E-Devotional

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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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 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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Edevotional 4-19-17

“Love your neighbor as yourself,” said Jesus.  He wasn’t the first to say it.  He was quoting Leviticus, that Biblical book of laws that we tend to avoid, “18 You must not take revenge nor hold a grudge against any of your people; instead, you must love your neighbor as yourself; I am the Lord.”  It […]

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Week 2 “Mirror Mirror” (Sermon March 12)

Breathing Under Water ONLINE LENTEN DEVOTION 2017 Our Online Lenten Devotion uses Richard Rohr’s book, Breathing Under Water and Pastor Melissa Earley’s sermon series on the book.  Rohr connects the Gospel and the Twelve Step Program.  Addiction can be a helpful metaphor for sin as it helps us see how God can heal us in […]

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Letting the Healer do his Work

We don’t have to look very far in the world or very deep into ourselves to see that there is something broken in us and in the world.  We don’t have it all together.  The problems in the world (economic disparity, mean-spiritedness in politics, racism, sexism, misuse of the environment just to name a few) […]

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Some of your Favorite Hymns

Singing is an important part of our faith. Below are some favorite hymns from folks in our church and a little bit about why: From Kyle Wlliams Lord, You Come to the Lakeshore – Has a great soul message From Steve Szumowski O Come All Ye Faithful – so many warm memories of Christmas with […]

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Melissa Earley, February 1

I’ve been reading Carl Sandburg’s Chicago Poems.  I read his poems out loud.  I love the way they sound and the way the words feel in my mouth.   Following are excerpts from the poem I read in worship a couple of weeks ago.  The full poem is available in the book Chicago Poems. TO A […]

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