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Today we commemorate the anniversary of our congregation.  We were chartered on Reformation Day in 2004.

 

During the last 14 years, There is a three word phrase we have used on every piece of communication about our church.  Every mailing, every printed invitation, every social media posting, every newspaper advertisement has included this three word phrase.  (more…)

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One of the marks of good writing is avoiding the use of the passive voice.  For example, if I say, “I am holding a pen.”  “I” am the subject of the verb – I am doing the action.  The “pen” is the object of the verb.  To state that in the passive voice we would say, “The pen is being held by me.”  That’s not good English.  “I heard it through the grapevine” is in the active voice.  “It was heard by me through the grapevine” is passive . . . and awkward. . . .and not a catchy song title anymore.  So the active voice is almost always better. (more…)

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I don’t think I could do it.  Could you?

Give up all your material possessions and give them to the poor?

Keep all the commandments perfectly?  No way.

The impossible demands reflected in today’s Gospel made one young man turn away from Jesus when he realized he couldn’t do it either.

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