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  • Text: of triumph, unalloyed joy permeates our being, all is well, life is good. Spring is here. Thank God it’s over - Lent, that is, the minor-keyed music, the extinguishing of light, the disconcerting "My God, my God, why ..." Were I a decent pastor, I would let
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  • Text: of things this morning because it is a day not for heavy deliberation, but for joyful music and song. But let me say this - I am more convinced than ever that what the Gospel is about, tidings of joy, is this world, here and now, human existence
Too Good to Be True

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  • Text: the counterculture and revolution in social norms about clothing, music, drugs, dress, sexuality, formalities, and schooling. Conservatives denounce the decade as one of irresponsible excess, flamboyance, and decay of social order. The decade was also labeled
Restless Mind and Quiet Heart: Quest and Rest

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  • Text: as it was dramatically, musically, instrumentally set forth, and the account which we read a moment ago in John's Gospel. The drama, the pageant, of course, is from the birth stories of Matthew and of Luke, principally Luke's story, the shepherds and angels
This Is Our Story

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  • Text: of the Season of Lent and the darkness of Holy Week. The day dawns and the faithful shout, “The Lord is risen! He is risen indeed.” The worship of Easter is magnificent; the music lifts one into ecstasy and the message of resurrection assures that when darkness
Easter Reflection

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  • Text: who practice a given religious way. We miss our faith community – the people, the gatherings, the music, the rituals, the celebration of the Seasons. All of that shapes and forms and creates life-shaping practice. It puts one in the milieu
Rhem Family Christmas Service

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  • Text: pointed to at the seminar at McCormick Seminary – “You Presbyterians (Reformation folk) address the head. The Catholic tradition approaches the whole person through all the senses.” About the time of that seminar, Mr. Bryson came to us as Director of Music
Healing the Heart as We Say Goodbye in the Presence of Mystery

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  • Text: , his fundamental isolation. He must realize that, like a gypsy, he lives on the boundary of an alien world, a world that is deaf to his music and is indifferent to his hopes as it is to his suffering or his crimes. We say we are created by God. Well
Human Community in the Image of God

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  • Text: and discover his total solitude, his fundamental isolation. He must realize that like a gypsy, he lives on the boundary of an alien world, a world that is deaf to his music, and as indifferent to his hopes as it is to his sufferings or his crimes
A Healthy Perspective - But Is This All There Is?

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  • Text: , good news. We just went through a beautiful Christmas season here. We have the remnants of it, so to speak, and someone was here on the 24th at all three services, in the morning that marvelous cantata and pageant, the thrilling music and the Christmas
Still the Light Shines Giving New Vision

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  • Text: a little thatched palm roof to keep out of the sun. Tied up to the nearby docks people were eating brats and hot dogs and there was a musical group (though not nearly as good as the Weideman family but with a certain similarity!) and the people washing down
The Breath of God - The Life of the World

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  • Text: , “Yes, I would.” And I thought, it’s Reformation Sunday, it’s to be a Protestant worship, there ought to be a word of God. I said, “Do you have any music?” She said, “No, we don’t have music.” I said, “Well, I’ll be forced to preach.” (Much laughter) So
Future Edge - Tradition: Instrument of Continuity and Change