Commitment and the Art of Mentoring

In a few weeks, on February 1, six of the youth in our congregation will be leading us in the Coming of Age Celebration.  As part of that worship service, we will also be kicking off the Mentoring Program by officially matching up each of the youth with a mentor…

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Borrowing faith

This past weekend I attended the Music and Worship Leaders Retreat at Laurelville Mennonite Church Center in western PA.  The theme was PastPresentFuture, focused on bringing our whole selves into worship, and that worship itself is an act of extending our selves back into traditions we have inherited and forward…

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2014 in review

2014 is gone, but it’s worth considering where all we have been and what we’ve done in the past year.  With fear and trembling that I may be leaving out something crucial, here are some of the highlights from the year.  Some of these are things that happen every year…

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Singing as if life depended on it

After noticing its persistent presence on my Facebook newsfeed for multiple days, I caved and watched the three minute video of Naomi Feil, a Jewish woman, singing Christian songs to Gladys, an elderly woman with Alzheimers.  While singing “Jesus loves me” and “He’s got the whole world in his hands,”…

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What do you want?

So, what do you want? The last couple days Abbie and I have asked this question to each other as Christmas approaches.  This is not the first time the question has come up this season.  We’ve already passed around some lists with family members to prepare for gift exchanges.  I…

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