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Easter Us -- Message from Jo Forrest

When Jesus entered Jerusalem the last week of his life, the crowds shouted “hosanna,” meaning “save us.” Those who gathered with their cloaks and palm branches wanted a savior of their own desires rather than the humble love that appeared on a donkey. How quickly he went from savior to criminal and later corpse. His followers witnessed his body slashed and pierced. He failed to overthrow the powers …

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God in the Silence

The women who had come with Jesus from Galilee followed Joseph and saw the tomb and how his body was laid in it. Then they went home and prepared spices and perfumes. But they rested on the Sabbath in obedience to the commandment. – Luke 23:55-56 (NIV) Silence is a powerful tool. If you have ever been on the receiving end of the silent treatment, you know how uncomfortable silence can become. S…

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Between Here and There -- April 2022

There was a violent earthquake, for an angel of the Lord came down from heaven and, going to the tomb, rolled back the stone and sat on it. – Matthew 28:2 Just the other night I was speaking with a friend about the excitement and energy that has been present throughout the community of Westminster over the past few months. Let’s be honest: while it would be untrue to say that there’s been no energ…

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Three Reformers: Distinctive Characteristics

April 3, 10, 24 John E. Wilson Luther, Zwingli, and Calvin are the main sources of Reformation history and theology. While they held much in common, the works of each contain aspects that are distinctive and characteristic, and that are still notable parts of current Presbyterian thought and practice. This series selects such characteristics for each Reformer and places them in comparison with…

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We Belong to God

We Belong to God: Mysticism of Heartbreak and Grief “Our hearts are restless until they rest in God.” – St. Augustine A compelling example of human heartbreak is Lena Horne’s singing the song “Stormy Weather” (“since my man and I ain’t together”) in the movie titled appropriately Stormy Weather. There are also many instances and stories of human grief resulting not only in depression, and even physical ill…

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