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Hope During Election

The psalm for today's Morning Prayer was 146, a song of praise. There we pray: "put not your trust in princes, in a son of man, in whom there is no salvation...Blessed is the one whose help is the God of Jacob, whose hope is in the Lord their God, who made heaven and earth, the sea, and all that is in them, who keeps faith forever, who executes justice for the oppressed...

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For He Comes

We give you thanks, most gracious God, for the beauty of the earth and sky and sea; for the richness of mountains, plains, and rivers; for the wonder of your creatures, large and small; and for all the loveliness that surrounds us. BCPThe heavens declare the glory of God, and the sky above proclaims his handiwork.Ps 19Let the sea roar and all that fills it; the world and t...

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Take Root Downward

On Sunday, toward the beginning of the sermon,I took up the biblical metaphor of a tree to depict what is to be true of all our lives: we are to take root downward that we might bear fruit upward. We are to continually grow and mature in our union with Jesus, that his life may continue to flow in us through the Spirit. Peter, the famed apostle, helps us in this regard. Wh...

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Sewing Peace in Soil of Discord

Tuesday evening was nothing short of a spectacle as it was illuminating. Throughout this week I have gone back and forth on whether I comment on the presidential debate since I am so new to this community, but refraining from saying anything would proceed from a fearful heart and not one that desires our health and growth. Moreover this is an opportune time for us to pract...

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God Is Enough

As I write this note, rain continues to fall from the skies, a much welcomed relief to our area in light of the wildfires a week ago. Though we now experience some reprieve, let us not forget that many are only now beginning to sort out their lives due to damage and destruction from the fires. Julian of Norwich (14th c.) penned a most beautiful prayer that has made its wa...

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Draw Near to Jesus

I am thankful to the Lord for the ways in which he has brought me and my family to Emmanuel. Though I have had interactions with only some of you so far, I am encouraged by the love you have for God, the hospitality you share, and the desire you have to love our neighbors. I am thankful for the years of service of Fr. Dan and have an expectant joy for the work the Lord wil...

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