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Weekly Message

A change of Season

It's hard to believe that Labor Day is upon us and summer is officially drawing to a close. Summer is a welcome time of being in a different rhythm, having adventures, and being with family and friends in a relaxed way. But it's also nice to return to the more structured schedule of fall. This week-end will be a transition, a time for celebrating summer fun and getting ready for the fall.

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God's Steadfast Love by Ike Emejuru, Vestry Member

As I approach the final days of summer, I always find myself at a moment of reflection. This year I reflect on the blessings and milestones that have occurred for my family. I reminisce about the beautiful birthday celebration that we planned for Mom in Southern California, the birth of my nephew, hanging out with old friends, catching up on recreational reading, and the summer days spent with my wife (it’s our first summer together as husband and wife).

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Mass Points?

As a child, I remember my father telling stories of his childhood and growing up in northern Minnesota in a devout Catholic family. His family loved to tell the stories of uncle Pope Pius X and how my grandmother’s grandfather ran away from home to save his future family from having to be nuns or priests. One of my favorite stories that my father used to tell was about they earned mass points as children.

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A blessing

It is such a blessing to be back with you after sabbatical! I have enjoyed catching up with many of you this past week and look forward to seeing those of you who have been away on summer adventures.

As we look forward to Sunday, I am particularly struck by Hosea 11: 1-11.

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In Praise of Mentors, by Manuel Figallo, Vestry Member

I have worked for several organizations where "transformation" becomes a central theme, sometimes in a last ditch effort to remain in business. I remember when I worked for a San Francisco software company, the leadership even combined "transformation" with "creation" to form "transcreation" (for those who work in business, it was basically business process reengineering. My leadership was desperate!). Management introduced "transcreation" to us as a means to drum up new business, but within a couple of months, the office shut down.

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Preludes and Postludes-More than just pretty music!

My daughter likes to ask questions.  A lot of questions. So many that we final bought her an Echo dot so she could ask Alexa several of her burning questions.  A few weeks ago, while I was practicing a piece at home, she asked why we had preludes and postludes in worship.   Perhaps you have wondered the same thing.  

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Living the Holy Spirit

This Sunday it isn’t just an opportunity to wear one’s most audacious dye, to weigh in on an ongoing debate about whether coral, garnet, vermilion, or another hue is the best expression of those lowest wavelengths on the visible electromagnetic spectrum—this Sunday is a birthday party for the church, one of the three principal feasts of the liturgical year-

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Celebrating our Children

With the World Premiere of our 4th-7th grade Sunday School movie scheduled to follow our 10:30am Youth Sunday Service, this weekend is an opportunity for us to reflect on what the youngest St. Georgians among us can teach us about our faith. I know there have been numerous times in my own life, where someone younger has ended up being my teacher in matters of faith.

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St. Paul's letters

Having looked at this Sunday's readings, I decided it was finally time to confront my ambivalent feelings toward St. Paul. I'm not an expert; I can tell from his letters that Paul was a crucial figure in spreading the word of Jesus and establishing the early church, yet I also know that Paul's writings have been used to justify sexism, misogyny, and homophobia…

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Choristers make pilgrimage to Lincoln Cathedral

This summer, July 8-15, several of our youth and adult choristers, together with choristers from Saint Mary’s, Arlington, and Saint Andrew’s, Burke will make a pilgrimage to England where they will be the resident choir at Lincoln Cathedral for the week, as well as sing services at Sheffield Cathedral and St. Botolph’s, Boston.  Most Cathedrals in England have an adjoining cathedral school and during school holidays, visiting choirs are invited to be the resident choir.  Lincoln Cathedral has had a tradition of daily worship since 1088, one in which our singers will take part. 

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My sheep hear my voice

Even with all the advances in phone technology, picking up a landline telephone is still an exercise in anticipation. Among all those who might be calling, it is still a joy to recognize the voice of a friend over the phone. It is a statement of relationship to recognize someone’s voice and say, “Hi Chris” when all that they had said on the other end of the line was a simple “Hello, can I speak with John?” I hear Jesus describing this kind of relational recognition in our Gospel for this Sunday:

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Easter Joy

Dear Friends,

We had such an amazing Easter celebration last Sunday!  It was great to have two completely packed services.  It was a blessing and privilege to share our nave with so many family members and friends as we rejoiced in the Resurrection.

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Resting in God

Dear Friends,

One of my favorite stories in the Old Testament is found in Exodus 3: 1-15.  Moses is tending his father-in-law's sheep "beyond the wilderness" on Mount Horeb when he suddenly encounters God speaking to him from a burning bush.  God tells Moses that he is to lead the Israelites from captivity in Egypt to a "land flowing with milk and honey". 

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Lenten Reconciliation

Dear Friends,

One of my favorite stories in the Old Testament is found in Exodus 3: 1-15.  Moses is tending his father-in-law's sheep "beyond the wilderness" on Mount Horeb when he suddenly encounters God speaking to him from a burning bush.  God tells Moses that he is to lead the Israelites from captivity in Egypt to a "land flowing with milk and honey". 

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Into the Lenten Wilderness

Dear Friends,

One of my favorite stories in the Old Testament is found in Exodus 3: 1-15.  Moses is tending his father-in-law's sheep "beyond the wilderness" on Mount Horeb when he suddenly encounters God speaking to him from a burning bush.  God tells Moses that he is to lead the Israelites from captivity in Egypt to a "land flowing with milk and honey". 

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Having touched “another world”

I love the season of Lent!  It’s not just that it provides us with a time for the spring cleaning of our souls, or that it has some of the most beautiful music of any of our liturgical seasons.  For me, Lent is anything but a sorrowful and sad season, but quite the opposite.  There is a quiet joy that pervades.  What I love most is that this season is about undergoing a transformation.  Lent provides the structure for self-examination in the midst of our chaotic world.  It provides that opportunity to re-order our lives, to put our focus and energy into that which is truly important - our faith in God…

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