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Pentecost 6, Proper 10, Year A Deacon Cindy Roehl Mary, Mary, quite contrary, how does your garden grow? How many remember that nursery rhyme as a child? And, if anyone were to answer that question asked of Mary, they would probably say, by planting seeds in good soil, making sure it gets good sunlight, water, […]

Don’t Tell Me How To Feel

Don’t Tell Me How To Feel Trinity Sunday, Year A Becky Robbins-Penniman One morning back 40 or so years ago, when I’d been in the adult work force for about 2 weeks, I went into work on the 16th floor of a 41-story downtown office building. I needed to talk to my boss, Judy, about […]

The Strength of Those Who Believe and the Hope of Those Who Doubt

The Strength of Those Who Believe and the Hope of Those Who Doubt 3rd Sunday of Easter, Year A (Second Sunday After Easter) Becky Robbins-Penniman Alleluia, Christ is risen! The Lord is risen, indeed! Alleluia! I’ve been thinking that this COVID 19 pandemic needs a patron saint, and I think we couldn’t do better than […]

Abnormal Christians

Abnormal Christians 2nd Sunday After Christmas, Year A Becky Robbins-Penniman The magi are up in our Creche on the side altar. They’re a day early. Tomorrow is the feast of the Epiphany, and it’s the day when we tell the story of the strangers from a far-away land who arrived in Israel looking for the […]

The Word Made Flesh

The Word Made Flesh 1st Sunday After Christmas, Year A Deacon Cindy Roehl Have you noticed that just this weekend, in many homes and neighborhoods, the decorations have already come down? We have all been waiting a long time, and suddenly, for many, the day has come and gone. Ours is still here because, actually, […]

Sing Out for Joy

Sing Out for Joy Advent 3, Year A Becky Robbins-Penniman What are the rules of faith? The rules most of us grew up with a variation of this: God wants to be with only a very few special people, and God is just itching to punish the rest of us with terrifying vengeance. So straighten […]

One Thousand Days of Love

One Thousand Days of Love Advent 2, Year A Maureen Belote   Isaiah 11 ~ “Righteousness will be the belt around his hips.” What does this mean? In Luke 3:7 9, John the Baptist called for repentance and righteous behavior such as is pleasing to God. What is righteousness? It is being just and right […]

Christmas Day Service

Christmas Day, Year A Becky Robbins-Penniman Christmas Day is truly a day set apart from all the others. Stores and attractions that don’t close on any other day are closed today – not all of them, but way, way more than any other day of the year. Unlike when I was a kid, it’s not […]

The Church’s “One Thing”

The Church’s “One Thing” Pentecost 23, Proper 28, Year C Becky Robbins-Penniman What’s real? What’s the most real thing we have in our life? We typically start with the things we can sense with our amazing bodies. What we can see, hear, taste, touch, smell and feel: measurable stuff, what we usually label reality. Then […]

Our Living God

Our Living God Veterans Day Pentecost 22, Proper 27, Year C Deacon Cindy Roehl A young boy had just gotten his driving permit. He asked his father, who was a minister, if they could discuss the use of the car. His father took him to his study and said to him, “I’ll make a deal […]