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Stillness of Time – Reflections from a Hospital Window

Posted by Najat Kafity on

As I was recently lying in a hospital bed, I found myself reminiscing over the fourteen stations of the Via Dolorosa. I remembered how we started our walk from St. George's Cathedral to the Old City of Jerusalem at the bright and crisp hour of 6 a.m. Our route was such that we stopped at each of...

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The Connected Church

Posted by The Rev. William Zettinger on

Recently, I was chatting with a good friend who was one of my former customers and is now an executive for a systems engineering company. The company has more than 30,000 employees and its multibillion-dollar Tech Services business roughly divides evenly between North America, Europe and...

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The Lord Has Risen - Alleluia

Posted by The Rev. Mark McKone-Sweet on

On Easter Sunday, we greeted each other with the words of joy “Happy Easter!” It was a wonderful chorus on the patio, at the exchange of the peace and as goodbyes were said in the parking lot. I have to admit, Happy Easter greetings arrived in the middle of Lent from some peoples...

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Walking with Jesus

Posted by The Rev. William Zettinger on

As we approach Holy Week and Easter, I am always amazed at how Jesus blazed a trail forward in his life. He showed us how to live as mortals in a divine way, connected to God, in service to those around us and how to walk humbly with God. I have been humbled to contemplate the intense devotion...

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What Does the Cross Mean to You

Posted by The Rev. Chris Harris on

Good Friday Sermon – The Rev. Chris Harris In a few minutes you are going to be invited to come forward to ‘venerate’ the cross. That might be a new invitation for some of you. You might be wondering how does one venerate something anyway? Well not surprisingly its very...

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Our Baptismal Promises: A Journey Not a Destination

Posted by The Rev. Chris Harris on

During the 9am Forum all through Lent we have been studying the five promises within our Baptismal Covenant. Going through this series as both participant and facilitator has been an eye-opening experience. I have been reminded just how much of a journey - as opposed to a destination - our...

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Why Incense?

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Posted by Warren Mock on

You may notice during Holy Week the presence of incense at some of our services. What is the purpose of incense? In short, it’s part of the larger purpose of liturgy which is designed to stimulate the worshiper by exciting the senses and feeding our imagination, enabling us to completely...

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The Rising Tide of Hispanic Immigrants: The New Episcopalians?

Posted by Michael Fuqua on

It seems that immigration is the topic du jour in almost any conversation to be had today about current events. After a tumultuous election in which immigration was a hot button, the subject is intensifying as we move into the execution of President Trump’s direction in the years ahead...

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The Book of Mankind

Posted by Rula Kafity Kassicieh on

Multi-Cultural week is a tradition at the high school where I work, that celebrates diversity and promotes human connectedness. Each day of that week is dedicated to a theme and today’s theme happens to be ‘equality.’ On equality day, the campus is dressed in matching, or...

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Liturgy and Music During Lent

Posted by Nathan Costa on

Lent, deriving from a medieval Germanic word for “spring,” is a time for renewal, preparation for the rebirth of the church at Easter baptisms. It offers us an opportunity each year to consider how we are living out our baptismal calling. As we begin this time of reflection together...

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