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CALL TO WORSHIP & CENTERING PRAYERS

We are called to make our home in God. On Trinity Sunday, we celebrate intimacy with God who tenderly loves us and who holds us close, grasping us tightly with overwheleming love given freely and abundantly by Father, Son and Spirit. To the point: God’s desire is that we share in divine life eternally. To […]

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BREAKING OPEN THE WORD

The Trinity, also called “The Hospitality of Abraham,” is an icon created by Russian painter Andrei Rublev in the 15th century. It is his most famous work and the most famous of all Russian icons, and it is regarded as one of the highest achievements of Russian art. The Trinity depicts the three angels who […]

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CALL TO WORSHIP & CENTERING PRAYERS

Today we celebrate the great feast of Pentecost. The wonderful gift given to Mary and the Apostles after Jesus’ resurrection was the Spirit of Peace. God’s peace is also our gift — renewing our lives and bringing new energy to our world.During this time of pandemic and suffering, we pray for God’s Spirit of Peace […]

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BREAKING OPEN THE WORD

“And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another advocate to be with you always, the Spirit of Truth, whom the world cannot accept, because it neither sees nor knows him. But you know him, because he remains with you, and will be in you.” (John, 14) The great feast of Pentecost, […]

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CALL TO WORSHIP: SEVENTH SUNDAY OF EASTER

After Jesus’ ascension, Mary and the Apostles gathered to pray and find strength together. Alone and afraid, they waited in the upper room. This year we also are more alone than usual, waiting, closed off in our homes and praying for God’s blessing upon our lives, in our world, and within the Church. To the […]

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BLESSING FOR SENDING FORTH

“This Day We Say Grateful” It is a strange thing to be so bound and so released all in the same moment, to feel the heart open wide and wider still even as it turns to take its leave. On this day, let us say this is simply the way love moves in its ceaseless […]

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EMPOWERING WITH BLESSINGS

The Gospels of the last three weeks of the Easter Season highlight Jesus’ final prayer of blessing for his disciples. Though it is not always common to confer blessings upon others, blessings have power to connect us with Divine Presence. This week’s empowerment is dedicated to understanding the power of blessing. May the road rise […]

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CALL TO WORSHIP: SIXTH SUNDAY OF EASTER

At the Last Super. Jesus told his followers not to feel abandoned. He would not leave them orphans; He would always be with them through the gift of the Spirit who would dwell within all humanity. We are all the dwelling place of God’s Spirit, channels of understanding and hope, called to be gentle and […]

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THE BLESSING OF DRAWING NEAR

It is difficult to see it from here, I know, but trust me when I say this blessing is inscribed on the horizon. Is written on that far point you can hardly see. Is etched into a landscape whose contours you cannot know from here. All you know is that it calls you, draws you, […]

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EMPOWERING MUSIC AND PRAYER

This week’s scriptures invite us to open our hearts to God’s indwelling Spirit. The following music has been chosen to strengthen your prayer and contemplation this week. “Spirit Song” “The Lone Wild Bird” The words of this old hymn place us in a bleak environment wherein we are offered the comfort of God’s “Great Spirit.” […]