Message from Lisa

The way you look at things is the most powerful force in shaping your life. -John O’Donohue

Caught Up In God’s Grace

Beloved friends, What do Ash Wednesday services, a hospital visit and an AA meeting have in common? On the surface, perhaps nothing. But this past Wednesday they were seamlessly woven together creating one of the most holy starts of Lent I have ever been gifted. It...

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We Make the Road by Walking

Beloved Friends- In less than two weeks we will begin another season of Lent. Lent has been described as a 40-day wilderness journey in which we are invited to engage in the serious spiritual practices of fasting, almsgiving and prayer. It is also a church season that...

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Love One Another

Beloved Friends, Taped to my wall above my desk at home is a tattered piece of paper with words of a prayer written by Methodist pastor Ted Loder. Those who have been in my offices (at church or home) know I collect things in these spaces- and many of them are like...

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Striving For Justice For All

Beloved Friends- This Sunday we will gather after the 10:00 service for our Annual Meeting. It will be the 176th time we do so as a parish. That alone gives me a moment of pause; what an awesome testimony and responsibility in equal parts. We are both the inheritors...

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How Then Shall We Live?

Beloved Friends- Happy New Year! I pray as we say goodbye to 2018 and welcome 2019, we do so able to let go of all that was with gentleness and look forward to all that is yet to be with hope-filled expectation. This year, rather than focus on New Year’s resolutions,...

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Consenting to God

Beloved Friends- Saturday December 8th a handful of us gathered for what turned out to be a beautiful Advent Retreat. We spent the morning talking and praying and listening. We enjoyed time eating and talking with one another, time for intentional silence, planned...

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Coming Home

Beloved Friends, Joyce Rupp is a contemporary mystic often described as a “spiritual midwife” and I couldn’t agree more. Her writing has been a companion of mine over the years and every once in a while, I pull one of her many books off my shelf, trusting to find...

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Being Thankful for Change

Beloved Friends As I began my now familiar drive south on Highway 23 this morning, I became keenly aware that somehow, almost overnight, the trees have changed from vivid green to a panacea of autumn hues to now the beginnings of the startling bare branches signaling...

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Please and Thank You

Beloved Friends, “Never forget to say please and thank you.” I suspect Kim and I are not at all unique as parents when we think back on the number of times this simple phrase became a mantra for trying to teach our daughter the value of living from a place of deep...

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Living Into Radical Generosity

Beloved Friends, This Sunday we will gather for the first of four consecutive Sundays that will make up our Annual Giving Campaign- the time of year that we speak as clearly and passionately as possible about the joy of responding to God’s love in our life through...

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New Beginnings always available for the asking

Beloved Friends- As I sit in an airport in Florida waiting to come home to you I am thinking about in-between times- endings and beginnings. Earlier this morning I preached at the closing worship service at this week’s CREDO conference- a time for Episcopal clergy to...

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Making Disciples, Our Journey Together

Beloved Friends, While the weather outside has yet to offer cool mornings and the changing of colors here in Toledo, it is clear from inside our community we have indeed begun our Fall programming. Last Sunday and this Sunday following our 10:00 service we have and...

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