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The Best Part

October 29, 2017
The Rev. Ellen Richardson
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The call God has placed on his people requires attention and faithfulness, learning and worship, and passionate love and care for what—and whom—God loves. This call requires imagination, and discernment in community, and planning and willingness to step up and into some places that might be new and unfamiliar. It requires time for living together, praying together, working out conflicts together, and keeping faith together that the Holy One of the Long Haul has the map, the destination, and the way forward for the trip of a lifetime well in hand.

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Not According to Plan

October 15, 2017
The Rev. Ellen Richardson
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You do not need to know precisely what is happening, or exactly where it is all going. What you need is to recognize the possibilities and challenges offered by the present moment, and to embrace them with courage, faith and hope.    Thomas Merton

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Manna

September 24, 2017
The Rev. Ellen Richardson
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Manna as the sustaining gift of God is food that satisfies a deeper hunger—something stronger than the hunger in our bellies. Manna feeds our hunger to be loved—to be seen and known, to have our suffering recognized and our burdens shared. But more even than that, manna feeds our deeper hunger for the courage and compassion to love others—not with our leftovers, but with our first fruits—with sacrifice.

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Who Am I?

September 3, 2017
The Rev. Ellen Richardson
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Sometimes the presence of God whispering I will be with you is heard as subtle as a nudge to reach out to someone close by who could use some prayer, or reassurance, or companionship. Sometimes that presence of God is telling us to speak up, to tell the truth, or to seek forgiveness, or to build reconciliation in our lives and in the world. Sometimes the call of the burning bush makes us ask not only Who am I? but Who should I be?

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Strange and Wondrous Days

August 20, 2017
The Rev. Ellen Richardson
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.Jesus—the Son of God, yet fully human—vulnerable, weary, uncertain, and yes just a bit arrogant, shows the disciples—and all of us—that the deep source of true healing is found in the willingness to be changed.

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You Can’t Always Get What You Want

July 30, 2017
The Rev. Ellen Richardson
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Life is crammed full of disappointments and failures—large and small—and as much as we try to convince ourselves otherwise, you can’t always get what you want.

 

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Take My Yoke Upon You

July 9, 2017
The Rev. Ellen Richardson
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When we are willing to get over ourselves and to give up trying to arrange our lives around our own desires, when we are willing to release our need to be seen as wise and intelligent and in charge, and to accept the wisdom offered to infants, Jesus is there—offering the yoke made by his own hands that will bind us to him, leading us to follow the voice of the Father who graciously wills a life of abundance created for us before the beginning of time.

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Yes

June 18, 2017
The Rev. Ellen Richardson
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Sometimes getting to yes is as simple as letting go of no, and finding that each and every yes—however long it takes to get there—opens us to a life of abundance and blessing beyond anything we could have asked or imagined.

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Do Not Leave Us Comfortless

May 28, 2017
The Rev. Ellen Richardson
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We need to learn again how to share the Good News, just as the disciples had to learn 2000 years ago. But we are not left comfortless.

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A Holy Leave-taking

May 25, 2017
The Rev. Ellen Richardson
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According to Luke, (and as offered in this painting by Brian Whelan) it must have been a miraculous, stupefying sight for the disciples who reported witnessing Jesus leaving them for the heavens.

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