Sharp About Your Prayers

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June 14th, 2016 · 2 Comments · Sharp Prayers

Dear Friends in Christ, Over the last few days—in the wake of the mass shooting in Orlando—I have had a difficult time reading the paper; a difficult time making it through each wrenching sentence. I have felt alternatively numb and angry, bewildered and so very, very sad. I have been making a little list of […]

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Thank God for Chipped China

November 26th, 2015 · Comments Off on Thank God for Chipped China · Sharp Prayers

“I thank my God every time I remember you, constantly praying with joy in every one of my prayers for all of you, because of your sharing in the gospel from the first day until now.” –Philippians 2:3-5 Dear Friends in Christ, Today, the Black Johnston family will set the table with an eclectic set […]

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Another Sharp Prayer from St. Augie!

October 6th, 2015 · Comments Off on Another Sharp Prayer from St. Augie! · Sharp Prayers

A Prayer for Strength and Courage Attributed to St. Augustine, Bishop of Hippo God of life, there are days when the burdens we carry rub our shoulders raw and weigh us down; there are days when the road seems dreary and endless, the skies grey and threatening; there are days when our lives have no […]

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Hello Cruel World

September 19th, 2014 · Comments Off on Hello Cruel World · Faith and the City

One afternoon this past summer, I walked into the living room to find my 15-year-old in tears. Izzy was holding a historical novel she had been reading all day.”What’s up?” I asked. She explained that the novel took place during the reign of Henry VIII. The two main characters were a young man and a […]

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Our Neighbors in Boston

April 19th, 2013 · 2 Comments · Faith and the City

When I was five, my mother would turn on the television every afternoon and flip to Channel 13, so that I could catch “Mr. Rogers’ Neighborhood.” Mr. Rogers always began with his trademark song, “It’s a Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood,” which included the invitation: Won’t you please… Won’t you please… Please won’t you be […]

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The Hope and Fears of All the Years

October 25th, 2011 · 13 Comments · Faith and the City

Hey Good Readers, I am working this week to frame up a series of sermons for Advent and Christmas, and I have a question for you: What’s your favorite verse (or phrase) from a Christmas carol or an Advent hymn? I know that we haven’t even passed trick-or-treating yet, but the choir and I need […]

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“I’ve Always Coveted Your Sidewalks…”

September 4th, 2010 · 1 Comment · Faith and the City

That’s what Hani said to us. Who is Hani?  Well, Hani Shihada is a chalk artist.  If his website is accurate, he may be one of the only remaining chalk artists in the city of New York. About a year ago, I saw Hani’s work on the Upper East Side.  People were pausing, looking, snapping […]

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