Solidarity with Comrade Jesus.

via Rev. Chris Hedges: Christmas, Charity, Anti-Empire and the Revolutionary Jesus + Transcript

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There is a lovely idea in the Celtic tradition

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Six reasons I share Communion with kids

Communion is one of my favorite things about worship. It is a ritual ripe with meaning and power. People ask me sometimes about Communion and children. I have been giving my daughters Communion since they could take solid food. Some wonder if their kids are allowed to take Communion, so I offer this as my answer. As far as I’m concerned, children are always welcome at the table.

The Fat Pastor

wine and breadCommunion is one of my favorite things about worship.  It is a ritual ripe with meaning and power.  People ask me sometimes about Communion and children.  I have been giving my daughters Communion since they could take solid food.  Some wonder if their kids are allowed to take Communion, so I offer this as my answer.  As far as I’m concerned, children are always welcome at the table, but I also respect the wishes of the parents.  If there is a new family coming forward, and they have a little one, I always say something like, “Your child is welcome to partake, if you are okay with it. If not, I’d be happy to give her a blessing.”   In that moment, it is difficult to go into all the details of why I invite that child to share in the bread and the cup.  So now I give you these…

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Saint Invites Early, Late, and Unbelievably Tardy to Feast

Alleluia! Christ is Risen!

 

Saint Invites Early, Late, and Unbelievably Tardy to Feast.

from our friends at The Onion Dome.

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For Good Friday

For Good Friday.

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Forty Ways to Care for Your Soul this Lent

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Forty Ways to Care for Your Soul this Lent.

from our friends at Godspace.

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Back to the Blog

I have neglected this blog for a couple of months. Life has a way of getting busy and you lose track of things. That is one of the reasons I so appreciate the gift of the liturgical year. The ever changing cycle of days and weeks and seasons reminds us that it is always a time to begin again.

Nativity- Fransis Ashton Jackson

In this Advent season, we return to the manger. We return to the source. We return to the One who remains faithful, even when we get distracted and wander off. “All we like sheep have gone astray”. Lord, gently guide us, and keep us near your fold.

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Hearing God’s Voice Communally by Lynne Baab

Imagine you’re in a committee or church board meeting, and you’re discussing a possible new direction for mission. You long to experience God’s guidance in the decision. What can you do as a group to hear God speak to you?

 

Hearing God’s Voice Communally by Lynne Baab.

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How Do We Respond To Violence In Love?

 

God is love,
May this love take root in our hearts
And overflow.
Love does no wrong to another.
May God’s love spread like healing balm,
Wherever there is violence.
Love never celebrates injustice.
May it fall like gentle rain,
On thirsty ground,
And bring peace where trouble reigns.
Love binds us together.
May it reach out through us to neighbours,
And draw us into God’s eternal family.

How Do We Respond To Violence In Love?.

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A Litany of Healing

Loving and compassionate God,

Lord of all health and wholeness

We are fearfully and wonderfully made

Thank you for your miracle of healing

You gift our bodies with incredible means of protection and repair

Immune systems that shield and heal us

Wounds that heal, bones that knit, tissues that repair themselves

Thank you for your miracle of healing

You gift our world with plants and herbs that cure our diseases

They provide our medicines and pain killers

They form the basis of our antibiotics and antiseptics

Thank you for your miracle of healing

You gift our lives with your healing life

Your Cross that saves and redeems us

The bread and wine that draws us into your presence

Thank you for your miracle of healing

More at our friends at Godspace:  A Litany of Healing.

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