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Love Will Win

Posted by Ann, March 28, 2013

It was an amazing day. The sky was blue, the sun was shining, it was clear and cold, but not snowing and raining as it had been the day before. We began worshiping at a 7:30 a.m. interfaith prayer service, where we heard things like the Muslim call to prayer in Arabic, the blowing of a shofar, the native American welcoming of the four directions of Mother Earth, and some wonderful Gospel singing. We remembered the death of those who died because they were LGBT, either by persecution or by suicide. We heard one pastor tell us that, “Love will find a way, because Love never gives up. Love gets up early in the morning!”

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Giving Thanks

Posted by Jason, March 26, 2013

I encourage you to thank members of the choirs when you see them, whether on Sunday mornings at church or an accidental encounter at the grocery store. And, I ask that you do this to both children and adults.

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Tend to your soul

Posted by Pierce, March 15, 2013

When we think of ourselves and our children, there are powerful instincts to gather resources and to provide vitality and direction in body and mind. So we stay active, opportunistic, and find the best programs for education in order to succeed. Why are we not as dedicated to the care of our souls? Pressures from schedules, ambitions, and the need to appear “with it” relegate the cultivation of one’s soul to the minor leagues of life’s priorities. The soul, like our brains and body, deserves resources to become an ally and partner in the strength of our ability to meet challenges, garner decisions, and make a contribution to those institutions and people we affect.

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Habent Papum – They have a pope

Posted by Heather, March 14, 2013

While I had not even considered watching the papal conclave stovepipe live streaming webcam, I must admit that I felt a rush of excitement when someone on the second floor of Christ Church’s offices announced, “We have a pope!” I wondered who was elected, what he will be like, and will he bring reform into an institution (the worldwide Roman Catholic Church) that is in deep need of some reform. (His choice of name, Pope Francis, gives me hope!) I wondered how he will direct those participating in the Anglican-Roman Catholic International Commission (ARCIC – the pathway for having ecumenical dialogue between the worldwide Anglican Communion and the worldwide Roman Catholic Church). It is good to have someone in the role of spiritual leader of the Roman Catholic Church.

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Snow

Posted by Pierce, March 6, 2013

If you are a snow lover like me, it’s been disappointing to say the least. Finally we get what everybody else has enjoyed in repeated fashion since November. Snow was what captivated me since the time I was a child. We lived in the snowbelt, so from October to April, from the first tear drop flakes to the last unexpected blast around Easter, snow fell often and for me, happily, at regular intervals. Even trudging through my paper route before breakfast or hoisting myself over ice drifts on my way to school was worth the effort. At night I would gaze from my bedroom window at the beauty and mystery of snow falling.

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The Beauty of Holiness

Posted by Jason, February 27, 2013

My friend and colleague, Michael Smith (organist-choirmaster at Washington Memorial Chapel in Valley Forge, PA) recently wrote the following article for his church’s newsletter. I was inspired by his article. I have removed the section where he writes of the architecture of his parish, because it is quite different from our own. Nevertheless, I concur about the need for our liturgy to be true to its environment.  I commend it to you to read as we ponder what we do, and why we do it, in worship. And, I extend thanks to Michael for allowing me to share this.

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Holy Land 2013 | Blog 15

Posted by Ann, February 19, 2013

This course at St. George’s always ends with a visit to the road to Emmaus, the story of Jesus’ post-resurrection appearance where the disciples do not recognize Jesus as he walks alongside them. After all, Jesus has just died on the cross and then disappeared from the tomb. They are not expecting to see him alive. It is not until they all eat together that they realize he has been with them all along and it is at that moment he vanishes.

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Holy Land 2013 | Blog 14 | To feast or to fast?

Posted by Ann, February 18, 2013

Sunday morning began with Holy Eucharist at St. George’s Cathedral mostly in Arabic and a bit in English. Bishop Suheil Dawani, our recent guest at Christ Church, preached about the value of  fasting for Lent. I can assure you that fasting is not one of the things I have been doing since I arrived here.

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The Ashes To Go Experience

Posted by Heather, February 15, 2013

My first interest in Ashes to Go was because I knew the priest, the Rev. Emily Mellot, who was developing the program. She was from the Diocese of Chicago and was a student at Church Divinity School of the Pacific when David was on faculty there. I figured that if Emily was doing it, it was worth a second look. Then while we were attending St. George’s in Arlington, before I came on staff here at Christ Church, I suggested it to the rector there. St. George’s is one very short block away from the Virginia stop on the Orange line. They did not do it that year, but in 2012 St. George’s had a team at their metro stop. Their experience was great and some who encountered the Ashes to Go team at the metro joined them for the full Ash Wednesday worship experience that evening. Based on their experience and our interest at Christ Church to be more visible out in the community (beyond our fence banners!), it seemed that 2013 was the year for us to offer Ashes to Go.

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Holy Land 2013 | Blog 13 | The Shortest Lent on Record!

Posted by Ann, February 15, 2013

We learned yesterday from one of our course directors, Father Laurence Hilditch, that everyone should carry around with them two pieces of paper: one that says, You are dust and ashes, and the other that says, For you, the universe was created. I thought this Christian paradox was a perfect encapsulation of the shortest Lent on record.

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