May 2021

A Pastoral Reflection, Pentecost Week One, A Year of Pandemic Living and Counting, May 21, 2021

‘Tis the season to be gardening, right? We just planted two young trees in our yard, an Orcas Pear and a cider apple tree. We dug deep, fertilized, and built serious hogwire fences to discourage the deer. Hopefully in a couple of years they will bear fruit. I look forward to that first fresh pear …

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A Pastoral Reflection, Week Six of Easter, A Year of Pandemic Living and Counting — May 14, 2021

The news today is really good.  There’s been such amazing progress with the COVID vaccine that the CDC announced that vaccinated people may begin gathering outdoors without masks!Now, what does that mean for us? First, we will proceed with great care and concern for ourselves and our neighbors.  The virus is still here, and variants …

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A Pastoral Reflection, Week Five of Easter, A Year and Counting of Pandemic Living — May 7, 2021

Considering where we live, we are blessed. Yes we are. But are we good and faithful stewards of this blessing? Lately I’ve been thinking about how much the earth has suffered under our care. And how this suffering is a truly failure of faith. Christians have long had an outsized footprint in matters of the …

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A Pastoral Reflection, Week Four of Easter, A Year of Pandemic Living and Counting — May 1, 2021

I’ve heard a lot of stories about people finding the time during the pandemic to initiate home renovations. We’re a bit late to the game, but this week, spurred on by the town’s annul offer to haul off large items we decided to go for it. We went small though…in our case, it was carpet …

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Sermon for the Fourth Sunday in Easter — April 25, 2021

Texts: Acts 4:5-12; 1 John 3:16-24; John 10:11-18 Some people don’t care much for the shepherd and sheep imagery of scripture. It feels so antiquated, and sometimes ends up in unctuous preciousness. We’re generations removed, most of us anyway, from actual interaction with shepherds, sheep, lambs, pastures and sheepfolds. What is a sheepfold anyway? Besides, haven’t …

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