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My Spiritual Playlist

Posted by Melanie, October 28, 2015

I have certain books I cannot be without and I bet you do as well. For me, after the NRSV version of the Bible, my list includes The Imitation of Christ by Thomas a Kempis; The Cloud of Unknowing (author unknown); The Practice of the Presence by Brother Lawrence; Contemplative Prayer by Thomas Merton; and The Testament of Devotion by Thomas R. Kelly.  I have many other beloved books in my spiritual library, but these serve as my cornerstones, my go-to’s, my playlist.

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Come and Play

Posted by Matthew, October 21, 2015

Last Saturday, I found myself sitting cross-legged in a circle of adults, all of us on the floor of an immaculate elementary school classroom. It was around 8:30 in the morning. Way too early to be awake on a day off, let alone awake and sitting on the floor of someone else's classroom. I was beginning to think I should have, in fact, asked for that extra shot of espresso after all.

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The Consecration of a New Chapel

Posted by Ann, October 14, 2015

What does it mean to consecrate something? At the Holy Table, the priest, along with the assent of the people, consecrates the bread and wine and after that somehow mysteriously they hold the presence of Jesus Christ where before they were merely Taylor Cream Sherry and paper-like wafers of bread. The priest is the presider, but it is God who does the actual transforming. Perhaps that is similar to consecrating the new Immanuel Chapel at Virginia Theological Seminary. The old chapel went up in flames five Octobers ago.

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There's a Group For That

Posted by Chris, October 7, 2015

Christ Church is full of many types of groups. We have the Chancel Chapter, Liturgy Guild, One Sock On, SOD, etc. Recently I have taken on the task of revitalizing the 20/30 Vision group. This is a place for those that are commonly called “young adults.” I fit squarely in the middle of this group and I find it comforting to see others my age with an interest in Christ Church. 

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Kids of Note: Making a Joyful Noise

Posted by Jason, October 6, 2015

Several years ago, Jason and the Christ Church choir made a commitment. Instead of using the offering from Lessons & Carols for the church music program, they wanted to donate it to support young musicians. That led to a partnership with Mt. Vernon Woods Elementary School, where parishioner Kristi Thomas directed a band that included every fifth and sixth grader. 

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The Shoe Tree

Posted by John, October 1, 2015

Preaching on the occasion of a wedding is an interesting exercise.  In my experience, whatever words the preacher offers on such a special day for the couple and their families are often “forgotten” in the solemnity of the exchange of sacred vows, as well as the overflowing effervescence and joy of the bride and groom and guests. 

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Running with Joy!

Posted by Heather, September 23, 2015

I saw a beautiful sight on Sunday morning. I was rushing to get down into the Fowler House so that I could lead an orientation class for Sunday school parents but I was outpaced by a first grader. She was so excited for Sunday school and she yelled out, “I can’t wait for Sunday School!!!” She was in a place of delight, excitement, and anticipation for the new year of Sunday school. To my eyes, this was not just the energy of your average 6 or 7 year old. She knew she was coming into a place of joy, a place where she was know, a place where she was loved for who she is as a beloved child of God. And because she’s a first grader, that heart and head and soul knowledge flowed through her body into her running feet and her shout of excitement. 

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Keep on Keepin' On

Posted by John, September 9, 2015

Through the course of this summer many of us have had the opportunity to step away from the “usual” and the “everyday” with a bit of what the British call "holiday".  Holiday affords us the time and occasion to explore a bit beyond ourselves, to travel, to see what we have never seen, or perhaps to see something again with newly awakened and opened eyes; to see what’s really there.  For many, holiday is the chance to read. 

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Chicken Tenders and Jesus

Posted by Jason, August 26, 2015

Those who know me well know that I’m not a “foodie.” As a friend of mine put it, “I eat to live, I don’t live to eat.” Given a choice of any type of food at any price, I’d likely always choose bar-b-q or Mexican food. Fancy food is wasted on me. So, it should not come as a surprise that I find myself drawn to particular fast food chains.

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Third Sunday Fellowship Breakfasts

Posted by Heather, August 19, 2015

They devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and fellowship, to the breaking of bread and the prayers. Acts 2:42 

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