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Beloved, Love: Be Fed

You can watch the video of Pastor Kris’ reflection, Beloved, Love: Be Fed, HERE. A show of hands: How many of you would like to get away? Away from the extra time and effort it takes to navigate each day as we attempt to avoid exposure to the coronavirus? Away from the influx of messages and overwhelming amounts of information—and disinformation—and political ads—which is just exhausting? The catchphrase, “Calgon, take me away,” has so many more layers of meaning today than it did as a 1980’s advertising promotion for bubble bath. And maybe… today… eight months of physically distancing, worsh...
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Beloved, Love: Great Hope

You can watch the video of Pastor Kris’ reflection, Beloved, Love: Great Hope, HERE. On this cool fall morning, as leaves fall and trees become barren—how are you doing? We are culturally programmed to instinctively say, “I’m fine,” or we might venture an “OK.” Really, I am fine… Yet… I don’t know about you, but for me the past week has been personally challenging. There is something unsettling about living in this in-between time: We are somewhere in-between what was and what will be in our lives once a vaccine is widely available We are in the midst of actively voting across the country, b...
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Weary? Come Rest.

You can watch the video of Pastor Kris’ reflection, Weary? Come Rest, HERE. There is a beautiful back and forth, a pulling and pushing, a shaping and forming laid out by Jesus in this passage from Matthew. With these verses placed as the foundation for our reflection, it is interesting the chapter we read for Memorial’s All Church Book Read in Chuck Tennessen’s book Forever Earthbound was entitled “Balance.” Reading the multiple short stories in the chapter, this idea of balance jumped out. Balance is really important as we learn how to live together in any time period… but especially now—dur...
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