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“The Right Tempo”

Posted By on Feb 18, 2024

February 18, 2024 ~ First Sunday in Lent BUSY: Reconnecting with an Unhurried God Rev. Beckie Sweet   When I was a preschooler, I was so skinny (yes, I said skinny), that my mother was worried that I would be diagnosed with “failure to thrive.”  So, I was sent to my grandmother’s house to be “fattened up!”  Didn’t Gramma do a good job!?!  By the time I started school, I was taller, and larger than most of my classmates.  In...

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February 14, 2024 ~ Ash Wednesday Rev. Beckie Sweet   I had the privilege this week of listening to a TED talk presented by Carl Honore, who has recently published a book entitled, In Praise of Slowness.  He spoke a little bit about his experience in writing and promoting this book.  He said that the irony of publishing a book on slowness is that you need to do it really fast.  Everyone wants to learn about slowness, but they...

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“Least Expected Change”

Posted By on Feb 11, 2024

February 11, 2024 ~ Transfiguration Sunday Rev. Beckie Sweet   In 1986, I had the opportunity to engage in a year-long pastoral exchange.  I had spent most of my life in rural upstate New York.  I was going to spend a year in the heart of Silicon Valley, San Jose, CA.  THAT was quite a culture shock.  At the time, approximately one million people lived in the San Jose area, and in my estimation, about 50% of them were on the road...

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“Love is Love”

Posted By on Feb 4, 2024

February 4, 2024 ~ Reconciling Sunday Rev. Beckie Sweet   “Jesus loves me! . . .   Jesus loves me!  This I know . . . Jesus loves me!  This I know, for the Bible tells me so . . .”              Swiss theologian Karl Barth was one of the premier religious thinkers of the 20th Century.  In addition to being a prolific writer, he would travel all around the world, including the United States, lecturing in colleges and seminaries...

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“Whole-Hearted Praise”

Posted By on Jan 28, 2024

January 28, 2024 ~ Fourth Sunday after Pentecost Rev. Beckie Sweet   You are doing really well!!  Worship of any kind does not come naturally to a lot of people.  Worshipping God takes our focus away from our human inclination to put “me first,” and turns our attention outward, with the intention of seeing, hearing, and experiencing God: sometimes in and through one another, sometimes in and through creation, sometimes in and...

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