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Archives: October 2020

Oct 29, 2020 - Kent French

NOTE: Daylight Savings ends this Sunday morning (fall back an hour).COMMUNION SUNDAY: We invite you to prepare your communion at home (bread and juice, crackers and wine, milk and cookies, whatever can be a sacred meal for you).

Some of us grew up with All Saints Day, some did not. I'm in the latter category. Probably all of us grew up with its secular counterpart: Halloween (adapted from 'All Hallows Eve').

Early Christians wanted some way to remember the valiant heroes of the...

Oct 22, 2020 - Kent French

The best spiritual teachers and faith founders pepper their ministries with sweet, little cogent nuggets of simple wisdom.

Like the Buddha saying: Do not dwell in the past, do not dream of the future, concentrate the mind on the present moment. 

 Or Confucius saying: It does not matter how slowly you go so long as you do not stop. 

Or Rabbi Hillel saying: Judge not thy friend until thou standest in his place.

But when you try to put them into practice fully,...

Oct 15, 2020 - Kent French

On Sunday, we follow again the arguments and controversies that Jesus willingly embroils himself in during his last week of Earthly life.

This Sunday's passage (Matthew 15-22) gives us Jesus' famous comeback to the goading Pharisees: "Render therefore unto Caesar the things which are Caesar's; and unto God the things that are God's" (verse 21, King James version). 

I grew up...

Oct 08, 2020 - Amy Norton

Dear Ones,

There's no way around it, this week's lectionary story is a doozy and a half.

We hear a parable, perhaps familiar, of a King who invites the elite to his son's wedding banquet, and nobody accepts his invitation, so he throws open the doors to the palace and invites all the rabble rousers, common folk, prostitutes, tax collectors, and peasants in the kingdom. A...

Oct 01, 2020 - Kent French

Communion Sunday: We invite you prepare your own communion at home, whether with juice and a muffin or scone, milk and toast, wine and crackers, whatever works for you. We also invite you to prepare your table as you might for communion: with a candle, a special goblet or chalice, a special plate, and a tablecloth or placemat. We will consecrate the elements together on our Zoom worship.

It is...