The command to be perfect is only a deeper statement of the startling ethics Jesus presents in the beginning of the chapter in the beatitudes.
What does it mean to make the liturgy more inviting? Episcopalians believe in welcoming others, especially in church, but inviting is different from welcoming.
Behind all the things we ask for is a deep desire to see the world set right.
The blessing is an invocation, a hope, a foretaste of what is to come: peace.
Some urge that confession be restricted to Lent in future liturgies. Yet to omit confession would also omit the great blessing we receive through the weekly challenge to confess, forgive, and be forgiven.
Abortion is not a blessing. Let us in all humility never be afraid to say so. And may the prayers of the Holy Innocents ascend to the throne of grace to strengthen us in God’s saving work
I'm currently in a phase of "secular" work (employed at a church, but not empowered to use my "magic hands" — that is, to function as a priest), and have had the opportunity to reflect quite a bit on the boundaries of Christian ministry.