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Forward Day By Day – November 20, 2018

Does this framing verse sound familiar? I hope so. This psalm is one of the hymns at the beginning of the Morning Office in The Book of Common Prayer. It begins the day, sets the tone, and focuses us on the true reality in which we live—joy at the heart of the...

Forward Day By Day – November 19, 2018

Wednesday afternoon from three to five is my favorite time of the week. That’s when our parish’s after-school club meets to give choral instruction, teach the faith, and help with schoolwork for more than twenty elementary-school age children.Recently, our faith topic...

Forward Day By Day – November 18, 2018

As I type these words, the church’s tower bells ring out the noon hour. I wait patiently for a random hymn played on the carillon. This happens every day at noon, and it never gets old. I’m excited, trying to guess what the hymn of the day will be.Today, as the bells...

Thanksgiving Services 2018

Almighty and gracious Father, we give you thanks for the fruits of the earth in their season and for the labors of those who harvest them. Make us, we pray, faithful stewards of your great bounty, for the provision of our necessities and the relief of all who are in...

Forward Day By Day – November 17, 2018

I work every day in a religious tradition that tries to plot a middle way faithfully through a complex life. I know firsthand how difficult the course can be. Yet for many, drawing a hard line is an easy path to take.Sometimes, the Christian advice to the world reads...

Forward Day By Day – November 16, 2018

Sometimes I feel like I live in the most divided time in history. I know this is not true; it just seems like it because reminders of division stare me in the face every day. This is both the light and dark side of instant global communication. While I’m thankful I...

Forward Day By Day – November 15, 2018

When I think about salvation, I usually reflect on what it means for human beings. The vast majority of faith formation rightly focuses on human life and how over time we can conform and are transformed by the indwelling work of God. Joel helps us expand this vision...

Forward Day By Day – November 14, 2018

My college roommate and his family were shepherds. They owned a ranch and had other livestock, but their primary herd was sheep. During summer breaks, I spent time on the ranch. Daytime chores included tending to sheep that had their heads stuck in fences and other...

Forward Day By Day – November 13, 2018

“What idols do you worship?” I asked during a Bible study. We had been talking about Elijah and the prophets of Baal. One of the folks in the study commented that there weren’t any idol worshipers left. I pulled my wallet out of my pocket and placed it on the table....

Forward Day By Day – November 12, 2018

A parent once shared with me an edict from her child’s sports coach. The coach required attendance at practice every Sunday morning from March until the end of May. When the parent asked if this included Easter Sunday and Mother’s Day, the coach questioned this...

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