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Monday
Apr012019

A Lenten Thought, Approaching Easter

 

Image result for simplify lifeMaybe it’s because Scott and I are in the process of moving, but “the stuff” that we have accumulated over the years could easily hold us captive, physically and emotionally. While it’s hard work to “rightsize” and “re-prioritize”, there is also a great sense of relief that comes from simplifying life. In this Holy season, it’s important to practice letting go not only of material trappings, but of thoughts, desires and expectations, so that we might open ourselves to receive all the good things God longs to give. May your Lenten journey take you to a place where new life is waiting to break forth!

 

Monday
Mar042019

March 2019...Be kind

Pastor Jan’s Corner .. .

 In a world where you could be anything... Be Kind!

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Matthew 5:43-48

 

For some, Lent is a time of repentance, fasting and sacrificial living in preparation for the coming of Easter, recalling the 40 days and 40 nights that Jesus spent in the desert prior to the beginning of his ministry. Rather than “giving up” something of significance during Lent, others choose to “take up” a spiritual discipline or practice to help deepen their personal relationship with God while simultaneously enriching the lives of others. I suggest then, for those who are interested, the intentional practice of sharing acts of kindness as a way of following Christ as we model “another way of living”. (Your chosen acts of kindness may be as simple or as elaborate as you prefer.) I hope that during our Sunday morning sharing time, we may, throughout the Lenten season, talk about our experiences of practicing kindness and how we have been changed through this spiritual discipline. – Pastor Jan, Interim

Tuesday
Jan292019

February, 2019

 

Pastor Jan’s Corner . . .

Mary Oliver, Pulitzer Prize-winning nature poet, passed away in January, 2019, at the age of 83. Oliver is known as one of the most well-read American poets of modern time. (I love her work!) One of her poems speaks of prayerful gratitude:

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“It doesn’t have to be the blue iris.

It could be weeds in a vacant lot, or a few small stones.

Just pay attention. Then patch a few words together –

and don’t try to make them elaborate.

This isn’t a contest but the doorway into thanks,

and a silence in which another voice may speak.”

  (Mary Oliver, "Praying")

May we remember to listen for God’s voice

in the midst of the very ordinary days of our lives.

Pastor Jan

 

 

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