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Days of Rest: Sabbath
           Lent is
an incredibly busy time.  There are extra
worship services (Taize, ecumenical activities, Ash Wednesday, Maundy Thursday,
Good Friday, Easter Sunrise), there are preparations to be made for those
services, there are special activities (Fi...

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Matthew 25: Clothing the Naked
9:18-27 John 4:5-42 Matthew 25:31-46 Today we continue our study of Matthew 25 by focusing on
clothing the naked.  But while making
sure that everyone has enough to wear is an important call for all of us, today
I actually want to focus on this at a...

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Matthew 25: feeding the people
Exodus 16:4-31 Matthew 4:1-11 Matthew 25:31-46             This lent we will be doing a series
during worship focused on Matthew 25, along with related passages.  I want to begin this series by providing an
overview, but also by looking at the first of Jesu...

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Ash Wednesday
My son showed me another video a couple days ago that was a reflection on the fact that we are actually made of stardust.  That our very atoms come from the stars and will return to the stars.  That just as we are made of the universe, the universe is also ...

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Sunday's Sermon - Being Transfigured.
Exodus 24:12-18 Matthew 17:1-9 While at
first the story of transfiguration may seem like something we don’t really
experience, I think when we put it into different words, all of us have
experienced or witnessed some kinds of transfiguration, probably not t...

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Even more personal reflection on listening... and a very personal confession.
           As I mentioned in yesterday’s blog post, Sunday night at our
family service I showed a clip from The Lord of the Rings.  It was the part at which Frodo offers to
take the ring to Mordor and to destroy it himself, even though, as he says, he does ...

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The Burdens We Carry
        "I will take the Ring," he said, "though I do not know the way." (1)        What is it to be a hero or heroine?  We know what it is.  All of our story books as well as our histories tell us.  To be a hero is to find ourselves in the place and time w...

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More on Listening: Understanding
       A few days ago I wrote about the importance of working hard to hear one another more deeply.  I wrote from a very academic place, however, rather than a personal one.  The day I wrote the post though, I was reminded of what a personal thing it is to ...

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Listening and Seeing.
"When a person realizes he has been deeply heard, his eyes moisten. I think in some real sense he is weeping for joy. It is as though he were saying, ‘Thank God, somebody heard me. Someone knows what it’s like to be me."~Carl Rogers A friend I deeply respec...

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Sunday's Sermon: You have heard it said
Deut. 19:16-21 Matthew 5: 17-48                                               In today’s passage from Matthew, Jesus says repeatedly,
“You have heard it said, but I say to you…” Where did the people that Jesus was
speaking to, where had they heard these thi...
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