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Weekly Message (Page 3)

Thank You

Thank You We spent this week preparing for the Annual Meeting and Celebration of Ministries that will take place on Sunday after the second service. I have had a wonderful time reflecting on all the wonderful accomplishments of the past year. We have many generous and capable people contributing to the life, ministry and worship…

Worship in a Construction Zone

On Sunday we had our first worship in the sanctuary since the demolition of the altar and choir platforms, side walls, and choir screen. Without the wall and shelf behind the altar, we had to figure out where to put the things, like flowers and chalices and bread baskets. The altar guild and Chris Johns…

This Month in the Organ Shop: January

The astute reader may have noticed the lack of December update. The biggest reason for that is that organ builders are also organ maintainers, and spend a good chunk of time maintaining local organs. In December, “maintenance” predominantly means “pre-Christmas tunings,” and these kept Jonathan busy the whole month, thus no December update. Now, though,…

Like a Gym for Love

We hear a lot about how the Millennial Generation does not see the value of church, so I was delighted to hear an interview this week where a young man, about my son’s age, was describing how much he loved his church. When he first visited the church several years ago, he was welcomed warmly.…

Then Life Happened

One of the greatest gifts I experienced on my sabbatical came in the depths of silence. On the third day of that silence, I felt a great freedom, a release from worry. I had been contemplating the challenge of anxiety in my life and I realized, or I just knew, that in this moment, all…

Finding True Life

Have you ever felt that if you could just get more money, life would work out? Or maybe you have dreamed of the one true love that would fill your life with joy? Or perhaps you have pursued business success to find happiness and satisfaction? Or maybe, for you, it was the dream of a bigger house? …

Incarnation – When God Is Revealed in Us

On Sunday we heard a gracious sermon from the Rev. Jonathan Hanneman in which he shared the wonderful story of how he and his wife, Shannon Walker, found their way to St. Dunstan’s, the Episcopal Church, and eventually, to the priesthood. We celebrated his ordination and call to serve as a curate at the Church…

The Rev. Jonathan Hanneman Preaching

Nine years ago, shortly after I was called to St. Dunstan’s Church, a young couple visited our worship. Jonathan Hanneman and Shannon Walker later told me that they intended to worship at a different church that morning but discovered that it was closed that day, so they came to St. Dunstan’s instead. I thank God…

Weekly Word: Have a Blessed Thanksgiving

At my daughter Kate’s dinner table, they have the practice of saying grace by asking, “What are you grateful for today?” My grandson, Oliver, has come to love this practice and insists on it now at our Sunday family meals. This week he was thankful for his grandmother, Nana Alice, and great grandmother, Nana Joan.…

God for Us

God is present here and now. In this moment, we have access to the love, comfort and strength that come from God. We come together as a congregation to be a part of that, to be Christ’s heart and hands in the world, and in doing so, to be a part of something much bigger,…