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Connection & Call

It seems that a common discussion in churches is the question of how we can grow our congregation. How do we invite, connect, and follow through with new people? But moreover– WHY do we want to?  Bishop Alan reflected that we don’t really have any “pew...

Thank you for filling your house, Lord!

Dear Ones,  What a glorious weekend it was! Saturday evening's “Hello/Goodbye” party felt truly magical, and I realized that not only are we celebrating being together again after a four-month sabbatical, we are really still rejoicing (marveling?) over our...

Reconnect & Renew

Dear Ones, I am joyfully anticipating being with you all anew this coming Sunday, September 11! Four months is a long time. You have been in my prayers and in my heart, and I have heard through Bishop Alan that it has been a wonderful, renewing sabbatical...

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Connection & Call

It seems that a common discussion in churches is the question of how we can grow our congregation. How do we invite, connect, and follow through with new people? But moreover– WHY do we want to?  Bishop Alan reflected that we don’t really have any “pew...

read more

Thank you for filling your house, Lord!

Dear Ones,  What a glorious weekend it was! Saturday evening's “Hello/Goodbye” party felt truly magical, and I realized that not only are we celebrating being together again after a four-month sabbatical, we are really still rejoicing (marveling?) over our...

read more

Reconnect & Renew

Dear Ones, I am joyfully anticipating being with you all anew this coming Sunday, September 11! Four months is a long time. You have been in my prayers and in my heart, and I have heard through Bishop Alan that it has been a wonderful, renewing sabbatical...

read more

Jesus is the same, yesterday, today and forever

Every Tuesday around noon, you can find a group of men from Grace sat in the corner of the courtyard studying the Bible. They are one of several small groups that gather in different ways during the week across Grace Episcopal Church, and I have written about the...

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All We Need Is Here

Every Tuesday morning the staff of Grace Church meet for prayer and for ministry coordination. We always end the meeting with a particular song. We stand and sing “All we need is here, here, here; all we need is here, here, here”. And we sing it three times. It is not...

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Seeing as God Sees

The Christian writer, C.S.Lewis, comments on the word membership as follows: “The Christian is called, not to individualism but to membership in the mystical body. The very word membership is of Christian origin, but it has been taken over by the world and emptied of...

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We Shall be Changed

As the pandemic lockdown entered its second year in 2021, the Bishop of the Convocation of Episcopal Churches in Europe, Mark Edington, edited and published a series of short essays on the impact of being closed for in person worship. The essays were entitled “We...

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Praying for Our Bishops and the Lambeth Conference

This week we focus our prayers a little more intently on our Bishops. All active Bishop across the Anglican Communion are gathering in Canterbury for the Lambeth Conference. Donna and I enjoyed three weeks in Canterbury for the last Lambeth held in 2008. Traditionally...

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Rev. Amy Sabbatical Update!

https://vimeo.com/731551296/98796a444b We’re having an incredible time and have weathered the heat wave just fine. We spent 10 days in the village of Bampton in Oxfordshire, traversed the country twice for a pilgrimage to Canterbury, walked 40 miles on the coast of...

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Let us sit among the prophets

Part of my regular prayer practice is to give time to journal on specific verses or passages of Scripture that catch my attention during personal devotions. What has been surprising is that a majority of these have been in the Psalms, which I try and read in their...

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Good News Garden Update!

Can you believe it has already been a month at the Good News Garden? Our plants are growing, seedlings are sprouting, and new friends are joining us in the garden each week! -- people, birds, bees, frogs, and lots of worms! Last Sunday, we explored the kinds of life...

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