Posts by StCatherines

Lenten Reflection

by Kay Stoltz Lent; a time of reflection and fasting. Particularly fasting. We ask what is in the way of our spiritual growth? What are our guilty pleasures? As we contemplate a fast, we see two views, two sides to every coin, a yin and a yang, a black and a white. For every sin,…

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Seeing Clearly

by Tricia Gates Brown On the surface, this Sunday’s New Testament readings in the Common Lectionary, from 1 Corinthians 8:1-13 and Mark 1:21-28, seem not to have much in common—but they actually touch on a similar theme. They are both about seeing clearly. First, the Pauline passage. 1 Corinthians 8 is part of a “letter”…

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Riding Shotgun

by Kay Stoltz Riding Shotgun: That’s the name of my new journal. A picture of a bike with a shotgun strapped from the back wheel to the handlebars is imprinted on the front cover. A knapsack is affixed to the handlebars. Sounds threatening. Riding shotgun in the Old West meant sitting beside the driver, holding…

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Advent 2: Thresholds

Sermon for Advent 2 by Kay Stoltz Isaiah says: “See, I am sending a messenger ahead of you, who will prepare your way.” And, “In the wilderness prepare the way of the Lord, make straight in the desert a highway for our God.” And so the world stands at the threshold of a new life…

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The reconciling power of believing you are loved

by Tricia Gates Brown As I often do, I turned for inspiration for this essay to the lectionary readings of the day. Among them: two vengeance Psalms, a grisly murder narrative from Esther, and a fire-and-brimstone ditty from the Gospel of Matthew, with its characteristic presaging of weeping and the oddly outmoded gnashing of teeth.…

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School of Life

by Tricia Gates Brown Lately I’ve stumbled upon articles, books, and interviews about the origin of belief, about why we believe what we believe. It seems to be a conversation in the air these days—at least among readers, in this era marked by denial of human-caused climate-change, or the apparently widespread belief that mass shootings…

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Things Missing

By Kay Stoltz I lost my necklace the other day. It wasn’t valuable, under $20, as I recall. Still, every time I wore it, I received compliments. Understated, the colors muted enough, and varied enough, it went with everything I own. Beads strung with a fishing line, monofilament, I guess you call it. Each round…

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Peace is the Way: On not becoming what you resist

by Tricia Gates Brown Mark 11:20-25. In the morning, as they went along, they saw the fig tree withered from the roots. Peter remembered and said to Jesus, “Rabbi, look! The fig tree you cursed has withered!” “Have faith in God,” Jesus answered. “Truly I tell you, if anyone says to this mountain, ‘Go, throw yourself…

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Even Amidst the Storm

  by Tricia Gates Brown Chaos makes people anxious. In fact, some people deliberately foment chaos because chaos also creates compliance. The person who created the chaos can offer to put an end to it, and thus to the anxiety, if only the subordinate will fall in line and comply with the chaos-maker’s program. Usually…

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Second Sunday Potluck  August 13 Join us after the 9:30 AM Holy Eucharist for companionship and good food. Share your favorite salad or dessert or other tasty bits. Music by Crog and Tricia. Last month’s delicious fun! Summer News   The Vicar will be on vacation the first two weeks of August. Thanks to Byron for leading Morning…

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