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Mother’s Day

4th Sunday of Easter | Mother’s Day Just these lines, my friends … … to say that it is still appropriate for me to say, “Happy Easter” because Easter is a season in the church and not simply a day. In fact, every Sunday is a little Easter according to the liturgical calendar. Alister McGrath refers to the resurrection of...
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We Are For

2nd Sunday of Easter Just these lines, my friends … … to say what a Holy Week 2022: crowds of people gathering for worship for the first time in three years (since 2019); people (Home2Home) helping families with no furniture; a beautiful butterfly release featuring the beautiful banner made by Wendy Barall (photos below); one of the best Maundy Thursday...
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The Week of All Weeks

Easter Sunday Just these lines, my friends … … to say these holy days are filled with so much: a donkey on Palm Sunday worship, children waving palm branches, memorable moments in Jerusalem Marketplace Family Worship, a sermon about the tears of Palm Sunday (you can watch here) and an interfaith prayer vigil on behalf of the suffering people of...
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The Subversive Practice of Giving Thanks

4th Sunday in Lent Just these lines, my friends … … to say thank you for all our worship leaders from Sunday: Kathy White, Craig Estep, DeAnna Clink, Dimitriy Soloshenko, Tim Martin, John Woodall, Joel Mullis, Tom Amann, Carl Roberts, The Melody Makers, Children’s Chime Choir (led by Karen Price & Tina Fincher) and Children’s Choir (led by Abigail Okland)...
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Thoughts & Prayers, Part 2

5th Sunday after the Epiphany  Just these lines, my friends … … to say that I hope you had the chance of hearing my youngest daughter, MacKenzie, speak this past Sunday. I know you picked up on her passion to walk in the way of Jesus. Also, I hope you heard our orchestra and their arrangement of the classic hymn,...
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Believe

1st Sunday of Christmas Just these lines, my friends … … to say that it is hard to believe we have entered Christmas week… the excitement is high! I hope God brings joy and comfort to you in this season. There are a few wonderful things I’d like to mention about the last few days when it comes to Matthews...
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Moved by the Music

2nd Sunday of Advent Just these lines, my friends … … to say that it was the first time in the nearly 40 years of marriage that we didn’t have one of our kids home with us for Thanksgiving. So, we invited Margie Vanasek and our Habitat family Marie, Celestin, John and Prince and had a splendid day of thanksgiving!...
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All In Together

25th Sunday after Pentecost | Joash Chest Sunday Just these lines, my friends … … to say that I cannot believe Advent (November 28) is just around the corner! In a few weeks we will once again anticipate the celebration of Christ’s birth among us. This year will be especially meaningful because we were unable to worship together in-person last...
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A Good Investment

24th Sunday after Pentecost | All Saints Sunday Just these lines, my friends … … to say that a lot has been going on this past week: people on a work and repair mission in Newnan, GA; men serving at the Charlotte Rescue Mission; Super-Hero Family Night on Friday; Administrative Council leaders participating in the Racial Wealth Gap Simulation designed...