When I woke up this morning it was 15º below zero outside. For those of us living in and around Richmond, this winter has been bitterly cold. I have to keep reminding myself that the difference between -15º and 32º is the same difference between 32º and 79º! Such vastly different seasons call for different patterns and practices.
I’ve always thought it a bit strange that both our church and our secular calendars restart in the middle of winter. (In the northern hemisphere, at least.) It is during the darkest, coldest days of the year that we pause to celebrate the turning of a page, to mark the end of one journey through […]
“In those days John the Baptist appeared in the desert of Judea announcing, ‘Change your hearts and lives! Here comes the kingdom of heaven!’” -Matthew 3:1-2, Common English Bible I doubt I’m the only one who feels like we’ve been doing a LOT of holy waiting, discerning, and preparing over the last few months. And […]
There’s no denying it. Whatever your perspective on our current situation, discussions, and discernment, the Spirit of God is up to something. Do we know exactly what it is, what it will look like? No. Is it easy and without feelings of struggle and loss? No. Will we, and the church we are together, be […]
Lately I’ve begun to hear from some folks that they would like to have a deeper sense of connection with each other, that they feel a need for stronger relationships with others in our congregation. I’m grateful to those who have had the courage to raise this concern, because it’s easy for such desires to […]