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Just 3 good things

Just 3 good things

I woke up with an idea, and a song in my head. The idea is that I want to do three good things today. Not the usual, routine things that are part of most days, but new things. I intend to spend some time thinking about what I can do, planning how to do it, […]

What is Essential? (Message for March 24)

What is Essential? (Message for March 24)

audio version of this message will open in new window/tab The first definition I found in an online was: “absolutely necessary; indispensable” The Province of Ontario has issued a comprehensive list of services and enterprises that are exempt from the order to close, because they are deemed essential- absolutely necessary.  Here is a link to […]

God still at work

If the selection in the box of letters for our outdoor sign had allowed, I would rather have spelled out “Building closed, but our ministry continues.” I know our church leaders would have also preferred to put the message out into the community that we are still here, at least in spirit, and that many […]

Worship for Sunday, March 22, 2020

Worship for Sunday, March 22, 2020

new link for audio file This week’s learning time is the last in a series of 3 based on the story of Jesus’ Temptation in the Wilderness. This story from early in Matthew’s Gospel is traditionally read in church on the first Sunday of Lent. It  is so rich in content that we could easily […]

Jon Batiste, C.S. Lewis, and Love

Jon Batiste, C.S. Lewis, and Love

  Jon Batiste is a musician from Kenner, Lousiana. (You drive by it on the way from Louis Armstrong Airport, if you are headed into New Orleans.) He grew up in a musical family, and also seems to be a deeply spiritual person. It comes through in his music, and even in the name of […]

The Gift of Joy

“There are those that have in themselves the gift of Joy. It has no relation to merit or demerit. It is not a quality they have wrested from the vicissitude of life. Such people have not fought and won a hard battle, they have made no conquest. To them Joy is given as a precious […]

Joy wins out

“There is earned joy: an impossible job tackled and conquered, leaving no energy for assessing the price or measuring the cost, only for an all-inclusive sense of well-being in the mind, and slowly creeping through all the crevices of the spirt—or it may be some dread has reared its head, gathering into itself all hope […]