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The rhythm of faith and life

One of the things I love about being part of a liturgical church is that the rhythm of the church year teaches me new stuff about the ongoing life of faith.  In the context of writing a sermon recently, I was reflecting on it again.  This is the bit that didn’t get into the sermon: Continue reading The rhythm of faith and life

The memories I take with me…

As I’m winding up my time at Advent, more and more I’m pausing to ponder what I will take with me as I think back on these 5 years.  Here’s my list so far:

  • conversations with my pastor as we drive to synod events (I’m REALLY going to miss these!)
  • countless times of pure joy and laughter while hanging out with youth
  • Looking around a leadership team meeting table and realizing I do indeed have a team…we’re doing this together
  • affirmation and encouragement that I choose to believe is genuine and heartfelt
  • holy moments in worship when serving Communion
  • holy moments while assisting in funerals, memorials and baptisms
  • pushing children on the swings and helping them balance on the balance beam
  • inter-generational prayer walks and prayer stations
  • conversations with adults during Bible studies
  • preaching and seeing faces of people whose stories I hold close to my heart
  • the time as a family event winds down and everybody’s working together to clean up
  • KidsTown (enough said)
  • that chaos immediately after the service as everybody is greeting each other and going for the coffee and cookies
  • watching a couple pass the peace to each other before turning to greet those around them
  • And so much more…

Bethlehem in the Midst of Bedlam–an Advent reflection

         For my personal Advent devotions this year I’m reading through a resource called Finding Bethlehem in the Midst of Bedlam.  Seems like an apt description for the season.  Everything’s just a tad more chaotic.  Kids in chapel today were a bit more wiggly.  Friends at lunch were lamenting busy calendars that were keeping them from recreation with their families.  Staff in the office were trying to stay non-anxious as parents came to pick up kids from preschool while construction crews tore up the sidewalks and visitors came for a mid-day organ concert.  Even at Starbucks this afternoon, the line was longer and the baristas frenzied.

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