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Seek the physician and let me know too

Posted by Heather, August 6, 2014

Recently I had a conversation with an older couple, one of whom is having some health issues. They have been Sunday-in and Sunday-out attenders of their church for a few decades and now their church has a new senior pastor. They mentioned that the pastor hasn't been in contact with them to ask about his health. So I asked if they had told the pastor about the health issues. Their answer? No. Why, I asked? Well, he should know about it.

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Feelin' Down

Posted by Jason, July 23, 2014

Well, I had a pretty bad weekend. I was down with a cold since Friday so I spent all weekend coughing and lounging on my couch. Nothing much of interest to watch on tv – just the horrible news about the downed Malaysian airliner and the sense that things are only going to get worse in Ukraine before they get better. When that wasn’t being discussed on the news, it was about the continued escalation of fighting between Israel and Palestine.

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Women in the News

Posted by Ann, July 16, 2014

Finally, some good news about women! On Monday, the Church of England finally voted to ordain women as bishops. 25 years after the Episcopal Church ordained Barbara Harris as the first female bishop in the US, history was made in England today. England appoints their bishops, whereas we elect them, but some women may be appointed as soon as 2015.

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Make time for roses

Posted by Pierce, July 2, 2014

When you announce your retirement to the ones you work with and love, all kinds of shifts begin to happen. Some are expected and some are surprising.

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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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We Will!

Posted by Heather, June 4, 2014

It was a rock concert Sunday! Last Sunday was our annual visit from the Bishop, which this time was our diocesan bishop, the Rt. Rev. Shannon Johnston. Bishops are expected to do many things on their annual visitations to churches: in worship to baptize, confirm, receive into the Anglican Communion, reaffirm, and celebrate the Eucharist, as well as connect with vestries, clergy, and the whole congregation. Bishop Shannon did a wonderful job of being very present and available for all of Christ Church and I am thankful to God for his ministry and the gifts that he shared with us.

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Leave your mark

Posted by Pierce, May 28, 2014

All of us have dreams that psychiatrists call “escape plans.” We frequently have these dreams when the anxiety of our lives is running high. At other times we experience crisis and start scouting for a way out. And who is not looking for greener pastures? 

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The Voice You've Been Waiting For

Posted by Ann, May 14, 2014

One of the goals in our Strategic Plan is personal accountability. I don’t know if you’ve noticed, but a high percentage of my recent sermons have ended with the question, “What are you going to do about it?” So, this morning I’m telling you the ending right up front. And you can be listening, all the way through, for exactly what I am going to ask you to do.

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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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The Continuum along Doubt and Faith

Posted by Heather, April 30, 2014

We just marked the second Sunday of Easter, which is often called Doubting Thomas Sunday. Poor Thomas! He asks a question of the other disciples, makes a bravado statement in his grief and struggles, and gets labeled “doubting” for the rest of history. There is a great comic that I saw making the rounds this past week.

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