Acts - Adventures in Being Church: Paul, Barnabas and that Crazy Radio Station - July 14, 2019

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“Every time you close another door—be it the door of immediate satisfaction, the door of distracting entertainment, the door of busyness, the door of guilt and worry, or the door of self-rejection—you commit yourself to go deeper into your heart and thus deeper into the heart of God. This is a movement toward full incarnation. It leads you to become what you already are—a child of God; it lets you embody more and more the truth of your being; it makes you claim the God within you.”

~ Henri J. M. Nouwen (1932-1996)

Acts - Adventures in Being Church: Following Jesus: What we Find - July 7, 2019

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“What we hunger for perhaps more than anything else is to be known in our full humanness, and yet that is often just what we also fear more than anything else. It is important to tell at least from time to time the secret of who we truly and fully are . . . because otherwise we run the risk of losing track of who we truly and fully are and little by little come to accept instead the highly edited version which we put forth in hope that the world will find it more acceptable than the real thing. It is important to tell our secrets too because it makes it easier . . . for other people to tell us a secret or two of their own . . . ”

~ Frederick Buechner, Telling Secrets”

Acts - Adventures in Being Church: Following Jesus: What We Lose - June 30, 2019

“Well-schooled in a false sense of control, we usually cling to the illusion of power as we struggle with the paradoxes of life. Each of us knows those times when we dig in our feet, stiffen our body, tighten our jaw and demand rational explanations for unexplainable events… As we encounter experiences for which there are no answers, no rational explanations or solutions, we arrive at a point where, in faith, we are asked to stand in a Mystery that far exceeds our human understanding.”

~ Doris Klein

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Acts - Adventures in Being Church: Get In the Game - June 23, 2019

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“Coming together for worship, individuals may release their fragile hold on ‘my truth’ for an hour or two in order to explore the timetraveling, ego-rattling, neighbor-loving dimensions of ‘our truth’ instead. As anyone who has ever been part of a congregation knows, this has less to do with being of one mind than it does with being of one body. The deepest truth any congregation has to tell is that those who do not agree on much of anything can still care for one another through almost everything, thanks to the ministering Spirit in their midst.”

~ Barbara Brown Taylor

Acts - Adventures in Being Church: Commitment Cards and Coroners - June 16, 2019

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Celtic Prayer

You are the peace of all things calm
You are the place to hide from harm
You are the light that shines in dark
You are the heart’s eternal spark
You are the door that’s open wide
You are the guest who waits inside
You are the stranger at the door
You are the calling of the poor
You are my Lord and with me still
You are my love, keep me from ill
You are the light, the truth, the way
You are my Savior this very day.

~ Celtic Oral Tradition

Acts - Adventures in Being Church: All the Difference in the World - June 9, 2019

Holy Spirit, giving life to all life, moving all creatures,

root of all things, washing them clean,

wiping out their mistakes, healing their wounds,

you are our true life, luminous, wonderful,

awakening the heart from its ancient sleep.

Hildegard of Bingen (1098 –1179)



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Acts - Adventures in Being Church: God’s Instruments - June 2, 2019

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We can make our minds so like still water

that beings gather about us that they may see,

it may be, their own images,

and so live for a moment with a clearer,

perhaps even with a fiercer life

because of our quiet.

~ William Butler Yeats

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Good News or Fake News? - May 12, 2019

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The final secret, I think, is this: that the words “You shall love the Lord your God” become in the end less a command than a promise. And the promise is that, yes, on the weary feet of faith and the fragile wings of hope, we will come to love him at last as from the first he has loved us—loved us even in the wilderness, especially in the wilderness, because he has been in the wilderness with us. He has been in the wilderness for us. He has been acquainted with our grief. And, loving him, we will come at last to love each other too…
~Frederick Buechner

New Names for Everybody - May 5, 2019

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“It feels so insignificant, and yet this is the liberating secret: I am precisely the gift God wants—in my full and humble surrender to my ordinariness—which ironically is my eternal specialness. All I can give back to God is who I really and fully am! That is all God wants. Yet this seems so boring and pedestrian to us, if we want to be high flyers.”

~ Richard Rohr

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Love’s Last Words: “Your Hands” - April 14, 2019

“Well-schooled in a false sense of control, we usually cling to the illusion of power as we struggle with the paradoxes of life. Each of us knows those times when we dig in our feet, stiffen our body, tighten our jaw and demand rational explanations for unexplainable events…. As we encounter experiences for which there are no answers, no rational explanations or solutions, we arrive at a point where, in faith, we are asked to stand in a Mystery that far exceeds our human understanding.”

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~ Doris Klein, Journey of the Soul

Love’s Last Words: “Why?” - April 7, 2019

“Although it is important and even indispensable for our spiritual lives to set apart time for God and God alone, our prayer can only become unceasing communion when all our thoughts—beautiful or ugly, high or low, proud or shameful, sorrowful or joyful—can be thought in the presence of the One who dwells in us and surrounds us… The main question, therefore, is not so much what we think, but to whom we present our thoughts, because to pray unceasingly means to think and live in the presence of Love.”

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~ Henri J. M. Nouwen

Love’s Last Words: “Thirsty” - March 31, 2019

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Another morning and I wake with thirst
for the goodness I do not have. I walk
out to the pond and all the way God has
given us such beautiful lessons. Oh Lord,
I was never a quick scholar but sulked
and hunched over my books past the hour
and the bell; grant me, in your mercy,
a little more time. Love for the earth
and love for you are having such a long
conversation in my heart. Who knows what
will finally happen or where I will be sent,
yet already I have given a great many things
away, expecting to be told to pack nothing,
except the prayers which, with this thirst,
I am slowly learning.

~ “Thirst” by Mary Oliver

Love’s Last Words: “Son…Mother” - March 24, 2019

“You hollow us out, God, so that we may carry you, and you endlessly fill

us only to be emptied again. Make smooth our inward spaces and sturdy,

that we may hold you with less resistance and bear you with deeper

grace.“

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~ Jan Richardson

Love’s Last Words: “With Me” - March 17, 2019

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“I beg you, Lord, let the glowing and honey-sweet force of your love draw my mind away from all things that are under heaven, that I may die for love of the love of you who thought it a worthy thing to die for love of the love of me.”

~ Francis of Assisi (died 1226)

Love’s Last Words: “Forgive” - March 10, 2019

Forgiveness is the answer

to the child’s dream of a miracle

by which what is broken is made whole again,

what is soiled is again made clean.

The dream explains why we need to be forgiven,

and why we must forgive.

In the presence of God,

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nothing stands between [God] and us—

we are forgiven.

But we cannot feel [God’s] presence if anything

is allowed to stand between ourselves and others.

~ Dag Hammarskjöld (1905-1961)

Incurable - Ash Wednesday, March 6, 2019

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O Lord, who has mercy upon all, take away from me my sins,

and mercifully kindle in me the fire of thy Holy Spirit.

Take away from me the heart of stone,

and give me a heart of flesh,

a heart to love and adore thee,

a heart to delight in thee,

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to follow and to enjoy thee,

for Christ's sake.


Ambrose of Milan (339-397)