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AUTUMN REFLECTIONS

I was blessed to be at the “Practicing the Presence of God” Silent Retreat this Oct 18 – 20 at the Retreat Center on the mountain outside of Millerstown. It is always such a blessing to go there and I have found the retreats and classes offered to be so helpful in my spiritual journey. But

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RESTING IN THE SPIRIT: SABBATH AND RETREAT

Submitted by Rev. Dr. Kathy Harvey Nelson In my life as a Spiritual Companion, several times I’ve helped clergypersons plan a time of Sabbath or Sabbatical retreat. Most often they begin planning by deciding all that they are going to “do” during this time. And many have very good ideas from what they’ll read, how

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In Joy and Celebration: A Season of Leadership Transition

God calls us into the lives of others; invites us into places of special purpose; and brings us along on divinely appointed journeys in our lives. The Spirit clearly marks the season for sacred work in which we enter.  The season may be short or extended.  We may come in through gentle nudges from God

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Sensing the “Spirit Shift” in the Ordinary of our Day

Last week, I rode my bicycle on one of our local bike trails. This trail follows a former railroad track that attimes parallels a river, then weaves in and out of woodland and meadow. I was alone on the path. As mybody fell into a comfortable rhythm of pedaling and movement, I became aware of

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At the Organ

Submitted by Cynthia Willis It was the last day of March with all that brings with it; Spring, Easter, new life! I teach piano lessons and had heard someone enter the building of the church, while my second lesson was going on. It was a little concerning because I was the only person there after

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The Healing Power of Forgiveness

~by Judi Fasick This has undoubtedly been the most stressful year in recent history with the worldwide spread of the Corona Virus, and so many natural disasters, from out of control forest fires, to tornadoes, hurricanes and earthquakes. Here in the US our Nation has suffered from widespread discontent, prejudice, free flying accusations of misconduct

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On Being Kind, Always

Submitted by Kathy Harvey Have you ever had someone go out of their way to be helpful to you? Maybe they went the extra mile or did something amazing that you weren’t expecting. I’ve certainly experienced times like that in my life. Without it, the foundation of my adult life would have been completely different

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Love Songs

Submitted by G. Edwin Zeiders, February, 2021 While I was driving from place to place over many years, of course, I would make up love songs and sing them in the car. When I was overseas with the Marines in the early years, I would stand on the deck of either of the three ships

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Insights on Prayer by Paula K. Smith

Praise – To commend, honor or declare the worth of. Psalm 150, praise used 13 time in 6 verses – Tells where to praise, why to praise and how to praise. “Let everything that has breath praise the Lord.” Repent – To feel such sorrow for sin or fault that you change your behavior/life for

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