Monthly Archives: March 2014

Analogies between Cloud computing, baptismal regeneration, and all of salvation history

Analogies between Cloud computing, baptismal regeneration, and all of salvation history,


What happens when two geeky clerics start bouncing ideas off each other

A colleague shared an analogy that he once used in an Easter sermon to explain, to those not used to thinking in Platonic terms, Paul’s concepts of Christ the new Adam, and how we are raised by participating in his resurrection. The analogy was based on an understanding of machine tooling and auto-frame repairs.

I thought that was rather retro technology.

After too little sleep and too much caffeine, I was writing an adult ed session on the Triduum by simultaneously using 3 different Apple devices all synced via Evernote, and a Kindle. This suggested an analogy with more up-to-date technology: Continue reading

The Woman at the Well: the Day that Everything Changed

Third Sunday in Lent, Yr A (RCL)

John 4:5-42

March 23, 2014

Church of the Good Shepherd, Pawtucket, RI

The Rev. Gillian R. Barr


I’ve been asked to tell you about the day that everything changed for me. You see, I haven’t always been looked up to as a leader and teacher, one of the “matriarchs” of this congregation. No, before that day at the well, well, I was a nobody. Continue reading

Lent 2 Yr A, March 16, 2014


Gen. 12:1-4a and Jn. 3:1-17

Church of the Good Shepherd, Pawtucket, RI

The Rev. Gillian R. Barr, Priest-in-Charge

This is St Patrick’s Day weekend.  But while nowadays St Patrick is associated with shamrocks and green beer and Irish nationalism, he first gained renown as a monk and bishop and evangelist.  Patrick and the other Celtic saints, such as Columba and Brendan, were responsible for much of the spread of Christianity throughout Ireland and Scotland and Wales.  They were able to spread their faith so widely because they understood that one of the central things in biblical faith is to be called to go on a journey, to be willing to be a de facto exile from one’s family and homeland in order to follow God’s call and spread the Gospel.  Patrick, who was English, journeyed away from his home and settled in Ireland; Columba journeyed from Ireland to Scotland.  Celtic monks of all types would sometimes put themselves into a small boat, a coracle, and simply set out on the sea and go wherever the wind and currents took them.

When they took these journeys, when they submitted themselves to exile for the sake of spreading the Gospel, they were following the example of Abraham, in the story we heard in today’s first lesson.   Continue reading

Sermon for Last Epiphany, March 2, 2014

Last Sunday after the Epiphany: Transfiguration
RCL Yr. A Mt. 17:1-9 and Ex. 24:12-18
March 2, 2014
The Rev. Gillian R. Barr
Church of the Good Shepherd, Pawtucket RI

Today is the last Sunday before we begin the season of Lent, a major turning point in the Church year, when we turn our focus towards Jesus’s journey to the cross. Today’s Gospel reading recounts the same moment in Jesus’s journey, when he turns towards Jerusalem and his upcoming suffering.

Up until this point, Jesus’s ministry has focused on healing the sick and combating demons and teaching a deeper understanding of God’s desire for God’s people. But now, dark storm clouds are gathering unmistakably on the horizon. It is clear Jesus is headed into a final conflict with the civil and religious power structures. Continue reading