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Hope of All the Earth

In the middle of October I saw the first Christmas tree in a retail store and smiled. No longer is there waiting for Christmas. In the church season, Advent invites us to wait and prepare our hearts for the Lord. We hear that the angel Gabriel came to Mary saying, “Greetings, favored one! The Lord is with you.” Mary learned she would become a mother, and the child was the long-awaited Messiah for…

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The Threefold Coming of Christ

The season of Advent invites us to renew our wonder at the mystery of Christ’s incarnation and to renew our commitment to Christ’s presence in our hearts and in our actions. One way to embrace this season of preparation is to think of Christ coming three times: past, present, and future. He came in the flesh as a baby; now, he comes spiritually to enter each of our hearts; at the end of times, he …

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Westminster's Outreach Commission Helps Hope Bloom in Every Season

In the Winter, Spring, Summer, and Fall of 2022, Westminster’s Outreach Commission has planted seeds of faith with the congregation to share God’s love with others. Here are a few highlights from 2022. Winter On February 6 a Racial Wealth Gap Simulation, presented by Westminster’s Peace and Justice Team, made us aware of how to live with justice for all of God’s people. The Sunday afternoon event w…

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You may have noticed that my normal column in the Spire is titled “Between Here and There.” It’s just a small nod to the paths of life we walk in our shared and unique corners of the Kingdom. There’s lots of life between where we are and where we are headed! But, for these few paragraphs I’m going to set my focus a bit more precisely. I’d like to consider “Here.” Westminster. You likely know that I routinel…

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The Charming Gardeners

“Let us be grateful to people who make us happy, they are the charming gardeners who make our souls blossom.” – Marcel Proust In considering Proust’s idea, most of us would, rightfully, first think of our families and friends as those who make us happy. For Westminster members, that list may well include the staff members who help us, comfort us, and care for us throughout the year. Advent…

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Whenever I read the word bounty, I recall each year during this season, my mom would take stock of the Mason jars of tomatoes – sauce, juice, and whole – she had “put up” from the summer garden. In a similar vein, my dad could recite the exact planting dates, rainfall amount, and seed varieties unique to the garden that year. Both Mom and Dad knew those jars contained far more than their individ…

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Table of Thanks

While online shopping I saw “communion-thank you.” My curiosity got the better of me. What were they selling that fit into this category? Turns out they were marketing notecards for religious services. But Amazon was onto something; thanks and communion do go together. Communion has many names: the Lord’s Supper, the Last Supper, and the Eucharist, which comes from the Greek word eucharista, which…

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One Person at a Time

“If you can’t feed a hundred people, then feed just one.” – Mother Teresa, 1910 I’ve always found comfort in Mother Teresa’s quote. At the same time, I find Matthew 25:32-33 unsettling. Christ is clear throughout scripture that we are to love our neighbors, to reach out and care for one another. If I want to be a sheep, and I do, what does that look like? It seems overwhelming in the world we live in. Bu…

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