Creating Advent Traditions

I’m sure you have beloved Christmas traditions that you can’t wait to keep with friends and family during this time of year. Almost everyone can recount in detail the exact order of events in their childhood home on Christmas Eve or morning. For me, I always half-listened to the nativity story from the book of Read the full article →

Keep the Feast: 50 Days of Easter

In the Anglican church we speak of Easter as a season and not just a day. The Easter season, or Eastertide, lasts for 50 days and takes us from Jesus’ resurrection to his ascension to the right hand of the Father and then concludes with the sending of the Holy Spirit to the Church the Read the full article →

Anglican 101: What is Holy Week?

Holy Week is the name for the final week of Lent before Easter. It may also be called Passion (meaning suffering) Week, referring to Jesus’ betrayal, torture, and crucifixion. This year it begins on Palm Sunday, April 9 and ends on Holy Saturday, April 15. It is a significant part of the Church Year for Christians because Read the full article →

Watch: It is always Advent

This week our sermon text and readings from the Advent for Everyone devotional have all been Jesus’ teachings about his second coming. These scripture passages may seem far from the familiar nativity narrative about angels and shepherds but they are a call for the Church to watch for the return of Jesus. This article about Read the full article →

A Tale of Two Christmases

Last year I had a passing conversation with one of my neighbors on the afternoon of Christmas Eve. She said, “Well, we’ve got to go do Christmas so I can take the tree down.” I continued on my way to prepare for Restoration’s Christmas Eve service later that evening but I was truly puzzled by Read the full article →

New Season at Restoration

If you are anything like me, you sometimes realize that your life is stuck in a rut. Day after day of following the same routine, eating the same food, and thinking the same thoughts makes life boring. It also eventually will cause your life to become unbalanced. The same thing can happen in our common life Read the full article →

Thursday Share: What Does the Ascension of Jesus Mean?

Today is Ascension Day! On this day in the Easter season we celebrate the occasion when Jesus was with his disciples, offering final instructions about what to expect when he went to be with the Father, and then was taken up in to the clouds and was gone. Celebrating the absence of Jesus seems odd but Read the full article →

The Whole Story of Ash Wednesday

Restoration’s Ash Wednesday service, like every Ash Wednesday service, feels somber and bleak.  It’s dark and shadowy—so much about our typical Sunday service is turned upside down.  There isn’t a buzz of anticipation, there is no happy conversation and catching-up with friends.  The crowded feeling of presence is replaced by a conspicuous feeling of absence. Read the full article →

What is Lent?

Lent begins a next Wednesday, February 10 on Ash Wednesday and lasts until Easter on March, 27. When we observe the season of Lent we are keeping a tradition that began in the 3rd century among the earliest followers of Jesus. In the early church Lent was observed as a time of preparation before baptism for Read the full article →

Pray for Canterbury

There is a lot going on in the world today. It was the late English novelist E.C. Bentley who said “Between what matters and what seems to matter, how should the world we know judge wisely.” That is a great question to ask ourselves—what does matter?  On the back page of any major newspaper behind Read the full article →


On Tuesday night our family had a Twelfth Night party to mark the end of the Christmas season and welcome the next feast season in the Church calendar—Epiphany. Since Christmas day the three wooden wisemen from our nativity set had been making their way through our home, moving each night starting in the dining room, Read the full article →

Restoration Recommends: Reading about the Church Year

If you have come to the Anglican church from another tradition you may be surprised to hear that not only do we have a slightly different way of praying and worshipping, we also have a slightly different calendar. New Year’s Day for the Anglican Church falls on the first day of the Advent Season, which Read the full article →

Anglican 101: Christ the King Sunday

Our church moves to the rhythm of a calendar.  It’s been part of the church’s tradition stretching all the way back to the nation of Israel.  And this Sunday, the church year ends as we celebrate Christ the King Sunday. You may not be ready to make any resolutions heading into Thanksgiving and Christmas, but Read the full article →

Anglican 101: What’s a Deacon?

You may have heard the announcement that three members of the Restoration family will be ordained as deacons in the Anglican Church this Saturday in Austin. This is exciting news for us and for them but it also raises a question:  What is a deacon? Different denominations use the title deacon to describe various positions a Read the full article →