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Evening Prayer – 26 September 2016

The sun has set and the Vesper Lights flicker and glow 

My sweet wife and I had time with very dear friends who are family

We shared a picnic lunch in Rocky at Sprague Lake

Then it was Communion with our beloved family at Good Samaritan Village

Work, Prayer, Fellowship, Service

You call us, Lord to be

Your eyes, hands, heart, voice, eyes, body

You call us to be a light in the darkness

You call us to be love in the midst of hate

You call us to be transformation in the midst of fear

Lord, tonight, my spirit is overwhelmed

The ache and cry from deep within my heart

This ache and cry I lift up to you

From the bottom of my weary soul

I lift this prayer to you

Dona Nobis Pacem 

Grant Us Peace 

A wee prayer from the heart of your Padre as he prays for this nation and world… Lord, deliver us from narcissism, hatred, bigotry, and fear… Grant us your Peace!

The Spiritual Journey – Christine Valters Paintner 

“The spiritual journey calls us out into the wild places where God is not tamed and domesticated. We are asked to release our agendas and discover the holy direction for our lives.”

— Christine Valters Paintner, PhD The Soul of a Pilgrim: Eight Practices for the Journey Within

Monday Spiritual Rumination: debating…

Oh my sweet Sister, you spoke to my very heart and soul!!

The Prayerful Peacock

I took a bit of a break from writing last week, although I composed thirty thousand blogs in my head.

Not sure why the break happened, but then again, it is good for me to listen to my body rhythms and honor those needs.

So, here it is, Spiritual Rumination time and all that is on my mind is the State of the United States of America.

I have never been a red white and blue flag waving parade joining sing at the baseball games type of patriot. I find it sits uncomfortably with my soul. Don’t get me wrong here—I love my country. I am deeply grateful for the freedoms and privileges I live under everyday. I have studied my history and understand a basic principal: that is, not only do I have a right to my opinion and a freedom to express it, so do you. Sometimes that…

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Healing – Christine Valters Paintner 

“Healing is not so much about doing but about a way of being that lies beyond all the false divisions we make in our lives. Healing often inspires radical life changes, and brings about ways of being more in alignment with our True Self and nature.”
— Christine Valters Paintner, PhD Illuminating the Way: Embracing the Wisdom of Monks and Mystics

We Have Met The Enemy

Wise words from Ronnie…

Ronnie McBrayer

PogoWalt Kelly was the creator of a fabled comic strip named “Pogo.” Pogo was a possum who lived with his friends in Georgia’s Okefenokee Swamp, and though his most famous cartoon appearance was printed during the Nixon Presidency, its truth is as clarion today as it was those decades ago.

Pogo and his friend “Porky Pine” are walking through the swamp when Porky Pine says, “Ah, the beauty of the forest primeval gets me in the heart.” Pogo answers, “It gets me in the feet.” The cartoon reveals that their home is full of trash, broken bottles, and garbage.

Porky Pine replies, “It IS hard walkin’ on this stuff.” Then Pogo delivers his most famous line: “Yep, we have met the enemy, and he is US.” Walt Kelly, via Pogo, diagnosed the cause of the majority of our society’s troubles. It is “us,” not “them.” Our trouble is much closer…

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Sermon – Open Our Eyes, Lord – 25 September 2016

First Reading- 1 Timothy 6:6-19

Second Scripture Reading – Luke 16:19-31

Sermon – Open Our Eyes Lord

Evening Prayer – 24 September 2016

The sun has set and the Vesper Lights flicker and glow 

A long day, yet productive

Time spent in service to others

Time spent preparing for worship

Time spent in the beauty of creation

Lord, as this day comes to a close

My prayer is for a peaceful rest

My prayer is for renewal and refreshment

My prayer is for all of your creation

Dona Nobis Pacem

Grant Us Peace 

A wee prayer from the heart of your Padre…