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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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The end of summer ... sigh ...

Posted by Ann, September 4, 2013

Nothing says summer vacation more to me than getting lost in a book. As a teenager, I read Gone with the Wind in a single week in August, spending most of my time in various different positions of prone. As an adult, the Washington Post comes every day to our doorstep and we get the Sunday New York Times as well. I read a fairly steady diet of the New Yorker and Christian Century magazines, but a book, especially novels, suggests leisure and respite, an opportunity to disappear into another world.

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Listen for Something New

Posted by Heather, August 29, 2013

Christian rock and praise music (which are not the same thing) have never been my go-to musical styles for Christian music. I love the camp and VBS songs – the Lord said to Noah there’s gonna be a floody-floody… I love Gospel music, especially the style where there is a call and response between one or two lead voices and the big, powerful choir.

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Open House Sunday

Posted by Pierce, August 21, 2013

Many churches across the land have homecoming Sundays in the first week of September – presumably to welcome back those who have been away on vacations and other kinds of activities to relax and recharge. We have changed this and now call it Open House Sunday. We encourage our folks to bring new people and families to church to receive the same spiritual benefit that we all enjoy at Christ Church and to learn about our partners in outreach and mission.

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Saints, Angels, Singers

Posted by Jason, August 14, 2013

I had the great joy of attending the Royal School of Church Music (RSCM) course in Newport, Rhode Island last week. Each summer, there are RSCM camps at various places throughout the country. The weeklong camps are geared towards boys and girls, but adults come along as well and fill in the gaps needed for the alto, tenor, and bass parts. I was thrilled to take five of our own choristers to this camp.

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