rest

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Fall break is a beautiful thing.  The past few months have been filled with classes, assignments, deadlines, exams and more.  A week of no classes is a welcome change of pace and a chance to step away from many of the demands of the semester.  We may have things to accomplish, but the time away from our usual rhythm is …

Weekly Prayer: 11/23

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God of life, I am glad for the many things I can accomplish. Work and activities fill my life with meaning and joy. Friends, family, and other people bring me connection. Yet, sometimes I am weary and worn. Help me to set aside the demands and find rest. Show me ways to rest my mind, my spirit and my body. …

John 18:33-37

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33Pilate entered the headquarters again, summoned Jesus, and asked him, “Are you the King of the Jews?” 34Jesus answered, “Do you ask this on your own, or did others tell you about me?” 35Pilate replied, “I am not a Jew, am I? Your own nation and the chief priests have handed you over to me. What have you done?” 36Jesus answered, “My kingdom …

change will come

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Are you feeling overwhelmed and anxious today?  Do you have so many deadlines and things to accomplish that it seems like you can’t possibly get everything done in time?  Are there struggles and sorrows in your life or the lives of people you care about that are weighing on your mind?  Does the global climate crisis or the national political …

weekly prayer: 11/16

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O God, When the burdens of my life are too heavy, fill me with strength to carry them. When the struggles that surround me seem overwhelming, guide me to find hope. When the sorrows in the world are too much to bear, help me see your presence. Help me to breathe. Fill me with courage and peace.  Give me hope …

Mark 13:1-8

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1As [Jesus] came out of the temple, one of his disciples said to him, “Look, Teacher, what large stones and what large buildings!” 2Then Jesus asked him, “Do you see these great buildings? Not one stone will be left here upon another; all will be thrown down.”  3When he was sitting on the Mount of Olives opposite the temple, Peter, James, John, and Andrew …

All Saints

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November 1st is All Saints Day when we remember those who have died while following Jesus.  We remember not only great heroes of the faith, but also, the quiet everyday heroes of the faith who have been part of our own lives. People who taught us about the love of God.  People who explained to us what they knew about …

Weekly Prayer: 11/9

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O God, When I struggle with loss or sorrow, you are there, caring for me. When I face pain sadness, you are touched by my pain. When I grieve the death of someone dear to me, your care and compassion surround me. Help me to feel your presence when I am hurting. Help me to know your love in my …

John 11:32-44

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32When Mary came where Jesus was and saw him, she knelt at his feet and said to him, “Lord, if you had been here, my brother would not have died.” 33When Jesus saw her weeping, and the Jews who came with her also weeping, he was greatly disturbed in spirit and deeply moved. 34He said, “Where have you laid him?” They said …

reshaped & reformed

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A friend of mine is a potter.  Dawn can take a lump of clay and make it into something amazing.  The clay spins on a wheel, while she shapes it into something beautiful and useful.  However, there are times when she will stop, take a cup or a bowl or a pot off the wheel, and start all over.  She …