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Weekly Message (Page 7)

Changing Your Heart

Each week I invite the congregation to Holy Eucharist by saying, “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.” The assumption in this invitation, and the assertion, is that we are all on a spiritual…

Changing Lives

Our mission as a congregation is to change lives. That is why we welcome the stranger, feed the hungry, give of ourselves, and invite others to participate in this journey of faith. These are the actions we are inspired to take in response to God. Every Tuesday night I work with our team to wash…

Doing Mission

Inspired by our worship together we grow in Christ through welcoming the stranger, feeding hungry bodies and spirits, giving of ourselves, and inviting others to join us in this journey of faith. Our mission is a statement of purpose. Where our vision expresses our ultimate hope for the future, the mission is what we are…

Being a Member

Over the past several weeks we have been dealing with racist events in Charlottesville, Virginia, deadly flooding on a massive scale in the countries of South Asia, and flooding in Houston, Texas. As we look at each of these tragedies and struggles we are reminded that the best way we have to respond, and the…

Table of food at Camp United We Stand

Long-Term Decency

A natural disaster, like Hurricane Harvey and the flooding in Houston, Texas, can bring out the best in us. We see families escaping from flooded houses, people saving old folks from rest homes, pets being pulled into rescue boats, and our hearts are filled. These disasters inspire us to help one another and we want…

America’s Original Sin

Last week, after the events in Charlottesville, I started reading Jim Wallis’ book, America’s Original Sin: Racism, White Privilege, and the Bridge to a New America.* I bought the book months ago but didn’t read it. I read the first chapter and stopped. Frankly, I was disturbed and challenged and not quite ready. After the…

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Why Does a Good God Allow Evil?

On Sunday, I preached that God is present, here and now, in this world and in this life, with all our struggles and pain. This seems very hopeful to me, so I was surprised that the conversations during coffee hour turned to the question of evil and suffering. People asked, why does God allow evil?…

Our Vision diagram

On Earth as in Heaven

Every Sunday, I invite you to share in Holy Communion with these words: “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.” Several people mentioned this offertory invitation in our Discovery Process interviews and at the…

Community Dinner Guests

A Challenging New Mission

Last week I shared with you the new vision statement that we developed together using the Discovery Process. The Vision of St. Dunstan’s Church is: On earth as in heaven, all are welcome, all are fed, and all are loved. The Discovery Process gave us the opportunity to share our stories as we interviewed one…

An Impossible Vision

At St. Dunstan’s Church we have a vision: On earth as in heaven, all are welcome, all are fed, and all are loved. Most days that vision seems impossible. Last week we fed 518 people in our Tuesday feeding ministry. 518 people needed the blessing of a free meal. How wonderful that we can feed…