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This Year, Take Lent Home

Posted by The Rev. Mary Lynn Coulson on

There are many ways we mark the season of Lent in the church – we cover the altar in purple cloth, we use fewer instruments and sing simpler songs, and we read scripture that encourages us to reflect on our lives. But Lent isn’t just a season to remember on Sunday mornings as we wait...

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Begin an Epiphany Tradition

Posted by The Rev. Mary Lynn Coulson on

We come to church to pray, to worship, to learn, and to be in community. We leave church to do the work God is calling us to do – to continue breaking bread and praying as the apostles have handed down; to resist evil; to proclaim the Good News; to seek and serve Christ in all persons; and...

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Advent: A Time for Discernment

Posted by The Rev. Mary Lynn Coulson on

“And the angel came to Mary and said, ‘Greetings, favoured one! The Lord is with you.’ But she was much perplexed by his words and pondered what sort of greeting this might be.” Luke 1:28-29 Patience, waiting, stillness. We often experience Advent as a time to remind...

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Finding a Rule of Life

Posted by The Rev. Mary Lynn Coulson on

Often, I hear people say that religion is all about rules. Do this. Don’t do that. People often push back against the religious life because they are resistant to rules, and to being told what to do. But religion is so much more than rules. The word religion comes from the Latin...

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Praying for Peace with Teenagers

Posted by The Rev. Mary Lynn Coulson on

"God of peace, open the eyes of those who want to dominate others through violence, oppression, hatred, and ignorance. Help the leaders of all nations see that peace will make a better world for today's youth and tomorrow's children." from "Call On Me: A Prayer Book for Young...

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Praying Online: Yes, it is Possible

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Posted by The Rev. Mary Lynn Coulson on

Do you think of your smartphone when you think of prayer practices? It’s easy to see that our society is addicted to our phones. We can barely go ten minutes without checking to see if we’ve gotten a text. And standing in line at the grocery store now means scrolling through our...

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St. Bart's Youth Respond to Matthew 25

Posted by The Rev. Mary Lynn Coulson on

Jesus said: “I was hungry, and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me, I was naked and you gave me clothing, I was sick and you took care of me, I was in prison and you visited me. Truly I tell you, just as you did it to one...

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Reading Corner

Posted by The Rev. Mary Lynn Coulson on

Looking for a gift for Christmas? Searching for ways to bring faith into your daily life? Check out these great books – they’ll become staples in your home. The Invisible String, Patrice KarstWe are all connected, and no one is ever alone. That’s the message of this beautiful...

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A Month to Remember

Posted by The Rev. Mary Lynn Coulson on

The morning after the sugar-crazed children of our neighborhoods run through the streets in costume, we wake up to a new month driven by holiday prepping: Thanksgiving is almost here! That means it’s almost Christmas! Then New Year’s Eve! It’s practically 2018...

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Wake Up!

Posted by The Rev. Mary Lynn Coulson on

The Rev. Mary Lynn Coulson's sermon from Sunday, August 20.   Do you ever hit snooze on your alarm in the morning? I do. Every. Single. Morning. At least five, or ten, times. The bed is just so soft and warm! When I lived in Minnesota, in the winters there was that much more incentive to...

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