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What is Saving Your Life Right Now?

Posted by Ann, June 1, 2016

For the last month Prayer 101 has been meeting and we have been focusing solely on the form of contemplative prayer called Centering Prayer. Each week we sit quietly for fifteen minutes. When our minds get busy - which they inevitably do - we are encouraged to come back to God by saying a sacred word or phrase to ourselves. That’s it. That’s all Centering Prayer is. I have learned that I make it so much harder for myself than it needs to be.

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Bearing the Seeds of New Life

Posted by John, May 4, 2016

One of the more vivid images in scripture is that of the mustard seed, the tiny seed capable of growing into a majestic tree. Jesus offers the mustard seed as a metaphor or illustration suggesting that this tiniest of seeds can produce a great flourishing, abundant shelter for more feathered friends than could be imagined.     

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The Church at Work

Posted by Matthew, April 7, 2016

Last week, Sunday School resumed after taking a two-week hiatus for Holy Week. Around 8:45, Sunday School Leaders returned to pick up their rosters and make last minute preparations in their classrooms, while Room Parents stopped by to drop off snacks. As 9:00 a.m. drew ever closer, children and their families came down the stairs and made their ways to their classrooms.

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Calling up and Bringing up “Little Christs” part 2

Posted by Melanie, March 9, 2016

The three perspectives I wrote about last week - hope, reciprocity and shared responsibility - help keep us get close to God and nearer to finding that best part of ourselves that is called serve others, i.e. our own “Little Christ.” I have to re-anchor myself to these perspectives all the time, it’s not a onetime shift in perspective. 

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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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Getting Real in Lent

Posted by Ann, February 17, 2016

Every year on Ash Wednesday, I am surprised by the number of people in the pews whom I don’t recognize. Sometimes as much as half of the congregation are unfamiliar to me. That’s a big switch from Sundays. Who are all these people and what pulls them to church on this day? Ash Wednesday is absent the big festive celebrations of Christmas and Easter, another time we see lots of strangers. In fact, Ash Wednesday is a kind of anti-celebration.

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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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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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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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