Posts Tagged ‘padres-ponderings’

Padre's Ponderings, June 29, 2017

Posted onJune 29, 2017 | by: Father Chuck Owens | 0 comments

On June 28, 2004, The Church of the Cross celebrated the 150th anniversary of its historic church building by breaking ground for a new campus fronting the Buckwalter Parkway that would become home to Cross Schools and expanded opportunities for worship and discipleship activities. ...Keep Reading

Padre's Ponderings

Posted onFebruary 2, 2017 | by: Father Chuck Owens | 0 comments

Have you ever had so much to do that you just couldn't seem to catch up? I'm in one of those places right now - I know because this morning I woke with these words from one of my favorite Frankie Laine songs running through my mind!...Keep Reading

Padre's Ponderings... November 3, 2016

Posted onNovember 3, 2016 | by: Father Chuck Owens | 0 comments

Having farmed for many years in rural South Carolina, I know that one can deduce a lot about a fellow from his pickup truck. Suspecting that the same could be said about a fellow and his boat, from my vantage point on the Bluff I begin to "Sherlock" the strange situation of the mysterious sailboat....Keep Reading

Padre's Ponderings: War Surplus, 9-8-16

Posted onSeptember 8, 2016 | by: Father Chuck Owens | 0 comments

Wars and rumors of war set the context for my early childhood years . . .CEO the 2nd I suspect I would have hardly noticed the transition from World War II to the Korean War were it not for two events: my father (a career naval officer) was stationed ashore and I discovered the Army-Navy Surplus Store on King Street in Charleston, SC....Keep Reading

Padre's Ponderings, July 28, 2016

Posted onJuly 28, 2016 | by: Father Chuck Owens | 0 comments

It's 3:00pm; and with the predictability of the church bell announcing the start of worship, a summer shower is bringing relief from a wilting combination of temperature and humidity above 90. The rain is falling softly from clouds too white to be menacing and too ephemeral to offer the promise of a lingering respite. That said, the sun's momentary return will be welcomed, for it's been robbed of sufficient time to reignite its earthly oven....Keep Reading

Padre's Ponderings, "Bottom Fishing", June 16, 2016

Posted onJune 16, 2016 | by: Father Chuck Owens | 0 comments

While vacationing with my grandsons on Edisto Island last week, I noticed that Drew (13) and Charlie (11) were focused on the waves before them, while my eyes were drawn to the ocean beyond. I noticed, too, that they didn't have to get up during the night, while I . . . well, you get the idea. These two observations colluded to spawn another in the midst of a midnight hour near the end of our time together....Keep Reading

Padre's Ponderings "Summer Shoes", June 9, 2016

Posted onJune 9, 2016 | by: Father Chuck Owens | 0 comments

"Summer Shoes" Though my childhood seems so far away, it's not . . . in fact, it's as close as a suddenly triggered memory; and may I quickly add, I find that comforting. Mind you, I've no desire to relive those pivotal years; but neither do I want to forget them, for to do so would be akin to erasing a portion from the chalkboard of my life as if it never existed. But it did - and my, oh my, was it significant in this lad's life!...Keep Reading

Padre's Ponderings, 5-26-16

Posted onMay 26, 2016 | by: Father Chuck Owens | 0 comments

Early on the morning of April 27, 2010, Becky and I glimpsed Ireland for the first time. As the plane traversed the countryside, we could see below the patchwork of hedgerows, narrow winding roads, brilliant shades of green dotted with sheep and cattle, and quaint hamlets, appearing to have somehow avoided the onslaught of the 21st century . . . quite a contrast to what greeted us upon landing in Dublin!...Keep Reading

Two Special Gifts, 1-13-14

Posted onMay 18, 2016 | by: Father Chuck Owens | 0 comments

Our annual congregational gathering is less than two weeks away; running throughout the preparations for this special time of fellowship is the theme of thanksgiving - clearly, whether we're looking back or leaping ahead, all is founded on God's grace and blessings . . . but you'll hear more about that on January 20th. For now, I want to thank the Lord for two specific and very special gifts....Keep Reading

Where God Guides, He Provides, 1-27-14

Posted onMay 18, 2016 | by: Father Chuck Owens | 0 comments

My friends, where God guides, He provides - and in this season God is clearly providing a bountiful catch of churched and formerly churched folks. That tells me that God is guiding us to stay in these waters, that it's not yet time to switch our nets so as to focus intently on a broader spectrum. God, not me, is captaining our voyage; and, while our many blessings in 2013 indicate that we are to stay the present course, I do believe that our rigging could use some refining so as to make our efforts even more God-honoring in 2014....Keep Reading

To Be Made Whole, 12-30-13

Posted onMay 18, 2016 | by: Father Chuck Owens | 0 comments

Flower Guild members were positioning a hundred poinsettias and exchanging Advent's purple bows for red on the wreaths; the piano tuner had belatedly arrived and was addressing the needs of the 1893 Baldwin concert grand in the transept; docents were welcoming wide-eyed tourists; electricians were atop a four-tier scaffold replacing light bulbs in the rafters; a technician was adjusting the screens in the balconies and the camera that would be providing the video feed;...Keep Reading

The Shallow Depth of 160 Characters, 10-7-13

Posted onMay 18, 2016 | by: Father Chuck Owens | 0 comments

Those places where the ocean and the shore intersect have fascinated me for as long as I can remember - walking on the beach barefooted and watching pelicans dive just beyond the breakers evoke a degree of peace which often eludes me elsewhere . . . at some level this doesn't make sense, given the violent activity associated with waves crashing on the strand and the resulting, inexorable shifting of the sand . . . but then I'm just a too-infrequent visitor to the world of sun screen and shells; full-time residents observe the receding dune line with a heightened awareness of tidal power....Keep Reading

Next Year's Feast, 12-2-13

Posted onMay 18, 2016 | by: Father Chuck Owens | 0 comments

As the sun sets today, tomorrow begins - such is the rhythm of life seemingly decreed for us in the first chapter of God's Word: ". . . and there was evening and morning - the first day." (Genesis 1:5) The pattern suggests that the sun's setting draws a curtain on one day and directs our thoughts toward the next, toward God's coming creation, His new revelation of what is good in His sight. That ancient Hebrew understanding has long guided my thoughts and actions during this season when darkness prevails over light....Keep Reading

When Birthday Candles Cost More Than Your Cake, 9-23-13

Posted onMay 18, 2016 | by: Father Chuck Owens | 0 comments

I've been reflecting today on a comment Becky made this morning over breakfast: "You looked young last night while you were standing before all those people doing your teaching on character . . . so energetic and enthusiastic even after ninety minutes!" Becky is a great encourager and her compliments are always welcome gifts; but the predicate adjectives she used started me to pondering. ...Keep Reading

The Work of His Church, 11-18-13

Posted onMay 18, 2016 | by: Father Chuck Owens | 0 comments

The Rev. Dr. Fred B. Craddock, one of the great preachers of our day from the Methodist tradition, tells this story. When I was growing up in North Tennessee, my father did not go to church. He was at home fussing about lunch being late on Sunday. Once in a while the pastor would come by and try to talk to him, but dad was rough on the minister. He would say, "I know what you fellows want down there at the church. You want another name and another pledge." It embarrassed my mother. She would stay in the kitchen and cry....Keep Reading

He Gave Us Hope and a Future, 9-9-13

Posted onMay 18, 2016 | by: Father Chuck Owens | 0 comments

I'm struggling to accept a hard, yet wonderful reality this afternoon: our children, Rebecca and Chuck, will be celebrating birthdays in a few days - their fortieth and forty-first respectively. My body and mirror have been collaborating for years to hint that I'm not getting any younger; but somehow I failed to equate that reality with my children's getting older....Keep Reading

We're Taking Off! 11-4-13

Posted onMay 18, 2016 | by: Father Chuck Owens | 0 comments

In July of 1963, I was among a number of midshipmen who were transported from Norfolk, Virginia, to Corpus Christi, Texas, aboard an olive drab World War II vintage cargo plane; we sat in web slings hanging from the port and starboard bulkheads with our gear strapped down along the plane's midline. Needless to say, no door separated the bay area from the cockpit and a flight attendant was nowhere to be found . . . but then neither was expected....Keep Reading

Much to Ponder, 8-26-13

Posted onMay 18, 2016 | by: Father Chuck Owens | 0 comments

As I look at the pictures, it is clear that her tear-coated words are inadequate to capture the event. Police officers arrive an hour or so after the little ones have been put to bed to calm a domestic dispute - it is not the first time flashing lights have appeared in the driveway of the residence. A few hours later he makes his bed on the sofa in the living room; she retreats to cower behind a locked bedroom door; and the children are mercifully unaware of the storm festering down the hall......Keep Reading

The Lowcountry and the Emerald Isle, 7-22-13

Posted onMay 18, 2016 | by: Father Chuck Owens | 0 comments

On Tuesday evening, July 2nd, Becky and I boarded a jet for an overnight flight from Charlotte, North Carolina, to Dublin, Ireland. Our original itinerary called for us to begin our journey two days earlier but thunderstorm-forced flight cancellations drastically altered our plans. Obviously the Lord had a different schedule in mind for us, one that would better accomplish His purposes....Keep Reading

Two Flags, 5-28-13

Posted onMay 18, 2016 | by: Father Chuck Owens | 0 comments

Two flags, properly folded in accordance with military protocol, hang in a hall in the Rectory - they are the flags that draped the caskets of our fathers, Becky's and mine......Keep Reading

It's Summertime! 6-10-13

Posted onMay 18, 2016 | by: Father Chuck Owens | 0 comments

In 1950 those words heralded the onset of a season of adventure. We (my mother, my two sisters and I) were living with my mother's mother (Granny) and her husband (Mr. Mac) in Charleston, SC, near the navy base, 3538 Admiral Drive to be exact, while my father was serving as a naval officer in the Pacific during the Korean War....Keep Reading

The Bird Feeder, 5-21-13

Posted onMay 18, 2016 | by: Father Chuck Owens | 0 comments

Our bird feeder is nestled beneath a tree among the blooming ligustrums lining the fence behind the Rectory. If I were a bird, I would want to frequent the spot: it's mostly shaded and relatively secluded; there's a bit of a breeze on a summer's day; and the fragrance emanating from the nearby Confederate Jasmine envelopes the setting....Keep Reading

Orange Barrels, 5-3-13

Posted onMay 18, 2016 | by: Father Chuck Owens | 0 comments

While traveling to and from Charleston via Beaufort yesterday, I had ample opportunity to again observe the progress being made on widening Highway 17 from two to four lanes. The project has been a major undertaking to say the least; and what with the numerous bridges that had to be built, the millions of yards of low country muck that had to be excavated and replaced with layers of clay and various sub-surfacing materials, the utilities that had to be relocated and/or constructed from scratch, it has spanned years and consumed untold hours and dollars . . . and it is still far from completion. ...Keep Reading

Chance Encounters, 4-2-13

Posted onMay 18, 2016 | by: Father Chuck Owens | 0 comments

It was over in a moment - a young sleek Lexus had married itself to my old gray Buick. The attendants were a police officer and a tow truck operator. The reception was funded by her insurance company and catered by various automotive repair shops....Keep Reading

Ireland Team Follow-Up, 3-27-13

Posted onMay 18, 2016 | by: Father Chuck Owens | 0 comments

Taking yet another step toward strengthening our mutual links with the Diocese of Kilmore, Elphin and Ardagh in Ireland, a team of clergy and lay leaders were hosted by us earlier this month. Their post-visit comments received this week are shared below......Keep Reading

Blessed Assurance, 3-8-13

Posted onMay 18, 2016 | by: Father Chuck Owens | 0 comments

As I walked about a few hours ago saying my prayers, the construction workers rebuilding the seawall greeted me. They were hastily trying to make up for lost time - three times since Ash Wednesday their job site has had to be silenced for a funeral. In light of what they've heard and seen, I wonder what they're thinking at this moment....Keep Reading

The Living Church... "We Can't Be Isolationists", 7-2-15

Posted onMay 18, 2016 | by: Father Chuck Owens | 0 comments

What does a rector from South Carolina’s Lowcountry have to say to a parish priest in Ireland? Quite a lot when the proclamation of the gospel is at stake, as the Rev. Charles E. “Chuck” Owens III of Church of the Cross in Bluffton, South Carolina, would have it. Owens has found an unlikely transatlantic partnership with dioceses in the Church of Ireland. Traveling to Ireland a few times a year to shore up a church he believes is in need, Owens is among a number of evangelical Anglicans reaching across geographic divides in uncertain times....Keep Reading

Padre's Ponderings - 12-30-15

Posted onMay 18, 2016 | by: Father Chuck Owens | 0 comments

In France during the spring of 1945, a little girl named Suzanna was being carried by her mother through their village which had been devastated by the movement of armies in the final assault on Germany. Their homes and shops were gone, completely destroyed - the village was in ruins. They paused for a moment in front of what was once their church. As they stood there, they noticed something - a rose reaching up through the rubble . . . and it was in full bloom! "Look, Suzanna," her mother said, "remember that a rose can grow anywhere!"...Keep Reading

Padre's Ponderings, 12-10-15

Posted onMay 18, 2016 | by: Father Chuck Owens | 0 comments

It is late on Monday, December 7, 2015. The glow from the Rectory's beautiful Christmas tree softly filters through the dimly lit room, blending with the flicker from the fireplace . . . in my lap I hold a picture of my father taken the year I was born, his sword hangs in the foyer, the flag that draped his casket in 1988 is displayed in the upstairs hall....Keep Reading

Padre's Ponderings, 11-19-15

Posted onMay 18, 2016 | by: Father Chuck Owens | 0 comments

"I've been thinking a lot about my grandfather lately - this was his favorite time of year. The harvest was in and the days were getting shorter; the old scuppernong grape arbor was bare and pecans were falling like rain from the trees scattered around his little house on my uncle's farm. It was too late for a window fan and too soon to set a fire . . . it was just perfect!"...Keep Reading

Padre's Ponderings, 7-30-15

Posted onMay 18, 2016 | by: Father Chuck Owens | 0 comments

"Earth to earth, ashes to ashes, dust to dust" . . . had I kept a running tally of the many times I've phrased those words while looking into tear-filled eyes, I would be adding another today. But I dare say I couldn't come close to giving an accurate total and really wouldn't want to; for to do so, in some sense I would have to deny the uniqueness of each life by reducing it to a minor part of a greater statistical whole. As it is, with enough prompting I can remember names and faces and personalities and even a bit of the journey we shared - though I must confess the need for a few more clues with each passing year . . . perhaps it's an age thing....Keep Reading

Padre's Ponderings 9-10-15

Posted onMay 18, 2016 | by: Father Chuck Owens | 0 comments

My friendship with Bishop Ken Clarke and his wife Helen began on Sunday afternoon, January 11, 2009, when they joined the congregation in the historic church for a special worship service being conducted by Bishop Lawrence - Christopher Royer was being ordained to the priesthood. The Holy Spirit anointed the moments we shared and called us into a period of discernment that ultimately birthed this parish's partnership in ministry with the Church of Ireland . . . and what a mutual blessing it has been!...Keep Reading

Topsail Beach, North Carolina, 6-29-15

Posted onMay 18, 2016 | by: Father Chuck Owens | 0 comments

We had walked and talked in recent years but only for brief interludes as a sense of awkwardness prevailed . . . she was maturing and I was aging, I dare say she more gracefully than I. But moments ago the intangible something that had previously served to inhibit true sharing seemed to be carried away by the fresh breeze propelling the brown pelicans before us. The miles and conversation passed easily as Riley and I strode along, disrupting the incoming tide’s pioneering waves. ...Keep Reading

Padre's Ponderings... River Baptism, 8-25-15

Posted onMay 18, 2016 | by: Father Chuck Owens | 0 comments

They were clothed in white cottas, the twenty-three who were being baptized; among them were infants, young folks and adults - some were in family units, most were not . . . but all were excited about what was to come. Joining them were the thirty-two adults who would shortly be recommitting themselves to their baptismal covenants made years ago - other than a love for Jesus, they had very little in common. ...Keep Reading

Gigi, 6-16-15

Posted onMay 18, 2016 | by: Father Chuck Owens | 0 comments

My mother is affectionately known to her grandchildren and great-grandchildren as GiGi. She chose the name when her first grand-child was born in 1972 - it's short for "Gorgeous Granny" . . . a moniker which I believe becomes even more apropos with each passing year....Keep Reading

He Had Come Among Us, 6-16-15

Posted onMay 18, 2016 | by: Father Chuck Owens | 0 comments

He slipped into the worship service as handbells were ringing the prelude’s last notes. Though ushers were hastily seating folks in additional chairs placed along the side aisles, he managed to squeeze into a pew . . . . perhaps it was an effort to be inconspicuous ...Keep Reading

On God's Goods, 6-16-15

Posted onMay 18, 2016 | by: Father Chuck Owens | 0 comments

This line from Wordsworth's sonnet, The River Duddon, was the springboard for the thanksgiving thoughts I shared with the annual gathering of God's Goods volunteers several evenings ago. You see, I knew that a few moments later they were to be informed by their leadership that in the first five years of the thrift store's existence over $1,000,000 had been generated for local and foreign mission work; ...Keep Reading

Will You Be My Pen Pal? 3-30-15

Posted onMay 18, 2016 | by: Father Chuck Owens | 0 comments

I suspect it must have been a "girl thing". None of my childhood buddies had a pen pal. Come to think of it... none of my adulthood buddies had one either... and, as for the crowd I run with now, most of them would be hard-pressed to scrounge up a piece of stationary and a pen, much less an envelope and stamp! ...Keep Reading

"But Jesus Loves Me, So I'm OK" 2-16-15

Posted onMay 18, 2016 | by: Father Chuck Owens | 0 comments

My work with the Church of Ireland during the previous five years has been almost exclusively in the rural areas where my eyes most often feasted upon tranquil pastoral scenes punctuated by hedgerows separating neighboring patches of farmland. My most recent trip took me into the heart of East Belfast where vestiges of the divisions between Protestants and Catholics are still very real, highlighted by tall fences separating housing areas, murals delineating territories, a prevailing mood of suspicion and a marked absence of smiles. I suspect the close proximity of extremists on both sides of the religious divide coupled with high unemployment serve to sustain the combustible nature of the city setting in a way that's not so obvious in the bucolic hinterlands, for it's there as well....Keep Reading

Two Called to Vestry, 1-7-15

Posted onMay 18, 2016 | by: Father Chuck Owens | 0 comments

In November of last year members of the congregation were asked to listen for God's call to serve on the Vestry. Those who were moved to nominate themselves for the two vacancies and had fulfilled the necessary prerequisites then entered a discernment process and submitted their answers to a series of personal questions. After prayerful consideration the Vestry has chosen to offer Natalie Mann and Michael Walther for election during the Annual Gathering (read more) Monday evening, January 19th. Their responses to the questionnaire may be read here. As God has been with the leadership of this parish, so He will be for God is always faithful to His faithful people - praise God."...Keep Reading

Where there is no death... 12-15-14

Posted onMay 18, 2016 | by: Father Chuck Owens | 0 comments

Again last Wednesday friends and I rendezvoused in a special little community. Traveling back roads through a very rural portion of South Carolina, we witnessed the continued demise of a way of life as we were confronted by a countryside surrendering to the ravages of depopulation and kudzu vines . . . that is until we reached the place many have chosen to call home....Keep Reading

You are The Church of the Cross, 12-1-14

Posted onMay 18, 2016 | by: Father Chuck Owens | 0 comments

I closed my sermon this past weekend on the Historic Campus with a reference to Arthur Miller's play, The Death of a Salesman. After a brief summary of the main character's (Willie Loman) tragic life and suicide, I captured a poignant moment at Willie's graveside during which his wife asks her son, "Why did he do it, Biff? Why did he do it?" ...Keep Reading

Things My Parents Taught Me, 10-30-14

Posted onMay 18, 2016 | by: Father Chuck Owens | 0 comments

During our return flight from Ireland a few days ago Becky and I spent time reflecting on the various paths we've traveled during our forty-three years of marriage and speculating on how our deceased grandparents might have reacted had they lived to witness the ministries to which the Lord has summoned us....Keep Reading

CLEAVE, 9-9-14

Posted onMay 18, 2016 | by: Father Chuck Owens | 0 comments

Wednesday evening, September 3rd, I'll be hosting the fall gathering of our ministry leaders and the key people on their ministry teams in the Parish Hall on the Historic Campus - it will be a CLEAVE event: Core Leadership Encouragement And Vision Enhancement. Following dinner, I'll reference Scriptures as I speak on:...Keep Reading

A Great Commission Hub? 9-18-14

Posted onMay 18, 2016 | by: Father Chuck Owens | 0 comments

These words from Matthew's Gospel have long been resonating in the corridors of my mind but perhaps never more than during the previous week or so. Could it be that, just as Delta Airlines has a hub in Atlanta and American Airlines has a hub in Charlotte, The Church of the Cross is becoming a hub of sorts for Great Commission activities? Given recent international activities one could easily draw that conclusion....Keep Reading

A Step Back in Time, 8-14-14

Posted onMay 18, 2016 | by: Father Chuck Owens | 0 comments

Before me is the final draft of the sermon I'll be giving this Sunday afternoon during a worship service launching the silver anniversary celebration of the independent school I headed for twenty-eight years....Keep Reading

Blessed to be a Blessing, 7-14-14

Posted onMay 18, 2016 | by: Father Chuck Owens | 0 comments

Two days ago I received the following email from a member of Rev. Ali Calvin's parish in Ireland. Perhaps you'll remember Ali as the enthusiastic young lady who visited with us several times, preached on both campuses, led a workshop on healing and twice spoke at our Annual Meeting......Keep Reading

He Who Would Travel Happily... 6-19-14

Posted onMay 18, 2016 | by: Father Chuck Owens | 0 comments

In my thoughts this week I've frequently revisited that little axiom offered by Antoine de Saint-Exupery. Boxes are being stacked in the Ministry Center's various offices in preparation for our move into Seven Oaks on June 16th; each cardboard container is a testament to someone's having triumphed over his/her latent "pack rat tendency" by ruthlessly purging a work area of the extraneous stuff accumulated during the past dozen years. In the evenings I now must walk around the single suitcase Becky has conspicuously placed in the bedroom in advance of our annual family gathering at Topsail Beach; I've gotten the message but I think she's still trying to convince herself! My point is: at home and the office hard decisions are being made as to what will be needed for the journey ahead, knowing that to travel happily we must travel light....Keep Reading

Announcing The Rev. Jason N. Collins & Family, 5-26-14

Posted onMay 18, 2016 | by: Father Chuck Owens | 0 comments

It is indeed a pleasure to formally announce that The Rev. Jason N. Collins and his family will begin journeying with us on August 1st of this year. While I'll leave it to Jason to introduce his family, I've placed his CV and personal reflections on our web site for your ready access. Jason's presence will enable the continued expansion of our ministry spectrum particularly in the areas of younger adults, children/youth and prayer. Please begin now to pray for Shawna, Duncan, Hannah and Jason (pictured left to right above) as they prepare to make the transition from Conway to Bluffton and from St. Paul's to The Church of the Cross....Keep Reading

Each One Reach One, 5-5-14

Posted onMay 18, 2016 | by: Father Chuck Owens | 0 comments

One person cannot change the world but one person can change someone's world - each one can reach one . . . by rolling away the stone and letting the Son's light shine into the darkness, each of us can do for someone else what someone else did for us; and for Christ's sake and theirs we must!...Keep Reading

Etched and Etching Memories, 4-22-14

Posted onMay 18, 2016 | by: Father Chuck Owens | 0 comments

Seeing an advertisement for Peeps and other Easter basket stuffers prompted the surfacing of what might well be my earliest Holy Week memory. I presume it was a fad of sorts, dying baby chicks various hues of green, blue, yellow and pink for I remember seeing them only once - in the spring of 1948 just before Easter running around in the front window of Burns Hardware in Sumter, SC....Keep Reading

"I'm Too Old to Be That Young!" 2-24-14

Posted onMay 18, 2016 | by: Father Chuck Owens | 0 comments

When spoken, the words were drenched in an emotional bath of disgust, frustration and disappointment tinged with despair. The middle-aged person before me was coming to grips with an ugly truth: his decision making did not reflect his age; he had grown older but not wiser. Behind him were years of poor choices, broken relationships, failed new starts and diminishing respect. Before him were questions, questions that seemingly could only be answered with a meaningless and self-destructive repetition of past behavior . . . or might he dare to believe that a long-ago-shattered-dream could be resurrected?...Keep Reading

Welcome Easter Lilies, 4-3-14

Posted onMay 18, 2016 | by: Father Chuck Owens | 0 comments

In two short weeks Easter lilies will fill the worship spaces on both campuses, their trumpet-shaped flowers urging us to capitalize on the annual opportunity to proclaim to the oft and seldom seen alike the bedrock of Christian faith: Christ is risen! He is risen indeed! Don't we do that every week? Yes, but alas to a much smaller crowd: last year our average weekend worship attendance in four services was 1050; our Easter attendance was 2121 in five services! ...Keep Reading

A 21st Century Conundrum, 3-10-14

Posted onMay 18, 2016 | by: Father Chuck Owens | 0 comments

Some folks are just more fortunate than others: they are raised in homes where there is never anything extra but always enough to share, where there is a poverty of riches but a wealth of love, where pride is non-existent but dignity abounds . . . I was one of those fortunate ones. From my earliest days I was taught not to dwell on what I did not have but rather to be grateful for what was at hand - someone had worked hard to provide it and I was to use it in a way that would permit subsequent enjoyment by others....Keep Reading

Padre's Ponderings, 5-12-16

Posted onMay 18, 2016 | by: Father Chuck Owens | 0 comments

At times I have to leave my desk for a little while to clear my head before continuing with the day. Walking around the Historic Campus is helpful; a bit of time on the bluff watching the tide come and go is a blessing as well; and, of course, praying beneath the heart pine beams is sure to calm even the most stressed of emotions. ...Keep Reading

Padre's Ponderings, 4-28-16

Posted onMay 18, 2016 | by: Father Chuck Owens | 0 comments

The 2016 National Football League draft is starting today. In the months leading up to this event, each team's officials have been asking the same question, "What positions do we need to strengthen to give us a better chance of winning more games?"...Keep Reading

Padre's Ponderings 3-31-16

Posted onMay 18, 2016 | by: Father Chuck Owens | 0 comments

To say that the scene before me is tranquil would not be a misuse of the King's English. Earlier the sea was as clear and calm as the sky, though a darker hue of blue. Now the waning tide has revealed previously hidden sandbars deposited over the years precisely where the Atlantic Ocean shares itself with the St. Helena Sound. Sea birds are finding a much needed temporary respite upon these spits of land just as Becky and I are on the northern tip of Fripp Island - respectfully, a few hours and a few days will bless both of us....Keep Reading

Padre's Ponderings - 4-14-16

Posted onMay 18, 2016 | by: Father Chuck Owens | 0 comments

Tuning into the news (not the Golf Channel) Monday morning, April 11th, I watched a replay of Jordan Spieth's quadruple bogey on the twelfth hole in the final round of the Master's Golf Tournament. It was a heartbreaking turn of events but what followed was even sadder . . . ...Keep Reading

Padre's Ponderings, 3-3-16

Posted onMay 18, 2016 | 0 comments

In the late 1940's among my favorite childhood possessions was a little brown Sears Silvertone radio - it was magic for it had the power to create images in this young lad's mind. Why, each Saturday morning I could "see" the Lone Ranger and Tonto galloping after black-hatted bad guys; and on Saturday nights when the weather was just right, I could "see" the legends of country music as I listened to the Grand Ole Opry broadcast live from the Ryman Auditorium in Nashville on WSM. Sounds emanating from that radio fueled dreams prompting me to believe anything to be possible....Keep Reading

Padre's Ponderings 3-17-16

Posted onMay 18, 2016 | by: Father Chuck Owens | 0 comments

This picture of Jason, me and Jonathan was taken just before we processed into the Historic Church last Friday evening for the opening Eucharist of the Diocesan Convention. Upon seeing it on Facebook, someone affectionately suggested it be captioned "the old man and the boys" . . . aside from its obvious truth, I thought it most apropos in two ways....Keep Reading

Padre's Ponderings 2-11-16

Posted onMay 18, 2016 | by: Father Chuck Owens | 0 comments

For seventeen years Cross Schools has been an integral component of this parish's strategy for reaching future generations with the good news of God in Christ. I was asked recently to speak to a gathering of its parents as the School prepares to take another leap into God's new tomorrow. Knowing that many are vitally interested in this ministry partnership, my words that evening are shared below as an encouragement for continued prayer support and active involvement....Keep Reading

Padre's Ponderings, 1-22-16

Posted onMay 18, 2016 | 0 comments

My recent ponderings are best captured in the thoughts I shared with the 375 folks present for our Annual Celebration this past Monday evening. The opening paragraphs are printed below as a way of encouraging you to view my presentation on our website. Please take a moment to view Bishop Lawrence's address as well....Keep Reading

Two called for Vestry, 1-7-16

Posted onMay 18, 2016 | by: Father Chuck Owens | 0 comments

In November of last year members of the congregation were asked to listen for God's call to serve on the Vestry. Those who were moved to nominate themselves for the two vacancies and had fulfilled the necessary prerequisites then entered a discernment process and submitted their answers to a series of personal questions. ...Keep Reading