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the Church: essential or non-essential?

considering church in the midst of global pandemic

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In the past couple weeks, as cities, counties, and states across the United States and around the world have basically shut down to help slow the spread of Coronavirus, leaders have tended to categorize everything as 'essential' or 'non-essential.' The idea being, of course, that essential services, activities, and . . .

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March 26, 2020

Laetare: the fourth Sunday in Lent

contemplating collects

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Grant, we beseech Thee, Almighty God, that we, who for our evil deeds do worthily deserve to be punished, by the comfort of Thy grace may mercifully be relieved; through Jesus Christ, Thy Son, our Lord, Who liveth and reigneth with Thee and the Holy Ghost, ever One God, world without end. Amen.

-- Common Service . . .

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March 22, 2020

a prayer in time of storms

be they on the sea or in our lives

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O Thou who dwellest in the light that is unapproachable, while clouds and darkness are round about Thee, we thank Thee that the day is thine, the night also is thine. When deep calleth unto deep, and all thy waves and billows are around us, we recognize the voice of the Lord our God. We know that the sea is his, and that he . . .

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March 17, 2020

"Worship Goes Viral" by Ben Witherington

Dr. Ben Witherington, New Testament scholar at Asbury Theological Seminary, wrote a poignant piece about online or virtual worship. He challenges us to be faithful in the midst of pandemic and fear. He calls us to be mindful of what worship is and does in a culture that is self-absorbed and twisted by radical consumerism. Here's a tease:

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Posted in: lifetheology

March 16, 2020

Oculi: the third Sunday in Lent

contemplating collects

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We beseech Thee, Almighty God, look upon the hearty desires of Thy humble servants, and stretch forth the right hand of Thy Majesty to be our defence against all our enemies; through Jesus Christ, Thy Son, our Lord, Who liveth and reigneth with Thee and the Holy Ghost, ever One God, world without end. Amen.

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March 15, 2020

say your prayers, wash your hands, & love your neighbors

life and ministry in a world gripped by fear

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Coronavirus. Covid-19. Pandemic. Infection. Quarantine. Death.

These words are filling our headlines, and fear is gripping our hearts. It isn't the first time and it surely won't be the last. How should we think about this from the perspective of our Christian faith? How should we live out our faith in times of . . .

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March 12, 2020

praying in the midst of pandemic fear

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In this week's collect, we prayed for God's protection of body and soul.

Almighty God, Who seest that of ourselves we have no strength: Keep us both outwardly and inwardly; that we may be defended from all adversities which may happen to the body, and from all evil thoughts which may assault and hurt the soul; . . .

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