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Collapsing Tables

Posted by Chris, November 25, 2015

Thanksgiving arrives this week and brings a bevy of different emotions. Many will bemoan the travel, the consumerist tendencies clouding the holiday, and snap reactions on social media about trivial “wars” on different holidays. I will travel to Knoxville this weekend to be with my wife’s family. The house will be packed with a family I dearly love. We thoroughly enjoy this time. Relaxing, catching up, watching football and basketball (go Kentucky!), enjoying the fall air, and being with one another as we break bread.

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Too Much, Too Fast, Too Crazy

Posted by John, November 19, 2015

Advent, the time of preparation for the coming of our Lord at Christmas is an opportunity and a blessing.  By it we are invited to reset our calendars and priorities.  For some, however, beginning a new liturgical year the first Sunday of Advent (Thanksgiving weekend) represents the onset of hustle and bustle, the cacophony of musts and shoulds, as well as regret.  Too much, too fast, too crazy. 

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Making Room and Seeing Who is Around You

Posted by Heather, November 12, 2015

Several years ago, I read a scholar commenting on the creation passage in Genesis 1. This person (whose name I cannot remember) observed that if God was all in all before the creation, that in the act of creating God would need to make room for the creation to exist. For there to be light, galaxies, stars, and planets, God would need to make room. For there to be water, land, and plants, God would need to make room. For there to be animals of all kind, as well as humanity, God makes room.

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Should We Still Sing This?

Posted by Jason, November 4, 2015

It recently was revealed that a deceased Bishop in the Church of the England had committed a terrible offense during his time as Bishop. He was much beloved by many and quite popular at the time of his death. In fact, he has the equivalent of a Feast Day in the Church of England. The latest news is likely to result in the removal of his Feast Day.

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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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