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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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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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Come Down

4th Sunday of Advent Just these lines, my friends … … to say that there are so many wonderful things from this past week: United Youth Basketball cranking up all week: 25 teams and nearly 250 young people are involved! Thank you, Rob Hunter. Staff Community Christmas Party and pajama packing on Wednesday: I love our staff community so much....
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I Hope Tomorrow

1st Sunday of Advent Just these lines, my friends … … to say that I hope you’ll take the time to watch our final worship service in the Engage worship series of the fall season. You don’t want to miss the short music video I shared at the end of my sermon titled, The Thanksgiving Song and my annual listing...
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The Pivot

Christ the King Sunday Just these lines, my friends … … to say what a marvelous Joash Chest Sunday. Just being connected in one worship service meant so much. Leslee Mabee sent me a note with the following: I was so very moved by all that occurred during Sunday’s service and the feeling of awe and inspiration that continues to...
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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...
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Falling Asleep

22th Sunday after Pentecost Just these lines, my friends … … to say thank you to Pastor Paul for his wonderful message (Engage in Invitation) this past Sunday. You can watch it here. All this fall, we’ve been learning that when we engage, we pledge, we commit, we bind ourselves by engaging in practices that, if exercised over time, will...