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  • What Can I Learn From Service? "People we meet, some great in the eyes of the world and some almost invisible to the larger society, are often conduits of God's wisdom. Henri Nouwen, Discernment: Reading the Signs of Daily Life When I was ordained to the diaconate, I was placed into a ministry ... [read more]
  • This is one of those gospel passages that I read in order to give thanks for how different God is from us.  Jesus, in this parable, describes a God that scatters seed every which way, heedless of where it will land or whether or not it will grow well, hoping against hope that seeds will sprout in un... [read more]
  • Service as a Spiritual Discipline "I am among you as one who serves."  Luke 22:27 Typically, when we speak of a 'spiritual discipline' we imagine a consistent practice of some form of prayer and study such as saying the daily offices, reading the Bible, meditation or fasting during Lent, for e... [read more]
  • Last week, Deacon Chuck referenced something that I have been reflecting upon all week: the notion that Jesus in his earthly ministry shook things up as a way of manifesting his love for us. It was often in seminary that we questioned this commonly held belief of Jesus as a “nice guy”. That is not t... [read more]
  • Collect for the Third Sunday After Pentecost O Lord, make us have perpetual love and reverence for your holy Name, for you never fail to help and govern those whom you have set upon the sure foundation of your loving-kindness; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the H... [read more]
  • When he saw the crowds, he had compassion for them, because they were harassed and helpless, like sheep without a shepherd.  Then he said to his disciples, “The harvest is plentiful, but the laborers are few; therefore ask the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into his harvest.”   Matthew 9:3... [read more]
  • I think one of the things that gets underplayed slightly in the way we tell our story nowadays is just how much Jesus goes out of his way to comfort his disciples in the face of what I am sure seems like an overwhelming mission. Jesus spends three chapters in John before the Passover meal with his d... [read more]
  • Jesus said to them again, “Peace be with you. As the Father has sent me, so I send you.” When he had said this, he breathed on them and said to them, “Receive the Holy Spirit." (John 20:21-22) Pentecost is all about the Holy Spirit... and about mission... and about stewardship... and... Pentec... [read more]