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The Power of Communion

Posted by Heather, February 19, 2014

We have been using Eucharistic prayer C during the season after the Epiphany this year at our 9:00 a.m., 11:15 a.m., and 5:00 p.m. services. This Eucharistic prayer is different from the others in the Book of Common Prayer in a variety of ways, including the amount of praying out loud that the congregation does in the celebrating of the Eucharist.

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What is your favorite part of the Book of Common Prayer?

Posted by Heather, January 15, 2014

I was visiting the Sunday school classrooms this past Sunday. It was the first Sunday in a new unit for the first through fifth graders. The topic of this unit is the Book of Common Prayer. Some classes wrote a collect. Some classes matched music to different sections of the BCP. And in the art class I was asked a tricky question: What is my favorite part of the Book of Common Prayer?

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Make It Manifest!

Posted by Heather, December 18, 2013

This blog is based on the homily I preached at the 8:00 am service on December 15, 2013.

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Strength for your Spiritual Journey

Posted by Heather, November 21, 2013

Last night, I had the joy of attending the Pay it Forward dinner at the final session of the fall Covenant Class. Members of the current Covenant Class were there to enjoy a dinner provided by the leaders and members of the most recent Covenant Class. There was a great buzz of conversation before and during dinner as old friends checked in with each other and new friends shared more about their day-to-day lives. A pregnancy was celebrated. A new job and the search for an Episcopal church closer to a new home were discussed. Networking happened. There was laughter, smiles, and joy.

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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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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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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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Conversation and Listening

Posted by Heather, July 31, 2013

I have been thinking about a pair of youth, brothers, who were in the first congregation where I served. That church had a bit of racial and ethnic diversity, similar to Christ Church, but was fairly white. These teenage boys were born in the US with parents from Nigeria. At that time, there was a lot of concern about racial profiling in the northern suburbs of Chicago where the congregation was. The elder of the brothers, and the more talkative of the two, had some surgery and so I had a chance to have some longer conversations with him while I and one of the youth group leaders visited him in the hospital.

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George's Church

Posted by Heather, July 3, 2013

Last week was Vacation Bible School at Christ Church. It was a fantastic week with 100 kids and over 70 youth and adult volunteers to make the week work well for safety as well as learning about God’s love for everyone. Each day at VBS began and ended with worship in the historic church, requiring some preparation and clean up. As the worship director for the VBS, I spent A LOT of time in the church last week and so I also had the chance to give a number of impromptu tours of the church.

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Take a Pause

Posted by Heather, June 5, 2013

We’ve had a dog, Midnight, for nearly a year now. While I can’t say that I always enjoy taking her for a walk, lately it has been a delight. For me, these dog walks are a chance to just be and to pay attention. We walk the same path most of the time. I don’t listen to music and I try to not talk on the phone. Earlier this week I saw my first lightning bug (firefly) of the season – exclaiming “Oooh, a lightning bug!” out loud for no one except Midnight to hear. There are small moments of seeing God’s love and wonder in creation on those walks, as long as I remember to pause and be present where I am.

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