"When You Discover You are Goliath"

Proper 7.B.18
Samuel 17:1a, 4-11, 19-23, 32-49
The Rev. Melanie McCarley

David & Goliath is one of the great biblical stories. It has all of the elements making for a fine tale: an improbable hero as well as an evil protagonist, a slim chance for success, daring and action and, at the final moment, victory. From a theological point of view, it is a story of how God chooses the weak among us to shame the proud, and in the form of a short story it tells us that “pride goeth before a fall.”

Finding Faith at Shivta

Proper 8.B.18
Wisdom of Solomon 1:13-15; 2:23-24; Mark 5:21-43
The Rev. Melanie McCarley

We Episcopalians are a liturgized people. Unlike our Protestant friends, we are not a confessional church; nor do we possess a majesterium, pronouncing definitive moral judgements for us from on high. What we have, in essence, is our worship. Lex orandi Lex credendi. A belief which, loosely translated means that praying shapes believing. In other words, how we worship, shapes what we believe. Sometimes, this can be taken quite literally.