Monthly Archives: October 2013

Ladders, stones and All Saints

As we near All Saints Day, observed November 3, I am thinking about loved ones who have entered the Great Beyond. My brother, Timothy, died when he was 13. He drowned on a hot summer day. It was on a … Continue reading

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Time keeps rolling

I’m thinking about time this week, partly because we “fall back” an hour on Sunday morning. What is time? How do we experience or measure time? My friend who works for the government said that the one thing she learned … Continue reading

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Little ones to God belong

We will dedicate two children at Rainbow this Sunday, October 27. This is an occasion for us to stand with Jesus and say to our children: You are precious. You are welcome. You are beloved by God. I  look forward … Continue reading

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We are the church together

Several weeks ago, my seven year old niece helped me move some of my things into the church office. At one point she asked me if I was a teacher.  Hmmmm, I thought. I said something like, “well, I’m a … Continue reading

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Introducing the family

When I’m up in front preaching or leading worship, I sometimes find it hard to look at my husband, Jesse. That’s because I’m afraid he’ll make one of these gestures to the left, and well, I might start to giggle. Jesse makes … Continue reading

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Sticks and stones

Stones can often seem cold and lifeless; far too many are used for throwing and harming. Not these stones. The Deacons at Bethel College Mennonite Church presented me with this gift: a basket full of joy, wisdom and strength stones. … Continue reading

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Getting to know you

I’ve had the song “Getting to know you” from The King and I in my head all week. I actually sang it as I strung these slips of paper along the window in the church office. Sing it with me: Getting to … Continue reading

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The Holy, Irish Grail

This past Sunday, October 6, we celebrated World Communion Sunday. In my sermon, I talked about communion being a time not only to remember or recall the life, death and resurrection of Jesus, but a time whereby we join God’s … Continue reading

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Oils, potions and spells

Just kidding about the potions and spells. I only keep oil on hand. I have had the privilege of being the annoint(ee) as well as the annoint(er).  And they have each been some of the most memorable and moving moments … Continue reading

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Whistling as I work

So what does it mean that I have a referee shirt and a whistle in the church office? These things were gifted to me by the Bethel College Mennonite Church youth group. It was their way of thanking me for … Continue reading

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