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Saturday, July 9

Saul clothed David with his armour; he put a bronze helmet on his head and clothed him with a coat of mail. David strapped Saul’s sword over the armour, and he tried in vain to walk, for he was not used to them. Then David said to Saul, ‘I cannot walk with these; for I am not used to them.’ So David removed them. Then he took his staff in his hand, and chose five smooth stones from the wadi, […]

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Friday, July 8

The beginning of the good news of Jesus Christ, the Son of God. As it is written in the prophet Isaiah, ‘See, I am sending my messenger ahead of you, who will prepare your way; the voice of one crying out in the wilderness: “Prepare the way of the Lord, make his paths straight,”‘ Mark 1:1-3 (NRSV)

Get out the heavy equipment

bulldozers, backhoes

Dynamite, TNT,

those roads are full of potholes

who would believe they could be fixed

with a Word.

The Rev. Ann Fontaine, Interim […]

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The prayer of the heart

Serenity is not removal from the storm but peace within the storm. Centering prayer must never become “self-centering prayer.” Rather it is an attempt to pay attention to the inescapable presence of God, which grounds our very existence. The mercy of God comes as an unbidden gift, not because God ever leaves us, but because we choose to turn away.

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Wednesday, July 6

“But they urged him strongly, saying, ‘Stay with us, because it is almost

evening and the day is now nearly over.’ So he went in to stay with them. When he was at table with them, he took bread, blessed and broke it, and gave it to them. Then their eyes were opened, and they recognized him; …” Luke 24:13-35 (NRSV)

In the darkness of evening

we sat down to eat with the stranger.

As he broke the bread

our hearts saw the sun

rise between […]

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Tuesday, July 5

“Now it was Mary Magdalene, Joanna, Mary, the mother of James, and the other women with them who told this to the apostles. But these words seemed to them an idle tale, and they did not believe them.” Luke 23:56b – 24:11 (NRSV)

Arbiters of the Word

cannot hear the tales

of the spice girls

who went into the cave of death

and found Life out dancing on the hillsides.

Who is singing songs of resurrection to me this day?

The Rev. Ann Fontaine, Interim Vicar, what […]

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Monday, July 4

Rise up, O LORD; set me free, O my God; *

surely, you will strike all my enemies across the face,

you will break the teeth of the wicked. Psalm 3:7 (BCP)

Something quite satisfying

about the wicked gumming their food

mumbling their threats through flapping lips.

But then —

Soon we will all be pureeing our food

sipping it through straws!!

The Rev. Ann Fontaine, Interim Vicar,what the tide brings in. She is the author of

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Sunday, July 3

Put not your trust in rulers, nor in any child of earth, *

for there is no help in them.

When they breathe their last, they return to earth, *

and in that day their thoughts perish. Psalm 146:2-3 (BCP)

Bleached by the sun

Frayed in the wash

The quilt fades

birds pick up the threads to build a nest.

The Rev. Ann Fontaine, Interim Vicar,what the tide brings in. She is the author of

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Saturday, July 2

Now there was a disciple in Damascus named Ananias. The Lord said to him in a vision, ‘Ananias.’ He answered, ‘Here I am, Lord.’ The Lord said to him, ‘Get up and go to the street called Straight, and at the house of Judas look for a man of Tarsus named Saul. At this moment he is praying, and he has seen in a vision* a man named Ananias come in and lay his hands on him so that he […]

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Friday, July 1

“Deliver me, O LORD, from evildoers;

protect me from the violent,

Who devise evil in their hearts

and stir up strife all day long.” Psalm 140 (BCP)

Protect me from them

Protect them from me

Take away the vat of violence

A stew with chunks of anger

and herbs of hatred.

Give us the bread of you presence

to cool the burning tongue.

The Rev. Ann Fontaine, Interim Vicar,what the tide brings in. She is the author of

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Thursday, July 30

I will not allow my eyes to sleep, *

nor let my eyelids slumber;

Until I find a place for the LORD, *

a dwelling for the Mighty One of Jacob.” Psalm 132:4-5 (BCP)

altar the heart

each night

before sleep

The Rev. Ann Fontaine, Interim Vicar,what the tide brings in. She is the author of

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