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God is Love – No Ifs Ands or Buts!

Exodus 2:1-10 NRSVue  1Now a man from the house of Levi went and married a Levite woman.  2The woman conceived and bore a son, and when she saw that he was a fine baby, she hid him three months. 3When she could hide him no longer she got a papyrus basket for him and plastered … Read more

E Pluribus Unum: Reflecting the Image of the Creator

Isaiah 58:9b-14 9Then you shall call, and the Lord will answer; you shall cry for help, and he will say, Here I am. If you remove the yoke from among you, the pointing of the finger, the speaking of evil, 10if you offer your food to the hungry and satisfy the needs of the afflicted, then your light … Read more

Thy Will Be Done

Good morning, St. Matthew. We gather on this morning in Itasca on the unceded tribal lands of the Kickapoo, Peoria, Ka-skas-kia, Potawatomi, Mya-a-mia, HoChunk, Winnebago and O-che-thi Sakowin nations, acknowledging the hard past and praying our way into a better future.And so we pray. Lord, we keep looking for the rule book, for the set … Read more

But We Promised

2 Kings 5:1-145Naaman, commander of the army of the king of Aram, was a great man and in high favour with his master, because by him the Lord had given victory to Aram. The man, though a mighty warrior, suffered from leprosy. 2Now the Arameans on one of their raids had taken a young girl … Read more

Blessing of the Garden

Good morning, St. Matthew! We gather on this morning in Itasca on the unceded tribal lands of the Kickapoo, Peoria, Ka-skas-kia, Potawatomi, Mya-a-mia, HoChunk, Winnebago and O-che-thi Sakowin nations, acknowledging that hard past and praying our way into a better future.And so we pray. Holy Loving Lord – we don’t often know where our choices … Read more

Lay It Down, So You Can Pick It Up

Acts 9:36-43 36Now in Joppa there was a disciple whose name was Tabitha, which in Greek is Dorcas. She was devoted to good works and acts of charity. 37At that time she became ill and died. When they had washed her, they laid her in a room upstairs. 38Since Lydda was near Joppa, the disciples, … Read more

Valentine Musings

Recently we were talking at worship about Valentine’s Day. I have found that in many Roman Catholic churches, they take the opportunity to encourage those who are married by reminding them that their vows were made within the beloved community of the church. That the church pledges to come alongside them, as they seek to … Read more

The Lingering Question

His not quite pickled,            not quite unbelieving                   litre beer glass shaped                                                       voice Snaked up out of the depths          Striking with a flat headed thump                            Leaving a mark                                       that is not quite a wound But has become a scar          A touchstone pock in the flesh of my faith. … Read more