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Happy “New Year”!

HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!! No, you are not reading an old SPIRE issue… We are in Advent now and Advent, in the church calendar, is technically the beginning of a new year. The church year ends on Christ the King Sunday (usually the Sunday before Thanksgiving) and begins on 1st Advent (the Sunday that falls after Thanksgiving). Each year begins the next year/cycle of […]

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Turn, Turn, Turn

This Sunday Nov 1st, we will be celebrating All Saint’s Day. In this particular church, it is a time within worship when we remember those we’ve lost over the last year, who now rest with God. This has been a meaningful time not only for those who mourn the recently deceased but for all of […]

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To you, O God

we give up the burdens of this day, trusting your love and mercy. To you, O God we surrender ourselves, trusting you to lead us in the way of peace in our lives and in our world through the night into tomorrow, and forever. Amen

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Stretch Your Spiritual Fitness

You may have noticed in the last 5 years or so that there’s been an increased national awareness and focus on fitness, health and nutrition. It started in part with nutrition labels being available to those of us who want to track protein, carbs, sugars, fat (as well as see all the additives that make Kraft macaroni and cheese taste so good). Farmers markets […]

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with THANKS

DEAR SAINTS, One of our favorite writers is Marilyn Robinson, a Christian who writes both fiction and non-fiction, with little about sin or damnation but a lot about forgiveness and tolerance and kindness. She portrays a world filled with divine grace even in the worst of circumstances. In her non-fiction collection, When I Was a Child I Read Books,” in an essay called “Imagination […]

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Party Blessing

The Maker’s blessing be yours on your road On your journey Guiding you, cherishing you. The Son’s blessing be yours wine and water bread and stories feeding you, challenging you. The Spirit’s blessing be yours wind and fire joy and wisdom comforting you, disturbing you. The Angels’ blessings be yours on your house on your […]

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Never Say Never

Dear Saints, It is our privilege to write this portion of The SPIRE for the next two issues, while Rev. Jen is away. Last month, she introduced us with brief bios for each of us. We’d like to share with you how we found First Church. We moved here in June of 2013. After getting […]

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Looking towards a Skinner Summer

If you were blessed enough to experience Music Sunday this year you were reminded and likely awed at the amazing depth of talent we have among our worshiping community. The ‘embarrassment of riches’ that we have however, does not stop with the bells, the choir, individual soloists, musicians, artists (!) and readers (and their leaders). It includes people who are terrific planners and leaders […]

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He Asked For Charity

God came to my house and asked for charity. And I fell on my knees and cried, “Beloved, what may I give?” “Just love,” He said. “Just love.” –Prayer of St. Francis

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