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A Living Stone and a Holy People

Like newborn infants, long for the pure spiritual milk, that by it you may grow up into salvation—if indeed you have tasted that the Lord is good. As you come to him, a living stone rejected by men but in the sight of God chosen and precious, you yourselves like living stones are being built up as a spiritual house, to be a holy priesthood, to offer spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ. For it stands in Scripture:“Behold, I am laying…

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Christ is Risen!

Alleluia! He is Risen! He is risen, indeed!But could they see Jesus?In the days after the resurrection Jesus appears to people over and over again without fanfare, in their ordinary moments. And time after time, people who knew Jesus well don’t recognize him, sometimes for a few minutes, sometimes for hours. Jesus appears to Mary, crying over His own missing body, and she doesn’t recognize that it is Jesus there to comfort her. Cleopas and the other disciple walk with Jesus, talking about…

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New Life

Christ is risen, He is risen indeed. Alleluia! Where in your surroundings do you see new life? In nature? In your relationships? In the stirring of the Holy Spirit? Christ is risen, He is risen indeed. Alleluia! How can your prayer life rise up? Are there new rituals or practices you can try? Christ is risen, He is risen indeed. Alleluia! What is something you can release from the tomb? Can you name something (or someone) that can move from the darkness into…

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The sign says “Ashes on the Go”. There is snow on the lawn. The sun is shining. The thermometer says 38 degrees, but it feels more like 30, thanks to the wind. Four people gather on the bare parking lot. Three wear white robes, two with purple stoles.People arrive in cars. Some park, get out of their cars, and walk over to those in white robes. Others roll down their windows and stay in their cars. Words are exchanged. “What is your name?”…

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Farewell to the Alleluia

Hallelujah!Praise God in His sanctuary.Praise Him in His mighty heavens.Praise Him for His powerful acts;praise Him for His abundant greatness.Praise Him with trumpet blast;praise Him with harp and lyre.Praise Him with tambourine and dance;praise Him with flute and strings.Praise Him with resounding cymbals;praise Him with clashing cymbals.Let everything that breathes praise the Lord.Hallelujah!(Psalm 150)This Sunday marks a turning point in the church year. It is Transfiguration Sunday, and Wednesday will be Ash Wednesday. Typically services perform some kind of ceremony to "bury the…

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Emmanuel is Here!

In so many ways we who are a people of faith have been experiencing this Holy Week and Easter with a sense of dread. There is a feeling that there has never been an Easter like this. This Holy Week through Zoom meetings with friends and colleagues I could see the stress and deep sadness on their brows that they were going through since none of us would be together. Gone are the flowers, the lilies are not there, the tulips and other…

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