Youth Sunday: Illuminate

May 6th is Youth Sunday! Our youth conscientiously chose songs for their inspiring lyrics and wrote prayers to reflect what ails their hearts.  Their ardent words of reflection are calls to action.  And of course, these teenagers are talented singers and musicians.   Steph...
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God With Skin On

The phrase “God With Skin On” comes from the story of a little boy who was frightened one night during a big thunderstorm. Terrified, he called out from his room, “Daddy, I’m scared!”  His father, not wanting to get out of bed, called back,...
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Blooming

Last fall, the Stewardship Committee gave out daffodil and tulip bulbs, to symbolize our gifts to the church that bloom with time. Folks from the church were invited to plant them at home, or here in some of our beds at the church. And now it is exciting to see the things that...
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Illuminate

  The circle is a universal symbol with extensive meaning. One such representation in Christian iconography is the notion of wholeness.  On Youth Retreat last weekend, we began our gathering by discussing what realities of our modern society break us apart—what keeps us from...
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Cleaning the Crud Out of the Sink

Congratulations you are an adult, which means that you need to take care of gross things. Those little slimy bits that collect in the sink trap aren’t going anywhere on their own. That stinky trash can is your proud responsibility. And as much as we might wish it, the...
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Candles

We first started lighting candles in worship not quite two years ago. Our first summer in the new space, we were trying to think what to place in the choir loft after the choir was no longer gathering. In its place, we thought we would try prayer stations for folks to respond in...
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Praying With Our Feet

Since last week’s E-Call, I have been on an exciting journey of what it means to be living in an area of the country where the temperatures drop low enough for snow to form and what it means to be a minister in the midst of a loving congregation and a global neighborhood of...
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What Matters

The Dash,” written by Linda Davis, sends a message that it is the “dash” in between our birth and transition death dates which characterizes how we will be remembered.  Her words inform my writing this week as we begin our Lenten journey: the forty days in which...
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Pancakes

Before Ash Wednesday and the reflective season of Lent, there comes my favorite Tuesday of the year:  Mardi Gras.  This is no ordinary Tuesday!  Growing up, we didn’t have a carnival parade or elaborate feathered masks but we did have heaping stacks of pancakes for supper...
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