What the Tide Brings In

UPDATE on my lungs

By Ann | September 20, 2017

Earlier on this blog I explained about Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis – a progressive condition of the lungs. In the last couple of weeks I sort of dropped off a cliff. I had been doing pretty well, slow and easily fatigued but had a bad bout of coughing. A couple of weeks ago I had a…

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Good Samaritan

By Ann | June 1, 2017

One Sunday I was driving to Rock Springs WY from Lander. I was set to preside and preach at 10:30 AM – 2 hours from my home. In those days I was helping Holy Communion Episcopal Church during the time they were without a priest in residence. I would make this trip twice a month…

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Ash Wednesday Collection

By Ann | February 27, 2017

A collection of poems and other bits for Ash Wednesday: Adrienne Trevathan – the Director of Christian Education at Northminster Presbyterian Church in Evanston, IL. Native American (Port Gamble S’Klallam) and United Methodist Changer: A Prayer Poem for Ash Wednesday A 21st Century Worship ResourceCover me with ashes,the thick-smoke soot of the earth.Make my breathing…

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The Power of Naming

By Ann | January 1, 2017

There has been an ongoing discussion on Facebook about the Prayers of the People and whether or not to pray for the President-elect by name. The Book of Common Prayer does not require names in any rubrics though many churches do use the name of the President and other leaders. Our church prays by name…

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Take Joy!

By Ann | December 25, 2016

Christmas DayReadings are here.Notes toward a sermon Have you seen the photographs of the beauty of space taken by the Hubble telescope? Wondrous and fabulous images brought to us from places beyond our sight. As I read the Gospel of John for Christmas Day — I was thinking this is what John is trying to…

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Light and Shadow

By Ann | November 26, 2016

Thoughts for Advent 1 sermonReadings are here Almighty God, give us grace to cast away the works of  our shadow side, and put on the armor of light, now in the time of this mortal life in which your Son Jesus Christ came to visit us in great humility; May we recognize his presence in…

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Martha and Mary – thoughts from the week.

By Ann | July 16, 2016

I have been wrestling with these few lines from Luke all week. I have never been satisfied with any of the expositions on the relationships and how the words of Jesus have been used in sermons. In my restless wrestling I put a question on my Facebook page. It was great to hear from so…

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The Third Rail: III Pentecost

By Ann | June 10, 2016

Notes towards a sermon. Readings are here “Then he came forward and touched the bier, and the bearers stood still”As I was reading the lessons for this Sunday I felt a sense of dread come over me. Children dying before their parents are the “third rail” for me. I don’t even want this in my…

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2 Pentecost: I am not worthy

By Ann | May 30, 2016

Notes for 2 PentecostReadings Some factoids about Capernaum and Centurions Capernaum was small – fishing village – like Wheeler Everyone knew everyone. Centurions earned 17x what regular soldiers earned. Mostly led units of around 100 but could oversee more units it was a way to make a life for yourself and family – that was…

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Ash Wednesday 2016

By Ann | February 10, 2016

Remember that you are dust, and to dust you shall return.Recuerda que eres polvo, y al polvo volverás.One month ago we celebrated the Baptism of Jesus in the river Jordan, tonight we are reminded of our creation as creatures of dust and Sunday Jesus is tempted in the wilderness. As I think about these readings…

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