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Reach for God

Posted by Pierce, May 29, 2013

In the last 30 years, neuroscience has contributed much to our understanding of human identity, passion, and aspiration. Brain scan studies are revealing some amazing things about how we think, what we cherish, and why we pursue a particular direction in life.

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Reaching Out

Posted by Pierce, April 30, 2013

During the month of April, we provide a Sunday in which we celebrate our outreach ministries to our neighborhood, the nation, and the world. A few things stand out even though we have had to make cuts in funding. Our volunteers have really stepped up to the plate and provided discovery and strength to continue to provide resources. Last month I noticed we distributed 1,000 bags of groceries from the doors of Christ Church.

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Sunday's HVAC Forum

Posted by Pierce, April 25, 2013

On Sunday, April 28 during the forum hour, we will hear from Barry Stauffer and the committee that has been researching the state of our entire heating and air conditioning system which is spread out through four different buildings on our church campus. This is an “annual meeting” moment for us to gather because of the extensiveness of the reconditioning our contractor is proposing. Caring for this national landmark property, given its age, is always challenging.

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A Blessing

Posted by Pierce, April 22, 2013

Sunday night at our 5:00 p.m. service, we blessed the union of Melissa Capers and Bruni Hernandez. In keeping with our mission that Christ Church is a welcoming, open, and inclusive congregation and recognizing that our membership represents a variety of racial and ethnic backgrounds, nationalities, political affiliations, family configurations, sexual orientations, abilities, and religious traditions, this is one more milestone that acts on our words. We are single, married, partnered, divorced, widowed, re-married, gay and lesbian, with and without children, empty nesters, old and young, and differently gifted. You name it—we’re here.

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Standing Strong with Boston

Posted by Pierce, April 18, 2013

The bombing of the finish line at the Boston Marathon broke all our hearts. Very soon we will be seeing the funerals and interviews of the victims who have been injured. Funerals take place in churches and many of the persons interviewed will be speaking from a faith perspective. Thus we are reminded what congregations and religious leaders do at such times. Congregations, synagogues, and temples are places where people turn to pick up the pieces of their lives broken by violence. It’s where the funerals are held and our grief work is conducted. These are important and needed roles that houses of worship have played for centuries.

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Tend to your soul

Posted by Pierce, March 15, 2013

When we think of ourselves and our children, there are powerful instincts to gather resources and to provide vitality and direction in body and mind. So we stay active, opportunistic, and find the best programs for education in order to succeed. Why are we not as dedicated to the care of our souls? Pressures from schedules, ambitions, and the need to appear “with it” relegate the cultivation of one’s soul to the minor leagues of life’s priorities. The soul, like our brains and body, deserves resources to become an ally and partner in the strength of our ability to meet challenges, garner decisions, and make a contribution to those institutions and people we affect.

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Snow

Posted by Pierce, March 6, 2013

If you are a snow lover like me, it’s been disappointing to say the least. Finally we get what everybody else has enjoyed in repeated fashion since November. Snow was what captivated me since the time I was a child. We lived in the snowbelt, so from October to April, from the first tear drop flakes to the last unexpected blast around Easter, snow fell often and for me, happily, at regular intervals. Even trudging through my paper route before breakfast or hoisting myself over ice drifts on my way to school was worth the effort. At night I would gaze from my bedroom window at the beauty and mystery of snow falling.

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At Sea

Posted by Pierce, January 7, 2013

I was noticing the write up of the release of Darren Aronofsky’s upcoming diluvian epic, Noah. Incidentally, after they built the ark for the film in the planting fields of Oyster Bay, the ship withstood with nary a shingle amiss Superstorm Sandy when it ripped up more than 300 trees from the surrounding arboretum.

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The Power of Books

Posted by Pierce, December 5, 2012

We know we are nearing the end of the liturgical year when in our collect we read, “Blessed Lord, who caused all Holy Scriptures to be written for our learning: help us so to hear them, to read, mark, learn and inwardly digest them...”

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Veterans' Day

Posted by Pierce, November 7, 2012

When my father died, I was given a briefcase with the following words stamped on it: United States War Department. You may recall that our Department of Defense had a different name in those days.

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