Message from Lisa

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

The Gift of Today

Beloved Friends, I was recently reminded of a short and beautiful quote attributed to Maya Angelou: "This is a wonderful day. I’ve never seen this one before." I have no idea what the context was at the time she said or wrote this but my oh my, it certainly takes on...

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Broken Hearts are Mended, Wounded Souls are Healed

Broken Hearts are Mended, Wounded Souls are Healed

Beloved friends, “Broken Hearts are Mended, Wounded Souls are Healed.” Many in our generation have inherited things from our parents; some physical, some emotional, the aggregate of which represents various aspects of who our parents were and perhaps still are in our...

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Following a Path of Pure Love

Following a Path of Pure Love

Beloved Friends, We are starting to turn the liturgical corner and move from Lent into Holy Week this Sunday. This will be our final week with Jesus marking the last days he traveled with us here on earth. This year we enter this sacred and holy church season amidst a...

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The Landscape of Our Souls

The Landscape of Our Souls

Beloved Friends. In my monthly planner I have a new set of numbers. Starting on Monday March16, I wrote the number “1” and each day after have continued marking yet another day of making our way through this new landscape amid the COVID-19 global pandemic. By this...

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Feed the People. Starve the Virus.

Feed the People. Starve the Virus.

Beloved Friends, I write to you on a day and in a time of great uncertainty in so many respects. It remains unclear how the spread of the COVID-19 virus will move in the days to come, and with that uncertainty coupled with the recent closing of many schools and public...

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We Are Not Alone

We Are Not Alone

Beloved friends- What do the following things have in common? · The Coronavirus· Nashville’s Tornado· Super Tuesday· The Supreme Court’s deliberation on the Louisiana abortion access caseAND· The Church’s season of Lent· Prophetic Spirituality conversations· Episcopal...

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Entering a Season of Reflection

Entering a Season of Reflection

Beloved Friends- We have now turned the liturgical corner and entered the season of Lent. The 40 days we carve out for a journey that leads us each year to the cross and then to Easter morning and the promise of the Resurrection. It is a season full of rich metaphors,...

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Opening Our Eyes

Opening Our Eyes

Beloved Friends- This Sunday offers two moments, of mystery and grace, as we mark the end of our journey through the season of Epiphany and celebrate the wonder of the story of the Transfiguration. As we turn listen to the words of Matthew (17:1-9), we will be...

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We Are Salt and Light

We Are Salt and Light

Beloved Friends, Taped to the inside page of my monthly planner is a tattered piece of paper with these words from Methodist pastor Ted Loder: Empower me to be a bold participant, rather than a timid saint in waiting, in the difficult ordinariness of now; to exercise...

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Making Joyful Noise

Making Joyful Noise

Beloved Friends- the words below are from an article I wrote over 15 years ago when I was still a fairly new priest. As I read them today in the context of our worship life together at Trinity, they make me smile even more and strengthen my conviction. We have a...

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Stand still, Pay attention

Stand still, Pay attention

Beloved Friends, This Sunday we will gather once again to share a meal at 9:00am opening our doors wide to our extended community and then continue with our worship service at 10:00. This year we are trying something new- we got such positive feedback when we set up...

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Remembering Immeasurable Gifts

Remembering Immeasurable Gifts

Beloved Friends- This coming Monday we will be observing “Martin Luther King Jr. Day.” Since 1986 our country has used this third Monday in January to celebrate and remember the immeasurable gifts of Martin Luther King Jr. and his tireless work as a nonviolent...

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