• Posts Tagged ‘church’

    it’s a miracle

    by  • August 10, 2012 • Uncategorized • 0 Comments

    We talked about miracles at our church Sunday, as did most folks who follow the common lectionary since the Gospel passage was about Jesus feeding the five thousand. Ginger asked a group of us to help pantomime the scripture as she read it; our drama included passing bowls of Pepperidge Farm rainbow goldfish throughout...

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    advent journal: the mystery of the mundane

    by  • December 5, 2011 • Uncategorized • 0 Comments

    Look wherever you can find the information and you will find that our Sunday morning service at Pilgrim United Church of Christ begins at 10:30. Though it is not written down anywhere, most everyone in the room knows the service ends at 11:30, which is when it is time for coffee hour and whatever...

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    an open letter to jim wallis

    by  • May 10, 2011 • Uncategorized • 7 Comments

    Dear Mr. Wallis: Yesterday, you published a post on your blog articulating why your magazine refused to publish an ad from the “Believe Out Loud” campaign, which calls for the full inclusion of LGBTQ folks in our congregational life. In explaining your choice you said, in part: But these debates have not been at...

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    faith at full steam

    by  • November 15, 2010 • Uncategorized • 1 Comment

    I’m a regular. If Fullsteam Brewery were casting a remake of Cheers, I’d be in the running for the role of Norm. I don’t drink nearly as much as he did, but when I walk in, they know me. And I love it. I’m also a regular at my church. My friend, Jimmy –...

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    sunday sonnet #12

    by  • November 8, 2010 • Uncategorized • 1 Comment

    The lectionary it seems uses the last few weeks before Advent to dish out some difficult passages. This morning’s came from Haggai. The children sang, “If you’re happy clap your hands”and Ginger gave a nod to “Glory Days,”We sang “Wayfaring Stranger” with piano – not a bandand then wrestled with the prophet’s turn of...

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    lenten journal: the church uncomfortable

    by  • March 14, 2010 • Uncategorized • 1 Comment

    I continued my reading of Nora Gallagher’s Practicing Resurrection and only got about five pages in when I a quote that brought the rest of the day rushing back to me. A spiritual director told me once that God is found on the edge of things, in the margins. About a drunk who sleeps...

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    lenten journal: what the kids said

    by  • March 11, 2010 • Uncategorized • 0 Comments

    I can’t say I have ever heard God speak out loud, but I think I’ve come close. Whatever God’s voice actually sounds like, I think I come close to hearing it when our children lead worship. Last Sunday, they led our call to worship by lining up in front of the Communion table and...

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    church in the snow

    by  • January 31, 2010 • Uncategorized • 3 Comments

    Since we can’t get to church this morning because of the snow and ice, I’ve put together a service of poems, songs, and a film clip. So, having gathered, let us prepare our hearts for worship. Our call to worship is “Morning Poem” by Mary Oliver. Every morning the world is created. Under the...

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    check yourself before you wreck yourself

    by  • January 6, 2010 • Uncategorized • 4 Comments

    Today was one of the first days in a long time that I had some morning traveling time: I had to drive to Cary, about twenty miles away, for an appointment with my eye doctor, which meant I got to drive home with my eyes dilated and NPR on the radio. I only stopped...

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    advent journal: night vision

    by  • December 17, 2009 • Uncategorized • 2 Comments

    If someone were driving by our church tonight, they might have mistaken us for Baptists: the parking lot was full on a Wednesday night. The choir was rehearsing, with orchestra, for their Vivaldi offering on Sunday, the bilingual English class was having their Christmas party in the Fellowship Hall, and a group of us...

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