• Posts Tagged ‘communion’

    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: coffee break

    by  • December 3, 2011 • Uncategorized • 1 Comment

    it began as a ployto get them to finishtheir vocabularywho could blame meon a high schoolfriday afternoon “if you finishyour assignmentwe’ll go to caribou” –they made quickwork of exercisesalready past due and we walked across the parking lot to our latteswith the novelswe carried as coverto fool the front desk we sat in a...

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    lenten journal: asked and answered

    by  • April 22, 2011 • Uncategorized • 0 Comments

    Brothers and sisters, from where have you come? Such was the question that greeted us as we prepared to share Communion in our Maundy Thursday. Those of us scattered across the sanctuary had come from different places. The answer we were called to give in unison was compelling: We have come from the dust,...

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    lenten journal: in remembrance of me

    by  • April 19, 2011 • Uncategorized • 0 Comments

    We drove to Hampton, Virginia Sunday after church to surprise our friend Charles who turns fifty tomorrow. We walked into their house around suppertime, ate, and then sat around the table talking as old friends do. Our conversation turned to music and then to the music we grew up on, which is gospel. Thanks...

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    lenten journal: life together

    by  • March 11, 2011 • Uncategorized • 1 Comment

    One of the informal rituals of our marriage is Ginger asking me, usually apropos of nothing, “Give me three reasons why you love me.” And I do. I have a long list; this is not a difficult challenge. Sometimes, she rephrases the question: “Why did you want to marry me?” Again, easy answer, which...

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    advent journal: incidental contact

    by  • December 6, 2010 • Uncategorized • 0 Comments

    The first Sunday of the month means we celebrate Communion at our church, as in many Protestant congregations. Of all the things we do together in worship, Communion lands at the top of the list for me: we remember the story that binds us together in word and in action, we feed one another,...

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    sunday sonnet #3

    by  • September 7, 2010 • Uncategorized • 2 Comments

    I had a church-less weekend since Sunday was my turnto stay at home with Reuben, who is ailing;I planted in the garden and gave the beds a turnWhile he sat and snored and set the “z”s a-sailing. I was not there to stand in line to taste the Bread and Cup,the food that’s fed...

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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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    lenten journal: communion

    by  • March 8, 2010 • Uncategorized • 0 Comments

    we pass the silver plate of broken bread with less confidence than we pass the peace easier perhaps to hug than to admit our hungerwe take and eat without a word and wait for the wine’s weaker friendshot glasses of salvationwe place the emptiesin the pew racks causing the clicking sound ofsolidarity to rattleour...

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    lenten journal: don’t faith alone

    by  • March 7, 2010 • Uncategorized • 3 Comments

    We’ve been spending Saturday mornings during Lent with Job at our church: coffee, fruit, pastries, and suffering – what a way to spend a weekend. I’m the discussion leader and the guy who starts the coffee pot, so I get there early to get both the pot and my mind percolating. This morning we...

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