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Your Christ Church Family

Posted by Pierce, November 13, 2013

There are a thousand ways to give back to God.  You work hard for your money and why not get a little joy by giving to the less fortunate? But what if we gave a little more blindly than simply picking your favorite low-overhead, high-impact charity? 

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On Being

Posted by Jason, November 6, 2013

Anyone who knows me well, knows that I am NOT good at waking up early in the morning. I could naturally sleep every day until 11 a.m. I suspect. Obviously, that is NOT an option on Sunday mornings. We have a meeting each Sunday at 7:30 a.m. to discuss the liturgies for the day and to make sure all of the clergy are prepared for their specific duties. So, as painful as it is, I actually enjoy being up early on Sunday and driving to church because I really love listening to Krista Tippett’s show, On Being, on NPR. The guests seem to cross the entire spectrum of belief. This past Sunday, she had on an atheist who eventually got around to talking about all of the good things that can come from religion.

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Don't Look Away

Posted by Ann, October 30, 2013

I saw the movie 12 Years a Slave over the weekend.  Based on a true story, it tells of a freed black man, Solomon Northup, living in Saratoga, NY, before the Civil War. A talented fiddler, he is lured to Washington, DC with the promise of work. Instead, he is kidnapped and taken to New Orleans where he is sold into slavery. 

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Baptism, (Christening), and Confirmation

Posted by Heather, October 24, 2013

I was baptized when I was about six months old. I don’t remember it, obviously, but I have heard the stories. Somewhere, there is an old reel to reel audiotape of the service where I was (apparently) screaming my little head off. I do, however, remember my confirmation service well. I was a senior in high school and was confirmed by the Bishop in the very small chapel at my school. The cross I wear every day was given to me by my grandparents on that day.

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Our Harvest

Posted by Pierce, October 17, 2013

Every week volunteers from Christ Church make vital contributions to the health and vitality of our city, state, nation, and world through our social service ministries, civic organizations, non-profits and global ministries.

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St. Francis still speaks today

Posted by Jason, October 9, 2013

Growing up Baptist, I didn't really have much understanding of the various saints. I had heard of St. Peter standing watch at Heaven’s entry gate, but the rest were somewhat unfamiliar to me. However, my God-mother lived next door and she, an Episcopalian, was pretty familiar with the saints, but none more so than St. Francis. She had statues of him in her front yard, a big St. Francis bird bath in her back yard, needlepoint pillows with his image on them on her couch, and a couple of his sayings hanging up on her walls – “You may be the only Gospel your neighbor ever reads” is one that stands out still to this day in my mind.

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Alleluia

Posted by Ann, October 2, 2013

Since I am so depressed about the US Government shutdown and outraged at the stubbornness and selfishness of our elected leaders, I am trying to think of other things that make me happy or that reassure me that things are going to be OK. Here are four of them:

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Freedom from Fear

Posted by Heather, September 25, 2013

As I was preparing to preach at our Wednesday Eucharist on September 11th, I kept being drawn back to memories from high school history classes about President Franklin Delano Roosevelt’s State of the Union address from January 6, 1941. This speech, given before the United States had been attacked at Pearl Harbor but after we had heard the stories of atrocities against Jews and seen the fighting that was happening in Europe, was preparing the country for the possibility and necessity of engaging in the war. At the end of the speech, President Roosevelt refers to four essential human freedoms – this is the part that sticks in the back of my mind. He wrote this:

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Friend or foe?

Posted by Pierce, September 18, 2013

Is this something everybody knows and I’m just beginning to notice? We hear a lot about the United States’ political gridlock, and when I get close enough to our legislators to have more than a thirty second sound bite, all of them agree that what distinguishes the current political climate from the recent past is the total breakdown of friendships across the aisle. Moreover, together they are becoming rigid about their ideologies on both the left and the right.

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Teacher's Pet

Posted by Jason, September 11, 2013

One of the most foolish decisions I have ever made was when I agreed to accept a job teaching at a private nonsectarian school. I was interested in earning some extra money, and the newly appointed headmaster at the school made a convincing case to me that I’d be a perfect fit for the part-time job they had to offer in music. I accepted the job, and before long was busy teaching high school music history and music theory, and conducting the 5th grade chorus, 6th grade chorus, junior high and high school choirs.

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