Ronald Steed

Wings

test, then rest and try she spreads, labors, gains air - forgetting the ground

Goat rope

french goat taunts us then escapes through the back door - goat rope ohlala

20220619 Sermon for Proper 7

20220619 Sermon for Proper 7 It was my joy and pleasure yesterday to bear witness to Jill’s ordination to the Sacred Order of Deacons. Now, when you have more than one Deacon in a given location, it’s called a "Disturbance of Deacons", and since ...

Homelessness

Sermon for Trinity Sunday June 12, 2022. St Peter’s Episcopal Church Hebron, CT Come, Holy Trinity, fill our hearts, and kindle in us the FIRE of your love. Good morning friends! My am Deacon Ron Steed and I serve at St Andrew’s Episcopal Churc...

Doubt… Courage… Amazement…

Sermon for Easter Sunday April 17, 2022. St Andrew’s Episcopal Church Madison, CT Come, Holy Spirit, fill our hearts and kindle in us the fire of your love. They burst through the door of the upper room, these women… in an instant the room is ma...

Filled with Expectation

Sermon for 1 Epiphany (Year C), January 9, 2022 St. Andrews Episcopal Church, Madison, CT. "All the people were filled with expectation, and all were questioning in their hearts concerning John, whether he might be the Messiah…." We tend to ...

Follow the Blessing

Sermon for 6 Epiphany (Year C), February 13, 2022 St. Andrews Episcopal Church, Madison, CT. When I was in the Navy, I was once stationed at The Pentagon with a small team who had tremendous political power because we were the ones who allocate...

lamentation

lamentation - Rachel weeps for children who are no more Do you have a haiku for this moment? #innocents #weeping #lamentation

Deacon Stephen's light

Deacon Stephen's light - rakes low enough to shine in dark places Do you have a haiku for this moment? #deacon #light #shine

Saint John testifies

Saint John testifies to the flaming heart revealed - the light we walk in Do you have a haiku for this moment? #heart #flame #light

the winter meadow

the winter meadow - stands stiffly in tweed coats and golden breeches Do you have a haiku for this moment? #winter #meadow #tweed

tidal marsh mud flat

tidal marsh mud flat - collector of detritus and loose shoes Do you have a haiku for this moment? #mudflat #detritus #shoes

wind-whipped ripples

wind-whipped ripples bent along the mud flat - riprap abstract Do you have a haiku for this moment? #ripples #mudflat #riprap

cold season samba

cold season samba - swirly leaves swish and sway to the meadow-beat Do you have a haiku for this moment? #samba #sway #meadow

solidago

solidago - frosty gold that glints with seasonal glory Do you have a haiku for this moment? #solidago #gold #glory

winter's trail scales

winter's trail scales the meadow grasses under bones of tree and sky Do you have a haiku for this moment? #trail #meadow #bones

simple phragmites

simple phragmites - to bow and to bend they shan't be ashamed Do you have a haiku for this moment? #phragmites #simplegifts #bow

smilax the wood nymph

smilax the wood nymph- she had prickly character and a heart on fire Do you have a haiku for this moment? #smilax #nymph #heart

sumac leads the choir

sumac leads the choir with blazing-red beads of fire - winter procession Do you have a haiku for this moment? #procession #sumac #fire

winter reed-hurdle

winter reed-hurdle - keeps wanderers from mucking in the tidal pools Do you have a haiku for this moment? #wander #muck #tidepools

Advent Word- Promise

next year's growth held in trust by this year's plants - promise Do you have a haiku for this Advent word? #adventword #ECCT #ECCTSE #promise

Advent Word- Strength

in meditation she holds the dome of the sky- strength Do you have a haiku for this Advent word? #adventword #ECCT #ECCTSE #strength

Advent Word- Soul

soul- the color that shines forth when hard frost comes Do you have a haiku for this Advent word? #adventword #ECCT #ECCTSE #soul

Advent Word- Path

though worn by passage each sees the way with new eyes- path Do you have a haiku for this Advent word? #adventword #ECCT #ECCTSE #path

Advent Word- Justice

justice - can we imagine healing for wounds that run deep? Do you have a haiku for this Advent word? #adventword #ECCT #ECCTSE #justice

Advent Word- Fulfill

spirit gathers then healing spills over cheeks - fulfill Do you have a haiku for this Advent word? #adventword #ECCT #ECCTSE #fulfill

Advent Word- Heart

where spirit flows like rivers, grows like trees - heart Do you have a haiku for this Advent word? #adventword #ECCT #ECCTSE #heart

Advent Word- Praise

praise - what happens when we grow in god's time and place Do you have a haiku for this Advent word? #adventword #ECCT #ECCTSE #praise

Advent Word- Everlasting

The feeling we have when seed forms and scatters - everlasting Do you have a haiku for this Advent word? #adventword #ECCT #ECCTSE #everlasting

Advent Word- Messenger

the one who tells us things that will transform us - messenger Do you have a haiku for this Advent word? #adventword #ECCT #ECCTSE #messenger

Advent Word- Offering

offering - when we gift the things that bring joy to our heart Do you have a haiku for this Advent word? #adventword #ECCT #ECCTSE #offering painting by @thecurlyhairedpainter

Advent Word- Repent

the feeling one has when a new way beckons - repent Do you have a haiku for this Advent word? #adventword #ECCT #ECCTSE #repent

Advent Word- Splendor

splendor - the thing we see at moments when hope is in us Do you have a haiku for this Advent word? #adventword #ECCT #ECCTSE #splendor

Advent Word- Compassion

not there to stop tears but sit with as they gather - compassion Do you have a haiku for this Advent word? #adventword #ECCT #ECCTSE #compassion

Advent Word- Expectation

expectation - that at any moment spirit can be there Do you have a haiku for this Advent word? #adventword #ECCT #ECCTSE #expectation

Advent Word- Share

to have a moment that someone helped us to find - share Do you have a haiku for this Advent word? #adventword #ECCT #ECCTSE #share

Advent Word- Exult

exault - when snowdrops break through the icy spots Do you have a haiku for this Advent word? #adventword #ECCT #ECCTSE #exult

Advent Word- Stir

when buds swell and break out of their hard shells - stir Do you have a haiku for this Advent word? #adventword #ECCT #ECCTSE #stir

Advent Word- Gladness

gladness - when witch hazel breaks out in the winter gloom Do you have a haiku for this Advent word? #adventword #ECCT #ECCTSE #gladness

Advent Word- Bountiful

the gathering of hearts and blue-flamed spirit bountiful Do you have a haiku for this Advent word? #adventword #ECCT #ECCTSE #bountiful

Advent Word- Sing

sing - nature's old ones join the hymn of new life Do you have a haiku for this Advent word? #adventword #ECCT #ECCTSE #sing

Advent Word- Blessed

when one bears fruit that can be shared with others - blessed Do you have a haiku for this Advent word? #adventword #ECCT #ECCTSE #blessed

Advent Word- Feed

feed - what happens when abundance meets poverty Do you have a haiku for this Advent word? #adventword #ECCT #ECCTSE #feed

Advent Word- Magnify

magnify - when the insignificant takes on greatness Do you have a haiku for this Advent word? #adventword #ECCT #ECCTSE #magnify

Advent Word- Generations

when one’s blessing passes long after life end - generations Do you have a haiku for this Advent word? #adventword #ECCT #ECCTSE #generations

Advent Word- Flock

he keeps watch over going out and coming in - flock Do you have a haiku for this Advent word? #adventword #ECCT #ECCTSE #flock

Advent Word- Greeting

greeting - when strangers meet bearing gifts and good news Do you have a haiku for this Advent word? #adventword #ECCT #ECCTSE #greeting

Advent Word- Child

good news of great joy a child born who is lord - glory to God Do you have a haiku for this Advent word? #adventword #ECCT #ECCTSE #child

la dolce vita

la dolce vita - gathered on stone steps to see sun blaze a cityThis haiku moment at the Piazzale Michelangelo overlooking the City of Florence Italy, Tuesday late afternoon, October 19 , 2021: The view is high as the dome of the Duomo. We ar...

hard hearts softened

hard hearts softened by zinnas and monarchs - butterfly garden This haiku moment at Harkness State Park in Waterford, CT, Sunday afternoon, September 28, 2021: This is one of the first days of fall along the Connecticut shoreline. The blue sk...

The Charm of Disorder

the charm of flowers in painterly textures; heart-ful patina This haiku moment at our home in Mystic, CT, Wednesday afternoon, June 15, 2022: A perfect Connecticut shoreline day here in Mystic. We decided to stay closer to home so Roxanne can ...

frantic and serene

frantic and serene - Late-summer meadow rich in breeze, bees, and seed A haiku moment at the Connecticut Audubon Center, in Pomfret, CT, Sunday afternoon, September 19, 2021: We're in the "quiet corner" of Connecticut, staring into the sun acro...