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Does Your Spirit Need to Hit the Gym?

Posted by Chris, January 6, 2016

Starting each new year we say “This year will be different.” Many times we try to make our resolutions stick, however overly ambitious they are, and more often than not, we fail. We say, “I will read one book a week for this year.” Then we quickly fall behind when work, family, and new seasons of Netflix shows begin to tug at our time.

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Welcoming the Stranger, Praying for your Neighbors

Posted by Heather, December 23, 2015

Last Friday, my day in the office started with sharing words of blessing, encouragement, and welcome with the students in the New Neighbors English Language Learners program that Christ Church hosts and is run by a great local organization, the Campagna Center. They have 170 adult students this year, taking classes 3 mornings a week, along with a number of children in their nursery and preschool programs. The students come from many countries – Honduras, Japan, Morocco, Spain, Afghanistan, Ethiopia, South Korea, and Mexico – to name a few. Most are recent arrivals, with others have been here for 15 years.

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Hark! A thrilling voice is sounding!

Posted by Jason, December 16, 2015

The past few weeks in choir rehearsals, as we have begun our practice time by reviewing hymns for the upcoming Sunday, I have regularly remarked "Gosh, isn't this a great hymn?!"  I hold the belief that the Advent section of hymns in the Hymnal 1982, is the richest section found in the book.

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Now We Wait

Posted by Matthew, December 9, 2015

Growing up, Advent was a thrilling though exceedingly long four weeks. As a child, I eagerly counted down the days to Christmas, wishing the day would get here sooner. I’d learned that Advent was meant to be a time of preparation for Jesus’ coming, but all I knew was that time seemed to come to a halt each December. Christmas never seemed to come quickly enough. I had to wait.

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What Will You Notice Today?

Posted by John, December 8, 2015

The time of Advent and the days leading up to Christmas is a provocative time.  When I say, provocative, I do not mean the sensation of something provoking us, an irritant when the stressors of the season get under our skin.  But instead and in keeping with the Latin root of the word, provocative (pro-vocare) this is a time to “to call forth” raise one’s voice for something, to lift up one’s voice in support of an issue, cause or concern. 

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Don't Push for Answers

Posted by Ann, December 2, 2015

Advent, which means “coming” in Latin, is the liturgical season that marks the four weeks leading up to Christmas. It is a time of waiting and preparation. We wait in anticipation of the birth of Christ. We prepare our hearts and souls and minds for the infusion of love and light that is coming soon.

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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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