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May We Serve You?

Voice of the Associate Rector By the Rev Katheryn M King May we serve you? Carry each other’s burdens, and in this way you will fulfill the law of Christ. Galatians 6:2 NIV I was sad to hear the other day that one of our members of our Parish was in and out of the …

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Is the Christmas story necessary?

By The Rev. Katheryn King Is the Christmas Story Necessary? That might seem like a silly question.  Yet it is not silly at all when we remember that two of the four New Testament gospels do not have stories of Jesus’ birth or infancy.  Mark’s simply begins with the ministry of John the Baptist.  Then …

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Speaking for God: John the Baptist part II

By the Rev. Daniel P. Richards This week again we look at John the Baptist and his proclamation of Jesus.  He is questioned in the Gospel about who he is and turns the focus away from himself to Jesus.  This is, as I used to say to kids in school, a big idea that is …

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Can we clear space and enter the landscape of God?

By The Rev. Daniel P. Richards Elegance is simplicity. I believe that we need to be elegant, because … one day I was in Japan and I saw a just totally empty house. And then they have a small detail like, a flower arrangement, or a painting. And the rest is empty. And I said, …

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Serve others and your needs will be met by those around you

By The Rev. Daniel P. Richards Whom do you serve?  This question in today’s world seems out of sync, maybe even unnecessary.  We don’t think of ourselves as servants particularly, though, if we think a little more, some answers may emerge. We serve customers in our businesses.  We serve editors and readers in our writing.  …

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Giving thanks

By The Rev. Daniel P. Richards Giving thanks is primary, a first act. It is so basic that it determines everything else in our lives, our personalities, our relationships to God, others, even ourselves. When someone is shaped by a primary gratitude, that is they are given to realizing that whatever comes their way is …

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The Gift: how my life became grounded in gratitude

By Pete Clapp It happened in the winter of 1965. I was 34, living in Detroit, working for the diocese of Michigan as a chaplain at Ford Hospital, had four pre-school kids (each a year apart), and lived precariously from paycheck to paycheck in a rental property a block from the hospital. Sometime in early …

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Jesus is the keystone that holds the archway together

 By The Rev. Meredith Hunt Proper 22 Pentecost 17 Grace Church 10.5.14   How many of you have ever seen a stone archway? Try to picture it with large stones piled on top of each other on each side and then coming closer together near the top, and then finally, the Keystone, which is inserted …

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Crawling up next to God: Prayer 101

By the Rev. Daniel Richards How to Pray.  First off, let’s begin with a simple description.  Prayer is communicating with God.  So it is important to me as your priest that you know who God is.  I believe in the God revealed in Jesus of Nazareth.  That God he called Abba, “daddy,” and spent a …

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What I did on my summer vacation

The last time I wrote an essay with that title, I was in Mrs. Rush’s fourth grade class in Mississippi. I don’t miss her, and I bet she never missed me. It was little more than a paragraph handwritten on wide ruled notebook paper torn out of a Mead single subject notebook. I can still …

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“It was glorious” – report from Sewanee Music Conference

By Katherine Will Coordinator of Music and Worship I want to thank the Grace Vestry for making it possible for me to attend the Sewanee Church Music Conference held this past July at Dubose Conference Center near the University of the South, Sewanee, Tennessee. This was my first visit to the annual conference, held specifically …

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