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Weekly Message (Page 8)

Let’s Tell A Different Story

In 1974 the movie Death Wish, starring Charles Bronson, was released to theaters. It wasn’t a great movie, but it did get a lot of attention. The premise is that a liberally minded architect becomes a ruthless vigilante after his wife is murdered and his daughter left in a catatonic state by muggers. Bronson’s character…

A Better Life

Jesus offers a better way to be human. That means that he also offers us a better life. St. Dunstan’s Church is a place where you can learn to live this better life. That’s why we feed people and host homeless camps. That’s why we worship together and pray together. We want to be fully…

God Language

Sometimes, words can cause harm. Even words that are otherwise beautiful and meaningful can cause harm in some circumstances. I recently had a fascinating experience with this while working with a couple in pre-marital counseling. We were going through the marriage service and it became clear that one of the two of them was very…

Reject Redemptive Violence

This week, the students who survived the shooting at a Florida high school are demanding to be heard. Several people have told me that they believe that these students’ voices might actually make a difference. Sandyhook was not enough. The Orlando nightclub shooting in Florida was not enough. The concert massacre in Las Vegas was…

Our Father in heaven…

During the season of Lent, we will sing the Lord’s prayer using a setting composed by Bobby McFerrin that uses the contemporary translation of the prayer. I would like to look at the differences between the traditional and contemporary translations provided in our Book of Common Prayer, 1979. Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed…

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…