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Brian Doyle May 31

I used the following prayer by Brian Doyle, novelist, essayist and poet, in my sermon on Sunday.  I discovered Doyle through his poems which often appear in the Christian Century. This prayer/poem is found in the volume A Book of Uncommon Prayer: 100 Celebrations of the Miracle and Muddle of the Ordinary. The collection includes […]

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What do children think about during worship?

Sitting with children in church is a window to their thoughts. They are paying attention. They understand the stories we share. They are engaged with the imagery of our faith. On Sunday we heard Acts 1: 1-14 where Jesus is taken into heaven. During children’s time, we had a relay (using a beach ball as […]

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The Impala – Wednesday May 24 edevotional

When I served the 18th Episcopal District of Southern Africa, which is comprised of Botswana, Lesotho, Swaziland and parts of Mozambique, an old man told me that an impala can jump 10 feet into the air and 3 feet out, from a standing position, covering a total of 30 feet, but it can be contained […]

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Summering with Intention and Compassion

Are you doing the summer happy dance? I know I am. With summer comes a reprieve from the daily grind of school/homework/packing lunches, a chance to enjoy the weather, take on a less hurried rhythm, and maybe even sleep in a little! We look forward to the opportunities to spend time with friends and explore […]

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Edevotional May 17

Paul Robeson* That time cool and clear, cutting across the hot grit of the day. The major Voice. The adult Voice forgoing Rolling River, forgoing tearful tale of bale and barge and other symptoms of an old despond. Warning, in music-words devout and large, that we are each other’s harvest: we are each other’s business: […]

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The Good Shepherd and World Communion from May 7

During worship on Sunday, we heard the story of the Good Shepherd and World Communion. When I asked where this table might be, one child answered, “heaven.” This is a beautiful answer that reminds us that at the Communion table we join those who have followed Jesus throughout history to share God’s love present in […]

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The Failing Student by Jeanne Murray Walker Her tattoos, her way of pulling back her lips the way a stallion does when he won’t take the bit.                        In the corner, last row she sleeps, her nose ring, low cut shirt—         […]

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Neighbors Can Change

Neighbors Can Change Megan Phelps-Roper was a member of Westboro Baptist Church.  Yes, that church that pickets military funerals with hateful signs.  That church that protests outside synagogues.  That church that makes us say quickly, “My church isn’t like that church.”  Megan left Westboro Baptist Church because of interactions she had on Twitter.  Her story […]

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Faith Formation During Eastertide

April 23 was the second week in the season of Easter. The mystery of Easter is so great that we need 7 Sundays to celebrate! Here’s a recap of our classes with helpful parent links: PreK-3th: We began the Eastertide lessons, Knowing Jesus in a New Way, (Luke 24:1-11, Mark 16:1-7, Matthew 28:1-8, John 20:1-10). […]

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