Monthly Archives: August 2018

Reflection on James 1: 23-24

For if any are hearers of the word and not doers, they are like those who look at themselves in a mirror; for they look at themselves and, on going away, immediately forget what they were like. I’m at the … Continue reading

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Guest post from Aotearoa / New Zealand by Ana Lisa de Jong

This poem by Ana Lisa de Jong and the accompanying photograph by Alexander Harding have moved me today, not Sunday, but the Sabbath in any day. SUNDAY SONG The bird song has broken down the temple walls, that the life might … Continue reading

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Prayers for Jacksonville, Florida

For family and friends of three who died, we pray for comfort and peace. For gamers of all kinds, shocked and frightened, we pray for community. For Floridians sad in their souls after Pulse and Parkland Ft. Lauderdale airport, and … Continue reading

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Remembering John McCain, 1936-2018

Tonight I give thanks for the uprightness this man represented serving a party with which I so often disagreed, but believing in reaching across that “aisle” to form coalition and to solve problems. He weighed with integrity rather than self-interest, … Continue reading

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International Overdose Awareness Day — Ephesians 6: 10-17

August 31 is International Overdose Awareness Day. The churches of New Hampshire have both felt the pain of our state’s addiction crisis and have supported a diversity of recovery-related ministries. The NH Council of Churches encourages your congregation to set … Continue reading

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Hymn by Carolyn Winfrey Gillette on Clergy Abuse

I take permission from the fact that Carolyn wants her hymn to be shared and we need to sing these sorrows.  By Carolyn Winfrey Gillette 8-23-2018 Author’s Note: This new hymn is in response to the latest news of abuse … Continue reading

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Guest Post from A Child Laughs by Carolyn Venema

Carolyn Venema wrote this piece for A Child Laughs: Prayers of Justice and Hope: SIMPLEST BEAUTY by Carolyn Venema Consider how the wild flowers grow. They do not labor or spin. Yet I tell you, not even Solomon in all … Continue reading

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