• Evening Prayer 🙏

    East Nashville folk! In a few weeks, we’ll begin meeting for Evening Prayer at 6:30p on Wednesday evenings.

    Evening Prayer is open to the community and does not require volunteering as a mentor our entering our apprenticeship program.

    Keep your eyes open for an official announcement here soon and be ready to share this with your neighbors.

  • News 📰: We are now fully insured!

    This was the final step before we can sign our lease and announce our meeting place.

    Please keep us in your prayers as we finalize our lease agreement and begin planning our launch date.

  • Almighty and everlasting God, look upon the Heart of Thy well-beloved Son and upon the acts of praise and satisfaction which He renders unto Thee in the name of sinners; and do Thou, in Thy great goodness, grant pardon to them who seek Thy mercy, in the name of the same Thy Son, Jesus Christ, who liveth and reigneth with Thee, world without end. Amen.

    Litany of the Sacred Heart of Jesus

  • ❤️ Sacred Heart of Jesus

    For Christians, the month of June is more and more becoming a time when our place outside of the dominant culture is most evident. It has been suggested by some Christians that we dedicate the month of June to reflecting on the Sacred Heart of Jesus. I think this is a wonderful idea.

    This June, let us step away from the Culture Wars, the celebration of self, the obsession with pleasure and independence. Let us instead, look to the heart of Jesus. Let us reflect on his unmerited grace and mercy. In a world of protest and anger, let us look to the bleeding heart of Christ poured out for us on the cross. Let us pray that he cleanses the “thoughts of our hearts” by the “inspiration of [His] Holy Spirit” that we might more perfectly project his love for all people into the world.

    Join us this month as we daily pray the Litany of the Sacred Heart of Jesus.

    “Jesus, meek and humble of Heart. Make our hearts like unto Thine.”

  • Looking Forward: Potluck Schedule

    As is so often the case in life, official things take longer than expected. We’re still waiting on insurance and a lease, so I can’t name an official location just yet. That being said, I can give more details about the Potluck.

    As long as our location doesn’t fall through at the last minute, the plan right now is to meet on Wednesday evenings at 5:30p on the Main Street side of East Nashville. Fellowship will start at 5:30p and will be followed by work planning at 6:15p. At 6:30p we will begin evening prayer. After prayer we’ll dismiss so that those of us with kids can help get little ones in bed.

    So, do start praying to discern if you’ve got Wednesday evenings free. For men, especially, I think this is an amazing opportunity to live out our faith. Using the skills we’ve acquired in maintaining our homes and families, we can help a brother in Christ find his value in God. This isn’t a Bible study or a circle for sharing feelings. As Paul, we’ll talk about God and life as we work shoulder to shoulder.

    Please do pray and discern. If you’re called to mentor, complete our form so Fr. Michael can grab a coffee with you.

  • Eternal God, in whose perfect kingdom no sword is drawn but the sword of righteousness, no strength known but the strength of love: So mightily spread abroad thy Spirit, that all peoples may be gathered under the banner of the Prince of Peace; to whom be dominion and glory, now and for ever. Amen.

    BCP 2019 TLE, 27. For the Peace of the World

  • As long as solidarity among Christians does not translate into help that enables each one to find a balance in life, to seek a way of living in which their faith is truly embodied (and not to avoid dying of hunger), it will be only a word.

     – Presence in the Modern World by Jacques Ellul a.co/gtRkfMe

  • Job Focus 💪: Pressure Washing

    Pressure washing is a great job to submit to our database, especially during these warmer months. You’d be surprised how nice your driveway and/or sidewalk will look after a good washing!

    For pressure washing we recommend $100/hour. This helps us cover cleaner supplies and to generously pay our apprentices.

    Get on the list now! We’ll start doing jobs in July and I’m sure we’ll have a big list of pressure washings to get through.

  • It’s time. 🕰️ Sometime this week we’ll receive liability insurance from the diocese and then we’ll able to sign our lease. That means it’s time to launch. 🚀

    Right now, we’re in critical need of mentors. If you’ve got Wednesday nights free, can use a hosepipe or a rake — seriously —, and have one Saturday morning a month free, we can use you. Please consider volunteering as a mentor.

    If you’re worried you’re not handy enough or don’t have the right skills; don’t. What we need are not general contractors, but Christians ready to love and learn alongside a brother or sister in Christ. We’re going to rake, paint, cut limbs, and pressure wash, for sure. But more importantly, we’re going to listen, love, and invest in a community that’s going to change lives.

    Please, complete our mentor form and let’s talk.

  • Deo gratias we have found a place to meet! Papers still need to be signed, etc., etc., before we can announce the exact location, but it is a prime location in East Nashville that will serve our mission well. We are so thankful that God has made this happen!

  • “This way of the church in the world is, to human sight, folly, utopia, ineffectiveness, and we are seized by discouragement when we see what there really is to do in this real world. We could let everything go “if we were not sure that we would see the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living.” But we have seen this goodness. It has made itself manifest, and on this foundation we can go and face the powers of the world, in our absurd powerlessness, because “in all these things we are more than conquerors, through him who loved us. For I have the assurance that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor dominations, nor things present, nor the things to come, nor powers, nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, will be able to separate us from the love of God, manifested in Jesus Christ our Lord!” (Rom 8: 37–39).”

     – Presence in the Modern World by Jacques Ellul a.co/eh2Pyb1

  • We have potentially secured a place to meet! Prayers appreciated for our meeting on Wednesday with our potential ministry partner/landlord. Once we secure a location, we’re ready to launch!

  • “If Christians work with all their might for a human project, they are only human beings like others and their effort has no added value. But if they accept their specific function as Christians, which does not necessarily involve participating in the world in material or measurable ways, then this is decisive for human history.”

     – Presence in the Modern World: A New Translation von Jacques Ellul a.co/hAntQCu

  • Happy Easter! He is risen!

    Almighty God, who through thine only-begotten Son Jesus Christ hast overcome death, and opened unto us the gate of everlasting life: Grant that we, who celebrate with joy the day of the Lord’s resurrection, may, by thy life-giving Spirit, be delivered from sin and raised from death; through the same Jesus Christ thy Son our Lord, who liveth and reigneth with thee, in the unity of the Holy Ghost, ever one God, world without end. Amen.

  • How the Crucifixion’s Earthquake Motivates Our Messiest Work

  • I will give thanks unto thee, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made * marvellous are thy works, and that my soul knoweth right well. — Ps 139:14

    Reject the lies. God loves and accepts you in your current body. His arms are open to bring you into his holiness.

  • We Can’t Look Away from Gun Violence

    Shootings are a problem in America. Mental health is a problem in America. Loneliness is a problem in America. Fear is a problem in America. Selfishness is a problem in America. On and on the list goes. In summary, sin is a problem in America.

    St. Paul says, “the wages of sin is death” (Rom 6:23a KJV) and he is absolutely right. There is much that can be said and analyzed about shootings, especially in our schools. Christians should prayerfully reflect on this problem. America’s history with individualism and guns makes this difficult for many. We have an emotional response to discussions about individual liberties, especially when it comes to guns.

    But, as emissaries of Christ’s eternal kingdom, we do not have the option of turning away. Satan wants us to be agents of death. In our baptism, however, we are set apart to be agents of hope, love, and life. We are called to set aside our desires, our inclinations to sin, and throw them all at the foot of the cross. I don’t have all the answers, but I do know that if the Church truly reflected and discerned God’s will for us around gun violence, the solutions would be uncomfortable for everyone.

    So, my dear sisters and brothers, join me daily as we pray, “O Lord, guide those who govern us; and lead us in the way of justice and truth.” Ask God how you can help our governments better prevent gun violence. Ask God to change your heart where you might be holding on to old ways of thinking. But, above all, remember that the root cause is sin. Our only hope against sin is the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ. Ask God to lead his Church to be a light unto the nations. Ask God to guide you into ways where you can be the person that shines God’s light into a dark soul. Be the mirror that shines God’s light into a sinful heart. Pray that God uses you to be the friend to pull another away from the path of darkness.

    O God, who hast made of one blood all the peoples of the earth, and didst send thy blessed Son to preach peace to those who are far off and to those who are near: Grant that people everywhere may seek after thee and find thee; bring the nations into thy fold; pour out thy Spirit upon all flesh; and hasten the coming of thy kingdom; through the same thy Son Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen. — Prayer for Mission, BCP 2019

  • Almighty God, you alone can bring into order the unruly wills and affections of sinners: Grant your people grace to love what you command and desire what you promise; that, among the swift and varied changes of this world, our hearts may surely there be fixed where true joys are to be found; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.
  • Gracious Father, whose blessed Son Jesus Christ came down from heaven to be the true bread which gives life to the world: Evermore give us this bread, that he may live in us, and we in him; who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.
  • Work is one of the primary means by which we fulfill our true purpose: to glorify God, serve the common good and further God’s Kingdom. God reminds us of this on the seventh day of creation.

  • Heavenly Father, you have made us for yourself, and our hearts are restless until they rest in you: Look with compassion upon the heartfelt desires of your servants, and purify our disordered affections, that we may behold your eternal glory in the face of Christ Jesus; who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.
  • All-hands Belief

  • Today, Father Michael preached on John 3 and how our hope comes only from belief in Jesus. — All-hands Belief

  • Almighty God, you know that we have no power in ourselves to help ourselves: Keep us both outwardly in our bodies and inwardly in our souls, that we may be defended from all adversities that may happen to the body, and from all evil thoughts that may assault and hurt the soul; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.
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