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Ritual and Relationship

We all have our rituals. Little things that we do to put ourselves in order. Wearing a certain shirt or socks for a competition or performance. The place we sit at the table for dinner. The way we get ready … Continue reading

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True faith

“Modern people will say, ‘I’m spiritual, but not religious.’ … The implication is that any belief is a bad one; any belief that causes a person to change direction, make any real alteration in life, undergo any transformation, change any … Continue reading

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Check your ingredients

Have you ever had a cake that looks incredible but tastes horrible? All the effort was put into the decorating, but the recipe just falls flat? As our priest talked to our high school seniors this weekend, he likened their plans … Continue reading

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Unexpected Witness

My husband and I  were at a restaurant for lunch, and it’s not one where you would necessarily expect to have a moment of faith. The waitstaff, with their tattoos, and alternative-leaning clothes, hair color, and makeup don’t appear to be the … Continue reading

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When Jesus knows exactly who you are

Whenever we hear the story of Zacchaeus in church, I think of the little children’s rhyme of Zacchaeus climbing up the sycamore tree, “for the Lord he wanted to see.” However, as I listened yesterday, it struck me completely differently. … Continue reading

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Never Alone

This weekend, I sat for a moment with the Psalm that we sang about God hearing the cry of the poor. Psalm 34 talks about evildoers being confronted and destroyed, and the just being heard and rescued from their distress. … Continue reading

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Invited

It’s funny how sometimes all you need is an invitation to do something you had permission to do anyway. As I taught my middle school group this weekend, we talked about church, and how church is so much more than … Continue reading

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A Picture is Worth a Thousand Words

  As I entered my church this weekend for the funeral of a 21-year old young woman, I looked up to see the newly finished mosaic in our dome. It is absolutely breathtaking, and this was the first time I … Continue reading

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A little help?

  A couple stood at the exit from church as I was leaving this weekend. Holding a sign asking for help with food and rent, it seemed a hopeful and reasonable place to be. I stopped and asked them if … Continue reading

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Imperfect

My church is not perfect. Not even close. There are people with agendas, some of the music is not my favorite, there are people who genuinely dislike each other, and on and on I could go. So why am I … Continue reading

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