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I Belong; We Belong

“Never alone, which means it is not for me to say, I believe in God, the Father Almighty (even faith is a gift), but, I belong to God the Father Almighty.”

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Diocese unresponsive regarding uninhabitable apartments

The building has been beset with problems in the past two years. Elevators don’t work properly and mold is so prevalent that it damages furniture and clothes, residents told The Post. Another fire in October 2018 left the building without air conditioning for a week.

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A COVID Morning at Church

“This is certainly not the priesthood that I sought. I really do like the outfits. But it is the priesthood to which I am currently called. Just because this time is lousy in many ways, doesn’t mean that I am not responsible for the care and support of my people. And so we Zoom church. And we bless cars. And we have logistically difficult, candlelit, masked, graveside visits. And we baptize outside. And we empty our outreach coffers to support the food pantries in our area. And we thank God for the blessings of this life, even as we watch too much news and pray for the sick and those who tend them. Apparently, we can’t help but be the church right now. Thanks be to God.”

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Speaking to the Soul

I Belong; We Belong

“Never alone, which means it is not for me to say, I believe in God, the Father Almighty (even faith is a gift), but, I belong to God the Father Almighty.”

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Let Nothing Be Wasted

“The little boy teaches me over and over again that everything I do is a gift given to God. And it’s precisely in the giving of our gifts to others that God transforms them before our eyes. Maybe you’re wondering what small gifts you have to give, or perhaps you’re overwhelmed with the tasks to get through each day. “Let nothing be wasted,” Jesus says to the disciples and to us. Nothing is lost on God.”

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Nicodemus

“One commentator said that at this point Nicodemus disappears from the narrative. Hardly. He is listening, finally. And when you listen you become quiet. You let what you hear seep deeply into you. Oh, Nicodemus is there, all right. And Jesus tells him the whole story. That the Son of God came to bring eternal life, a light, one which will guide those who are not evil, who know his name, who believe in him.”

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Risking the Authentic Response

“O Holy tamer of waves and wind, help us discern what you long for from us.  Get us out of the boat and out on the waves.  Help us remember to reach out to you.  Lord, save us.”

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The Lead

From TEC: Episcopal Church plants seeds for 10 new ministries

[August 3, 2020] At its June meeting, The Episcopal Church Executive Council approved grants totaling $213,551 for new church starts and missional communities.

Resolutions A005 and A032  approved by General Convention in 2018 authorized the Task Force on Church Planting and Congregational Redevelopment to solicit and recommend grants for new and continued funding for new worshipping communities and missional enterprise ventures throughout The Episcopal Church. The resolutions particularly call on these new communities to connect with under-represented groups, including youth and […]

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South Sudan Anglicans killed

At least 23 people were killed this week and 20 others were wounded after unidentified gunmen stormed an Anglican church compound in South Sudan’s Anglican Diocese of Athooch, in Jonglei State. The assailants took six children as hostages

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The Magazine

A COVID Morning at Church

“This is certainly not the priesthood that I sought. I really do like the outfits. But it is the priesthood to which I am currently called. Just because this time is lousy in many ways, doesn’t mean that I am not responsible for the care and support of my people. And so we Zoom church. And we bless cars. And we have logistically difficult, candlelit, masked, graveside visits. And we baptize outside. And we empty our outreach coffers to support the food pantries in our area. And we thank God for the blessings of this life, even as we watch too much news and pray for the sick and those who tend them. Apparently, we can’t help but be the church right now. Thanks be to God.”

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Prayers Unaware

“There are times when I am standing on God’s shoulders or he is sitting on mine and I am unaware. These stories are worth retelling.”

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Ballpark Church

“For me, ballpark church represents a mustard seed planted to nurture a return to communal worship, a reminder that now, more than ever, I can and must find God in the most unexpected places.”

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