Category: Worship

Advent: The Stone in Our Shoe?

Dear Friends, In a world in which the rhythm of life is no longer dictated by the movements of the church year, Advent sounds a strangely discordant note. Amidst the buying of presents, decorating homes, parties, and preparing for family reunions, Advent is a bothersome season. Just when we are trying to be especially happy, the […]

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From Whom Has Our Wellbeing Come?

Dear Friends, The words of next Sunday’s gospel will seem disconnected from our own experience of life. Despite ourselves, we are already responding to prospects of Christmas, warm fires on dark nights, Christmas gift lists, and good food. Meanwhile, Jesus predicts the destruction of the temple in Jerusalem. What is all his talk of “wars […]

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The “Least” of Us

Dear Friends, Scripture is very concerned about the least among us, because God is very concerned about the least among us. Jesus directs hard words at those filled with self-importance, who say long prayers but then steal from the poor. He goes on to remind us that God is concerned about the frail among us, […]

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Jottings: Re-Entering the Upper Room

Dear Friends, Sunday we will join at the table in Eucharist, sharing holy bread and holy wine, the body and blood of our Lord Jesus Christ. This common meal is an intimate affair. The word “Eucharist” is, in fact, a transliteration of the Greek word eucharistia, which is itself a translation of the Hebrew word […]

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