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The Heart of Thanksgiving

Posted by Heather, November 23, 2016

Almighty and gracious Father, we give you thanks for the fruits of the earth in their season and for the labors of those who harvest them. Make us, we pray, faithful stewards of your great bounty, for the provision of our necessities and the relief of all who are in need, to the glory of your Name; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.

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The Congregation in the Street: Weekly Interfaith Prayer and Presence

Posted by Heather, July 28, 2016

After I preached a couple of weeks ago (July 10), discussing the role of race in our society and confessing my own white privilege and use of it, a parishioner said to me -- I'm waiting for the second half of your sermon, the what comes next. I'd been praying about that for a several of weeks now. What can I do personally to enter into positive and open discussions about race, racism, and white privilege, especially at the intersection with violence? What can our congregation, Christ Church, do to make present and living God's reign, God's kingdom and the Beloved Community that it is supposed to be? I think we did one small but tangible step towards living into the Beloved Community last Sunday.

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And All of Them Shall Ye Catch

Posted by Matthew, July 13, 2016

Last night, I found myself visiting a park in downtown DC that I’d seen but hadn’t visited. It was a nice park, familiar to anyone who’s ever binge-watched Netflix’s House of Cards, where it’s featured prominently in the opening credits. As I walked around the small, lush, square, I chatted with some of the 20 people who were also there - we ranged in age from about 7 to somewhere in the mid-forties. We all had different backgrounds and experiences. We had different lines of work and lived in different parts of the city. But we were all there to catch Pokémon.

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For What I Thirst

Posted by Ann, June 17, 2016

Last night I attended a prayer vigil for the Orlando victims and in solidarity with the LGBTQ community. Rev. Chuck McCoart of Emmanuel Church on Russell Road reflected on our thirst for Christ in the Gospel of John. He then asked us to take a few minutes to write down some things that we thirst for. In no particular order, here’s my list:

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Love, Care, and Laughter

Posted by Heather, May 18, 2016

One of our high school seniors is doing her May internship at Christ Church. As she wrote in her statement of interest for this project, “I am interested in understanding more about what is really involved in the operations of a church from ‘behind the scenes.’” As I write this, she’s had 2 days at the church and so far she has:

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Fiestas and Feasts

Posted by Melanie, May 11, 2016

Parties are fun!  And Christ Church parties are super fun!  Last Friday evening we celebrated the Our Little Roses Mission and raised money to support the activities that are done with the girls on the trip.  The event was packed, the food was delicious and the fellowship was lovely.  I met so many parishioners I had not met before and we even had neighbors come and express excitement that we were hosting a Fiesta where the community was invited as well.

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Beginning again; and again; and again in hopes of change

Posted by John, February 24, 2016

"What we call the beginning is often the end. And to make an end is to make a beginning. The end is where we start from."  Little Gidding

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Ashes to Go

Posted by Heather, February 12, 2016

Christ Church offered Ashes to Go at the King Street Metro station again this year. It was a cold day but our hearts were warm in sharing the message of God’s forgiveness as open to all who turn and seek it. In my fourth year of offering ashes at the metro station, I observed familiar things and experienced some new reactions. As cold and early as the day typically is, offering Ashes to Go is a great blessing to me – truly I received more than I give. Every year it is a delight to see people who walk with such purpose towards our group as we offer the ashes.

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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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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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