New Life Episcopal Church

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Deacon’s Dismissal

I marveled

My father’s mother was Sarah Grace. She was 71 years old when I was born and lived a quarter of a century more. She traveled some, twice to the Holy Lands and to Europe and to most of this country. Her report of what she had done on her travels: “I marveled.” As I learned,…

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Call

Bishop Bowman, speaking last Saturday at Ministry Discernment Day, said there are three kinds of call. “Call” is a churchy word for the action of the Holy Spirit who beckons us to be God’s people in the world, whether as lay or ordained. I do not remember Bishop Bowman’s first two kinds of call, but…

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Lightning Rods

When I was a boy, a man came to our farm to put lightning rods on the barn. My dad tried to explain to me why we needed lightning rods, and what might happen when the thunderstorm came. I saw lightning hit that barn, a great bolt of white energy that dissipated through those heavy…

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Visitors

After a Sunday service I went to visit a man who lives with five other men in an assisted living home. Some of them have family and friends and Sunday is visiting day. I brought my friend the Sunday paper, a magazine and a few personal items. He thanked me. We sat in his room…

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The words of Micah

My sister Lorinda and I were in the Caribbean, in a small village shop far from the usual tourist places. Bare bulbs, sacks of flour, butter from Denmark sold by the ounce from an unrefrigerated tub and weighed upon an iron scale from some previous century. Thumb tacked high on the wall were small, plastic…

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Seeing the world as it is

When do we first see the world as it is? Not a perfect and well-ordered world but a world untidy, slightly broken and not as we had thought? I was a boy. My mother, father and sister and I were traveling on a train. We had boarded the Pullman car the evening before and slept…

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Feed my children

I found myself once in the company of a nun who was showing a church youth group the ins and outs of a soup kitchen. The youth were to cook and serve a hot meal to the gathering throng of hungry men, women and children who waited just outside the front door. A young man…

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For everything there is a season

“I don’t do much ministry. I should do more, I know it. I am just so busy with work and family and taking care of things.” A parishioner said this to me one recent Sunday. It was a needed reminder for me that our ministries come and go with the seasons of our lives. Not…

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All things are made new again

I carry in the glove box of my car a point-and-shoot 35mm camera. It is old and rough and precisely the right camera for photos I take from the driver’s window at red lights or pulled over on a gravel road. I am drawn, with this old camera, to photograph the wreckage and disarray of…

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Free at last

I recall those grainy, black and white television images of Martin Luther King standing at the podium on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial, August 28, 1963, fist raised, animated, speaking to that great assembly. So many had come from across the country to hear Dr. King’s words but the television in my home had…

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