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The Rev. Geoffrey Butcher, Priest-In-Charge of Trinity Episcopal Church in Russellville, has recently written and published a book that is both spiritual and inspiring, sharing the love of Jesus Christ for all to hear.

The book is called “Without the Miracle There is Nothing!”

Rev. Butcher has been writing columns for the News-Democrat & Leader for over five years. His columns talk about love, faith and taking time out to hear what God has to tell you.

One day Rev. Butcher, at the encouragement of friends, decided to share his columns in book form, hoping that perhaps a thought or phrase may awaken a reality within you that you wish to uncover.

“Your love affair with God is the most important part. May that relationship grow and flourish,” said Rev. Butcher of his book.

Rev. Butcher’s goal was to retell the story of God’s presence in human life.

“While I claim no expertise as an original thinker I enjoy retelling the story of God’s presence in human life. Much of what we know comes from the scriptures, but the story is not just about people of the past. God’s DNA is within each of us, just as it was within the prophets and apostles. The story is about us as well as them. The goal is to live our own stories as we venture to discover the great Mystery alive in the present moment,” said Rev. Butcher. “The stories came out of my experience, but the primary importance for any reader is to reflect on one’s own spiritual journey.”

You can purchase the book on Amazon.com.

Rev. Butcher came to the Trinity Church after serving at Christ Church Cathedral in Nashville, Tenn., where he was Canon Pastor. Prior to that he was Canon Precentor and Sub-Dean at The Cathedral Church of St. John, Albuquerque, N.M. Earlier in his ministry, her served as a parish priest, pastor, and organist-choirmaster for churches in New Mexico.

In addition to his primary roles as pastor, priest, and teacher, he has been a leader at numerous liturgical and church music conferences, and is active in leading centering prayer worships and retreats. Centering prayer is a method of contemplative prayer or Christian meditation, placing a strong emphasis on interior silence.

Rev. Butcher was ordained a deacon in 1965 and priest in 1966 and holds a Doctorate in Ministry (parish revitalization) degree from McCormick Theological Seminary, Chicago, Ill., a Master of Arts degree from New Mexico Highlands University, Las Vegas, N.M., and a Master of Divinity from The General Theological Seminary, New York City. He received his undergraduate degree from Hobart College, Geneva, N.Y.

From 1980-1986, he was a member of the Episcopal Church’s Standing Commission on Church Music, which was responsible for the production of the Hymnal 1982. He has written numerous short sacred musical works, most notably the Rio Grand Mass.

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