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There’s something about those angel songs. The strings and the piano And the pipes of the organ and the voices of the choir. The way Luke tells the story Makes me think he knew something about music Maybe he was a singer himself Maybe he’d been in the choir Had played the lute or the... Read More →
Who We Are November 20, 2016 Philippians 4:4-9 Deuteronomy 26:1-11 Sitting at lunch with a friend the other day, I reached into my pocket for a tissue and found instead a folded up piece of paper. It was a short list of things I’d thought of during breakfast that morning, things I needed to do... Read More →
As many of you know, we just wrapped up our Fall series titled, “The BIG Questions” where we explored all sorts of topics that are important to the Christian faith: “Who is God, Who is Jesus, What is the Bible, Why do we need the Church?” Well since Rev. Lee isn’t here today I decided... Read More →
Over the next several weeks, you’ll be hearing from church members about why they give, and why this church is important. Why do you give? Why is this church important to you? Read more about Our Path to Commitment.
Thank you choir – your gift of song continually invites us into God’s presence. Will you pray with me? Divine Comforter, Gathering with this community week after week is a reminder of your presence and faithfulness. We are thankful for the Holy Scripture as well as your continuous revelation, which guides us toward justice, reconciliation,... Read More →
I may have told you before that the church I served before coming to Greensboro, in Northern Virginia, looked a lot like this one. I don’t mean the people – you all look like yourselves. I mean, the church building was almost exactly the same. It was built about the same time, early 1950s, at... Read More →
The other night, our home phone rang. Nobody really has our home phone number; we use our cell phones for everything, so when that phone rings, I know it’s going to be a telemarketer or somebody trying to upgrade our insurance. And yet, out of some ingrained habit, I always answer anyway, being, apparently, a... Read More →
As part of our summer worship series on pop culture, today’s message features the British television show Dr. Who. I should start with a confession: I have never been much of a fan of Dr. Who. I’d never seen more than a handful of episodes, and those were watched under the guise of being kind... Read More →
An excerpt from “Assurance of Grace” May 29, 2016: The thing about forgiveness is that it’s complicated. It’s rarely as simple as saying you’re sorry. It’s rarely as simple as somebody saying they’re sorry to you. In the case of the church at Corinth, it sounds like maybe there was one person who messed something... Read More →
I guess what I mean to say is that I love the idea of heaven as a far-off perfect someday where we get to eat ice cream and dance full-bodied with the ones we love, and I also love the idea of heaven as something that breaks into life on earth, right into the here... Read More →
From time to time we are inviting people from our community to share stories of how God is and has been at work in each of our lives. We come from many different places and bring different stories when we become a part of this community. Through the sharing of stories the history, the present,... Read More →
A cool thing happened last fall on September 14, just before 6:00 a.m. You probably didn’t notice, and most of us didn’t hear about it until last month. But on September 14, just before 6:00 in the morning, two observatories – one in Louisiana and one in Washington – detected a gravitational wave for the very... Read More →
This Ash Wednesday meditation is a reflection on Jan Richardson’s poem Return.
The wolf shall live with the lamb, the leopard shall lie down with the kid, the calf and the lion and the fatling together, and a little child shall lead them. The cow and the bear shall graze, their young shall lie down together; and the lion shall eat straw like the ox. The nursing... Read More →
When we left off last week, the kingdom of Israel had just been divided, primarily because of the leadership (or lack thereof) of King Rehoboam, If you remember, we’re tracing the story of the Hebrew people this fall, from the time when they were slaves in Egypt to the wandering in the wilderness, to the... Read More →
Things are going to break. Relationships get broken. Traditions get broken. Lives get broken. Things are not the same as they were before. And yet. The story is not over. God always and forever remakes the promise with us, in spite of and through all our brokenness, God is faithful to us, to... Read More →
Sunday’s sermon reflected on the recent General Assembly. Several blog posts highlight the assembly.
It was as if someone had told them ahead of time that, if they only trusted, if they only believed, if they only had faith, it would happen just like it did. Dry bones? Wind? Flames? Different languages? It’s a lot to cover but let’s look at these stories. For many of us, they are... Read More →
Members of the Elders and laity participated in and planned the day’s worship service. The following speakers shared reflections on their favorite hymns and music guided us through our worship. Many thanks to all who contributed on Laity Sunday. From Darilyn Knibb, Reflections on “In the Garden” My earliest memories of my paternal grandparents... Read More →
During Eastertide, the church season which follows Easter—once we have discovered the empty tomb and sung our “Alleluias!,” once we have said yes to embodying the light of hope and committed ourselves to living out the rest of the Easter story—we consider what it means to be people of the resurrection. Trusting that God is... Read More →
When the Sabbath was over, Mary Magdalene, Mary the mother of James, and Salome bought spices so that they could go and anoint Jesus’ dead body. Very early on the first day of the week, just after sunrise, they came to the tomb. They were saying to each other, “Who’s going to roll the stone away... Read More →
Let’s start of by saying that 40 days is a long time to do any one thing – to be out in the wilderness, to fast, to be stuck on a boat with a bunch of animals. At my house, it feels like 40 days since anybody’s been to school, but maybe that’s just me. You get... Read More →
Last year on Ash Wednesday, as we visited after the service, the ash and oil still fresh on our foreheads, someone said to me, “I’ve always liked Ash Wednesday, but I don’t know why. There’s something darkly beautiful about it.” And that phrase, darkly beautiful, stuck with me – all through last year’s Lent season,... Read More →