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Lent – Tending our Soul – 2/26/16

Are you aware of where God is in your life?  Is God present in your family?  Your marriage?  Your workplace?  Your church?

During Lent, we ask ourselves these questions and remind ourselves that our God is an inviting God.  We are invited to open more and more aspects of our lives to God’s presence.

And we remember that tending our souls […]

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Lent – February 4, 2016

Ash Wednesday, the first day of Lent, is next Wednesday, February 10!   The 40 days of Lent are a time for each of us to draw closer to God.  I invite you to use this time to “give up” or “take on” something that will help you to invite God into your life more often.  Perhaps you will give […]

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Spiritual Gifts – week of January 28th

As we near the end of our Spiritual Gifts series, I want to give a big shout out to all of you who have taken the test and emailed me your results!  Thank you!  And for those of you who haven’t there is still time.  The link to the test is still on our website and will remain there.

One […]

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Spiritual Gifts – week of January 7, 2016

I am so excited about our sermon series on Spiritual Gifts!   Please take the test on our website and let me know what your spiritual gift mix is.  Also email or call me with any questions that you might have!   A list of all the spiritual gifts and their definitions is below.

SPIRITUAL GIFT DEFINITIONS AND SCRIPTURE REFERENCES

The following contains definitions […]

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2015 Christmas Letter

Dear Friends,

Hope, Peace, Joy, and Love.

These are the themes of Advent.   As Christians, we seek to make each of them a central part of our lives.   But as I write this, we are hearing about yet another terrible act of violence in our country.   Clearly, we live in a world where many do not have hope, peace, joy and […]

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Advent Season

It is hard to believe that we are about to enter the second week of Advent!    During this season, I like to engage in the spiritual discipline of contemplating the themes of the weeks of Advent.   The first week’s theme is Hope and the theme of the second week is Peace.

I encourage you to think about the meaning of […]

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Thanksgiving Blessings

After my sermon last Sunday, Senior Deacon Rich Marriott sent me this link. It is to a story on NPR about how gratitude is not only good for the soul, but cardiologists say that it helps the heart too!
We need healthy hearts and minds these days, because there are troubling things happening in our world. […]

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What is Spiritual Direction?

So what is Spiritual Direction anyway?  Well, it is an ancient practice that Wikipedia defines as:  the practice of being with people as they attempt to deepen their relationship with the divine, or as they learn and grow in their own personal spirituality.

Spiritual Directors are like midwives.  They don’t give answers, but they are there to help you in […]

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Spiritual Direction

As many of you know, I am in the first year of a two-year course to become certified as a spiritual director.  Every Wednesday, I drive up to the Mercy Center in Madison, Connecticut and attend my class.  The course also includes several all day Saturday sessions and a weekend silent retreat in January.  I have wanted to learn […]

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