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Prayer for the New Day

Posted by Heather, September 4, 2014

It was back to school this week for my daughters. They continue their journey through elementary school with its own joys and struggles. We’ve been having a variety of pep talks in the past week – getting the brain ready to be back at school, staying on task, being open to friends old and new – as well as reminders to be kind, to care for others, to embody our family’s values, and to live out their lives as Christians even in the school environment.

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The hands of a priest

Posted by Ann, June 11, 2014

At 10:20 this morning, my hands touched the tender, porcelain skin of a 2-week-old girl as I held her and blessed her and nibbled on her impossibly perfect toes. At 11:20, my hands held the fine, chalky yet granular ashes of a 93-year-old man as I sprinkled them into the hole in the ground in the churchyard. The tell-tale sign of white finger prints grace the cover of my Book of Common Prayer. 

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Navigating Change

Posted by Ann, May 7, 2014

Yes, change can be hard. But what if each of us adopted the attitude that change is in our best interest? Because change is coming whether we like it or not. We have the choice to embrace it or fight it. 

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Eggs

Posted by Mary Beth, April 10, 2014

In just over a week, children wearing their Sunday best and carrying baskets will run around the churchyard searching for Easter Eggs. In fact Christ Church (with a little help from the Easter Bunny of course) has 4,000 eggs ready to hide!

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Love: An Act of Will (Sermon from February 23)

Posted by Ann, March 5, 2014

And so the great thaw has begun. This week, in our wild and variable weather patterns we only had the threat of a tornado. Many of us have found ourselves positively giddy at temperatures in the mid-60’s. It feels different in your body, doesn’t it? It feels free. We are naturally more relaxed. My shoulders, which have been hunched against the cold since Christmas, are finally able to let go in the warm breeze and sunshine.

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Reunion

Posted by Ann, January 22, 2014

This past weekend I went to a reunion of my cabin at camp. I am now 56. The last time this group of girls saw one another we were 13. A profoundly formative experience for all of us, Killooleet, in Hancock, Vermont, was your classic 8-week sleep away camp, complete with rustic cabins, hiking, swimming, shop, drama, campfires and lots of folk singing.

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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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Don't Look Away

Posted by Ann, October 30, 2013

I saw the movie 12 Years a Slave over the weekend.  Based on a true story, it tells of a freed black man, Solomon Northup, living in Saratoga, NY, before the Civil War. A talented fiddler, he is lured to Washington, DC with the promise of work. Instead, he is kidnapped and taken to New Orleans where he is sold into slavery. 

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Alleluia

Posted by Ann, October 2, 2013

Since I am so depressed about the US Government shutdown and outraged at the stubbornness and selfishness of our elected leaders, I am trying to think of other things that make me happy or that reassure me that things are going to be OK. Here are four of them:

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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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