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April 13, 2017

Death, resurrection, and everything in between

Easter weekend marks seasons of life:  death, waiting, and re-birth.  Participating in Easter weekend services is acknowledgment of the fragility of life, the mystery of waiting, and the wonder of re-birth. The Fragility of life.  An organism can only thrive within tightly defined parameters.  Even the Son of God had to eat, sleep, and work […]

March 10, 2017

Notes on forgiveness

If you’re working on forgiving someone, write the person’s name as an acrostic word.  Compose a prayer for the person by incorporating their name into the prayer. An example:  a person named “John” caused you pain and offense.  Begin by writing John’s name: J o h n Now compose a prayer such as this: Jesus, […]

February 22, 2017

Seeing again for the first time

Six days later, Jesus took with him Peter and James and his brother John and led them up a high mountain, by themselves.  Matthew 17: 1 What happens when you see someone for “who they really are?”  The “Transfiguration” of Jesus is about that common experience of discovering facets of people you only thought you […]

February 16, 2017

An evening with neighbors

An evening with neighbors

What’s a neighborhood?  Is a neighborhood a cluster of lifeless dwellings connected by asphalt and concrete, or people who share common concerns?  This week at Faith Church, a group of Muslims and Christians gathered for a potluck dinner and discussion of common concerns, hopes, and dreams for our “neighborhood” from Folsom to Western El Dorado […]

February 9, 2017

Antithesis – But I say to you…

The Gospel text this Sunday is a series of sayings beginning with, “You have heard it said______, but I say to you__________….”  A German philosopher, Georg Hegel, said that well founded arguments follow a three step dialectical process:  thesis, antithesis, synthesis.  “Thesis” states the foundations of arguments; “antithesis” challenges assumptions undergirding arguments; “synthesis” emerges with […]

February 2, 2017

What to keep?

This weekend will have a familiar, welcome sight at Faith Church:  in addition to our youth community filling a truck with donated food for a local food bank, they will take active leadership roles in worship services.  Youth Sunday is one of the highlights in the life of the congregation; look at the group photos […]

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