same tongue we can both edify and condemn.  We should be careful what comes out of our mouth because once it comes out, it is out and can not be put back in.  Be swift to hear . . .  and with patience give answer.   Today, we don't have patience for anything, let alone listening.  "He that hath knowledge spareth his words:  And a man of understanding is of an excellent spirit." (Proverbs 17:27)   Let us do our best to not only listen to what others have to say but to also remember that we are the instrument of God.  And as such let us do our best to speak as God would have us speak.  

St. Margaret Church gathers every Sunday morning to hear the Word of God and to worship Our Heavenly Father.  We are a traditional church.  We use the King James Version of the Bible and the 1928 Book of Common Prayer.  Mass begins at 9:30 AM.  We celebrate at the beautiful chapel at Marquette Manor, located at 8140 N. Township Line Road on the Northwest side of Indianapolis.  Please join us and dedicate an hour of your week to God.  Return home to Him, the God Who waits patiently for your return.

  

Third Sunday After Easter, April 22nd, 2018

When you go on a trip, do you ever notice how much time you spend in preparation for the trip by packing?  If you are like me, it seems like you pack half the house to go on a trip.  And even if you are only going to be gone a few days, it's unbelievable how much stuff we pack for those few days: clothing items and shoes . . . . jackets  . . . .  hygiene items  . . . .  The list goes on and on.  Then you spend all that time in preparation making sure you are bringing everything you need.  And then when the trip is done, you have to make sure you don't leave anything behind.  You've heard of people with a fear of spiders or people with a fear of flying?  I think I have a fear of leaving something behind in the motel room.   I will check and recheck to make sure we did not leave anything behind.  It's amazing how much time we spend in packing and preparing for going places.  But truth be known, we don't take anything with us when we die, do we?  I joke around and say that I'm going to take my Elvis record collection with me when I die, but of course that's ridiculous.  We don't take anything with us when we die.   The only thing that we take with us to the grave, it seems to me, is the love that we have in our heart.  When our time comes to an end here on this ol' earth that we call home, the only "thing" we will take with us is the love that we have for God . . .  love for our neighbors . . .  and love for one another.  Other than that, what do we take with us when we die?   Just the love that we have in our heart.  Why do we spend our lifetime accumulating so much stuff?  In comparison, though, how much time do we spend preparing our heart in regards to showing love towards God and our neighbor?

In the Sixteenth Chapter of St. John's Gospel, we hear Our Lord speaking to the disciples about various matters.  One of the things that He tells the disciples is preparing them for when He shall leave.  He says:  "A little while, and ye shall not see me: and again, a little while, and ye shall see me, because I go to the Father." (St. John 16:16)  Our Lord is preparing the disciples for His departure because He knows that they will be in sorrow and distress at His departure:  But Our Lord states that the sorrow the disciples will feel at His departure will be turned to joy.  "And ye now therefore have sorrow: but I will see you again, and your heart shall rejoice, and your joy no man taketh from you." (v. 22)  Again, many things that we have in life can be lost, taken from us, or stolen but the love and joy we have in our heart, nobody can take that from us.  Our Lord's last words in this discourse state:  "I came forth from the Father; and am come into the world: again, I leave the world, and go to the Father." (v. 28)  We can say the same thing, it seems to me.   When we are born, our life is a gift from the Good Lord Himself.   And when we die, we leave the world and return to God.   And when we return, the only thing that we have to show for our journey is how we have lived our life while we were here . . .  how much love we have for one another . . .  and how much love we showed while we were here.  When we travel here on earth, we are careful to pack what we need for the trip.  We should also prepare for our "final trip" by loving one another and showing the love that God has shown us and sharing that love to one another.  

St. Margaret Church meets each and every Sunday morning at 9:30 AM.  We worship at the beautiful Chapel at Marquette Manor, located at 8140 N. Township Line Road on the Northwest side of Indianapolis.  We use the King James Bible and the 1928 Book of Common Prayer.  Come join us as we listen to God speak to us through His Word.  At Communion time, we receive the Precious Body and Blood of Christ to nourish us and give us strength for our journey called life.

Second Sunday After Easter, April 15th, 2018

Now, I don't consider myself an authority on parenting by any means, but it seems to me that a lot of parents are making some mistakes when it comes to raising their children.  Now, I'm no "Dr. Spock" when it comes to raising children.  I just want to point that out, first and foremost.  But it seems to me that children need their parents to be there for them.  Parents need to be in their child's life.  Now, you're saying to yourself as you read that last statement:  "Thanks, Mr. Rocket Scientist, That's just common sense."  Well, yes, it certainly is common sense.  So let me try to explain what I mean.  From my perspective on things, I see a lot of parents equate "buying things" or "giving things" with spending time with their children.  It's not the same thing, first and foremost.   I have seen parents . . .  mom's and dad's  . . . . spend their hard-earned money to buy their children:  computers, toys, expensive shoes and/or clothing, etc. The problem is that a lot of these parents that are buying things for their children do not necessarily spend any time with their children.  That's the sticking point right there.  These parents equate "buying things"  . . . . even expensive things . . . . they equate this as the same thing as spending quality time with their children.  It's not the same thing and it never will be.  I have seen fathers, for example, who pride themselves on being there for their children and yet, ironically, they are never there.  In other words, the father is always away working or spending time with friends or taking care of business.   But on the other hand very often these fathers will be the ones who buy their children expensive shoes, TV's, games, clothes, etc., etc., etc.  Buying things for children.  . .. even if it's expensive things . . .  is not the same as spending time with your children.  And I think that is the key right there.  It's easier for us to spend money than it is for us to spend time.  Now, I'm certainly not saying that buying things for your children is out of the question.  Obviously, as a parent you are obligated to provide food, shelter, clothing, etc. for your children.  What I'm suggesting is that very often parents who do NOT spend time with their children, try to ease  their conscience by buying their kids "this, that, and the other."   And then these parents turn around and say that they are a good parent.  No, you're not.  You're just good at buying things.  Buying things, again, is NOT the same thing as spending time with your children.  And this is why Our Blessed Saviour is the perfect role-model for parents because He came to spend time with us.  In the Tenth Chapter of the Gospel of St. John, Our Lord describes Himself as the Good Shepherd.  He says: "I am the good shepherd; and know my sheep, and am known of mine, even as the Father knoweth me, and I know the Father; . . ." He knows His sheep because He is with them.  He knows His sheep by spending time with them.  He knows His sheep because they are His.  And then Our Lord goes on to point out that "the good shepherd giveth his life for the sheep"  In other words, Christ gave His life for us.  In life and in death, Christ chose to give of Himself.  In life, He chose to spend time with His children.  And He chose to die so that we could have new life with Him.  In both cases, He gave of Himself.  Likewise, this is what parents need to do with their children:  parents need to give of themselves and not just "buy."   God gave of Himself to His children.  That's how much He loves us.  Anybody can go out and "buy something" but the question is:  can you give of yourself?  Can you give of your time?  To your children?  To God?  

St. Margaret Church meets each and every Sunday morning at 9:30 AM to gather together as God's family so that we worship God in a traditional liturgy.  We use the King Jame Version of the Bible.  We also use the 1928 Book of Common Prayer.  We listen to what God is saying to us and open our hearts to hear His Word.  And then we receive His Most Precious Body and Blood at Communion time.  We worship at the beautiful chapel at Marquette Manor, located at 8140 N. Township Line Road on the Northwest side of Indianapolis.

First Sunday After Easter,  
Commonly Called Low Sunday, 
April 8th, 2018

Children seem to be scared about various things, don't they?   Whether it be a strange noise or fear of "monsters under the bed," children get scared quite often.  And as we get older, we still get scared of various things:  scary movies or unknown noises.  Even as adults, we still can get scared.  Whether it be someone threatening us or  receiving a bad health report from the doctor.   Again, the point is that all throughout our life human beings will get scared of various things.  But fear always seems to go away . . . or at least diminish a great deal .  . .  when someone is with us.  When the young child is scared of a "monster under the bed" or scared after having a bad dream, and mom or dad comes in, the child is relieved, the child is comforted.  When the teenager is bullied at school, it is comforting to be in the company of friends.  When someone gets a questionable health report and a MRI or a CAT scan is ordered, aren't we relieved when someone goes with us to the hospital . . . . to support us . . .  to help us  . . . . to be by our side?.  In the Twentieth Chapter of St. John's Gospel, St. John describes the disciples days after Our Lord's Crucifixion.  St John describes that the disciples were found shut up behind closed doors: " . . .  . where the disciples were assembled for fear of the Jews, . . . . " (St. John 20:19) The disciples were scared, St. John writes.  They had "fear of the Jews," we are told.  Now it's not the fear of the disciples that I want to focus on.  I mean, let's face it, wouldn't you be scared too?  I think I would be.  If we had been in their shoes and had seen our teacher, our leader, taken into custody, savagely scourged at the pillar, forced to carry His own Cross, and then crucified, they probably thought that they were next.  They obviously thought that they were targeted as well because, again, St. John tells us that they were "assembled for fear of the Jews."  All of this is obvious.  So what I want to focus on is the complete turn around when Our Lord appears to them.  We read that Our Blessed Saviour appears to them and shows them His Hands and His side.  And when the disciples recognize that this really is their Master, St. John writes:  "Then were the disciples glad when they saw the Lord. " (v. 20)  They were glad.  More than that, they were relieved.  The Lord was with them.  Similar to when the small child is scared of the "monster under the bed" or frightened due to a sudden shock, and the parent is there to protect, to comfort.  The child feels protected.  So, too, the disciples felt protected that the Blessed Lord was there in their midst . . . to comfort them . . . to relieve them . . .  to protect them.  So often if life we get scared by a whole host of scary things:  losing people we don't want to lose . . . being overwhelmed by bills  . . . . health concerns . . . . getting older . .. . the list goes on and on.  We all have things that cause us to be scared to one degree or another.   And when people are scared, sometimes they turn to things they should not turn to to help them cope with their fear:  drugs, . . .  drink,  . . . .  But we should turn to God when we are scared.   We should turn to Our Heavenly Father when we have concerns.   God is the One that will help us.  God is the One that wants to be there for us.  God is the One that is concerned for our well-being.  Turn to God and turn your life over to Him.  Let Him be your guide, your inspiration, your anchor in the storm.

St. Margaret Church meets each and every Sunday morning at 9:30 AM.  We worship at the beautiful Chapel at Marquette Manor, located at 8140 N. Township Line Road on the Northwest side of Indianapolis.  We use the King James Bible and the 1928 Book of Common Prayer.  Come join us as we listen to God speak to us through His Word.  At Communion time, we receive the Precious Body and Blood of Christ to nourish us and give us strength for our journey called life.

Easter Sunday, April 1st, 2018

First, I would like to take this opportunity to wish each and every one of you a very happy, a very blessed Easter to both you and your loved ones.  The events commemorated in Holy Week . . .  in particular, Good Friday and Easter Sunday . . . provide each one of us with an opportunity to reflect on what Our Blessed Saviour has done for us . . . what He has done on our behalf.  Let's get straight to the point.  What was the purpose for Our Lord to die a brutal death on the Cross?  What was the point of Our Lord to be beaten? . . . . mocked? . . . . spit upon?   Why was He so savagely tortured and humiliated?  Why was the King of Kings treated worse than a common criminal?  But even more to the point, why did He openly endure all of this?  The pain . . . the suffering  . . . the humiliation . . . . the beating . . . and finally . . . . an agonizing death on the Cross.   Why would He go through all of that?  What was the point?  What did all of this accomplish?  His efforts on our behalf did something we could never do ourselves:  He saved us from our sins and gave us the opportunity to spend eternity with Him in Heaven.  The media went on a frenzy this week when a certain famous clergyman . . .  this clergyman used to live in South America but now he resides in a beautiful city in Europe . . .  this clergyman was supposedly quoted as saying, "There is no Hell."  Now, of course, after this quote came out all the representatives of that famous clergyman scrambled to say that this quote was taken out of context.  But the point remains the same:   Why did Our Blessed Lord suffer and die on the Cross?  If there is no Hell, does this mean that Our Lord's suffering, pain, humiliation, and death meant nothing?  Of course, there is a Hell.  We read in the Book of Revelation:  " . . .  a lake of fire burning with brimstone."  (Revelation 19:20)  This is what most of us throughout history, I would suppose, picture Hell as.  But whatever it is, Christ suffered on our behalf so that He can save us from separation from God.   You see, whatever Hell consists of, the real tragedy of Hell is that it is ultimately, first and foremost, separation from God.  Christ died on the Cross to save us from our sins and thus the opportunity to be united with God for all eternity.  This is why St. Paul writes that we must "seek those things which are above" (Colossians 3:1).  So many of us seek the things below . . . and not the things above .  We spend our time, our effort, our energy seeking out the things below.  We live our lives chasing after the carnal pleasures with no regards for anyone or anything.  And yet, God loves us so much that He sent His Only Begotten Son into the world to save us from our sins . . . something that we could never hope to achieve ourselves.  And He did this because He loves us and wanted to save us.  He wanted to save us from ourselves and to save us from suffering the consequences of our living apart from God . . . . . eternal separation from God:  Hell.  This is the beauty of the events of Holy Week:  Christ did what He had to do in order to save us from ourselves.  For this, we should be eternally grateful and to fix our minds on Him and serving Him all our life.

Easter Sunday Mass will be held on Sunday, April 1st, 2018 at 9:30 AM at St. Margaret Church.  Mass is held at Marquette Manor, which is located at 8140 N. Township Line Road on the Northwest side of Indianapolis.

 Please note that on Easter Sunday, we will not be in the chapel as we normally celebrate there.  Rather, we will be on the Fourth Floor of Marquette Manor.



Palm Sunday, March 25th, 2018

Now, if you are like me, you are a creature of habit and  this means you never change.  I do the same thing over and over.  I wear the same thing over and over.  I watch the same TV shows and movies over and over.  It doesn't even bother me to eat the same thing over and over.  I'm the first one to admit it . .  .  I'm set in my ways.  But even for someone like me that is set in their ways it is really amazing how much choice we have in life.  We make choices that we don't even think about.  We make a choice when we pick out one pair of socks over another pair.  We make choices when we go to work one direction as opposed to another direction.  We decide whether we want to eat eggs for breakfast . . .  or toast  . . . or both . . .  or neither one and get biscuits and gravy instead.  We choose what to wear.  We choose what to watch on TV.  We choose what brand of cornflakes we buy at the store . . . or macaroni and cheese . . .  or frozen pizza . . . . or . . .  or  .  .  . or  . . . .  We choose to eat healthy  . . . or we choose to get a delicious apple pie.  We choose to be productive on a Saturday.  Or we choose to be a couch potato and watch Bonanza reruns all day.  Life is filled with choices.  As I stated, some of the choices we make are so simple that we make them without even blinking an eye.  

In the Twenty-Seventh Chapter of St Matthew's Gospel, St Matthew describes the events as they unfold on that particular day.  Our Blessed Lord had been brought before the Sanhedrin, the ruling class of the Jews, on charges of blasphemy.  Now, keep in mind, they did not like Our Lord.  They did not like Him one little bit.  At best, they considered Him to be a rabble-rousing rabbi who was stirring up the people.  At worst, they considered Him a blasphemer.  And as such, they brought Our Blessed Saviour that day before the Sanhedrin on charges of blasphemy.  Now the reason Pontius Pilate got involved in all of this was because the Sanhedrin could bring charges, yes, but they could not order the death penalty.  And this was what they wanted.  They wanted Our Lord to be put to death.  They wanted Him out of the way.  They wanted to be done with Him.  So they brought Him to the Roman Governor.  They wanted Pilate to put Our Lord to death.  They wanted Pilate to do their dirty work.  So Pilate contemplated the whole matter.  As we read through the chapter, we see that Pilate was trying to let Jesus go.  He did not think that Jesus was guilty.  Certainly, it does not appear that Pilate believed that Our Saviour deserved the death penalty for these charges.  Pilate tried to think of a way out of this situation so he offered the crowd a choice.  St Matthew tells us:  "Now at that feast the governor was wont to release unto the people a prisoner, whom they would." (St. Matthew 27:15)  So Pilate offered the people a choice:  "Pilate said unto them, Whom will ye that I release unto you? Barabbas, or Jesus which is called Christ? " (St. Matthew 27:17)  The people had a choice.  They were given their choice by the Governor.  Would it be Barabbas or would it be Jesus?  The people made their choice.  They chose Barabbas over Jesus.   How often do we make our choice when it comes to Jesus?  Whom do we choose over Our Blessed Lord?  What do we prefer in place of Jesus.  We all have choices, don't we?  The world is full of people who have clearly made their choice already.  They don't care about God.  They don't care about Him.  They don't care about serving Him . . .  following Him . . . . obeying Him.  But what about the ones reading this . . . or me, the one writing it . . . . how often do we make our choice?  How often do we make a choice that isn't really the best choice we could make?  How often do we choose to turn a blind eye to God because it's not really convenient or not really what I might want right now?   How often do we choose to treat people poorly but then complain when we are treated poorly?  How often do we choose to sacrifice what we know is right for convenience sake.  Or because "what is right" gets in the way of "what I want"?   You see, life is filled with choices.  Big choices.  Little choices.  And we need to choose to be on the side of God.  We need to choose to be in God's corner.  We need to choose what God wants us to do and not what I want me to do.  What choice would Pilate offer to each one of us?  What do we choose in place of Our Blessed Saviour?  Drugs?  Drink?  Food?  The Internet?  Money?  Fashion?  Expensive shoes?  "For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also."  (St. Luke 12:34)   It is fine to have nice things.  God is the one that made the "nice things" possible for us to have.  But when the "nice things" stand in place of God.  When the "nice things" overshadow God.  When the "nice things" take over our heart.  This is where the problem comes in.  Let us always make our choice for God and His Kingdom.  Let us choose Him over all else.  And let us grow stronger in our devotion to Him and never leave His side.

Join us as we listen to the Word of God found in the King James Bible and the 1928 Book of Common Prayer.  Join us as we join together as God's family and worship Our Heavenly Father.  Join us as we come to the altar to be fed the Precious Body and Blood at Communion time.  And, finally, please stay after Mass for some fellowship at our coffee hour.

St. Margaret Anglican Church worships at the beautiful Chapel at Marquette Manor, which is located at 8140 N. Township Line Road on the Northwest side of Indianapolis.  Mass begins at 9:30 AM.



Fifth Sunday in Lent, 
Commonly Called Passion Sunday, 
March 18th, 2018

I never really had very much interest in any type of "Awards Shows."   You know what I'm talking about.  A night where celebrities get all dressed up in beautiful gowns and tuxedos and walk the red carpet and then they go inside and get nominated for "Best Actor;" "Best Actress:" "Best Movie:" "Best Song;" "Best Album:"  etc . . . . etc.   They have these awards programs for movies, for television, for music, for sports, etc.  They just had the Oscars not too long ago.  I haven't watched the Oscars in years, quite frankly.   The award winners try to get too political in their acceptance speech.  But that's an entirely different sermon topic so let's move on.   It is good, in my opinion, to be rewarded for your hard work.  It's good to acknowledged for dedication.  Far too often, it seems to me, people from all walks of life are never truly acknowledged for the hard work that they do in their professions.   Whether you are a trash man or a bus boy . . . . a teacher.  . . . . nurses  . . . . doctors . . police  . . . fire-men . . . We could go on and on.  Personally, I wish they had an awards show for "ordinary" people where awards are given to our military,  . . .  our teachers, . . . . our police and fire-fighters. .   . .  etc.   But getting back to awards shows, it boils down to a group of people honouring themselves, so to speak.  People in the film industry are giving awards to people in the film industry.  People in the music industry are handing out awards to people in the music industry, etc.  In other words, they are honouring themselves.

In the Eighth chapter of the Gospel of St. John, Our Lord is having a lengthy discussion with the Pharisees.  The Pharisees were trying to figure out exactly whom they were dealing with.  If you read through this eighth chapter, you will soon see that Our Lord is answering their questions directly.  And so at one point, the Pharisees ask Our Lord:  "Art thou greater than our father Abraham, which is dead? and the prophets are dead: whom makest thou thyself?" (St. John 8:53)  And Our Blessed Saviour responds:  " . . . If I honour myself, my honour is nothing: it is My Father that honoureth Me; of whom ye say, that He is your God . . . "  (v. 54)  Again, Our Lord Himself stated:  " . . . . it is My Father that honoureth Me . . ."  We need to e more like Our Blessed Saviour.  We need to be concerned more with what God thinks of us than what the world thinks of us.   So often we get all caught up in worrying about what people are thinking  .  .  . . what they are saying . . . . about us.  Especially in this age of "social media" that we live in, people seem to get their knickers all knotted up worrying about what people are saying and thinking behind our backs.  "Was that post about ME?!?"  "Were they writing that about ME?!?!"   We worry about other folks opinion of us and what they are saying and thinking about us.  But do we ever stop to think about what God thinks about us?  Do we care about what God has to say about us?  So often we do indeed "honour ourselves," as Our Lord said.  We give ourselves awards.  We make ourselves to seem more important than we are.  We want people to notice us . . . to acknowledge us.  But just as Our Blessed Saviour said to the Pharisees:  " . . . it is My Father that honoureth Me . . .  "  We need to be more concerned with what God thinks of us.  We need to focus on how impressed God is with our efforts.  I am sure we have all heard those letters:  "WWJD," which of course stands for "What Would Jesus Do."  But maybe we can get some wristbands made up with the letters "WWJT," which stands for What Would Jesus Think."  Are we more concerned how the world honours me or how God honours me.  Are we more interested in impressing the world  . . .  or impressing God?   

St. Margaret Church meets each and every Sunday morning at 9:30 AM.  We worship at the beautiful Chapel at Marquette Manor, located at 8140 N. Township Line Road on the Northwest side of Indianapolis.  We use the King James Bible and the 1928 Book of Common Prayer.  Come join us as we listen to God speak to us through His Word.  At Communion time, we receive the Precious Body and Blood of Christ to nourish us and give us strength for our journey called life.

Second Sunday of Lent, February 25th, 2018

In the beginning of the Fourth Chapter St. Paul's First Epistle to the Thessalonians, we hear St Paul advising them:  " . .  . .that as ye have received of us how ye ought to walk and to please God, so ye would abound more and more. "  (I Thessalonians 4:1)  In other words, St. Paul is telling them that they have learned and been taught and now he is hoping that they will take what they have learned and have been taught even further.  It is only logical, isn't it?  I mean think about it.  When a baby is born, this little one is dependent on you for everything.  But little by little he/she begins to learn a little at a time.  As children grow they learn how to do more and more things for themselves.  And then as teenagers they "branch out," so to speak, by getting a job .  . . learn how to drive . . . go out with friends . . . etc.  By the time they leave high-school, they either get a full time job or continue full time in college.  They learn more and more as they progress in life and they do more and more things in life until they are fully independent.  They live away from home.  They pay their own bills.  They make their own decisions.

This is what St. Paul hopes for the Thessalonians.  He is telling them that they they know how to lead good lives.  They know how to lead lives that are pleasing to God.  They know exactly what they are supposed to do in life.  Now, says St. Paul, you need to put these things into practice.  In the society in which we live so many of us know exactly what is right and what is wrong . . . and yet we continue to make the wrong choices.  Why is this?  How often do we do something stupid and end up paying the consequences and then we say to ourselves:  "Why did I do that?"  "Why was I so stupid?"  "I can't believe I did that."  

The problem is that we depend more on ourselves than we do on God.  Or, more specifically, we listen more to what WE want and our desires than we do to what GOD wants for us in our life.  "And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect will of God."  (Romans 12:2)   The problem is that we "conformed to this world" instead of being conformed to the will of God.  We focus more on what the world would have of us than what God would have of us.  We listen more to what the world wants of us than what God wants of us.  We listen to the opinions of actors and actresses.  We listen to sports-stars.  We listen to politicians.  We listen to commercials.  We listen to fads and gimmicks.  How often do we listen to God?  We know right from wrong.  The problem is that so often doing the wrong thing is easier than doing the right thing.  Very often it takes courage to do the right thing in this world that we live in.  That is because in this world we have gotten to a sad state.  We have gotten to the point where doing what is right is mocked by the world as evil or backwards.  And very often those who do the right thing  . . . and stand by God . . . are mocked and persecuted and shamed for standing up for what is right.   "Woe unto them that call evil good, and good evil: that put darkness for light, and light for darkness; that put bitter for sweet and sweet for bitter!" (Isaiah 5:30)  What we need as Christians is Courage, Conviction, and Fortitude.  Courage to stand against the world when the world is against God.  Conviction in knowing that we are standing with God and listening to Him instead of the world..  And Fortitude in carrying out the will of God, to standing up with Him, and moving forward no matter what.  

St. Margaret Church gathers together every Sunday morning and we would love for you to join us in our weekly worship of Our Heavenly Father.  Mass begins at 9:30 AM.  We celebrate Mass in the Chapel of Marquette Manor, which is located at 8140 N. Township Line Road in Indianapolis, Indiana.  Please choose to take some time out of your busy schedule to spend some quality time with God.


First Sunday of Lent, February 18th, 2018

In the Fourth Chapter of the Gospel of St. Matthew, we are told how Our Blessed Saviour went into the wilderness where He fasted for "forty days and forty nights." (St. Matthew 4:1)  And St. Matthew describes what happened to Our Lord when He was hungry.  Of course, the devil came and tried his best to take advantage of Our Lord's condition.  He tempted Our Blessed Saviour a total of three times:  first, he tempted Him by offering to turn stones into bread; secondly, he tried to get Our Lord to prove Himself by throwing Himself off the pinnacle of the temple to show that the angels would save Him; finally, the devil  ". . .  . sheweth Him all the kingdoms of the world, and the glory of them;  in exchange for His loyalty to Him.   Our Blessed Saviour without hesitation turned down each and every one of these temptations despite His weakened condition from fasting for forty days.  

How many of us are tempted by the devil?  How many of us give in at the first sign of weakness?  Our Lord remained firm in His purpose and resolve for forty days although St. Matthew tells us that Our Lord was "hungered."  I seem to get hungry after forty minutes without eating, let alone forty days.  So certainly He was hungry.  But the point being is this:  Our Lord remained firmly committed to His purpose here on earth no matter how tempting the offers of the devil were.  We need to remain true to ourselves and our purpose is the bottom line.  

So often the devil tries to tempt us as well.  And things don't really change that much, the devil still tempts us with the same things he tempted Our Lord with.  We get tempted with gluttony.  We don't know when to stop ourselves sometimes when it comes to eating.  We eat until we are full and then we eat again, knowing full well that we are full, but we eat again simply because it looks "so delicious."  You ever hear that old phrase:  " My eyes were bigger than my stomach?"  Yes, of course.  We see it.  We want it.  End of story.  That's called gluttony.  The devil tempts us to prove ourselves to the world.  How often are we tempted to prove who we are . . .  to show who we are.  As kids we hear:  "Go on I dare you . . .  "  The world mocks us for who we are.  People mock us for what we believe.  Even loved ones will mock us sometimes.  The world dares us.  But we don't have to prove anything to anyone.   The only thing that we need to "prove" is that we are loyal to Our Heavenly Father.  And, finally, don't we sometimes daydream what it would be like to be rich . . . . to be famous . . . to be a star?  Do we ever ponder what it would like to be a millionaire .. . .  or in charge of a company  . . . . or to live in a mansion?  Sure, all of us have these dreams from time to time.  All of us think about "what if?"   What if I was rich?  What if I was famous?  What if I was in charge?  What if   . . . . what if . . .  what if . . . .  What we need to focus on is doing the will of God in our life.  We need to focus on staying close to Our Blessed Saviour in the good times and the bad.  We need to focus on showing God that we are a loving son or daughter to Him.  Our Blessed Saviour remained loyal.  He remained true to both Himself and His Heavenly Father.  This is the lesson we can learn from Our Blessed Saviour's forty days in the wilderness:  stay true to who we are; stay true to what we believe in; stay true to God in the good times and the bad.

Join us on Sunday, February 18th, at 9:30 AM as we celebrate the First Sunday of Lent.  Mass is celebrated at the beautiful chapel at Marquette Manor, which is located at 8140 N. Township Line Road on the Northwest side of Indianapolis.

Quinquagesima, or the Sunday Next Before Lent, 
February 11th, 2018

We've often heard the phrase, "There's a right way and a wrong way to do something."  This only makes sense.  When we are two and three years old, we throw a tantrum when we don't get our way.  So if a child wants a toy or wants some candy, they demand what they want and if they don't get it the child throws a tantrum and begins yelling and screaming.  When I was growing up, this really didn't work out too often in my favor, I soon discovered.  If anything, it got me the opposite result.   With age, we are supposed to learn again that there is a correct way to go about something and a wrong way.  Let's say, for example, that I feel that I am entitled to a raise at work.  Now, I suppose I could go to my boss and call him/her every name in the book and demand a raise.  But more than likely that is the wrong way to go about it.  Not only would I NOT get my raise, I would probably run the risk of losing my job in the process.  Now the correct way to go about asking for a raise would be respectful to my supervisor and ask for a meeting and then point out my reasons for wanting a raise in a calm, courteous fashion and talk it over with my boss.    

In the Eighteenth Chapter of St. Luke's Gospel, we hear about Our Blessed Saviour on the way to Jerusalem with the Twelve Apostles. And as they are going by, they encounter a blind man who became aware of the presence of Our Blessed Lord.  This man began yelling to get Our Lord's attention:  "Jesus, thou son of David, have mercy on me."  (St. Luke 18:38)  The blind man must have been making quite a commotion because St Luke tells us that the people there told the blind man to "hold his peace."  (v. 39)  But he continued until he caught the attention of Our Lord.  Our Blessed Saviour commended the man and gave him his request:  "Receive thy sight: thy faith hath saved thee."  (v. 42)  It wasn't the fact that the man was yelling and screaming that impressed Our Lord, it was the fact that the man was persistent.   

Even in the epistle appointed for today's liturgy, St. Paul makes the point that no matter what we do, we have to do it with the correct intention.  For example, St. Paul writes:  "Though I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, and have not charity, I am become as sounding brass, or a tinkling cymbal."  (I Corinthians 13:1)  Again, what St. Paul is referring to is that we can have the correct action (on the surface) but if we do not do it with love, then it is wrong.  St Paul goes on to write:  " . . . and though I have all faith, so that I could remove mountains, and have not charity, I am nothing."  (v. 2)  Love again is the key.  It is love that should our motive in everything that we do.  So often in the society in which we live, love is certainly the motivation behind what we say, . . . what we do, . . .  how we act.  But the problem is that it is specifically "love of self" as the main motivation.  We demand things because we have ourselves in mind and what WE want.  We demand people to respect OUR views and OUR beliefs without any thought of anyone else's views or beliefs.  We expect people to consider OUR point of view but we don't take the time to consider anyone else's point of view.  

As St. Paul tells us, we are to do all things with love as the key.  Certainly, Our Blessed Lord used this as His main motivation.  Why else would He do what He did?  Even as He spoke to the Apostles on the way to Jerusalem:  "For He shall be delivered unto the Gentiles, and shall be mocked, and spitefully entreated, and spitted on: and they shall scourge Him, and put Him to death."  (St. Luke 18:32-33)  Why would Our Blessed Saviour subject Himself to any of this?  Of course, the answer is love.  He endured what He did out of love for us.  He subjected Himself to torture and death out of love for us.  He died on the Cross for love of us.  He endured all these things because He knew that He was the "Innocent Lamb led to the slaughter."  He did all that He did for us out of love.  He was not thinking of Himself when He did these things.  He was thinking of you, . . . of me.  As such, if we truly want to be "Christ-like" we need to focus more on others and less on ourselves.  In short, we need to love others more and love ourselves less.

Join us as we listen to the Word of God found in the King James Bible and the 1928 Book of Common Prayer.  Join us as we join together as God's family and worship Our Heavenly Father.  Join us as we come to the altar to be fed the Precious Body and Blood at Communion time.  And, finally, please stay after Mass for some fellowship at our coffee hour.


St. Margaret Anglican Church worships at the beautiful Chapel at Marquette Manor, which is located at 8140 N. Township Line Road on the Northwest side of Indianapolis.  Mass begins at 9:30 AM.



Sexagesima, February 4th, 2018

In the Eighth Chapter of the Gospel of St. Luke, we hear Our Blessed Lord telling the parable of the sower who sowed his seed in the field.  And as Our Lord told the parable, He explained that some of the seed fell along the way-side; and some of the seed fell on rocky ground; and some of it was eaten by the birds; and so on.  What I want to focus on is that when Our Lord was in the middle of telling the parable of the sower, He paused and cried out:  "He that hath ears to hear, let him hear!"  (St. Luke 8:8)  Honestly, how many of us need to be told to pay attention?  How many of us need to be told "wake up?" How many of us need to be taken to task and heed what we are hearing?  It's so easy to not pay attention to what we are doing.  I know because, quite frankly, I do it all the time.  I start doing something but then my mind wanders to something else.  I start thinking about all the things I have to do . . .  all the things I want to do.   I get sidetracked by something that grabs my attention.  I get bored.  It could be for any number of reasons.  I am sure we have all had the experience where "our mind was somewhere else."  In other words, you may be physically present but your mind is a thousand miles away.  And usually something or somebody grabs our attention and brings us back to reality.  We all need that wake up call to come back to reality . . ,.  to pay attention . . . to wake up . .   Again, Our Lord is saying to each one of us:  "He that hath ears to hear, let him hear!"   Pay attention, in other words.   Our Blessed Saviour is telling each of us to pay attention to Him, to listen to what He has to say.  There is a big difference between "hearing" and "listening."  Lots of things might be going on around me . . . . noise from the television . .   from the radio . .   from people talking  . . .  . . from traffic going by . . . . but after a while we can tune all those things out if we choose to.  But in order to "listen" to something, this involves "paying attention."  Our Lord is telling us to open our ears . . . pay attention . . . listen up!  We pay attention to so many people and so many things in the world.  And we fixate on TV shows . . . and the Internet . .   and movies . . . and the news.   And we listen to so many people and things that are here today and gone tomorrow.  But Our Blessed Lord is always with us.  Our Blessed Lord is always by our side.  Our Blessed Saviour is the One Who never forsakes us.  Let us always pay attention to Him and to listen to everything He tells us.

  St. Margaret Church meets each and every Sunday at 9:30 AM at the beautiful chapel at Marquette Manor, located at 8140 N. Township Line Road on the Northwest side of Indianapolis.  Join us as we hear the Word of God found in the 1928 Book of Common Prayer and the King James Bible.  Come dedicate one hour of your week to God.  Step away from the busy-ness of the world for just one hour and focus totally on God.  Come and worship Him.  Let Him feed you spiritually.   Receive the Precious Body and Blood at Communion time.

Septuagesima, January 28th, 2018

Today the Church begins celebrating the "Gesima" Sundays.  These are the three Sundays leading up to the holy season of Lent.  On this first "gesima" Sunday, referred to as "Septuagesima," we hear a passage from St. Paul's First Epistle to the Corinthians.  In this passage St Paul describes those who run in a race to win the First Place prize.   "KNOW ye not that they which run in a race run all, but one receiveth the prize?"  (I Corinthians 9:24ff)  St. Paul describes those who put in time and effort to win a crown which he says will fall apart.  He urges the Corinthians to work towards obtaining an incorruptible crown.    All of us work towards something.  All of us work towards getting something.  It just depends on what the "prize" is.  When we are younger, some young people work towards earning a degree.  While others work towards buying a car, for instance.  Some young people work, yes, but all their money goes towards purchasing video games and buying pizza.  As we get older, typically our values change.  Those who are older may save up for a home . . .  paying for college for their children . . . . save up for their retirement.   The bottom line is whether we are saving up for a video game or saving up for our retirement, all of are working towards something.  St. Paul acknowledges that but he emphasizes that we should put our energy into working towards obtaining an "incorruptible" prize.  St Paul uses the example of the "crown" for the winning athlete.  And he points out that athletes train very had to win this crown which will eventually just crumble away.  And he's correct.  Most of us do work hard to get what we want.  But the bottom line is that whatever we work hard to purchase:  a car; clothing; a computer; a home; etc, etc, etc.  Eventually all of these things will either fall apart . . .  or go out of fashion . . .  or wear out . . . or rust away . .  . or break.  But St. Paul urges us to put our effort into winning an "incorruptible" prize, a prize that will never wear out or rust away or break.  Of course, this prize is our salvation offered freely by God.  How many of us put hours and hours and hours into working towards getting what we want but we don't think anything about God.    God offers this gift of salvation freely to each and every one of us.  And yet we have to make a choice to accept this gift.  We need to put energy into becoming the men and women that God desires us to be.  We need to place time and effort into becoming good Christians and good representatives of Christ here on earth.  God deserves our best efforts and not our second-best.  As humans, we put our best efforts into things that we desire.   As Christians, we should put our best efforts into pleasing God and growing closer to God. 

St. Margaret Church meets each and every Sunday at 9:30 AM at the beautiful chapel at Marquette Manor, located at 8140 N. Township Line Road on the Northwest side of Indianapolis.  Join us as we hear the Word of God found in the 1928 Book of Common Prayer and the King James Bible.  Come dedicate one hour of your week to God.  Step away from the busy-ness of the world for just one hour and focus totally on God.  Come and worship Him.  Let Him feed you spiritually.   Receive the Precious Body and Blood at Communion time. 


Third Sunday after Epiphany, January 21st, 2018

In the Second Chapter of St. John's Gospel, we hear about the very first miracle that Our Lord performed.   Of course, this took place at the marriage feast at Cana where Our Blessed Lord turned water into wine.  There are so many aspects of this passage that we could touch upon.  In the story when the servants had filled the "six water-pots of stone" with water as Our Lord had directed, the water was turned into wine.  Now keep in mind that the whole reason for the water to be turned into wine to begin with was that they had run out of wine at the feast.  This would have been a source of grave embarrassment for the newly married couple.  And when the governor of the feast tasted the "new wine" . . .  . and not knowing where it had come from, quite frankly . . . . he tasted it and commented, "Every man at the beginning doth set forth good wine; and when men have well drunk, then that which is worse." (St. John 2:10)   In other words, he is telling the bridegroom:  "Look, you brought out the quality stuff last but normally you are supposed to bring out the quality stuff first."  And then he goes on to say, "But thou hast kept the good wine until now." (v.10)   The water turned into wine that Our Lord produced was extraordinary, to say the least.  But then again Our Lord turns our "ordinary" into "extraordinary" whether we realize it or not.  This is the beauty of this miracle, quite frankly.  Now a miracle is a miracle.  Of course this is true.  But what is the importance of this miracle compared to other miracles that Our Lord performed?  Curing the lame . . . . Healing the blind . . . Raising the dead?  On the scale of "miracles," turning water into wine does not compare to raising someone from the dead, you might say.  And yet this miracle at Cana shows that God is indeed concerned with the "ordinary aspects" of our daily lives.  In other words, we can find God at work in our lives each and every day and not only at the major points in our life.  This is important to remember because it shows that God is concerned with every aspect of our life.  He is there for us day in and day out.  Can the same be said for us?  Are we there for God day in and day out?  Or do we only look for God when we need Him?  God cares for us.  He loves us.  Indeed, He loves us so much that He sent His Son into the world to be with us . . . to live among us.  He worked like you and I work.  He laughed.  He ate.  He got tired at the end of a busy day.  He felt worn out.  He felt every emotion that you and I feel.  God loved us so much that He sent His Son into the world to save us from our own sins.  As faithful, devout Christians we are called to live a Christian life.  In other words, we are called to dedicate our lives to Christ Who dedicated His life to us.  He did not come to this world to die on the Cross for Himself.  He died on the Cross for you and for me.  As such, let us never abandon Our Blessed Saviour.  Let us never turn aside from Him.  So often we get preoccupied with the business of the world . . .  or should I say the "busy-ness" of the world.  We don't have time for God because we are busy . . . . busy working . . .  busy cleaning . . .  busy shopping . . . busy running errands . . .  busy living life.  And yet the miracle at Cana shows that Our Blessed Saviour is indeed interested in every aspect of our lives.  He wants to be involved in our lives.  He wants to be a part of our lives.  Stay faithful to God.  Lead your life centered around God.  Turn your "ordinary" into the "extraordinary" as only Our Lord can do.

St. Margaret Church meets each and every Sunday morning at 9:30 AM.  Come hear the Word of God preached from the King James Version and the 1928 Book of Common Prayer.  Join us as we receive the Precious Body and Blood of Our Blessed Saviour at Communion time.  We worship at the beautiful chapel at Marquette Manor, which is located at 8140 N. Township Line Road on the Northwest side of Indianapolis.



Second Sunday after Epiphany, January 14th, 2018

Did you ever notice that sometimes something begins long before its' beginning?  In other words, sometimes things begin long before they ever start.  If I can use an example to try to show what I mean.  Think about sitting down to a delicious meal.  Now, this delicious meal doesn't simply begin when you sit down and start eating.  The food has to be prepared.  The food has to be delivered from the grocery.  The food has to be processed and delivered to the grocery and so on.  Same way with a movie or a TV show that you enjoy.  It doesn't just begin the moment you begin watching it.  The script has to be written.  The cast has to be chosen.  The production has to be produced.  There are rehearsals and lines to be memorized; sets to be built; etc.  Again, if you ever read a good book, very often there is a "preface" at the beginning which sets up the story or provides a background to what is important.  With this in mind, we hear St. Mark this morning beginning his gospel:  "The beginning of the gospel of Jesus Christ, the Son of God;"  And then St. Mark proceeds to talk about St. John the Baptist.  In other words, St. John the Baptist is the "preface" to Our Lord's Birth.  Well, if we want to be technical, the Prophet Malachi is the preface to St. John the Baptist because St. Mark writes "As it is written in the prophets . . . . "  and then we hear Malachi 3:1 quoted:  "Behold, I will send my messenger; and he shall prepare the way before me."

The point is that sometimes that stories begin a long way back.  My story began a long way back.  Your story began a long way back.  It began with our parents . . . . and our grandparents  . . . . and our great-grandparents.   It began with our teachers and those who had an influence over us.  It began with the people who took an interest in us and wanted to instill in us values and beliefs and things that are important.  It began with the people that prayed for us . . . prayed for our spiritual and physical safety.  It began with the dreams of those who lived a long, long time ago but wanted things to be better.  Very often we are unable to see the relation between events but we know through faith that God is the Author of all things.  And as such, God put into motion the events that shape each one of us into who we are.  But if this is true, then we must also take the time to realize that God can use each one of us as His instruments in the world to help shape and form one another.  God uses us to do His work in the world.  The only question is do we allow Him to use us as His instrument?

So many of us are too busy for God.  We are too busy with the things of the world to notice what God wants us to do with our lives.  You see, the question is not whether God has chosen us but whether we choose God.  God has chosen each one of us.  He has given each one of us special talents, skills and abilities.  But we are the ones who choose what we use those abilities for.  "You did not choose Me but I chose you; and appointed you that you should go and bear fruit; and that your fruit would remain, so that whatever you ask of the Father in My Name He may give to you."  (St. John 15:16)

Remember in the Acts of the Apostles where Saul encountered Our Blessed Saviour and Saul was knocked to the ground and left blind for three days.  God chose Ananias to heal Saul but he was scared to do this because of the reputation that Saul had in persecuting the Church.  But God insisted because he had other plans for Saul.  "But the Lord said to (Ananias), 'Go, for he is a chosen instrument of Mine, to bear My Name before the Gentiles and kings and the sons of Israel."  (Acts 9:15)  Saul was indeed a chosen instrument and through God's help, Saul went on to become the Apostle Paul.  He was chosen.

Listen to what Isaiah writes:  "Is the axe to boast itself over the one who chops with it?  Is the saw to exalt itself over the one who wields it?  That would be like a club wielding those who lift it, Or like a rod lifting him who is not wood."  (Isaiah 10:15) (NASB)  What Isaiah is referring to is the fact that the instruments only do what we would have them do.  It is not the mixer that prepares the cake, for example.  It is not the hammer that builds the house.  The worker is the one who uses the hammer to build the house.   The baker is the one who uses the mixer to prepare the batter for the cake.  God uses each one of us as His instruments here in the world.  We are not greater than God when we do His work.  God uses us and we do His will in the world.  This day we should decide if we are willing to do what God will have us do.

Join us as we listen to the Word of God found in the King James Bible and the 1928 Book of Common Prayer.  Join us as we join together as God's family and worship Our Heavenly Father.  Join us as we come to the altar to be fed the Precious Body and Blood at Communion time.  And, finally, please stay after Mass for some fellowship at our coffee hour.

St. Margaret Anglican Church worships at the beautiful Chapel at Marquette Manor, which is located at 8140 N. Township Line Road on the Northwest side of Indianapolis.  Mass begins at 9:30 AM.


First Sunday after Epiphany, January 7th, 2018

On this first Sunday in the year 2018, the Church celebrates the First Sunday after Epiphany.  The epistle appointed for this Sunday comes to us from the twelfth chapter of the Epistle to the Romans.  In this chapter, St. Paul is urging us to remember that we are called to a higher calling .  . . . .  called to be Sons and Daughters of the Most High.  He reminds us to present ourselves as a "living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God . . ."  (Romans 12:1)   This is difficult for us to do in the day and age in which we live.  I say it is difficult because human beings, let's face it, have a natural inclination to take care of ourselves first and foremost.  Self-preservation is a term that I have heard and read over the years.  In other words, human beings  . ..  like any animal, quite frankly,  . . . . have a need to take care of ourselves.  When we are hungry, we seek something to eat.  When we are sick, we seek medical attention.  As human beings, in other words, we need:  food, drink, a roof over our heads.  We need warmth in the winter months.   We have this built-in need to take care of ourselves.   What makes us human beings different from the animals is that we take it a "step further," so to speak.  We want things "our way."  We want not only the basic needs such as food, water, etc.  We want pleasure . . . we want our desires to be satisfied.  Now, these desires take different forms for different people.  Some people desire drink.  Some people desire drugs.  Some people desire to be popular.  Some people desire wealth, .  . . . or fame,   . . . .  or to satisfy their lust.  The bottom line is that whether we seek to satisfy ourselves with booze or money or the latest fashion trends, in whatever form we are talking about, we are simply satisfying ourselves,  .  . .   satisfying our urges.  Typically, when we satisfy these needs we are simply looking out for ourselves.  "Looking out for number one," as the old saying goes.  

St Paul, though, is again reminding us that as Christians .  . . as devoted, faithful Christians . .. . we are called to a higher calling.  To serve someone greater than ourselves . . . someone greater than our "needs."  ". . . . not to think of himself more highly than he ought to think" (v. 3)   As I have tried to show above it is only natural in the human way of things to want to have things our way.  And yet St. Paul asks us to be transformed by the "renewing of your mind." (v. 2)  This is why I say it is not always easy to achieve because our basic instincts as human beings demand that we take care of ourselves first and foremost.  Christ Himself gave up the comforts of Heaven to walk with us as a human being.  Our Blessed Lord Himself showed what true sacrifice entailed when He carried His Cross to the hill at Calvary.  And each and every one of us have seen a glimpse of true self-sacrifice in countless examples here on earth:  single mothers who work two jobs so that their children can be taken care of; fire-fighters who rush head-first into a burning building in the hopes of saving someone they do not even know; soldiers who march off to war knowing that they may never see home again and yet they do just that in hopes of keeping those homes safe for their loved ones; teachers, nurses, police officers, etc. who each in their own way go above and beyond to show that they do what they do not only for simply a paycheck but because they want to make a difference in the life of someone else.  All these examples and more truly show a glimpse into transforming lives into something more than simply looking after our own needs and leaving it at that.  We are called by St. Paul to transform ourselves into something greater.  As I like to say, each one of us is called to change the "ordinary" into the "extraordinary"  because this is what Christ did.   This is not always easy to do, but with God's help all things are possible.

St. Margaret Church celebrates Mass each and every Sunday at 9:30 AM.  Mass is celebrated at the beautiful chapel at Marquette Manor, located as 8140 N. Township Line Road on the Northwest side of Indianapolis.

Join us for Mass as we listen to the Word of God found in the King James Bible and the 1928 Book of Common Prayer.  Join us as we hear God speaking to us in His Word.  Our Lord also offers to each one of us His Most Precious Body and Blood at Communion time.  Receive the Precious Body and Blood to strengthen and nourish you for your daily journey.  And afterward, please join us for our Coffee Hour to have some delicious goodies and good fellowship.


Fourth Sunday of Advent, December 24th, 2017

"REJOICE in the Lord always . . . " (Philippians 4:4)

Have you ever tried to do something "non-stop"?  In other words, you kept doing the same thing over and over and over.  It's gets tiring after a while, doesn't it?  And after a while, we get worn out from doing whatever we are doing.  Whether it's going to always working on reports or always working without any days off.  Whether it's always fixing the same thing over and over and over again.  And yet St. Paul is telling the Philippians to "Rejoice in the Lord ALWAYS!"  As human beings, we rejoice when we are happy.  When our favorite sports team scores late in a game and wins, we rejoice.  When we are with good friends that we haven't seen for a while, we rejoice.  We rejoice when we get a raise at work.  We rejoice when a project gets completed.  We rejoice at many times over many things, don't we?  And yet most people don't constantly rejoice, do they?   Sometimes our favorite sports team doesn't win the game or the season, for that matter.  I know . . . I'm a Cubs fan . . . . Sometimes we get overwhelmed at work.  Sometimes we get bad news.  Sometimes we get angry.  Do we rejoice in these situations?  No.  And yet St. Paul reminds the Philippians  . . .  as he does us . . . . to "Rejoice in the Lord always!"  The key is to set our mind to rejoicing no matter what.  The key is to remind ourselves that life is sometimes good . . . . sometimes it's bad.  Sometimes we are healthy, other times we get sick.   Sometimes we get a raise at work.  But some times we get laid off from a job.  Again, life is not one constant, straight path where nothing ever changes and always stays the same.  If it was that way, it seems to me that it would be somewhat boring.  Sometimes things get difficult in life.  But if we remind ourselves that God is always with us, even in the bad times, then we can rejoice.   Even in the times that things seem the darkest, as long as we keep our minds focused on God, we know that we will get through whatever faces us.  God loves us more than we will ever know.   How do I know this, you ask?  I know it because He sent His only begotten Son into the world to save us from our sins.  He sent His Son into the world to walk among us, to be with us, to eat with us, to talk with us, to witness our good times and our bad times.  God knows that life is not always easy for us.  And yet Our Blessed Lord is always with us . . .  in the good times and the bad.  And we are called to always rejoice in that fact.  As we are on the doorstep of Christmas on this Fourth Sunday of Advent, let us not get overwhelmed by life, but rather let us rejoice that God sent His Son into the world to be with us always.  Let us remember that God is with us when we are on the mountain top but He is also with us when we are far down in the valley.  Let us rejoice that God is always with us.

St. Margaret of Scotland Church worships in the beautiful chapel at Marquette Manor, located at 8140 N. Township Life Road on the Northwest side of Indianapolis.  Come join us for Mass.  We use the 1928 Book of Common Prayer and the King James Version of the Bible.  

Mass will be celebrated on Sunday, December 24th at 9:30 AM in the Chapel

Mass will also be celebrated Christmas Day, December 25th, at 9:30 AM in the Chapel.


Third Sunday of Advent, December 17th, 2017

For the Third Sunday of Advent, we hear Our Blessed Saviour speaking the praises of His cousin St. John the Baptist:  "What then did you go out to see? A prophet? Yes, I tell you, and more than a prophet. This is the one about whom it is written, `See, I am sending my messenger ahead of you, who will prepare your way before you.' " (St. Matthew 11:2 ff)  In this passage, Our Blessed Saviour is quoting Scripture from the Book of Malachi:  "Behold, I will send My messenger, and he shall prepare the way before Me: And the Lord, Whom ye seek, shall suddenly come to His temple." (Malachi 3:1)   Two things for us to ponder in regards to these Scripture verses:  Number one, in God, we have such a loving Father that He was not just content to create us and then leave us alone.  No, He loved His creation so much that He not only created us, but He became one of us.  He became a Human Being.  " . .  . and the Lord, Whom ye seek, shall suddenly come to His temple . . ."  The Lord did come to His temple . . . . He came to the world as a little innocent child, Who was the Saviour of the world.  Elsewhere, we read:  "And I will walk among you, and will be your God, and ye shall be my people"  (Leviticus 26:12)  Our Blessed Saviour has indeed walked among us . . . He is Our God and we are His people.

The second thing for us to always consider is that Our Blessed Saviour desires our assistance.  Let me emphasize, He does not require our assistance, rather, He welcomes our assistance.  He created the universe and He created each one of us.  Anyone that powerful does not need my help and, yet, He desires my help.  `See, I am sending my messenger ahead of you, who will prepare your way before you.'  Like St. John the Baptist . . . like St. Mary . . . like St. Joseph . . .  each one of us are called to prepare the way of the Lord.  We prepare the way of the Lord for others to find God, but we also prepare the way of the Lord to our own hearts.  This is what the holy season of Advent is all about:  to prepare a place for the Christ Child in our hearts.


Join St. Margaret of Scotland Anglican Church on Sunday, December 17th, 2017 at 9:30 AM as we come together as God's family and worship Our Blessed Saviour in traditional worship.  Join us as we listen to God's Word found in the King James Version of the Bible and the 1928 Book of Common Prayer.  Join us as we spend quality time before Our Blessed Saviour and then receive Him in His Precious Body and Blood.  St. Margaret Parish worships each and every Sunday morning at the Chapel at Marquette Manor, which is located at 8140 N. Township Line Road on the Northwest side of Indianapolis.  Coffee Hour follows Mass where delicious goodies and treats are available.  Please consider taking time out of your busy schedule and join us as we prepare a way  for Our Blessed Saviour.

Second Sunday of Advent, December 10th, 2017

"Now the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, that ye may abound in hope, through the power of the Holy Ghost."  (Romans 15)

Did you ever order something or send away for something and the item finally arrived and you open it with great anticipation.  And when you open the package and see what you ordered, the item that arrived does not match up with what you thought it would be.  You were "under-whelmed," so to speak.  "This is it?!?"   "This is what I've been waiting for?!?"   As we have spoken in the past, the faithful Jews were indeed praying for a Messiah to save them.  They were anticipating the arrival of the Messiah.  They knew that God would save them and they were waiting.  But they had a preconceived notion of what the Messiah would look like, I would imagine.  They expected the Messiah to arrive as a great warrior riding in on a powerful horse, surrounded by a mighty army in support with flags waving and banners raised.  They expected this messiah and his army to wipe out their foes and save them from their misery.    And yet we know that, yes, the Messiah did indeed arrive as promised but Our Saviour arrived as an innocent little baby, born to a common family, born in a lowly manger on a cold winter night  because nobody would take them in otherwise.  In fact, the actual arrival itself was so "low-key" that hardly anyone knew about it at all except for the angels and a few shepherds.  I mean let's be honest here.  In regards to anticipating the arrival of the Messiah, I am sure that none of us would picture the Saviour of the world arriving as a small baby, born to an impoverished family, with nowhere else to stay other than in a place for animals.  But, then again, if we look at a dying man hanging on a cross, if we didn't know any better, we wouldn't picture that as "victory," either.  It would seem more like "defeat" than "victory."  And yet we know through our faith that hope was born in that little manger at Bethlehem and we know that victory truly was earned on that Cross at Calvary.  Sometimes, hope is deceiving to our physical eyes.  The important thing for us to always remember as people of faith that we have to look at hope through the eyes of faith if we really want to see how God is working in our lives.  So, use this holy Season of Advent to look at things in a brand new way, the way of faith.



St. Margaret of Scotland  Church worships every Sunday morning at the Chapel at Marquette Manor, which is located on the Northwest side of Indianapolis at 8140 N. Township line Road.  Mass begins at 9:30 AM.  Come join us for traditional worship.  We use the King James Bible along with the Anglican Missal and the 1928 Book of Common Prayer.  We gather together to join as God's family to listen to His Word and worship Him and receive Him in His Precious Body and Blood.  Please join us for Mass and then stay with us afterward for our delicious Coffee Hour.

First Sunday of Advent, December 3rd, 2017

"OWE no man any thing, but to love one another" (Romans 13:8)

If you have ever applied for a loan from a bank, you will soon find out how many "hoops" you have to jump through in order to borrow the money you need.  You have to provide documentation of every sort:  copies of your ID; copies of bills that you currently have; copies of mortgage statements; copies of your latest paychecks.  You have to go though background checks and they need to verify who you are.  This is certainly understandable considering that banks can not go around handing out buckets of cash to anyone and everyone that walks in off the street.  But after a while, it becomes frustrating because you get the feeling that you are jumping through endless hoops.  The same process happens when you purchase a car, a house, apply for a credit card, etc.  That being said, it would be easy for me as a preacher to use the words of St. Paul in Romans 13:8--"OWE no man any thing, but to love one another" and say how simple and easy it is to love one another compared to getting a loan as described above.  But is it really that simple to go out and "love" someone?  How about showing love to our enemies?  How about loving those whom we are not fond of?  Is it ever easy to show love to those who have done wrong to us?  How about family members or even spouses that irritate us from time to time?  Is it that easy to show them love and to love them?  Yes, it's easy to show love to those that are lovable but it is definitely a challenge to love those who are not easy to love.  Now what does all this have to do with the season of Advent?  It is in the season of Advent that we prepare for the coming of the Divine Child born in Bethlehem.  Advent is a time that we prepare for the birth of the Messiah, the personification of pure love.  It was at Bethlehem that He was born to begin His earthly journey towards the hill at Calvary.  He died on the Cross for all . . .. not just for those who liked Him . . .  not just for those who loved Him.  He died on the Cross even for those despised Him . ..  who hated Him.  Our Blessed Saviour came to save all from their sins; a feat we could never achieve by ourselves.  So Advent is a time to prepare our hearts for Our Saviour.   No, it is not always easy to love but it is something as Christians that we are commanded to do.  So, this Advent season, let us prepare our hearts and do our best to show love to all . .. .  even to those that it is not easy to do.  This is something that Our Lord did and it is something that He wants us to do.  Showing love is not always easy but it is necessary if we want to call ourselves Christian.  

St. Margaret Anglican Church meets every Sunday morning at 9:30 AM at the beautiful Chapel at Marquette Manor, located at 8140 N. Township Line Road on the Northwest side of Indianapolis.

Join us as we listen to the Word of God found in the King James Version of the Bible and the 1928 Book of Common Prayer.  Join us as we worship Our Heavenly Father as His family here on earth.  Come receive the Most Precious Body and Blood of Our Blessed Saviour at Communion time so that you can be nourished and fortified for the week ahead.



Sunday Next Before Advent, November 26th, 2017

"Behold, the days come, saith the LORD, that I will raise unto David a righteous Branch . . . "  
(Jeremiah 23: 5)

This week, the Church liturgical year is coming to a close.  Next week a brand new year will begin.  This is confusing to most folks because we are so accustomed to the idea of "New Years" being on January 1st.  But for the Church, our "New Year" begins with the first Sunday in Advent.  Thus, for the Church, we are closing out this year and will begin a new year next Sunday.  Whenever we begin something, don't we have hope?  This is certainly true of celebrating "New Years."  We are hoping that the coming "New Year" will be filled with good things.  If you begin a new project certainly you have hope that you will complete the project and it will fulfill the purpose you had for it.  If a window needs to be replaced, for example, you begin the project of changing the window with the hopes of keeping out the weather and other elements.  If you begin a trip, there is excitement and anticipation of reaching your destination.  If you are like me and you enjoy cooking, you certainly will look forward to tasting your new "creation" or the new recipe that you are trying for the first time.  Throughout each of these examples, hope is what motivates us to do what we do.  If we were not hopeful that any of these "projects" would achieve their stated results, why attempt any of them?   "Hope" is something that keeps us motivated to move forward whether we realize it or not.

The Prophet Jeremiah is one of the Major Prophets of the Old Testament.  As a prophet, Jeremiah was warning the people against inevitable judgment, yes, but he also weaves in a message of great hopefulness.  This is what the season of Advent is, which the Church will begin observing next Sunday.  Advent is a season of hope.  Advent is a time to look forward to the coming of the Divine Infant born at Bethlehem.   Unfortunately, in our secular society, we are instead focusing on the season of  "Give me, Give me, Give me" . . . . "Buy me, Buy me, Buy me."  As a result we must force ourselves to focus on the real reason for this time of year:  to anticipate the birth of the Christ Child and the significance of that event for the world.  If you set down and watch the commercials (at this time of year especially) you begin to notice a pattern that hope and joy and fulfillment is achieved with what we buy in the stores.  While it may be true that we can find joy in what we receive and contentment in receiving something that we have wanted for a long time, this joy is only temporary.  We say "temporary" because material things either break,  . . .  or wear out,  . . .  or go out of style.  Or, quite frankly, we lose interest in things that we hoped for because our interests have moved elsewhere.  With God, though, we will always find fulfillment.  With God, we will always be satisfied.  With God, we have true assurance that He will never abandon us.  Jeremiah was telling the people . . . as he is telling us:   Focus on God!  Look for the Messiah!  And also in the words of St. John the Baptist:  "Prepare ye the way of the Lord!"  (St. Mark 1:3)   This is what the season of Advent really is:  a time of preparation of our hearts for the coming of the Messiah into the world.  I know that the holiday season is a busy time of the year for all us, but this year let us do our best to leave aside the ways of the world and to prepare a place in our heart for that small Infant born at Bethlehem two-thousand years ago.


St. Margaret Church gathers together each and every Sunday morning at 9:30 AM to listen to the Word of God and to worship Our Heavenly Father.  Join us as we take time out of our busy schedule and dedicate that time solely to God.  St. Margaret worships in the beautiful chapel at Marquette Manor, located at 8140 N. Township Line Road on the Northwest side of Indianapolis.


Twenty-Third Sunday after Trinity, November 19th, 2017

"For our citizenship is in Heaven;"  (Philippians 3:17 ff)

Whenever we go somewhere out of town such as on a day trip or we are travelling to another state, my wife is "amazed"  . . . . my choice of word, not hers . . . . at how fast we get there.  She says I drive fast.  I don't think I drive that fast.  Well, I try not to because:  A) I'm too scared of getting pulled over and getting a ticket; and B) I can't afford the ticket.  Let's just put it this way:  when I start driving I continue driving and driving and driving.  I keep my mind focused on our destination and I don't let anything get between me and where I'm going.  Well, of course there are things that always show you down no matter what:  slow-down's  due to construction . . . or a crash . . . or a stalled vehicle.  Then there are also detours that might slow you down as well.  And you always have to make allowances for bathroom breaks and getting something to eat while you are on the road.  But to the determined driver such as myself, these are only minor inconveniences on the road towards my destination.  Remember that song "Ain't No Mountain High Enough?"  I like the version by Diana Ross best, I think.  But the lyrics in this song demonstrate the determination in a human being to get to the destination:  "Ain't no mountain high enough .   . . . . Ain't no valley low enough    .. . . . . Ain't no river wide enough . . . to keep me from getting to you."   All of us are determined in something, aren't we?  Some of us are determined to get to our destination far away.  Some of us are determined to get promoted or to get another position where we work.  Some of us are determined to obtain a certain item that we would like to possess; whether that item be a new pair of sneakers or a new appliance or a new house.  We save and we work overtime and we cut corners so that we can earn the money to get what we want.  Again, all of us can think of something where we are determined to get something and we will not let anything or anyone get in our way.

In the Third Chapter of St. Paul's Epistle to the Philippians, St. Paul is reminding the young church who and what they truly are:  "For our citizenship is in Heaven."  In other words, your feet may be here on earth but you need to remember that your heart should be in Heaven.   Let me say that again just so it will sink in:  we need to remember that our heart should be in Heaven and NOT here on earth.  For so many people, their heart is anywhere BUT Heaven.  Their heart is in their possessions . . . their treasures . . . their riches.  Their heart is in their career or getting promotions or getting wealthier.  Their heart is in getting high or drunk.  "For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also."  (St. Matthew 6:21)  St. Paul is reminding all of us that our true citizenship is in Heaven and we should keep our mind focused accordingly.  Too many of us forget that fact because our minds get too occupied on the latest distraction that the world throws our way.  Do you ever notice that us human beings are never content?   We never seem to be happy . . . at least for very long.  We get focused on one thing and we work and work and work until we get whatever we were working on.  And we are satisfied for about .. . . . . oh, a minute or two . . . . and then our mind gets diverted to something else that grabs our attention for the time being.  St. Paul is saying to each one of us:  "Hey!  You are a citizen of Heaven!  You are a child of the Most High!  You already have a mansion waiting for you up above!  Why are you messing around with this nonsense down here?"  Let our prayer be today that we keep focused on who we are and what we are.  Let us not get our attention diverted from the fact that our true citizenship is in Heaven and keep our minds focused on that fact.


St. Margaret Church meets each and every Sunday morning at 9:30 AM.  Come hear the Word of God preached from the King James Version and the 1928 Book of Common Prayer.  Join us as we receive the Precious Body and Blood of Our Blessed Saviour at Communion time.  We worship at the beautiful chapel at Marquette Manor, which is located at 8140 N. Township Line Road on the Northwest side of Indianapolis.

Twenty-Second Sunday after Trinity, November 12, 2017

". . . . that your love may abound yet more and more in knowledge and in all judgment"
(Philippians 1:3 ff)

The Epistle to the Philippians has been called by some the "Epistle of Joy" because it is in this epistle that St. Paul makes the point that he does rejoice.  As such, he is asking the Philippians the question, "Do you rejoice?"  Being joyful is certainly a human emotion.  We are joyful just as we are sad.  We are happy just as we are angry.  Depending of course on our mood and circumstances, we can experience just about any mood.  For example, I may be anxious and joyful about going to Opening Day of the baseball season and then I find out the weather forecast calls for Storms all day.  As a result I am then disappointed and sad instead of happy and joyful.  Again, human beings have the potential to "love" all kinds of things, don't we?  We "love" food, for instance.  If you would ask me the question as to what kinds of food do you enjoy, more than likely I would respond:  "Oh, I just love fried chicken."  Or I might say that I love to eat German food.  Again, it is not limited to food as to what we "love."   If someone happens to mention a show out of the blue that you like and you jump in, "Oh, I just love that show!"  "I just love that move."  Human beings tend to "love" all kinds of things:  fads . . . . clothing . . . shoes. . . .  food . . . . Hollywood stars . . . . sports teams . . . . hobbies . . . .  We could go on and on.  We love what we are interested in.  We love what brings us joy and satisfaction.  We love the things that entertain us.  St. Paul is telling us though to remember that true love is realized in the things of God as opposed to the things in the world.  Yes, there are things in the world that do bring us joy.  There are things in the world that do satisfy us for a time.  But true love and true satisfaction only resides in our relationship with God.  As such our true joy and contentment will also be found in letting others know about our love for God.  Have you ever been to a wonderful restaurant and you were so pleased with the food, also with the service, perhaps even with the price of the meal.  And you just couldn't wait to tell somebody about your experience.  The same thing happens when you see a movie or a show that you truly enjoy.  You just can't wait to tell others about your experience:  "Hey, let me tell you about a great movie I saw last night .  . . ."   This is only natural for human beings:  to share their experience of life.  Thus, St Paul is telling us as he was telling the Philippians, Let your joy be shared among others.  Let others know why you are joyful.  Share with one another the joy that you have.  And of course our joy as Christians is our love for God Himself.   All the joys . . .  all the satisfactions that this world has to offer are only temporary.   The things we love in this world are not meant to be long-lasting:  either they will wear out . . .  or they will break . . .  or they will rust away . .  . but the love that God offers us is everlasting.   In this should we find our true love.  It is the love of God that we should find our real love in . . .  our real contentment . .  our real satisfaction.  So many of us find our satisfaction solely in the things of the world.  This is a mistake because we can not take the "things of the world" with us when we die.  The only thing that we can carry over to the next life is our love of God.  Let us use our time wisely in this world to develop a love for the things of God and not for the things of the world.


St. Margaret Church meets each and every Sunday at 9:30 AM.  We worship God in the beautiful chapel at Marquette Manor, located at 8140 N. Township Line Road on the Northwest side of Indianapolis.  Please feel free to join us as we gather together to worship Our Heavenly Father and listen to His Word.


Twenty-First Sunday after Trinity, November 5th, 2017

"Put on the whole armour of God"  (Ephesians 6:10 ff)

In this Sixth Chapter of St. Paul's Epistle to the Ephesians, we hear St. Paul finishing up his epistle (or his letter) to the church at Ephesus.  St. Paul is doing his best to encourage the young church to face the world and all the dangers the world offers.  Certainly, we in our own day and age need this encouragement as well.   If anything, the devil is working overtime to do what he can to try to secure his "kingdom" here on the earth.  He does that very simply by taking our attention away from God.   How can we focus on God and doing God's will when we are so busy focusing on the many diversions placed along our path:  riches . . .  money . . .  power . . . possessions (whether they be clothing, or expensive shoes, or electronics, or cars, etc.  . . . . . television . . . movies . . .  the internet . . . .  drugs . . . . alcohol . . .  The list of distractions that Satan places in our path seems to grow generation by generation.   He does everything he can to divert our attention away from God.  As a result, just as St. Paul was reminding the Ephesians, so too is he reminding us:  "Put on the whole armour of God!"

St. Paul is using the image of a soldier and as such he is describing everything the soldier either wears or possesses in order to help keep him safe.  St. Paul writes that we should put on this "armour of God, so that you may be able to stand against the devices of the devil."  Satan is certainly crafty, if nothing else.  Give credit where credit is due.  The devil has made his "devices" that keep us away from God to be so appealing, to be so enticing, we can not but run to them . . . to want them . . . to desire them.  And as such it becomes that much more difficult to resist them.  All the more reason, St. Paul writes, to put on the whole armour of God:  " . . .  take the armour of God that you may be able to stand against them in the evil day . . . ."  Soldiers wear what they wear to help protect them in battle.  Soldiers use weapons in battle to secure the upper hand, so to speak.   So, too, we are in a battle.  Make no mistake about it.  St. Paul used this imagery to remind the Ephesians just as we need to be reminded:  we are in a battle . . . . a spiritual battle.  And, as such, we need to be protected just as any soldier is in battle.  We need to "put on the whole armour of God" to help protect us as well as we fight Satan and his minions here on earth.

"Stand with truth as a belt about your waist."  Jesus Christ is the Truth!  Jesus came to earth to remind us of Our Heavenly Father and how He loves us.  Everything else is fading but God's love will never fade.  Never forget the truth that you possess!  "Put on righteousness as a breastplate."  So many of us in the world today leave ourselves "wide open" to attack by forgetting who we are first and foremost.  We go into the world on a daily basis forgetting that we are "Children of the Most High" and not acting as such.  We are more interested in "fitting in" with every one else by what we wear  . . . and how we talk . . . and how we act  . . .  and what we do.   We ought to be more interested in whether or not we are living by God's standards and not the world's standards.  "Have your feet shod with the readiness to preach the gospel of peace."  We should always be ready to preach.  Preaching the Glory of God not only with our mouth but preaching by the way we live our life.   Just as any preacher or teacher needs to know what he or she is going to say, so too we need to be ready to preach by being prepared.  This preparation requires study of God's Word and a knowledge of Him and what He wants for us in our life.  "Put on the helmet of Salvation."  Always be thankful for the many gifts that God has given you:  the gift of life . . . . the gift of health . . . the gift of having a roof over your head and food on your table.  God gives us many gifts throughout our lifetime.  But the one gift that God gives us that is greater than all of the others combined in the gift of Salvation!  God offers us a gift that is so great it can never be measured.  Always remember this gift.  Always treasure it.  And never take it for granted.

As we go into the world, there are many snares and traps waiting for us.  Let us always be stand ready.  Let us always be prepared.  Let us always use the "armour" that God has seen fit to supply us with.  Let us never go into battle unprepared for what faces us.


St. Margaret Church meets each and every Sunday morning at 9:30 AM to gather together as God's family so that we worship God in a traditional liturgy.  We use the King Jame Version of the Bible.  We also use the 1928 Book of Common Prayer.  We listen to what God is saying to us and open our hearts to hear His Word.  And then we receive His Most Precious Body and Blood at Communion time.  We worship at the beautiful chapel at Marquette Manor, located at 8140 N. Township Line Road on the Northwest side of Indianapolis.

Twentieth Sunday after Trinity, Sunday, October 29th, 2017

"So those servants went out into the highways, and gathered together all as many as they found, both bad and good:"  (St. Matthew 22:1 ff)

In the Twenty-Second Chapter of the Gospel of St. Matthew, Our Blessed Saviour is telling the story of the king who made a marriage-feast for his son.  Now, as the story goes, Our Lord says that the invited guests "made light" of the invitation and decided not to show up for a variety of reasons:   . . . . . "one to his farm, another to his merchandise . . . ."  Now the fact that none of the invited guests showed up once the feast was ready upset the king greatly.  As a result the king instructed his servants to bring guests to the feast, no matter who they were.  Our Lord continues the story as He relates the instructions of the king to his servants:  "Go ye therefore into the highways, and as many as ye shall find, bid to the marriage. So those servants went out into the highways, and gathered together all as many as they found, both bad and good: and the wedding was furnished with guests."  Now, there are a number of things we could say about this story but I would like to point out two important considerations:

1)  The first thing I would like to point out in this story is that the servants invited as many as they could  . . . . and Our Lord continues . . . . "both bad and good."  Why would Our Lord make the statement "both bad and good?"  Remember the main reason why Our Lord is telling this story to begin with is that He is comparing it to the Kingdom of God.  So, we should always remember that God has love for both the "bad and good."  Our Lord died on the Cross for both the "bad and good."  And Our Heavenly Father invites both the "bad and good" to be with Him in Heaven.   How often though do we not show love to those whom we deem to be "bad?"  How often in our life do we not reach out to certain people because we think of ourselves as "good" and them "bad?"  Our Lord came to this earth to tell everyone  . . . . both bad and good . . . about the Kingdom of God.  He came to instruct everyone in regards to His Heavenly Father.  He did not come to just save the "good."   He came for the "bad" as well.   If Our Blessed Saviour did not differentiate between who was "good" and who was "bad,"  why should we?

2)  The second consideration we should make point to remember is that the original invited guests did not show up because they were more concerned with other things.  Our Lord states that the original invited guests "made light of it, and went their ways, one to his farm, another to his merchandise . . .  "  How many of us in the world "make light" of God's invitation because we are too concerned with "things of the world."  How many of us are too distracted by things in the world to even pay attention to what God is calling us to?  The world offers so many distractions that catch our attention and divert us away from God.  We need to be always vigilant to stay focused on God and not on the things of the world.  This story should help remind us of the importance of this fact that we should stay focused on "things of above" and not on "things below."


Please join us on Sunday, October 29th, 2017 as we gather together to worship Our Blessed Saviour.  St. Margaret Church meets every Sunday morning at 9:30 AM to listen to the Word of God and to receive the Blessed Body and Blood of Christ at Communion time.  We worship at the beautiful chapel at Marquette Manor, located at 8140 N. Township Line Road on the Northwest side of Indianapolis.  Please join us.


Nineteenth Sunday after Trinity, October 22nd, 2017

". . . that yet henceforth walk not as other Gentiles walk" (Ephesians 4:17 ff)

Have you ever been to a restaurant that you have never been to before but you heard rave reviews about it?  Now these rave reviews could have been from critics on the local TV news program or it could have been a published review in the local newspaper or it could have been by word of mouth from your friends or coworkers.  And so you decide to go there simply because you have heard so many great things about the food.  And then once you go there for yourself you decide that it certainly didn't live up to the hype.  It was OK, you say to yourself, but it wasn't any different from any other restaurant.  This could be said of a TV show or a movie as well for that matter.  We read fantastic reviews and hear great things and then we go see it for ourselves and it just doesn't do anything for us.   It was OK, we tell ourselves but it just wasn't any different from the previous ten westerns we saw.  . . or the ten previous romances we saw .  . . . etc.  There are certain things that stand apart from all the rest.  Whether they be great sports teams or great restaurants . . .  . it could be great movies . . . . or great companies to work for . . . .. Even certain "days" will stand out from others.  Holidays such as Christmas or Thanksgiving stand out from the Monday of an ordinary work week, for example.   Your graduation day, . . . the day you were married . . . . Again, these are days that stand out from the rest.

We could go on and on but I think it's clear by now the point that I'm trying to make:  Certain things stand out . . . they are different . . . . they are not like the rest.  Christianity is like that.  Or it is supposed to be like that.  It should be different, St. Paul is writing to the Ephesians.  Now, St. Paul is focusing on the fact that once you become a Christian, you are a new person.  You are a changed person.  You are not as you were previously.  You are a new creature!   "Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature; old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new."  (II Corinthians 5:17)  When we have Christ in our life, we are new creatures!   It is not the "same old thing."   We view life differently.  We see people differently.  We do not see the world as we previously did.  We see the world now as Christ would have us view the world.   Now let me point out something very important before I go any further.  This is not to say that Christians consider themselves better than anyone else.  St. Paul was not saying that and neither am I.  Christ came to serve and He is calling us to do likewise.  This is certainly part of what sets us apart from the world.  While the rest of the world is focusing on what they can obtain:  power and riches that only the world can offer.  The Christian is focusing on how to do the will of God.   We are called as Christians to stand apart from the world . . .  to be different from the world . . . Christians live in the world, yes, but they are not of the world.  There is certainly a difference between the two:  "living in the world" and "being of the world."   This is why Christians are viewed as hypocrites by their critics when they see Christians acting one way in church and when they get outside of church, they are acting just like everybody else.   "And that ye put on the new man, which after God is created in righteousness and true holiness."  (Ephesians 4:24)  We are new.   God has made us new.  Through our baptism, God has washed away our sins.   He has made us a new creature.  We are new in Him!  So many people in the world are simply reflections of the world.  They want to be like everyone else by wearing the same thing . . . the same shoes . . . . the same jeans.  They want to think the same way as everyone else . . . do the same thing as everyone else.  As Christians, we want to do what Christ would do.   We want to reflect the love of God to the world  . . . . not reflect the world in our lives!  People should look at us and tell that we are different.  "Wherefore by their fruits ye shall know them." (St. Matthew 7:20)

Join us on Sunday morning as we gather together to worship Our Blessed Saviour as family.  St. Margaret Church meets every Sunday morning at 9:30 AM.  We worship at the beautiful Chapel at Marquette Manor, located at 8140 N. Township Line Road on the Northwest side of Indianapolis.   Join us as we listen to the Word of God found in the King James Version of the Bible and the 1928 Book of Common Prayer.  Join us as we receive the Precious Body and Blood of Christ at Communion time.

Eighteenth Sunday after Trinity, October 15th, 2017

"Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself." (St. Matthew 22:34 ff)

In this Twenty-Second chapter of St. Matthew's Gospel, the Pharisees are listening once again to what Our Lord has to say.  Now, bear in mind that St. Matthew tells us first that the Pharisees had heard that Our Lord had put the Sadducees to silence.  Thus, the Pharisees more than likely took this as a challenge.  In other words,  "We can do much better than the Sadducees.  We will take care of this this one once and for all!"   St. Matthew continues on that one of the Pharisees was a lawyer and tempting Our Lord asked Him: "Master, which is the great commandment in the law?"  Now, this was an easy question for Our Lord to answer because every devout Jew would have been known how to answer this question.  This is because Our Blessed Saviour is quoting from Deuteronomy 6:5, which again every devout Jew would have known as the "Shema," which we could describe as the essential or most basic creed of Judaism.  And then Our Lord also quotes Leviticus 19:18 when He says:  "Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself."  Keep in mind that by linking the two verses together He was making the point that we show love for God by the way in which we show love to others.  In other words, Our Lord would ask "How can you say that you love God up in Heaven if you can not even show love to those around you?"  It is a fair question, honestly.  How many times do we hear about tragedies or fights or situations where people are being cruel to others.  In recent memory, we are still questioning why so many people were killed in Las Vegas.  For that matter, why are so many people shot on the streets of Chicago?  Or New York?  Or Memphis?  Or any city that we can think of.  Why is there murder and crime and rape and theft and . . .  . ??????????  Why are there so many examples throughout the world of people hating one another?  If we look back to what Our Lord stated . . . specifically when He quoted Leviticus 19:18 . . . . the answer may be "Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself."  The bottom line is that there is such lack of love in the world because there is a lack of love in regards to God.  Love for others will only increase when we begin to focus more on loving God and desiring to serve God.  Hatred of others . . . whether it results in murder . . . . or jealousy . . .  or theft . . . or gossiping . . . . When we show hatred towards others, it is because we have a lack of love for God.  We must always remind ourselves that we are made in the image of God.  Does this mean that God looks like us?  No, God is certainly not physical in that sense.  So when we speak about being made in the image of God, it is referring to the fact that God is love.  It is when we show love that we reflect the image of God within us.  When we hate others.  When we we are jealous of others.  When we despise others.  This means that we are not reflecting the love of God as we ought.   God calls us to show His face to the world around us.  We do this not only by what we say . .  . but also by how we act . . .  and how we show love to others around us.  Let us reflect the love of God to those around us.  Or should I say let each of us be a better reflection of God to those around us.  


St. Margaret Church meets every Sunday morning at 9:30 AM.  We worship at the beautiful chapel at Marquette Manor, located at 8140 N. Township Line Road on the Northwest side of Indianapolis.  Please join us.

Seventeenth Sunday after Trinity, October 8th, 2017

"For whosoever exalteth himself shall be abased; and he that humbleth himself shall be exalted"  (St. Luke 14:11)

In the Fourteenth chapter of the Gospel of St. Luke, we hear about the time that Our Blessed Saviour went to the home of one of the chief Pharisees.  In the very first verse of this chapter, St. Luke tells us that those there were watching Our Lord.  The fact that St. Luke points this out shows that the Pharisees were waiting and watching for Our Lord to do something or say something they could use against Him.  As He was there at the home, He cured a man with the dropsy.  Now, keep in mind "dropsy" is another name for edema, or swelling beneath the skin.  Now, seeing this man led Our Lord into a discussion about whether or not it would be permissible to heal on the Sabbath.  Our Lord tells the parable of the man who was invited to a wedding.  And when the man got there, Our Lord tells us,  the man just assumed that he was supposed to sit in the highest seat.  But Our Lord went on to say, much to the man's embarrassment and shame, that the "higher seat" was saved for someone more important and, as a result, the man had to remove himself from the seat of honor and go down to a less important place.   Our Lord's advice to those that we listening and to us as well was to not be so "full of ourselves" in regards to importance.  

In this age in which we live, each one of us should read this Fourteenth chapter of St. Luke's Gospel with great care.  For each one of us could learn from it if only we would heed Our Lord's advice.  In this age of social media, we run the risk of thinking that our opinion is the only opinion . . . . the only one that matters, that is.  We expect everyone else to not only listen to what we have to say, but we first assume that everyone else is interested in what we have to say to begin with.  Whether it be posting pictures of what we are eating or posting updates of where we are going.  In the world of social media, it does not take much effort to let the whole world know . . . . . at least the whole "cyber-world" . . . . .  know what we are doing; what we are eating; how we feel about any given subject; etc.  And God forbid, if we disagree with anything that we see.  We will sit right down and let that person know in no uncertain terms that we do not agree and how wrong the other person is.  

Now, bear in mind that I am not criticizing others around me because I post things on Facebook and Google and other such places, I post really important things like:   pictures of my dog . . . . pictures of what meal I am eating . . . . .  updating the status of where I am at currently . . . where I was . . . . where I am going to be . . .  I list my "likes" and my "dislikes" . .. . . . my favorite TV shows .  . .  movies . . . . . types of pasta that I enjoy eating . . . . . It goes on and on.   Now I realize that I am not the only one that does this because I see countless others in the Social Media world do the same exact thing.  The risk that I want to point out is that when dealing with Social Media, we are constantly dealing with "my world:"  the things I like; the things I don't like; the things I agree with; the things I don't agree with; what I'm doing; where I'm going; pictures of me; pictures of my food; pictures of my pets; pictures of . . . .  my . . .  . me . . . .  I . . . . .  In the world of social media, the emphasis is always on "me, myself, and I."  In the world of Social Media, in my humble opinion, we run the risk of getting an over-inflated ego of how important we are.  Yes, we are important but we have to keep in mind why we are important and keep things in perspective.   We are important because God thinks we are important.  Not because we ourselves think we are important.  We are important because God sent His Only-Begotten Son into the world to save us from our sins.  We are important because God saw fit to raise His Son from the dead so that in conquering death, we have hope.  Without Jesus, we would only have death in our future.  With Jesus, we have hope.  We are assured that Our Lord goes before us to prepare us a place . . . . to be with Him for eternity.   Yes, we are important . . . .  we are important to God.  Important enough that the Son of God carried the Cross and died on the Cross so that you and I would not have to . . . . even though it is us that deserve to be there.  Yes, I am important but not because of the pictures I post of my pet or my food or not even because of my opinions that I hold on countless topics.  I am not important based on the neighborhood where I live . . .  or where I work  . . .  . or what kind of clothes I wear or shoes I own . . . . .  . I am important because God loves me and I am important to Him.  We should always keep this important fact in mind and humble ourselves before God.

Join us as we listen to the Word of God found in the King James Bible and the 1928 Book of Common Prayer.  Join us as we join together as God's family and worship Our Heavenly Father.  Join us as we come to the altar to be fed the Precious Body and Blood at Communion time.  And, finally, please stay after Mass for some fellowship at our coffee hour.

St. Margaret Anglican Church worships at the beautiful Chapel at Marquette Manor, which is located at 8140 N. Township Line Road on the Northwest side of Indianapolis.  Mass begins at 9:30 AM.


Sixteenth Sunday after Trinity, October 1st, 2017


" For this cause I bow my knees unto the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ" (Ephesians 3:13)

I avoid watching the news on TV as much as possible.  But it has been virtually impossible to avoid seeing and hearing about the so-called "Anthem" protests that have sprung up around the NFL and other sports as well.  It is everywhere you look . . . .  the news on TV . . . . newspaper articles . . .  . Sports Illustrated cover stories . . . . social media outlets such as Facebook, Twitter, etc.   Everybody, and I do mean everybody, has an opinion about what is going on with specific players and/or teams kneeling down while the National Anthem is playing.  Now, in essence there is no need to re-hash all the details because we all know what is happening.  It does seem to me to be a good time to focus on the Third Chapter of St. Paul's Epistle to the Ephesians.  In this chapter, St. Paul is attempting to help the Ephesians understand . . . . or should I say, "appreciate"  . . . . . what God has done, the miracles He has performed, the graces that He has given and bestowed, the mysteries that He has revealed.  St. Paul is writing to show that the gift of salvation that was first offered to the people of Israel is now extended to us Gentiles as well.  And as such, St. Paul writes in verse 14:  "For this cause I bow my knees unto the Father of Our Lord Jesus Christ . . . "  To me, St. Paul is correct.  In my opinion, this is what every Christian should focus on at this time.  It is God Who deserves our humble adoration.  It is Our Blessed Saviour to Whom we should "take a knee."  Elsewhere, we read:  "For it is written, As I live, saith the Lord, every knee shall bow to Me, and every tongue shall confess to God." (Romans 14:11).   Our Heavenly Father is the One to Whom we owe everything.  He is the One that we should kneel down in adoration before.

  Philippians 2:10-11 says it perfectly:  "That at the Name of Jesus every knee should bow, of things in heaven, and things in earth, and things under the earth; And that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father."  It seems to me that there are a whole host of ways to protest things you don't agree with:   marching peacefully, .  . . . signing a petition, . . . . voting and/or running for political office yourself . . . . boycotting specific businesses or not buying certain products . . . .  etc, etc, etc.  One of the beautiful things about our nation is that we are free to make statements.  All of us have an opinion.  My opinion may not match up with your opinion but that doesn't mean my opinion is better than yours.  We are free to disagree.  We are free to stand up and let our voice be heard.  You and I have a right to peacefully protest what we do not agree with.  That much is a given.  But that being said, "taking a knee" during the National Anthem is not a proper way to protest, in my very humble opinion.  If we "take a knee," it should be for the right reason.  As a Christian, if we "take a knee," it should be done to glorify and acknowledge the glory and majesty of Our Blessed Saviour.  If we "take a knee," it should be in honor of Our Heavenly Father, Who created Heaven and earth.  If we "take a knee," it should be done in humble adoration and thanksgiving at the foot of the Cross on which the Saviour of the world laid down His life to pay our debt . . .  not His, but ours.  And, finally, if we "take a knee," we should bow down in humble adoration and pray for ourselves and pray for our country.  Pray for forgiveness in the ways we have failed, for the ways in which we have made mistakes.  But also pray in thanksgiving that God has blessed us so abundantly as a nation.  To me, these are the reasons we should "take a knee" . . . .  to honor God and to pray to Our Heavenly Father, Who has blessed us and continues to bless us despite our failings.

Mass is celebrated in the Chapel of Marquette Manor, which is located at 8140 N. Township Line Road on the northwest side of Indianapolis.  Join us as we hear the Word of God preached from the King James Version of the Bible.  Listen to the Word of God speaking to you.   Spend time as God's family in solemn worship of God, taking time out of the busy schedule of life and devoting one hour to God.  And receive Our Blessed Lord in His Precious Body and Blood to help sustain us and nourish us for the journey called life. Fifteenth Sunday after Trinity, September 24, 2017

"Ye cannot serve God and mammon." (St. Matthew 6:24)

In the Sixth Chapter of St. Matthew's Gospel, we hear Our Blessed Saviour giving what has come to be known as His "Sermon on the Mount."  Now, bear in mind that this sermon begins back at the beginning of Chapter Five in St. Matthew's Gospel and it finishes up at the end of Chapter Seven.  So the passage that we are dealing with is somewhere near the middle, give or take.  If you look through chapters Five through Seven in this Gospel, you will be able to see for yourself a wide arrange of subjects/topics that Our Blessed Saviour talks about.  But in the passage that we are covering today deals with a very important topic.  I say "very important" because it is one that certainly still has bearing to our generation some two-thousand years later.  

In Verse 24 of this Sixth Chapter, Our Lord states:  "No man can serve two masters: for either he will hate the one and love the other; or else he will hold to the one, and despise the other.  Ye cannot serve God and mammon."  

As devout Christians, we are called to place God first and foremost in our life.  I am sure that every single one of you that is reading this would agree with that statement.  God should hold the utmost place in our life.  Period.  And yet as human beings we know that we are ruled very often by, how shall I put it, "base desires of the flesh," if you will.  In other words, people want to satisfy their desires at THAT particular moment.  For example, if I am hungry my stomach will rule my actions until I fill that hunger.  If I get focused on buying a new pair of shoes, for example, I will plan out when I can go to the mall and look for that particular pair of shoes that I want to buy.  If the shoes are expensive, I may have to wait until I save up the money . . . . work overtime . . .  until I get enough to buy the shoes.   How about the alcoholic man or woman that "lives for the next drink?"  And yet so many of us . . . myself included . . . . "live" for the next gadget or doo-dad or meal or pair of sneakers, etc, etc, etc.  We can all come up with our own examples of "what we live for."  

We focus our efforts, . . . we focus our time . . . . we focus our energies into obtaining things of the world.  Again, in this same "Sermon on the Mount," Our Lord states:  "Lay not up for yourselves treasures upon earth, where moth and rust doth corrupt, and where thieves break through and steal:" (St. Matthew 6:20)

Our Lord states the obvious.  How many "treasures" do we own . . . how many "treasures" have we placed so much of our time and effort into acquiring? . . . . how many of these "treasures" are now "out of style," "out of date," "broken," "last years model," "rusted away"     Whether it be clothing that has gone "out of style" or technology that has been "outdated."  So much of our time and effort and energy is spent on things of this world that does not last.  

Our Lord continues in Verse Twenty-One:  "For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also."  (St. Matthew 6:21)  So many of us in the world have our "treasure" here below.  As Christians, our true "treasure" should be up above and not down below.   God calls us to a mansion up above where we will spend eternity.  We should spend our time preparing for that mansion that we are called to.   Let us spend our time focusing our attentions on "things above" and less time focusing on "things below."  Our Blessed Saviour assures us that we will always be taken care of by Our Heavenly Father.  Let us do our part, yes . . . let us work as we are called to do . . . .but let us focus on living for God and placing our trust in Him.  And let us always remember where our true treasure is . . . .up above and not below.

St. Margaret Church gathers together every Sunday morning for Mass at the beautiful Chapel at Marquette Manor, located at 8140 N. Township Line Road on the Northwest side of Indianapolis.  Mass begins at 9:30 AM.  Please join us as we gather together to worship Our Heavenly Father.  We use the 1928 Book of Common Prayer and the King James Version of the Bible.


Fourteenth Sunday after Trinity, September 17th, 2017

I believe that I am a calm, laid-back person . . . .  for the most part, that is.  There really is not too much that "gets under my skin," I have to admit.  But one of the things that really "pushes my buttons," I have to admit, is rude people.  Is it me or are there less and less manners being put into practice by people?  I enjoy going to a store that sells used cd's and movies.  Well, they used to sell cd's.  I don't think they even sell those anymore.  Well, I enjoy going to this store to see if they have any movies that I would enjoy watching.  Since the aisles are rather narrow, you have to pass in front of people in order to go down the aisle.  Now, this is not the problem.  Since the aisles are narrow, this is understandable.  What is not understandable, though, are the complete lack of manners and total disrespect exhibited by a good percentage of people today.  People will walk right in front of you and never say "Excuse me" or "Sorry" or "Pardon me."    Hold a door open for someone today and see if you get a "Thank you" in return for your efforts.  My parents taught me manners while I was growing up.  They taught me to always say "Yes, Ma'am" or "Yes, Sir" when addressing others.  They taught me to say "Please" and "Thank You."  They taught me the art of something we used to call "common courtesy."  You see, common courtesy is something that  . . . . .  no matter your station in life . . . .  whether you are a president of a company or a cook or a janitor . . . .  whoever you are, whatever you are . . .   being respectful and courteous is something that everyone is capable of if they would just put the effort into it.   I am so grateful that my parents taught me to be courteous and respectful.  It is a skill that I have tried to put into practice my whole life.  Sadly, judging from others around me, it seems that this is a "dying art."  Is it a matter that people were never "taught" manners or is it that they were taught, yes, but they just choose not to be respectful?  It's hard to say.  

In the Seventeenth Chapter of the Gospel of St. Luke, we hear about Our Blessed Saviour passing through Samaria and Galilee as He went to Jerusalem.   And as He went, St. Luke tells us, He met ten lepers who begged for healing.  They yelled, "Jesus, Master, have mercy on us!"  Our Lord heard their request and gave them the direction to go show themselves to the priest.  As they went, they were miraculously healed .  . . . all ten of them.  The curious thing of this is that out of all of the ten that were cured . . . . only one of the lepers turned back to thank Our Blessed Saviour.  Only one man who was cured returned to give praise and thanksgiving.  Only one man came back to acknowledge the amazing thing that Our Lord just did for him.  Now in this story it is easy to find fault with the other "nine" who were not courteous enough to turn around and show thanksgiving to Our Blessed Saviour.  But how often do we show thanks to God for all the blessings He shows to us on a daily basis?   Do we thank God for blessing us?  Do we go to God daily in prayer to thank Him for the life He has given us?  The blessings He has bestowed on us?  How often do we thank God for the wonderful things He does for us?  Our Blessed Saviour was impressed with the Samaritan who turned around and gave thanks to Him for the healing he had received.  Let us pray that Our Blessed Saviour will be impressed with us as well when we thank Him for all the blessings He has bestowed on us.

St. Margaret Church gathers together every Sunday morning to listen to the Word of God, found in the King James Bible and the 1928 Book of Common Prayer.  Join us as we listen to God speak to each one of us.  Set aside one hour of your busy week and dedicate this time to God.  Receive the Precious Body and Blood of Christ at Communion time to strengthen and nourish you.  

We worship at the beautiful chapel at Marquette Manor, located at 8140 N. Township Line Road on the Northwest side of Indianapolis.  Mass begins at 9:30 AM.  Come join us and use this time to thank God for the many blessings He has shown you.


Twelfth Sunday after Trinity, September 3rd, 2017

In my secular position working for the Department of Corrections, I am a counselor for a faith and character based unit in a maximum security juvenile facility.  Now, bear in mind that we do not call it a "prison."  We refer to it as a "facility."  But I ask the young men sometimes in my unit sometimes:  "What makes this a prison?" because it would lose something in the "translation" if I asked them: "What makes this a facility?"   Of course, I get the usual answers back in response:   Fences . . .  Gates . . .  Doors . . .  Locks . . .  Guards .  .  .  Barbed Wire . .  . .  All very good responses, to be sure.  But the reason I ask this particular question to my guys is not to state the obvious but, rather, to help them understand that we build our own prisons which do not need any of the above mentioned items.  In other words, we imprison ourselves.  We imprison ourselves, for example, by the poor choices we make in life.  We imprison ourselves by the poor choices we make for friends who influence us.  We imprison ourselves by the drugs and the alcohol and the riches of the world that we become addicted to.  We are imprisoned by the poisonous mind-set that we have been taught to look at certain people a certain way.  Who needs fences and barbed wire and locked doors when we keep our own selves down through fear of moving forward.  Through fear of the unknown.  Through fear of being mocked and discouraged by those around us.  As I often say to my guys:  "We are our own worst enemies."  We refuse to improve our lives because we still chained to our addictions that keep us down.  We refuse to move out of the prisons we have built for ourselves because we find them to be comfortable . . .  they're familiar  . . . .  they're ours  . . . . they belong to us.   We are too blind to see that we are imprisoned through bad choices, bad decisions, addictions and the consequences of our wrong ways of thinking.   Who needs gates and locks and fences when many of us carry our own "personal prisons" around with us wherever we go?

The answer is obvious.  The answer is obvious to those who believe.  The answer is right before our eyes if we would only open our eyes and make an effort to look for the answer.  So many of us, as we stated above, are content to be in our prisons.  So many of us, whether we realize it or not, want to remain in our prison.  We may say that we don't but we say otherwise by our actions.  But if we would make the effort to look for the way out of our prison, the answer would be closer than we ever imagined. The answer, of course, is Our Blessed Saviour.  In St. Mark 7:37, we hear the words of the deaf man cured by Our Blessed Saviour:  "He maketh both the deaf to hear, and the dumb to speak"  St. Mark tells us that this man's ears were opened and the string of his tongue was loosed.    Only God can heal our impediments.  Only God can cure what needs to be cured.  The sad thing is that so many in the world do not even realize they need a cure.  So many in the world do not realize that they are imprisoned through their addictions,  . . . their hatreds, . . .  their anger .  .  . , their worldly mindset.  But it is Our Blessed Saviour Who holds the key.  He is the One that can set us free.  He is our cure.  He is our salvation.  He is our everlasting hope.  Let us never depart from Him.  Let us always stay constant in our faithfulness to Him.

Please join us for Mass on Sunday, September 3rd, 2017 as we celebrate the Twelfth Sunday after Trinity.  Join St. Margaret Church this day as we pray for those affected by the hurricane in Texas and Louisiana.  As we pray for those affected by the storm we will listen to the Word of God and hear God speaking to us.  Holy Communion will be distributed so that we can be nourished and strengthened by the Body and Blood of Our Precious Saviour.

St. Margaret Church gathers every Sunday morning at 9:30 AM.  We worship at the beautiful chapel at Marquette Manor, which is located at 8140 N. Township Line Road on the Northwest side of Indianapolis.


Ninth Sunday After Trinity, August 13, 2017


The Gospel passage from the Fifteenth Chapter of St. Luke, which is appointed for the Ninth Sunday after Trinity,  provides one of the most powerful images in the entire Bible.  For the passage we hear read today has come to be known over time as the story of the  "Prodigal Son."  Certainly, Our Lord used this tale to describe how much God loves humanity.  And yet in this one story there is so much represented here:  the wickedness of the son; this son's recognition of his sins and wrongs against his father; the jealousy of the brother; etc.  And yet, despite this passage being referred to as the "Prodigal Son," I have always contended that the story would be more accurately called "The Loving Father."   As stated, there are multiple points in this story that we can choose to focus on, yet it is the image of the loving father waiting for his sons' return, . .  . . hoping for his son to come home, . . . . praying for his son to come back .  . ..  .. and then finally seeing his son from a great distance and running to his son . . . . without a doubt, that is the most powerful image in all of Scripture.  For it shows the love of a father that never gives up hope.  It shows the determination of a father to still see his son,  . . . .  no matter what wrong the son has committed . . . . , it shows the love that a father has for his son despite everything else.  It represents the love that God has for fallen humanity.  

When the son returned to his senses, he made the decision to return to his father acknowledging that he had done wrong.  He had his speech already planned out in his head before he went to his father.  He finished his speech by describing himself:  " . . . . . and am no more worthy to be called thy son"  He knew deep down inside that he had done wrong.  This is why Our Lord stated when telling the story that this young man had "come to his senses."  He knew that he did wrong.  He knew that he messed up big time.  He knew that what he did was an offense against his father in how the son acted.  And for all this, he no longer felt worthy to be called 'son.'  And yet despite everything that this son did, his father treated him like royalty upon his return.  He called for shoes to be placed on his feet and rings to be placed on his sons finger.   The father called for a great feast in celebration.  He did all of this for he loved his son.  He was pleased to see the son's return.  The reason that Our Blessed Lord chose to tell this story is certainly to show the celebration that God, Our Heavenly Father, has when we return to Him.  When we, just like the Prodigal Son, come to our senses and realize that our sinfulness will not lead us anywhere.  When we come to our senses and acknowledge that we have done wrong.  When we come to our senses and realize that we are not worthy to be called a Christian.  It is then that God shows His love for us and welcomes us home.  We are worthy because we are loved.  Loved by Our Heavenly Father that loved us so much that He sent His only Son into the world to die for our sins.  God, just like the father in this story, waits patiently for us as well to return.  He waits for us to come to our senses and make our return to Him.  But only we can do that.  God does not force our return.  We have to make the decision to come back to Him.  


St. Margaret Church gathers every Sunday morning to hear the Word of God and to worship Our Heavenly Father.  We are a traditional church.  We use the King James Version of the Bible and the 1928 Book of Common Prayer.  Mass begins at 9:30 AM.  We celebrate at the beautiful chapel at Marquette Manor, located at 8140 N. Township Line Road on the Northwest side of Indianapolis.  Please join us and dedicate an hour of your week to God.  Return home to Him, the God Who waits patiently for your return.


Transfiguration, Sunday, August 6, 2017

We read in the Ninth Chapter of the Gospel of St. Luke the story of the Transfiguration of Our Blessed Saviour.  In this Ninth Chapter, we hear that St Peter; St John; and St James accompanied Our Lord to pray.  Now, bear in mind as we read of this account that a marvelous event is about to unfold:  Our Lord will not only be transfigured as "His countenance was altered," (v. 29) but also that Moses and Elias will appear alongside Our Lord.   Now, imagine if you will, all of this happening in front of YOUR eyes.  How would you react?  What would you do?  What would be your reaction to all of this have been?  Well, in Verse 32, we hear what happened to St Peter, St James and St John:  "But Peter and they that were with him were heavy with sleep: and when they were awake, they saw his glory, and the two men that stood with Him." (St. Luke 9:32)  " .  . .  THEY WERE HEAVY WITH SLEEP  . . . ."  Really?  Heavy with sleep?  Seriously?  I mean, come on, how can this be?  Here you are, you find yourself with the Second Person of the Holy Trinity.  You are in His Presence where not only He is transfigured:  His "countenance was altered" and "His raiment was white and glistening."  If this wasn't enough, Moses and Elias appear alongside of Him.  And St Peter and the boys fall asleep?  Seriously?!?!?!   It wasn't until they awoke from their sleep that, as St. Luke tells us:  " . . . . and when they were awake, they saw his glory .  . . . ."   You know, it is so easy to be a "back-seat driver," isn't it?  It is really easy to make "commentary" about others when it is not us walking in their shoes.  As St. Luke tells us it was not UNTIL they awoke that they were able to see the glory of the Lord.  That's really how it is with us as well, quite frankly.  Have you ever told someone or has anyone ever told you in the course of a conversation:  "Wake up!"  "Why don't you wake up?!?"  "Wake up and smell the coffee!"  When someone says something along these lines, what they're really saying is "Wake up to reality."  "Come back to reality."  Well, for Peter, James and John, it wasn't until they woke up that they were able to truly see the glory of the Lord.  We, too, like them need to "wake up" out of our sleep in order to see the glory of the Lord.  So many of us are lost in a deep sleep as well.  We are sleeping and dreaming about the things of the world:  money, and nice clothes, and food, and drink, and power, and possessions.   We day-dream about these things and more and focus our lives around them.  But until we wake up from our sleep . .. . Until we wake up from our dreams of worldly things we lust after . . . . until we awaken, it will be then that we will be able to fully appreciate the majesty of Our Blessed Saviour and see Him in His full glory.  We can not see His Glory because we are so busy looking at the things of the world.  Have you ever seen something in the corner of your eye but you didn't see it fully because you really looking at something else?  Or have you ever "heard" something but you really didn't hear it fully because you were focused on something else?  It's like that for me when, for example, I try to hear the weather forecast on the radio as I get ready in the morning.  I might turn on the radio for the specific intent to hear what the weather will be like that day.  But if I get busy doing this, that and the other, . .. .  . even though the radio is playing . . . .  I might get busy doing other things and totally miss the weather forecast.  And then I have to wait all over again and focus and make a point to listen ten minutes later when the forecast is given again.  It isn't until I focus and make a point to listen to the weather forecast, that will be when I hear it.  Otherwise, I usually get sidetracked by other things that I am doing at the time.  Quite frankly, that is how it is for us when it comes to things of God.  We have good intentions.  We want to be good.  We want to listen to God.  We want to do what God would have us do.  But we get sidetracked.  Our attention gets diverted.  We end up focusing on something else.  Let us be like St Peter and St James and St John.  Let us wake out of our sleep so that we can see the glory of the Lord.  Let us always focus on Our Blessed Saviour so that we can appreciate His glory and His majesty.

Join us at St. Margaret Church on Sunday, August 6th, 2017 as we celebrate the Feast of the Transfiguration.  We use the 1928 Book of Common Prayer and the King James Bible when we celebrate Mass.  We listen to the Word of God speaking to us.  We gather together as God's family to worship Our Heavenly Father.  Come join us.  Take one hour out of your week to focus on God . . . to give that hour solely to God.  Give that hour to God and dedicate it to Him and see what He will give you in return!  Mass begins at 9:30 AM.  We worship at the beautiful chapel at Marquette Manor, located at 8140 N. Township Line Road on the Northwest side of Indianapolis.


Seventh Sunday after Trinity, July 30, 2017

In the Eighth Chapter of the Gospel of St. Mark, we hear about the feeding of the Four-Thousand.  Now Four-Thousand is indeed an impressive number.  But in those days, it would have been beyond "impressive."  Consider some two-thousand years ago, there would be no social media to make announcements . . . . lack of transportation (at least compared to how "easy" we have it now . . . . just jump in your car and "go!")   . . . .  no television commercials announcing a gathering, etc.  These Four-Thousand people gathered by hearing others talking about the "mysterious rabbi," the "wonderful teacher," the "miracle worker from Nazareth."  They heard about him by word of mouth, I am quite sure, and came for a multitude of reasons ranging from pure curiosity to faith to needing or wanting something from Our Lord.  Again, the vast crowd that had gathered was certainly impressive, but this is not what St. Mark was focusing on when he wrote this passage of his Gospel.  Nor was the size of the crowd what Our Lord was focusing on when He performed the miracle.  No, Our Lord was concerned about the well-being of those who had gathered to hear Him speak.  "My heart is moved with pity for the crowd, because they have stayed with me now for three days, and they have nothing to eat."  (St. Mark 8:2)  What a wonderful Saviour we have.   He had compassion on the crowd and was "moved with pity" because He was worried for them.  He was concerned for them.  He had their well-being in mind.  "My Sacred Heart is moved with pity!"  Our Blessed Saviour was not just concerned with their spiritual well-being  . . . .  He was concerned also with their physical well-being!   This shows the compassion that Our Lord had!

When Our Lord had determined that there was a need, a desperate need!   He called the disciples around Him and asked them what to do in this situation.  The first response back from the disciples was an objection:  "Where could anyone get bread to satisfy them in a desert place like this?," was their response.  (St. Mark 8:4)    Instead of focusing on the positive, the disciples focused on the negative.  Aren't we like that?  I know I am.  How often when something comes up that needs to be taken care of, how often is my first response:  "How am I going to do this?!?"  "I can't believe this!"  "I'm never going to be able to take care of this!"  This is what the disciples were, in essence, saying.  But Our Lord did not listen to their objections.  He immediately challenged them into action by asking how many loaves they had.  Very often we defeat ourselves because we look at the total amount needed and we get scared.  But more often than not the solution to a problem is to begin with a little bit and then move on from there.  The disciples responded that they had seven loaves and He was content to begin there.  From there it turned out, St. Mark tells us, that they also had a few small fishes as well.  We all know what happened next:  "So they ate until they were completely satisfied." (St. Mark 8:8)  "How many loaves have ye?"  "What do you have?"  "What can you spare?"  "What can you give?"  The words may be different but the meaning is the same.  The important thing really is the response we give.  What can you give?   Is our response negative?  "Oh, what can I do?  I don't have that much.  It won't make a difference.   Why should I even try?  Or is our response positive?  Well, I don't have very much but let's at least try.  You see, Our Lord doesn't expect riches from us but He does expect us to give 100% of what we do have.  This is why He was so impressed with the example of the widow who gave her two mites into the tithe.  Compared to most others, she had "nothing" to offer.  And yet she gave everything that she had.  What was seven loaves of bread compared to Four-Thousand hungry people.  What could seven loaves accomplish?  And yet Our Blessed Saviour takes we have and completes the rest.  Our Lord fills in what we lack.  The key is that we need to do our part.  We need to give our all.  We need to give 100% effort when it comes to God.  What do you have to give?  This is the question we should all ask ourselves today?  What do I have to give?  And am I willing to give it?  God doesn't expect us to solve all the problems of the world but He does want us to help.  He wants us to show some effort.  What will you give?

St. Margaret Church meets each and every Sunday at 9:30 AM at the beautiful chapel at Marquette Manor, located at 8140 N. Township Line Road on the Northwest side of Indianapolis.  Join us as we hear the Word of God found in the 1928 Book of Common Prayer and the King James Bible.  Come dedicate one hour of your week to God.  Step away from the busy-ness of the world for just one hour and focus totally on God.  Come and worship Him.  Let Him feed you spiritually.   Receive the Precious Body and Blood at Communion time.

Sixth Sunday after Trinity, July 23rd, 2017

" . . . . . even so we also should walk in newness of life"  (Epistle to the Romans 6:4)

In addition to my work as a parish priest, I work as a counselor for the Department of Corrections in a juvenile facility.  The unit that I administer is a "faith and character" based unit and I wear many hats, as they say.  On a daily basis I write reports, and do counseling sessions, attend classes with the students, answer questions, give commissary,  speak to family members, etc, etc, etc.  Every day brings new challenges.  Every day is an adventure, as I like to say.  One of the things that I am required to do is sometimes sit in on either family sessions or meetings held with representatives of outside agencies.  These meetings, more often than not, are held in the visiting room of the facility.  While I set there in the visiting room I can not help but notice a curious thing just outside the window.  Outside the visiting room is a small courtyard with one or two picnic tables.  Since this is a maximum security facility, it is enclosed by a ten foot chain link fence with strands of barbed wire attached to the top of the fence.  Now the curious thing I noticed is that there are two birds nests nestled inside of the barbed wire.  I will see birds on occasion fly in and out of the nests.  It seems that it would be a very precarious place, to say the least, for a birds nest to be built---in barbed wire.  But the birds don't seem to mind.  The reason I bring all of this up is because I found myself staring at a bird this week setting in the barbed wire on top of that fence, totally oblivious to the danger surrounding him.  He didn't seem to notice or if he did, he obviously did not care.  How many of us are in similar situations, so to speak, in our lives?  Just like that little bird was satisfied to sit on that barbed wire and didn't think anything of the danger, so too we are satisfied to exist in a world caught up in greed, and hatred, and jealousy, and envy.  We sit in a world consumed with desire of material things . . . . .  expensive clothing,  .   .  fancy cars . . . drugs . . . . drink . . . . .   We lust after the desire of power and wealth and fame.   Clothing styles certainly change over time.  Modes of transportation and communication change over the centuries.  But beyond that, man has been the same since the beginning of time.  And just like that little bird was totally oblivious to the dangerous "perch" it had inside of that barbed wire, so too are we totally oblivious to the dangers and snares that this old world offers.  But St. Paul reminds us that we have a "newness of life" as Christians.  We are called to see the world differently.  We are called to live in this world, yes,  but not to be of this world.  Through our baptism, we are new creatures.  Through Christ's dying on the Cross, we are forgiven our sins.  And through Christ's rising to new life, each one of us has the opportunity to spend eternity with Our Heavenly Father.  This is the "newness of life" that we are called to, as St. Paul puts it.  But, sadly, so many in the world are content to sit inside of the "barbed wire" that is the world, just like that little bird, and not think any differently of it.  We are so accustomed to the baseness of the world that we are content to exist in it.  But Christ calls us to a new life.  Christ calls us to be new creatures.  Let us spend our days following Our Blessed Saviour instead of the world.  Let us walk in the "newness of life" and not the same ol', same ol' that the world offers.

  St. Margaret Church celebrates Mass each and every Sunday at 9:30 AM.  Mass is celebrated at the beautiful chapel at Marquette Manor, located as 8140 N. Township Line Road on the Northwest side of Indianapolis.

Join us for Mass as we listen to the Word of God found in the King James Bible and the 1928 Book of Common Prayer.  Join us as we hear God speaking to us in His Word.  Our Lord also offers to each one of us His Most Precious Body and Blood at Communion time.  Receive the Precious Body and Blood to strengthen and nourish you for your daily journey.  And afterward, please join us for our Coffee Hour to have some delicious goodies and good fellowship.


Fifth Sunday after Trinity, July 16th, 2017


" . . . but sanctify the Lord God in your hearts"  (I St. Peter 3:15)

If we look up they word "sanctify" in the dictionary, we will find definitions such as: "to make holy," "set apart as sacred," "to purify or free from sin."  There is one more definition of "sanctify" that I found:  "to entitle to reverence or respect."   It is actually this last definition that I would like to focus on for the time being.  "  . . . . to entitle to reverence or respect."  In the society in which we live how many objects . . . . things . . . . people . .. .  do we reverence or respect or love or adore?   Of course, I am speaking of the society in general but let's face it, how many "things" or "people" do we sanctify in our heart?  We spend time and energy focusing on the things that we love, don't we?  If you love a particular restaurant, it stands to reason that you will choose to go there when you go out to eat.   If you love a particular food, again, it stands to reason that you will choose that over something else when picking out something to eat.  We love celebrities in our country.  We follow the exploits of our favorite movie stars, our favorite television actors, our favorite musicians, our favorite sports stars ..  ..  . we follow their every move.  We enjoy seeing pictures of them, hearing gossip about them, reading about them.  In general, whether it be a favorite  movie star, sports star, food item,  movie, TV show, etc, etc, etc, don't we "sanctify" these things in our heart to a certain extent?  Now, don't get me wrong, I am not saying it is wrong to "love" pizza, or wrong to "love" watching baseball, or wrong to "love" eating at your favorite restaurant.  We all have our own likes and dislikes.  We all have our emotions as human beings.  We all have hobbies and things that each one of us enjoy.  What I am saying is that as a society we spend more time sanctifying "food" . . . . and "movie stars" . . . . and "sports celebrities" . . . . and "TV shows" . . . . and "rock stars" . . . . . and our "favorite possessions"  . . . . . we sanctify these things in our heart more than we sanctify God.   Again, going back to the definition of sanctify:  "to entitle to reverence or respect,"  we reverence and respect movie stars more than we reverence or respect God.  We reverence and respect popular singers more than we reverence or respect God.  We reverence and respect inanimate objects . . . . . .  clothes . . . . .  electronics . . . . expensive shoes . . . . . . cars  . . . . . possessions . . . . we reverence and respect these things in our heart more than we do Our Heavenly Father.  There is nothing wrong, again, with enjoying a good meal.  There is nothing wrong with enjoying your favorite TV show or movie.  There is nothing wrong with going to your favorite restaurant.  But when we begin to "respect" and "reverence" material possessions in our hearts before we respect and reverence God, this is where the problem lies.  "Home is where the heart is."  I am sure that we have all heard that old saying.  Our hearts are at home with the world more than they are at home with God, I am afraid.  "My heart is fixed, O God, my heart is fixed: I will sing and give praise." (Psalm 57:7)  We need to fix our hearts on God and not fix them on material possessions or celebrities or "things."  Again, in Psalm 108:1, it states:  "O God, my heart is fixed; I will sing and give praise, even with my glory."  As a society, we give our praise to everything but God, it seems.  We give glory to everything imaginable.  But it is God who gives us our glory.   It is God who makes all things possible.  It is to God that I owe my very existence.  It is God that I should sanctify in my heart . . . . reverence in my heart . . . . . enthrone in my heart.  As human beings we will focus our attention on the things that we love.  As Christians we need to focus on our love of God.  We need to sanctify God in our hearts.  We need to make Him the center of our attention.  We need to place the focus on Him and dedicate our life to Him.  So many of us waste our lives focusing on passing fads or celebrities or inanimate objects that brake, rust, or go out of style.   Let us spend more of that time dedicated to Our Heavenly Father, the only One worthy of our love, our time and our attention.  Let us sanctify God in our hearts.

Please join St. Margaret Church for Mass on Sunday, July 16th, 2017.  Join us as we take time out of our busy schedule and worship God as His family.  We use the 1928 Book of Common Prayer and the King James Version of the Bible.  We hear God speaking to us through His Precious Word.  We receive His Most Precious Body and Blood at Communion time so that we can be nourished and strengthened.

Mass begins at 9:30 AM.  We worship at the beautiful chapel at Marquette Manor, which is located at 8140 N. Township Line Road on the Northwest side of Indianapolis.


Fourth Sunday after Trinity, July 9th, 2017

"Be ye therefore merciful, as your Father also is merciful . . . .  ." (St. Luke 6:36)  

In the Sixth Chapter of the Gospel of St. Luke, we hear Our Blessed Saviour speak of difficult subjects such as:  "mercy;" and "forgiveness;" and "judging not;"  etc; etc; etc.  Now, when I say these are difficult concepts ..  . ..  trust me, I know from experience how difficult it is to "talk" about these concepts as opposed to, say, putting them into actual use.  It is difficult to show mercy and forgiveness to those who have done us wrong.  It is extremely difficult to forgive someone who, for all intents and purposes, does not even deserve our forgiveness.  But this whole business of "wronging others,"  . . . . and "doing the wrong thing,"  . .. .  and "hurting others by our actions" . . . .  .  none of these are a "new" concept,  they've been happening for a long, long time . . . .  . Well, since the beginning of mankind, basically.  Ever heard of Cain and Abel?  Human beings have been in the business of doing wrong to those around us for a long, long, long, long time.  Human beings have been hurting one another since  . .  ..  . well, . . . . .  since forever.   But if you continue reading through this passage of St. Luke, you'll find that Our Lord hit the proverbial nail right on the head because he gives the example of finding a "mote" in our brothers eye while all the time we have a "beam" in our own eye.   

I am convinced more than ever, especially in the age of social media that we live in, how easy it is to bypass the wrongs we have done by focusing on the wrongs others have done.  As long as I am fixated on the wrong you have committed against me, that's less time to fixate on the wrong I have done against someone else.  None of us like to think of ourselves as "bad people."  While, yes, there are some truly "bad people" in the world, I think that most of us are "good people" that make bad choices.  We make wrong decisions.  Let's face it, we sin.   And that's the whole point.  That's the obvious point that our Lord was making when He stated that we should not focus on the "mote" in our brother's eye when we fail to take out the "beam" in our own eye.  What did Our Lord say?  He said, "Thou Hypocrite, cast out first the beam out of thine own eye, and then shalt thou see clearly to pull out the mote that is in thy brother's eye."  (St. Luke 6:46)  Human beings are so busy searching for the faults in others that they don't see their own faults.  We would rather focus on the wrong that someone else did to us than to focus on what we did wrong.  Our Lord was making the point that first and foremost:  All of us have sinned.  All of us have done wrong to our brother.  All of us are guilty.  None of us is perfect.   And the second thing that Our Lord was pointing out is that if we are so busy looking for the faults in others, we do not have time to focus on our own fault, our own sins.  And God sent His Son into the world for ALL of us.  God sent His Son into the world to die on the Cross for ALL of us . . . . you and me.  All of us have benefited from that saving Cross on the hill at Calvary.  Let us spend less time searching for the faults in others.  This will allow us to have more time to focus on the things that we have done wrong in life.  And this will cause us to be even more grateful for the forgiveness that God is giving to us for the wrongs that we have done.  

St. Margaret of Scotland Anglican Church gathers together each and every Sunday morning at 9:30 AM.  We worship at the beautiful Chapel at Marquette Manor, located at 8140 N. Township Line Road on the Northwest side of Indianapolis.

Join us as we listen to the Word of God found in the King James Version of the Bible and the 1928 Book of Common Prayer.  Join us as we gather together as God's family and worship Our Blessed Saviour.  And, at Communion time, we come forward to receive His Precious Body and Blood so that we can be nourished for the journey ahead.


Third Sunday After Trinity, July 2nd, 2017


In the Fifteenth Chapter of St. Luke's Gospel, we hear Our Blessed Saviour speaking to a group of "publicans" and "sinners," as St. Luke reminds us.  Here, in this passage that we hear appointed for the Third Sunday after Trinity, Our Lord is relating what it is like to lose something and find it again.  In this brief passage that we hear today, Our Lord gives two examples of people that have lost something and are rejoicing that they found the item:  the first example is the shepherd that lost one of his sheep; the second is the woman that lost one of her silver coins.    Everyone of us can relate to this joyful feeling, I am quite sure.   How many of us have "misplaced" something and you do not realize it is "misplaced" until you actually need it and then suddenly "panic" sets in because the certain item that you need is nowhere to be found.  After that you spend however long it is until the find what you need.  In my house, I refer to it as being "organized into oblivion."  Depending on what you are looking for and how important it is will determine how long it is you search for the item.  Important papers . . . .  books . . . .  clothing items .  . . .  and one item that is always seems to come up missing:  the remote control.  And then when you find what you are looking for . . .  . again, this will depend on the "importance" of what you just found . . . . what happens?  You breathe a sigh of relief.  When you were searching for the "said item" that was misplaced, how many emotions were involved?  Panic?  Frustration?  Anger?  Confusion?   "Oh, where is it?  I just had it HERE!"  But then when you find what you are looking for:    "Ahhhhhhhhhhhhhh . . . .  ."   A sense of relief sets in.  

In today's passage, Our Blessed Saviour relates in both examples  that when the owners found what they were looking for they wanted to share their joy:  "Rejoice with me; for I have found my sheep which was lost."  How many of us share our feelings with those around us?  With social media such as FB or Twitter or countless others, it is certainly easy enough to do.  How about those of us with cellular phones?  Texting out our feelings in just a few "clicks" is the way to go.  And when you get down the abbreviations for texting, you can describe your feelings even more quickly.  But have you ever noticed that we are quick to describe when we are mad about something?  When we have a bad experience, we are quick to tell everyone about it.  For example, if we had a bad experience at a restaurant, we might tell the manager; we might fill out a survey card.  If we are mad enough, we might make a point to look up the corporate offices and let them know of our experience.  We will write scathing reviews and post it on FB and Twitter and anything else.  We will tell our friends.  We will let the whole wide world know  . . . . . via every avenue we can find handy at the time . . . . how truly "horrible" the experience was.  But how many times do we have a wonderful experience and we let it go at that.  Sure, we may feel satisfied, after a good meal, for example, and we thank the server but then we leave it at that.  "Thanks . . . the food was good . . .  and your service was great.  Thanks."  And we leave it at that.  But if the same food and the same server was just the opposite:  LOUSY!  How much time and effort would we have made letting the whole world know.  I mean, let's face it, human beings spend more time concerned with "negative things" than we do "positive things."  Look at the nightly news, for example, the first twenty minutes of the local broadcasts tell us about:  murders.  . . . deaths . . . . accidents . . .  . shootings . . .  crime . . . the price of gas going up . . . . . the Cubs losing again . . . . You get the picture.  And then after all of this, they throw in one "feel good" story.  Isn't it the same way with us?  It would seem that many of us . . .  most of us? . . . .  are more interested in "negative" stories than we are "positive" ones.   "She did what?"  "He did what to you????"  "Oh, that's horrible."  "I can't believe my ears"  "Tell me more . . . . ."    Perhaps this is because as human beings we just love the things that we shouldn't love.  This is why we want to look at the car accident as we pass by.  Or why when we are switching the channels and we see people arguing and/or fighting on "Jerry Springer."  We pause and watch because we just can not believe our eyes that two grown folks would carry on like that.  And we shake our head in disbelief but we keep watching.

Our Blessed Saviour gives us important advice today.  He reminds each of us to "rejoice" when we are happy.  And to share our joy with others.  "Rejoice with me; for I have found my sheep which was lost."  As Christians, we should share this joy with those around us.  As Christians, we should share the "Good News" that we are saved.  As Christians, we need to take our faith seriously enough to let others know how good God is and what He has done for us.  And speaking of telling folks what God has done for us, how many of us are guilty of only talking to the Good Lord when things are bad?  When something is wrong, do you go running to God to ask Him to help you?  When you are nervous or anxious about something, do you go to God in prayer?  How about when things are going smoothly?  Do you still run to God and let Him know?  How often do we turn to prayer in times of trouble compared to how often we go to God when we simply want to thank Him?  Now, I am sure that would make a good comparison.   This day, make an effort to rejoice for the blessings God has given you in life.  Make it a point to dwell on the good things in life as opposed to dwelling on the negative.  As human beings, we have a tendency to dwell on the negative.  But as Christians we should dwell on the goodness of God. We should dwell on the good things He has done for us during our lifetime.  And we should spend more time in prayer thanking Him instead of simply asking for something.  


St. Margaret Church gathers together every Sunday morning and we would love for you to join us in our weekly worship of Our Heavenly Father. Mass begins at 9:30 AM. We celebrate Mass in the Chapel of Marquette Manor, which is located at 8140 N. Township Line Road in Indianapolis, Indiana. Please choose to take some time out of your busy schedule to spend some quality time with God.


Second Sunday after Trinity, June 25th, 2017

In the Fourteenth Chapter of the Gospel of St. Luke, we hear about Our Blessed Saviour going to eat at "the house of one of the chief Pharisees to eat bread on the Sabbath day." (Chapter 14 verse 1).  While he was there, St. Luke tells us that Our Blessed Lord told many stories, parables and answered questions for all the guests gathered there.  Further on in this same chapter though Our Lord tells the story of a man that made a great supper and invited many people to the feast.  But as Our Lord tells the story we soon find out that many of the people that got invited to the supper came up with all kinds of excuses for not coming.  One, for example, says that he has bought property and has to go see it.  Another one states that he has bought farm animals and has to go take care of them.  Another one states that he just got married and has to take care of his wife.  Well, you get the idea.  Our Lord, as He tells the story, is pointing out that everyone that got invited to the supper is making excuses for not coming.

How many excuses do we make when it comes to having a personal relationship with God?  How many excuses do we come up with when it comes to not spending time with God?  Quite frankly, all the people in the story had legitimate reasons for not going to the supper.  All of their "excuses" were valid and yet how many "valid" excuses do we try to use to justify the fact that we do not go daily to God in prayer?  How many of us say how busy we are with work  . . . .  and chores around the house . . .  . and running errands?  Do we use our busy schedule as an excuse to justify not spending time with God?  All of us lead busy lives.  But if we are too busy to spend time with God . . . .  we are TOO busy.  The story that Our Blessed Saviour tells about the man who made a supper and invited folks represents, of course, God.  God invites each of us to have a personal relationship with Him.  The only question is whether or not we accept His invitation.  Let us prioritize our lives in such a way that we "make time" for God . . . . not make excuses for avoiding Him.  Let us go to Our Heavenly Father on a daily basis . . .  not only when we "need" Him for something.  Let each of us accept His invitation.

St. Margaret Church meets each and every Sunday morning.  We gather together as a family and worship Our Heavenly Father.  We listen to the Word of God found in the King James Bible and the 1928 Book of Common Prayer.  We listen to God speaking to each one of us.  And then we come and receive the Precious Body and Blood of Our Blessed Saviour at Communion time.  Please take an hour out of your busy week and dedicate that hour to God.  So often we dedicate our time to ourselves, let us dedicate one hour to God.

St. Margaret Church meets at the beautiful chapel at Marquette Manor, located at 8140 N. Township Line Road on the Northwest side of Indianapolis.  Mass begins at 9:30 AM.

Whitsunday (Pentecost), Sunday, June 4th, 2017


I am sure that you have been somewhere and you heard something that caught your attention.  For example, if you were home and you heard a crashing noise from another room and you discover the cat has knocked over a picture frame.  Or if you hear a noise from outside and you discover that someone has pulled into your driveway.  Since owning a dog, I have discovered that dogs especially listen for "strange" noises that they are not familiar with.  Each one of us can think of an example of hearing some sort of "noise" that caught our attention and set us on edge.  We read in the Second Chapter of the Acts of the Apostles when the Holy Ghost came upon the Apostles while they were gathered together.  We hear "And suddenly there came a sound from heaven as of a rushing mighty wind, . . . ."  When I read this, I wonder what exactly does a "sound from heaven" sound like?  Here, it sounds like a "rushing mighty wind."  If that is the case, then yes, that would certainly catch my attention.  And yet is that how a "sound from heaven" always sound like?  I would imagine God speaks to us  . . . .  tries to catch our attention . . . .  tries to get us to listen  . . . in many varied ways.  Of course, a mighty, rushing wind from Heaven would more than likely catch our attention.  But how about if God whispers softly in our ears?  Would we be able to hear that?  You know sometimes my wife tries to tell me something from another room or if I am outside and she is in the house.  So the distance doesn't necessarily help me hear her and what she is saying to me.  But when you factor in things such as a television blaring.  Or a stereo booming.  Or a lawnmower cutting grass.  Well, you might as well forget about it.  I can't hear what she is saying at all.  Sometimes that is how it is with us and God.  God may be speaking to us but we may not be able to hear Him because televisions . . .  and stereos . . .  . and lawnmowers  . . . .  in other words, things of the world . . . .  are all blaring away, keeping us from hearing what God is telling us.  We need to pay attention  for what God. is telling us  We need to attune our ears to hear what God is trying to tell us.  God doesn't always send down a "mighty rushing wind from heaven" to grab our attention.  God tries to grab our attention by other ways as well.  And if we aren't paying attention, we run the risk of missing out.  Listen for God.  Set time aside for prayer.  Tune out the radios, and the televisions, and the lawnmowers of the world and spend time listening to God and what He has to say to you.

St. Margaret Church gathers together every Sunday morning and we would love for you to join us in our weekly worship of Our Heavenly Father.  Mass begins at 9:30 AM.  We celebrate Mass in the Chapel of Marquette Manor, which is located at 8140 N. Township Line Road in Indianapolis, Indiana.  Please choose to take some time out of your busy schedule to spend some quality time with God.



Sunday after Ascension, Sunday, May 28th, 2017

"THE end of all things is at hand"  (I St. Peter 4:7)  So begins the passage appointed for this Sunday's liturgy, coming to us from the Fourth Chapter of the First Epistle of St. Peter.  What happens when the "end" is near?  What exactly do we do when the "end" is near?  You may ask yourself as to the context of what exactly is "ending."  Well, I suppose it could be just about anything:  the "end of a job" . .. .  the "end of a relationship" . . . . the "end of difficulties" . . . . "the end of the world"    It could be just about anything, I suppose.  You see it is what St. Peter writes AFTER "the end of all things is at hand" that is really what we should be concerned with.  Because St. Peter immediately follows up by writing:  ". . . . be ye therefore sober, and watch unto prayer."  What happens when something is at an end?  As we stated a little bit ago it doesn't really matter what exactly is at an end  . . . .  a job . . . . a relationship . . . .  etc.   . . . . .  because no matter what it is most folks will react the same way time and time again.  Some people panic.  Some people try to run and hide.  Some people just plain give up.   But what is our response as a Christian supposed to be?  Well, according to St. Peter, we are called to pray:  " . . . . watch unto prayer," he writes.  But he doesn't stop there.  In the next verse he emphasizes a reaction that should be the "core" of every Christian throughout the world, he writes:  "And above all things have fervent charity among yourselves."  Of course, the key word in this sentence is "charity" but the meaning is what we would call "love."  In other words, St Peter is emphasizing that we should have "fervent love" for one another.  When you think about it, though, shouldn't this be how the Christian reacts automatically in any given situation?  We should always pray.  We should always show love.  We should always pray because it shows that we are seeking guidance from Our Heavenly Father.  We should always love because that is what Our Blessed Saviour would do.  Plus when we show love to those around us, we are showing the "Face of Christ" to the world.  So, the bottom line is that when we are faced with adversity . . . . when we are faced with difficulty.  . . when our first reaction might be to panic or to simply give up . . . . remember the advice of St. Peter for any situation:  "Pray" and "Love." 

St. Margaret of Scotland Anglican Church worships each and every Sunday at 9:30 AM.  Please take time to join us as we gather together to worship Our Heavenly Father as a family.  We worship at the beautiful chapel at Marquette Manor, which is located at 8140 N. Township Line Road on the Northwest side of Indianapolis.


Fifth Sunday after Easter (Rogation Sunday), May 21, 2017

Have you ever met someone . . . . maybe at work, or a childhood friend, or in the neighborhood . . . . that is "all mouth and no action?"  Someone who likes to talk a lot about what they are going to do but they never seem to follow through.  And after a while, rightly so, you learn not to depend on this person because you realize it will end up just being nothing but words.  St. James tells us:  ".BE ye doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving your own selves." (St. James 1:22)   For a Christian, this sounds like pretty good advice:  " . . . . be ye doers of the word, and not hearers only . . . ."  But this Epistle of St. James has caused some controversy over the years for some Christian thinkers such as Martin Luther, for example, because they contended that St. James was proposing that we can earn our way into Heaven by what we do.   Now, without a doubt, there have been various individuals who have tried to "buy their way" into Heaven by what they do.   But what do we hear from this verse ".  . . . be ye doers of the word, and not hearers only . .  ."   This is just an example of good old  fashioned common sense, if you ask me.  I say this because, as we discussed earlier, each one of us can think of a person who was "nothing but mouth."  In other words, we each know someone who talked about being a Christian but did not live as a Christian.  There are a lot of people who could explain the Christian faith and they could go on and on and on about it, but the question is:  Can they live the Christian faith and not just talk about it?  "Be ye doers of the word . . . ."  I think this is probably one of the biggest reasons why Our Blessed Lord came to earth as a human being, so that we could see Him in action.  Sure, God could have just spoken to us about being a Christian and left it at that.  But Our Lord chose to become a human being so that He could live among us, work with us, eat with us, travel with us, converse with us . . .  etc.  And, conversely, we got to see Him as well:  how He treated people, how He reacted to people, how He cured people, how He loved people.  Our Lord was a wonderful teacher and taught the faith wonderfully . . . . but He backed up His teaching by the way in which He lived.  Each one of us must listen and hear and pay attention, that is for sure,  but once we have listened and heard and paid attention, this gets translated into how we treat people, " . . . .  be ye doers of the word  . . . . ."


Join us for Mass on Sunday, May 21st, 2017 as we gather together as God's family to hear the Word of God and to worship Our Blessed Lord.  St.Margaret of Scotland Church worships each Sunday morning beginning at  9:30 AM at the Chapel at Marquette Manor, which is located at 8140 N. Township Line Road on the Northwest side of Indianapolis.


Second Sunday after Easter, April 30th, 2017

I remember when I was growing up . . .  I find myself saying that more and more .  . . .  . .. anyway, I remember when I was growing up, it was understood that a person started at the bottom and worked their way up from there.  To me that was how things were done.  I suppose that's why while still in high school I got a job scrubbing pots and pans in a cafeteria.  You don't get much more "bottom-rung" than that, it seems to me.  You start at the bottom and then work your way up the ladder, so to speak.  Now I don't want to paint everyone the same way.  I realize there are exceptions to every rule.  But it just seems that today, very often anyways, that people are not content to start out at the bottom and work their way up.  They want to start out at the top.  Even when someone is at the "bottom," so to speak, very often they seem to know things better than the boss.  Even where I work, the kids there seem to have an attitude that they know things better than any adult and they are always right no matter what.  Unfortunately, it's not just the kids that have this attitude at times.  I think we all have this perspective at times.  We so often have to come up with excuses when we are criticized.   We have to explain things instead of just accepting that we could have handled things differently or better.  We have to always be "in the right" or "have the last word."  The reason I am reflecting on these thoughts is because in the Tenth Chapter of St. John's Gospel, Our Blessed Lord is speaking of Himself as being the Good Shepherd.  Our Lord says:  "I am the good shepherd; and know my sheep, and am known of mine"  (St. John 10:11 ff)  Now, keep in mind that there are three different statements or observations in the above sentence:  Our Lords says that He is the "good shepherd."  He also says that He knows His sheep.  And then He ends up by saying basically that His sheep know Him. In regards to this last statement or observation, do we know the Good Shepherd?  Or to put it another way, do we know that we are His sheep?  Are we content with being His sheep?  This sounds strange to ask but do you know anyone that just has to always be right?  Do you know someone that just always has the have the final word in everything . . . . no matter what.  In the spiritual life, there are people like that as well.  When they go to God in prayer, they tell God what they want to happen instead of listening to God telling them what He wants to happen.  Do we ever go to God demanding things when we pray?  Sure, we may do our "demanding" in a nice, respectful way . . . . . . but the bottom line is that we are still telling God to do it our way.  We have things all figured out and we know what's best and so we pray not so much saying "Thy will be done" as much as we do "My will be done."  Our Lord is the Good Shepherd.  As such, there is only room for one shepherd.  Let us continually fashion ourselves and remind ourselves that He is our shepherd.  God is in control.  Let all of us remember that fact and let God be God, in other words.  As human beings we do not like to be told what to do.  We very often have to have the final word.  As devout Christians, let us remember that God is in charge and that God gets to have the final word.  Let us always remember that Christ is the Good Shepherd and that we are His sheep and to follow Him.

St. Margaret of Scotland Anglican Church is a traditional Anglican parish, which uses the Anglican Missal and the 1928 Book of Common Prayer.  We also use the King James Version of the Bible.  We believe strongly in Our Lord's words . . .  "this is My Body and this is My Blood" . . . and truly believe that Our Blessed Saviour is truly present in the Most Holy Sacrament of the Altar and we receive Him at Communion time.  Come join us every Sunday morning at 9:30 AM as we gather together as God's family to worship Our Blessed Lord.  We celebrate Mass in the Chapel at Marquette Manor, which is located at 8140 N. Township Line Road on the Northwest side of Indianapolis.

First Sunday after Easter, April 23rd, 2017

In the Twentieth Chapter of St. John's Gospel,  the evangelist tells us when the disciples were gathered together after Our Blessed Lord had been crucified and laid to rest in the tomb.  St John relates in verse 19 that "the disciples were assembled for fear of the Jews."  Our Lord appeared to them and we can only imagine their utter shock and disbelief if we were in their position at that time.  After after Our Blessed Saviour had greeted them, St John tells us:  " . . . . He shewed unto them His hands and His side. "

How often when we are in disbelief about something . . .  anything . . . do we have to show the evidence to show what we are talking about?  If we get cut doing something, we run and show the cut.  Or if a storm has gone through and knocked down a tree or at the very least knocked down heavy branches, you tell somebody to come and look at this.  "Oh, look at that  . . . . "  As humans, we are physical beings.  We see with our eyes.  We feel with the touch of our hands.  We hear with our ears.  We want to experience something first hand by seeing it for ourselves.  Our Lord knew this and this is why He showed the disciples His wounds.  He wanted them to see with their own eyes the "evidence" that it was Him.  

In our own life . . .  for those of us who claim the name of "Christian,"  . . . . . the question remains how do we show the "evidence" of our faith?  As mentioned above, we are able to see with our eyes, for example, the result of a storm . . .  or a car crash.  We can see the fruit of our labour when we work hard on a project and we see it after completion.  Such as building an addition on a house, cleaning and organizing a room, etc.  We can see the results with our eyes with examples such as those mentioned.  But how do we "see" a person's faith?  Faith is definitely something that is internal to each one of us.  Faith itself is not something that we can "see" physically with our eyes.  And yet the faith that we have inside of us.  The faith that we have internally that demonstrates our love for God.  This same faith is translated into action.  The way that we treat others.  The way that we are moved with compassion.  The things that we do for others around us that are less fortunate.  These are all examples of how we can "see" faith.  

As human beings, we want to "see the evidence," we want to see with our own eyes.  Let us all work on "showing" others our love of God.  Let others see how much we love God by how we live our lives.  As I often say in my sermons, the majority of people that you encounter this week probably do not ever go to church.  For those people they will only see the face of Christ as it is found in you.  If this is true, what will the world see?

Mass is celebrated every Sunday morning at 9:30 AM.  St. Margaret Anglican Church worships in the Chapel at Marquette Manor, which is located at 8140 N. Township Line Road on the Northwest side of Indianapolis.  Join St. Margaret so that you can spend part of your Sunday morning worshiping God, hearing the Word of God in the King James Bible and the 1928 Book of Common Prayer, receive Him in His Precious Body and Blood.

Easter Sunday, April 16th, 2017


In his Epistle written to the Colossians, St. Paul writes in the Third Chapter:  "IF ye then be risen with Christ, seek those things which are above . . . " (Colossians 3:1)  The events of Holy Week teaches us many valuable lessons.  At the beginning, the crowds are acclaiming Our Blessed Saviour, yelling Hosanna!  Hosanna! as He made His triumphant entry into Jerusalem.  At the end of the week, He was on trial with the crowds yelling Crucify Him! Crucify Him.  This same Jesus, Who Himself was Rabbi . .  . . Teacher . . .  Friend . . . .  Miracle Worker . . . . Inspiration . . . . Image of Our Heavenly Father . . . . This same Man they saw as the great hope of Israel . . . . by the end of the week, they saw Him scourged, bloodied and beaten . . . .  and then put to death, dying in the company of two thieves.  As Our Lord was dying on that Cross, very few of those closest to Him remained to be with Him to the very end.  All the rest vanished for fear of the authorities and downcast that their "dream" had come crashing down around them on that hill at Calvary.  And yet just when everything seemed that it could not get any worse . . . .  just when life seemed that it was at the darkest hour . . . . . the Tomb was discovered empty on that first Easter morn.  The same Teacher . . . . Rabbi . . . .  Miracle Worker . . . . Who had seemed in the eyes of the world to be defeated . . . . . humiliated  . . . . and struck down in utter defeat . . . .  . He was now risen from the dead.   Each of us, as stated above, can learn a valuable lesson from this for our own lives.   So many of us get so caught up on the negative events that befall us in life.  We place more of our time and energy dwelling on the negative events.  In life, we should know by now that we experience the good and the bad.  As human beings, we suffer, yes, but we also enjoy accomplishment.  Quite frankly, one doesn't happen without the other.  An athlete, in a very simple example, does not automatically get the winning trophy right off the bat.  An athlete only gets the trophy after years and years of dedication, training, and yes, even years of defeat.  So, too, we so often have to learn from our mistakes before we can enjoy victory.  In short, Easter never would have happened without Good Friday.  The "empty tomb" never would have been possible without first the Cross.  Don't limit yourself by getting "stuck" on the defeats in your life.  Always remember that Our Blessed Saviour carried His Cross in what seemed to be defeat in the eyes of the world.  And yet His defeat turned out to be victory . . . . victory over death.  And He did it all for us . . . . . so that we could have the possibility of enjoying eternal life with Him.

Easter Sunday Mass will be held on Sunday, April 16th, 2017 at 9:30 AM at St. Margaret Church.  Mass is held at Marquette Manor, which is located at 8140 N. Township Line Road on the Northwest side of Indianapolis.

 Please note that on Easter Sunday, we will not be in the chapel as we normally celebrate there.  Rather, we will be on the Fourth Floor of Marquette Manor.

Palm Sunday, April 9th, 2017

The Gospel appointed for Palm Sunday is taken from the Twenty-Seventh Chapter of the Gospel of St. Matthew.  In this chapter, St. Matthew describes the events leading up to the Crucifixion of Our Blessed Saviour.  One of the events described is the meeting between Our Lord and Pontius Pilate.  It is at this point in the chapter that Pilate speaks to Our Blessed Saviour:  "Then said Pilate unto him, Hearest thou not how many things they witness against thee? And he answered him to never a word; insomuch that the governor marvelled greatly."  (St. Matthew 27:13-14)  Pilate is not the only one who "marvels greatly" at the reaction of Our Lord recounted in this passage.  If you look throughout the chapter, you can not help but contrast the emotions and reactions of those around Him.  It is interesting to compare and contrast the reaction of the Lord compared to the crowd.  If you look at the example of the crowds and the chief priests and the elders mentioned in this chapter, it would seem that they were outraged, full of anger, and filled with hatred.  When we read this account from St. Matthew we feel the anger and hatred and outrage from the crowd all directed toward Our Blessed Saviour.  And despite this "venom" from those around Him, ". .  . He answered (Pilate) to never a word . . . "  This is why Pilate, as St. Matthew observes, "marvelled greatly."  It is no wonder that Pilate found this contrast amazing because on the one side he saw so much hatred . . . and anger . . . and bitterness  . . . . . and when he saw Our Lord, he did not witness any of those emotions.  How often in our own life is our first reaction to become outraged when someone has wronged us?  How often do we become angry when we feel we are in the right about something?  How often do we react with bitterness and contempt towards others around us when they have differing points of views that do not necessarily match ours?  We are called to pattern our lives after Our Blessed Lord.  Of course, as humans, we are prone to failure but we are still called to keep on trying.  All of us have reason to be outraged.  All of us have reason to feel frustrated in life.  All of us have reason to feel anger at various points now and then.  And yet it is our reaction to these feelings that we need to work on.  Are we constantly outraged like the chief priests and crowds surrounding Our Lord or are we calm and prayerful like Our Blessed Saviour?  When confronted by our enemies and those who have wronged us, is our reaction "anger" and "outrage"?  When confronted by those who hate us and are angry with us, do we ever respond with prayer for that person and a sense of calm?  As much as possible, we should be different from the world.  As much as possible, we should not conform to the world.  We achieve this by following the teachings and the example of Our Blessed Saviour. Just like Pilate "marvelled greatly" at the reaction to the outrage and the anger of the crowds, the world should "marvel greatly" at the way in which we react to anger and outrage: responding with love and prayer.

Just us for Palm Sunday on Sunday, April 9th, 2017 at 9:30 AM

St. Margaret Church meets each and every Sunday morning at 9:30 AM.  We worship at the beautiful Chapel at Marquette Manor, located at 8140 N. Township Line Road on the Northwest side of Indianapolis.  We use the King James Bible and the 1928 Book of Common Prayer.  Come join us as we listen to God speak to us through His Word.  At Communion time, we receive the Precious Body and Blood of Christ to nourish us and give us strength for our journey called life. 


Fifth Sunday in Lent, Passion Sunday, April 2nd, 2017

All throughout the Eighth Chapter of the Gospel of St. John, we are witness to the Pharisees questioning Our Lord.  Actually, if you read through this Eighth Chapter of the Gospel of St. John, it is not so much "questioning" the Pharisees are doing as much as they are "badgering" Him.   What they are doing is really "ganging up" on Him and trying to catch Him in saying something wrong in their eyes.  Later on in the chapter, Our Lord says:  "And I seek not My own glory: there is one that seeketh and judgeth." (St. John 8:50)  All of us are seeking something in life.  If you are like me, you are constantly seeking things.  Where are my shoes?  Where did I put my phone?  Where is that book that I need?  etc.   But on an even deeper level, we are constantly searching.  People, in essence, are searching for happiness deep down inside.  Now keep in mind "happiness" may take different "forms" at various times.  For example, "happiness" may be something as simple as getting a delicious hamburger at your favorite restaurant.  Or "happiness" may consist of getting a new outfit or pair of shoes.  Happiness, for some people, is found in a bottle and they feel they are happiest when they are drunk or high.  We all have things that make us happy.  And we search for that happiness until we find it.  

And Our Lord  leads us by example when He says: "And I seek not mine own glory . . . . "  (v. 50)  St. Augustine wrote in his "Confessions" that the search for happiness is ultimately a search for God.  In other words, the point he was making is this:  all of us search for happiness.  When we find something that makes us happy, yes, we are happy for a time but the happiness ultimately goes away.  For example, we are hungry and we go to our favorite restaurant and enjoy a wonderful meal  That meal leaves us satisfied . . .  but only until we become hungry again.  Or the person that finds their happiness in a bottle.  They drink and they get drunk to the point of not having a care in the world.  And then they get sober and their "happiness" goes away.  St. Augustine made the point that there are many things that cause us to be happy . . .  to be satisfied: . . .  money . . . drink . . .  power . . . . sex . . . . material things . . . . but none of these things cause permanent happiness.  They each bring you happiness for a short time but then you find yourself searching for another form of happiness again.  There is only one "happiness" that is everlasting, St. Augustine wrote, and this is God.  God is our true happiness.  And we can only find Him if we search for Him.  So many of us search for the wrong form of happiness.  We spend our days trying to search for what will make us happy and we ultimately end up miserable.  Only God and a relationship with Him will make us truly happy and leave us feeling truly satisfied.    Search for the true happiness that will never fade:  Search for God.

St. Margaret Church meets each and every Sunday morning at 9:30 AM.  We worship at the beautiful Chapel at Marquette Manor, located at 8140 N. Township Line Road on the Northwest side of Indianapolis.  We use the King James Bible and the 1928 Book of Common Prayer.  Come join us as we listen to God speak to us through His Word.  At Communion time, we receive the Precious Body and Blood of Christ to nourish us and give us strength for our journey called life. 

First Sunday in Lent, Sunday, March 5th, 2017

To begin the Sixth Chapter of St. Paul's Epistle to the Corinthians, we hear:  "We then, as workers together with him, beseech you also that ye receive not the grace of God in vain" (2 Corinthians 6:1)  As just quoted, St. Paul is reminding us that we are "workers with Him"  . . .. . 'Him' meaning God, of course.  We should often remind ourselves of these words.  I say this for a few reasons.  Firstly, God's grace is freely given.  Christ died on the Cross of His own free will to save us from our sins.  When He carried His Cross to the Hill at Calvary, He was not only carrying the Cross, He was carrying your sins and mine.  The reason I emphasize this point is that some theologians over the centuries have emphasized that we can not "work" for our salvation because salvation is offered freely by God.  This is certainly true.  And yet as St. Paul reminds us, we are called to be workers together with Him.  God has given each one of us specific skills and talents and we should use those skills and talents accordingly for the glory of God.  Secondly, we must always remember that Christ founded the Church.  Unfortunately, for generations and centuries, people got into the mindset that the "work of the Church" was done by bishops, priests, and religious brothers and sisters.  And the rest of us just sit in the pews and let the clergy and sisters do everything.  Nothing could be further from the truth.  All of us form the church, whether we are ordained or not.  All who are members of God's Church are called to do their part.  For St. Paul writes in his first epistle to the Corinthians in the Third Chapter:  "For we are labourers together with God: ye are God's husbandry, ye are God's building." (1 Corinthians 3:9)  The Church is not solely a group of buildings made of brick and mortar.  The Church is comprised of you and I . . . .  sinners in need of God's forgiveness and redemption.  And we are called not only to be reminded of that fact but to remind others . . . to invite others . . .  to share that good news with others:  that Christ came first to minister to God's people; to die on the Cross in order to save them from their sins; and then to rise again on the Third Day so that we could be offered eternal life with Him.  Let us use these forty days of Lent to grow closer to God and to also be "co-workers" with Christ to share the Good News of God's redemption freely offered that so much of the world rejects out of ignorance.

Join us on Sunday, February 5th, at 9:30 AM as we celebrate the First Sunday of Lent.  Mass is celebrated at the beautiful chapel at Marquette Manor, which is located at 8140 N. Township Line Road on the Northwest side of Indianapolis.

Fifth Sunday after Epiphany, Sunday, February 5th, 2017

Have you ever thought about the specific clothes you have to put on in order to go somewhere?  Probably not, because we do it  automatically without thinking.  Most of us just throw on a pair of jeans and a shirt and off we go.  But even when you go to work, do you put any thought into what you are going to wear when you go to work on a particular day?  If you work in an office and you have to dress up or even in what's come to be known as "business-casual" you probably have put some thought into what you are wearing when you go into your office.  For some people, though, their uniform is very specific and what they need to carry is very specific.  Take, for example, a police officer.  Have you ever taken notice of what a police officer has to wear or the specific things that they have to carry with them?  From the hat down to the shoes.  And on the utility belt, they have handcuffs and a gun and they also carry a radio and who knows what else they have to carry.  Same way with a nurse in the hospital, to use another example.  Have you been to a hospital lately and you see the things that a nurse has in order to be prepared for the job?  The point being is this:  we all have to be prepared for the job that we do.  So whether we wear a certain uniform or have certain tools on hand . . .  or both . . . .  we all have to be prepared in order to do a good job.  In essence, this is what St. Paul is saying to the Colossians in the Third Chapter.  He begins in verse 12:  "PUT on therefore, as the elect of God, . . . ." And then he goes on to list all of the different Christian virtues that we must have on hand in order to live as a good Christian in a often un-Christian world:  kindness . . .  humbleness of mind . . .  meekness . . . longsuffering . . .  etc.  

You see similar to the police officer or nurse or carpenter, etc., just like all of these people use specific tools for their job, so too the Christian has to be armed with specific "tools" as well in order to do his or her job in this world.  This is why St. Paul phrased it the way that he did:  "Put on therefore, as the elect of God, . .  . ."  We need to make a point to "put on" kindness . . .  we need to "put on" humbleness ..  .  . we need to "put on" meekness .   . . .  We need to put on these things, as St. Paul says, because to be a Christian is to be unlike the world in so many ways.  When those around us would choose to be angry and hateful, we know as a Christian we should choose to "put on" love.  When those around us choose to rise up and insist on having things their way, Christians are called to be humble.  You see, as Christians, the important thing to always keep in mind, is the REASON why we do what we do.  And the reason why we are called to be: loving . . .  and meek .. . . and humble  . . . and forgiving . . .  etc.  The reason why we are called to be these things is because we are called to do these things in imitation of Our Blessed Saviour.  Our Lord showed love when there was nothing but hatred.  He forgave when there was no forgiveness offered.  You see, St. Paul tells us the key to doing all of these things in Verse Seventeen:  "And whatsoever ye do in word or deed, do all in the Name of the Lord Jesus . . . "  When we love, love in the Name of Jesus . . . . when we are humble, we should be humble in the Name of Jesus . . .  when we forgive, we should forgive in the Name of Jesus.    So, again, when we go "out into the world," let us take St. Paul's advice and remember to "put on" kindness and humbleness and meekness and forgiveness and, most of all, let us remember to put on charity, . . .  in other words, love.  These are the "tools" that the Christian uses when he or she goes out into the world.  

St. Margaret Church meets each and every Sunday morning at 9:30 AM.  We worship at the beautiful Chapel at Marquette Manor, located at 8140 N. Township Line Road on the Northwest side of Indianapolis.  We use the King James Bible and the 1928 Book of Common Prayer.  Come join us as we listen to God speak to us through His Word.  At Communion time, we receive the Precious Body and Blood of Christ to nourish us and give us strength for our journey called life.

First Sunday after Epiphany, Sunday, January 8th, 2017

All of us have had the experience of looking for something,  . . .  searching for something. In fact, if you are like me your search for something is a daily quest.  It may be something as simple as where in the world did I leave my eyeglasses this time.  Or it could be an important document that you have need of but you don't know where you placed it.  It may be a phone number that you are in need of or if you are a student, perhaps you are searching for an answer for your homework assignment.  In short, we all have something that we are searching for.  In the second chapter of St. Luke's Gospel, we hear about St. Joseph and the Blessed Mother searching for the Child Jesus.  St. Luke tells us that they had traveled to Jerusalem for the feast of the Passover.  Again, St. Luke sets the story for us when he writes they had already left Jerusalem to return home but discovered that the Child Jesus was not in their company as they traveled.  Those of you who are parents can appreciate what St. Joseph and Our Lady were going through as they were searching for Jesus.  Really, any of us who are frantically searching for something that we need can understand to a certain extent, I am sure, their efforts in searching for Jesus.  All of us search for what we need.  We search for important letters.  We search for contact information.  We search for tools that we need in completing work around the house.  We search for recipes that we need.  The list goes on and on.  We all search for what we need.   People also search for things that bring them joy and satisfaction.  Quite frankly, this is why many people have abuse problems with drugs and alcohol because they are looking for ways to make themselves happy and feel happy.  In this material world in which we are a part, material things that we expect to bring us joy only bring us joy that is temporary.  We search for things which can bring us joy and satisfaction but only a relationship with God can bring us true satisfaction.   We search for the things which are important to us.  Search for God.  Make a conscious effort to search for God.  Make Him a part of your daily life.  God is so close and yet He is so far away from many, many people.  Make a point to search for God and make Him a part of your life.  Make Him an important part of your life because He is.   

St. Margaret Church meets each and every Sunday morning at 9:30 AM.  We worship at the beautiful Chapel at Marquette Manor, located at 8140 N. Township Line Road on the Northwest side of Indianapolis.  We use the King James Bible and the 1928 Book of Common Prayer.  Come join us as we listen to God speak to us through His Word.  At Communion time, we receive the Precious Body and Blood of Christ to nourish us and give us strength for our journey called life.