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June 10, 2020

     One of my favorite memories of teaching was a breakthrough with a special student when she raised her hand with great enthusiasm and said, "Mrs. Courtney, Mrs. Courtney, Does history repeat itself???" 

These two readings appointed for today prove how...

June 5, 2020

On this day in history...In 1968, immediately after he announced to his cheering supporters that the country was ready to end its fractious divisions, Robert Kennedy was shot several times by 22-year-old Palestinian Sirhan Sirhan.

Do you remember where you were that day...

April 6, 2020

John 12. 1 - 11

Six days before the Passover Jesus came to Bethany, the home of Lazarus, whom he had raised from the dead. There they gave a dinner for him. Martha served, and Lazarus was one of those at the table with him.

Jesus' last week on this earth began with dinne...

February 1, 2020

And he said to them, “Follow me, and I will make you fish for people.”  Matthew 4. 12 - 23

When I was a child, we used to say "gone fishin'" whenever we didn't want to do a household chore or if someone was missing in action!

That old song from the 50's came to mind when...

December 1, 2019

The Revised Common Lectionary RCL is a three year guide to scripture reading for Christians Sunday worship. Today, the First Sunday of Advent and the new year in the seasons of the church, begins Year A. The Daily Office readings, which are the scripture readings that...

September 26, 2019

2 Kings 2. 1 - 18

Elijah said to Elisha, ‘Tell me what I may do for you, before I am taken from you.’ Elisha said, ‘Please let me inherit a double share of your spirit.’ 

In the reading from Kings appointed for today, Elijah knows it is time to go and in preparation, he...

September 16, 2019

By God's grace, I will do the work God sends me to do this week, remembering Jesus says, "as the Father has sent me, so I send you." (Jn. 20:21) entrusting my Discipleship Group to test and support this work.

My Discipleship Group meets every Tuesday at 9 am either face...

June 7, 2019

      In the little town of Blowing Rock, there is a shop called Bless Your Heart. The woman who owns it is named Sherri. I do not know her well, but I see her all around town, and she exudes that blessing everywhere she goes. The young women who work in...

February 25, 2019

     I went to a church this weekend that was built in the Colonial Period of our country, and in it the pews are boxes. Yes, boxes with doors that latch. My understanding is that this was a way to make sure no one sat in your seat at church. I know in some churches th...

January 4, 2019

We shall not cease from exploration
And the end of all our exploring 
Will be to arrive where we started 
And know the place for the first time. 

~T. S. Eliot Little Gidding

     On this day in 1965, Poet T.S. Eliot died in London at the age of 76. Eliot’s...

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