New Life Episcopal Church

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Deacon’s Dismissal

Saxophone

The old man stood on a windy street corner. He set the black case on the pavement, blew a few times on his hands, took out the saxophone and started in. The saxophone was dented, a patina dulled the shine … but the sound! People slowed and many stopped to listen as the music echoed…

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Driver

A soup kitchen in a church basement, a dozen cooks, pots clashing, hungry people eating a little too fast. The man sat by himself in a corner on a folding chair reading the newspaper. He didn’t eat and he didn’t wash dishes, so I asked him and he said, “See all those old folks in…

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Center Field

The old man brought his boy to Little League practice. The old man didn’t help out like the other dads, he just sat the bleachers and watched. One day the coach called over, “Hey, Gramps! How ‘bout you hit a few balls to the outfielders?” A little shaky coming off the bleacher, he took up…

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Eddie

I knew Eddie was raised by his uncle but I didn’t know why. When his uncle died, I went to the funeral. Eddie gave the eulogy. He told of being arrested when he was thirteen for an adolescent prank. He was sent to the wayward boys’ home. When his time was done, his father would…

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Trust

At the homeless shelter, sitting on a folding chair in an out-of-the-way nook, he leaned in close to listen to a homeless man. He listened, then said a few words, then listened. I watched him from across the room. I would have asked him about the conversation, what was said? I never had the chance….

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Top Dead Center

The automobiles of my father‘s day needed attention … oil was ‘topped up’ … tires went ‘porous’… radiators ‘boiled over.’ He told me, “When you change a tire, tap the dipstick on the lug nut. The oil will free it up.” His most cryptic automotive expression, about cars and about life, was to be at…

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Prayer Cards

Uncle Austin was Fred’s great uncle … his father’s mother’s brother. Fred could not recollect ever meeting Uncle Austin. He lived far away. From Fred’s earliest years, at every birthday, Christmas and on myriad saints’ days, Uncle Austin mailed Fred an envelope with a prayer card and other churchy bric-a-brac. Fred kept this stuff in…

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Toy Truck

He came to an evening service in Holy Week. I’d not seen him for quite a spell. After the service, we exchanged pleasantries in the quiet of the church, that we were getting on OK and spring was late this year. Then I asked him, “What brought you here tonight?” He said, “You remember that…

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Negotiation

A faraway city where cameras and watches are sold for a song, I shopped for binoculars. An acquaintance said, “You must negotiate the price. I’ll help you!” We found a store with exactly what I wanted. The back and forth began. At last, the price agreed, I paid for my binoculars and we turned to…

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Ice Cream

Margot had a terrible illness but the cure proved worse. Long days at the hospital, painful treatments. Margot thought she could not go on. One low day in the course of Margot’s treatments, a woman asked Margot, “Would you like to go to church?” Margot said “No, thank you.” The woman said, “Well then, why…

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