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All You Need is Love

Posted by Jason, February 23, 2016

It’s a big election year and all the media and online chatter seems to be focused on who is best qualified to be our next leader. I won’t risk getting political here, but I am more than willing to boast that, as an Episcopalian, I am thrilled with our church’s leader – Michael Curry, the Presiding Bishop. Recently, I had the good fortune to hear him speak at the National Press Club. He was there thanks to the generous invitation/work of Christ Church parishioner, Susan Hahn.

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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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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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A Different Kind of Fast

Posted by Matthew, February 4, 2016

With Ash Wednesday less than a week away, I’ve been thinking a lot about what I’d like to take on as my Lenten discipline this year. When I was younger, I remember agonizing over what I was going to give up this year: Chocolate. No: TV. No: Soda. No: - and on, and on. You’d think it were a question of life and death.  

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A Slap on the Wrist or More?

Posted by Jason, January 20, 2016

One could easily be misled with the various news reports about what exactly happened at the meeting of the Primates of the Anglican Communion last week. I’ve winced reading news reports that were inaccurate, and I know that many of us have questions about what all of this will mean for the Episcopal Church over the coming years.

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The Ache of Love

Posted by Melanie, January 14, 2016

On Monday, January 11, 1999 I was a single parent of an 18-month old.  I worked full time as a supervisor of six home visitors for a program in Alexandria called Healthy Families.  Our goal was to prevent child abuse and neglect by doing home visits with individuals or families during pregnancy and staying with them until their child entered kindergarten.  The 125-140 families we visited were considered to be at very high-risk for abusing and neglecting their children.  It was an intense, but very rewarding job. I loved the work, I loved being a parent, but I was often exhausted with a toddler at home who rarely slept. I had so little time left over for anything other than eating and sleeping.

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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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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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Hark! A thrilling voice is sounding!

Posted by Jason, December 16, 2015

The past few weeks in choir rehearsals, as we have begun our practice time by reviewing hymns for the upcoming Sunday, I have regularly remarked "Gosh, isn't this a great hymn?!"  I hold the belief that the Advent section of hymns in the Hymnal 1982, is the richest section found in the book.

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Now We Wait

Posted by Matthew, December 9, 2015

Growing up, Advent was a thrilling though exceedingly long four weeks. As a child, I eagerly counted down the days to Christmas, wishing the day would get here sooner. I’d learned that Advent was meant to be a time of preparation for Jesus’ coming, but all I knew was that time seemed to come to a halt each December. Christmas never seemed to come quickly enough. I had to wait.

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