October 10, 2018

I'm a pretty black and white person when it comes to viewing things.

Things are true or false. They are, or they aren't. They work, or they don't. I can influence something, or I can't. 

The Serenity Prayer works for me. "God grant me the serenity to accept the things I...

August 1, 2018

Since I grew up in the Lutheran church, saints were never a big part of my life.

But when we lived in Italy, I became more aware of saints and feast days. There were two saints in particular that I took a liking to.

One was San Gennaro, the patron saint of Naples. Our ap...

July 3, 2018

This week was another reminder for me about the power that music has.

There were several hymns we did at church on Sunday that reminded me of that. 

During the summer, we've been singing rather than saying our Psalms. The hymn for Psalm 30 on Sunday was All With Joyful E...

June 20, 2018

Last week was family week. Dave had a meeting in Denver, which is where three generations of my family live. We spent time with my mother, my brother and sister-in-law, and our youngest son. And after our return on Sunday we spent Father's Day with our oldest son, and...

June 6, 2018

Confession coming

Eucharist coming

Apostles

It was a simple five-word email that Pastor Jason sent out that filled in some worship planning details. He was in a meeting and was trying to be brief.

I understood what the message meant, but I looked at it for a long time and...

May 23, 2018

I did not watch "The Wedding."

I didn't watch the last one, or the one before that.

At one point in my life, I'm sure I would have been glued to the TV.  As a 10-year-old I knew Prince Charles was out my range, but Andrew and Edward were still possibilities. But that pas...

May 9, 2018

For April my embroidery group provided items to display for St. Stephen’s monthly Art Loop participation.

It was a reminder to me that we sometimes find ourselves lost among the trees.

There are people who love to look at paintings. They can see the brush strokes, unders...

April 25, 2018

I listen to a lot of podcasts. The content varies. Some are news. Some are true-crime stories. Some are religious. 

For a very long time, religious podcasts seemed to fall into a few categories. 

  • They were podcasts of church sermons. That was not what I was looking f...

April 11, 2018

Last Sunday’s Gospel lesson was the story of Doubting Thomas. This is the Gospel lesson every year on the Sunday after Easter.

Pastor Jason used it as an opportunity to seek out more about Thomas in the Bible and fill in a few gaps about this apostle. There isn’t much a...

March 28, 2018

(NOTE: I wrote the first half of a great blog last week. I know this, because I remember saying, "This is going to be a great blog." I have no reason to think that the second half would not be equally great. Unfortunately, this all happened within a dream, and the text...

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