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Stepping Out Of The Chaos - 06/16/2017

In the beginning when God created the heavens and the earth, the earth was a formless void and darkness covered the face of the deep, while a wind from God swept over the face of the waters. Then God said, “Let there be light”; and there was light. And God saw that the light was good; and God separated the light from the darkness. God called the light Day, and the darkness he called Night. And there was evening and there was morning, the first day. Genesis 1:1-5 On one of my first pastoral calls I went to visit a parishioner in a nursing home. At one end of a community room I had to pass through to get to the elevator the volume was turned all the way up on a television no one was watch

Until All The Sheep Are Found - 06/09/2017

Although we’re spread across three different states my two best friends and I make a point of getting together annually and I’m just back from spending thirty-six hours in their company. Catlin lives at an ashram. She’s a street performer, massage therapist, artist and fiddler. When I was in seminary Catlin was traveling with the Roma people around Eastern Europe and when I was just learning how to preach Catlin was learning how belly dance with old, Jewish ladies in Brighton Beach. She came to Rose’s and my apartment to show us how. Once, when my church threw a Halloween party for kids from public housing I told Catlin that most of them didn’t have costumes. She showed up at the

"Every story in the bible is about you." - 06/02/2017

During church two Sundays ago, out of the blue, Jane Jackson and the Santa Maria Guild presented me with the most beautiful gift I’ve ever received: a crazy quilt made with storied fabric from the individual lives of my church family, pieced and lovingly sewn together. To everyone who gave a patch for this quilt thank you SO much! There are painted crosses on red felt from Donald who has been restoring our church with elaborate stencils since I was in high school. There are the floral cotton patches from Linda’s sister Jenny’s pajamas. I never met Jenny but it was her terminal illness that pressed Linda to come to Grace Church and we prayed for Jenny on the phone before Linda and I eve

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