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Weekly Message (Page 12)

Built to Serve

If you know me, you might rightly assume that the title of this article refers to our congregation or to living as disciples of Jesus, but it is really a quote from a Super Bowl commercial. The commercial started with moving images of people working and athletes training, striving for greatness. The voiceover was a…

What a Great Year!

Dear sisters and brothers in Christ, Wherever you are in your spiritual journey, you are welcome here: in this place and at this table. There is food enough for all. Come, and be fed. In the past year these words have become much more than an invitation to communion; they have become an expression of…

Celebrating 2017 and Looking Forward

On Sunday we will celebrate another wonderful year of worship, ministry, stewardship, and hospitality at our Celebration of Ministries and Annual Meeting. The meeting will begin after the 10:00 AM worship services, at about 11:30 AM. 2017 was a very strong year of growth for St. Dunstan’s church. I have been reading the ministry reports…

Speaking of Dying

In my experience, speaking of dying is a beautiful, gracious, life giving thing to do. Most of us are reluctant to talk about death or dying and sometimes we will even deny the truth to avoid facing our own or a loved one’s death. Over the years I have been with many families as someone…

Personal Epiphany Stories

On the Feast of the Epiphany we celebrate the arrival of the magi from the east who recognized the birth of Christ in their own way, by looking at the stars, and then determinedly followed the star to seek out the new king, ultimately finding the baby Jesus with his parents Mary and Joseph. In our own lives, we are sometimes blessed…

Eternal Light, Shine Into Our Hearts

As I write this we are in the tenth day of Christmas. I guess we should expect 10 lords a leaping. That classic song, the 12 Days of Christmas, has a fanciful list of gifts for each day of Christmas and it reminds us that Christmas is too big for a single day. We have…

Hidden Gifts

In her sermon last Sunday, the Rev. Carola von Wrangle shared some delightful stories from her childhood, including one about searching her parents’ house for hidden Christmas presents. One year, as she engaged in her customary search, she found presents for her sisters, but nothing for herself. When she received a beautiful rug for her…

A Place of Peace and Joy

Over the years I have heard countless sermons in the season of Advent urging us to avoid the consumerism and crazy rush of the holiday season, but I have never actually managed to do that. I love buying presents for my kids, wife, and extended family. I love knowing that I am going to get…

Where there is no suffering…

Last week I was describing to a friend the idea that there is a place where suffering and joy meet, and in that place we find a joy that endures, even in the presence of suffering. That place where suffering and joy meet is the place where heaven and earth overlap. It is the place…

Resist Spiritual Numbness

Last week I really should have written something about the shooting that took place at First Baptist Church of Sutherland Spring in Texas. I started to write and then stopped. I have to admit that I am feeling a sense of exhaustion and numbness. There have been so many shootings and other acts of violence…