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The Voice You've Been Waiting For

Posted by Ann, May 14, 2014

One of the goals in our Strategic Plan is personal accountability. I don’t know if you’ve noticed, but a high percentage of my recent sermons have ended with the question, “What are you going to do about it?” So, this morning I’m telling you the ending right up front. And you can be listening, all the way through, for exactly what I am going to ask you to do.

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Navigating Change

Posted by Ann, May 7, 2014

Yes, change can be hard. But what if each of us adopted the attitude that change is in our best interest? Because change is coming whether we like it or not. We have the choice to embrace it or fight it. 

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The Continuum along Doubt and Faith

Posted by Heather, April 30, 2014

We just marked the second Sunday of Easter, which is often called Doubting Thomas Sunday. Poor Thomas! He asks a question of the other disciples, makes a bravado statement in his grief and struggles, and gets labeled “doubting” for the rest of history. There is a great comic that I saw making the rounds this past week.

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Just Breathe

Posted by Pierce, April 23, 2014

The announcement of my retirement to the Christ Church family has in so many ways brought me up short. I’m aware that I’m not always breathing and how I was reminded of the most profound of all spiritual practices—breathing. Mindful breathing is a discipline with more power and resources than most would expect.

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Sing an Easter Song!

Posted by Jason, April 16, 2014

I’ve often wondered why Easter music hasn’t “caught on” with the public like Christmas music has. Walk into any mall during December and you’ll hear a continual medley of sacred and secular carols being piped through the speakers. But it’s not the same for Easter. It can’t be due to the fact that it’s a distinctly Christian holiday since Christmas is too. It’s also not due to the fact that Christmas music might be older, because most Easter music is older than most Christmas carols.

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Eggs

Posted by Mary Beth, April 10, 2014

In just over a week, children wearing their Sunday best and carrying baskets will run around the churchyard searching for Easter Eggs. In fact Christ Church (with a little help from the Easter Bunny of course) has 4,000 eggs ready to hide!

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Not Your Sunday School Noah

Posted by Ann, April 2, 2014

I saw the new movie Noah yesterday. And all it did was make me want to run and read my bible. I had seen the previews and knew that I was not about to see a literalist interpretation of the flood story in Genesis, but I think I was expecting to see more of God in it. Among the several artistic license additions to the story were some wild rock creatures that looked like ancient transformers who were fallen angels trapped in encrusted earth. They ultimately became Noah’s defenders (and they were mighty helpful building the ark), but ultimately they were destroyed and the angels were returned to God. These visual effects were wonderful, but did they enhance the story? Only for international sales perhaps. Once on the ark, Noah tells the story of creation to his family and there again, the evolutionary visuals are stunning. Likewise the flood is pretty impressive, but it is a relatively small part of the film. Noah is too busy being superhero, fighting off the wicked humans he encounters.

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A Feast in Lent

Posted by Heather, March 26, 2014

Today is the Feast of the Annunciation to the Virgin Mary. It is one of those feast days that often falls in the midst of Lent. The contrast between the Annunciation, which is a story we hear annually in Advent as we prepare to celebrate Jesus’ birth, and the season of Lent, when we prepare for Jesus’ crucifixion, might seem odd. Yet it is only in the light of the mystery of the Incarnation that we can understand the mystery of Jesus’ death on the cross – that God became fully human to live the life we live, to share our sorrows and joys, and to pour out Love upon Love for us. The Easter mystery of the Jesus’ Resurrection deepens the Christmas story and moves us beyond the cute, little baby Jesus to see the Savior of the World.

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Bounty of Hunger

Posted by Pierce, March 19, 2014

This year we are focusing on hunger. Inspired by our youth, each of us has been invited to take responsibility for alleviating hunger and malnutrition. One practice offered was to live on a food stamp budget for a period of time. Fasting from food can be a grace of identification with so many in the world who have little choice about when and what to eat. When I eat on a food stamp allocation, I am brought into greater solidarity with those who have little to eat and I am more passionate about its injustice. Other benefits of fasting let us experience other spiritual yearnings such as longing, thirsting and desiring.

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Turning down the radio

Posted by Jason, March 12, 2014

I usually spend most of my Lent trying to decide what my Lenten discipline is going to be. Often I will arrive at Easter still undecided. This comes as no surprise to most people who know me – I only recently decided what my New Year’s resolution would be for 2012.

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