Bishop Hagiya’s Briefing (11/30/2020)

4 Rejoice[c] in the Lord always; again I will say, Rejoice.[d] 5 Let your gentleness be known to everyone. The Lord is near. 6 Do not worry about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. 7 And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds […]

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Welcoming

July 1, 2020  “Whoever welcomes you, welcomes me [Jesus said], and whoever welcomes me, welcomes the One who sent me.”  (Mt. 10:40) Last Sunday the joke was from “Pickles” in the VC Star…it was a grampa and grandson… the grampa says, “Nelson, show me that hole in your sock”…and he does; it’s a black sock, […]

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Rev. Ashley Horan,  Another world is possible. We say it, again and again, even when the proof lies somewhere beyond the horizon, beyond our reach, beyond our imagination. This is our faith: Another world is possible. Not somewhere else— another world, another lifetime—but here, and now, for us and for all. Another world is possible. […]

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From Pastor Bethany: Here are some ideas of how we can “Keep the Faith” while we are separated from one another. Pray. Take the prayer list and pray for five or ten of those listed before each meal.   Pray the five-finger prayer: Thumb: those closest to you, Index: for neighbors, Tall finger: for leaders, Ring […]

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“Walking on Water”

“And early in the morning, he came walking toward them on the sea.  (Mt. 14:25; within Mt. 14:22-33) The joke is about a brand new preacher whom the folks in the country parish don’t much like.  He’s young and sure of himself, from the city and fresh out of seminary.  That little country church has […]

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There’s a joke about a little boy, upon receiving word from his folks that the stay-cations the family will go on will involve some of the “things we did when we were kids.”  The little boy is Ecstatic!  “Yes!  Finally!  I get to ride a Dinosaur!”  Never mind the difficulties and dangers of such a […]

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Beloved Community, The first few months of the pandemic we were all powering through. We were in this together. We were holding our breath and waiting for it all to be over. But after more than 4 months we have expended all our patience, and the emotional strain is wearing on us. It is so […]

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Putting together another puzzle… Seeing a metaphor for living in this complex and trying time. First, one must gather all the flat edged pieces together and make a frame… well, that’s how I do it. Frames are good.  Faith is a good frame.  Love is a good frame.  So we start with faith, and love. […]

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