Message from Lisa

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

Perspective is Powerful

Beloved friends- Every now and then I find it helpful to look back and reflect on some aspect of our shared ministry. I do so today, not with a posture of pride as much as with a deep sense of gratitude, humility and awe. As I look at today’s date, I realize it was...

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YOU are Worthy

YOU are Worthy

Beloved Friends- Trinity Episcopal Church in Toledo Ohio was consecrated on April 5, 1866. The corner stone of the building was put in place in 1863 during the Industrial Revolution. Toledo itself was still in its infancy having been founded in 1833. It must have been...

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Wild and Precious Life

Wild and Precious Life

Beloved Friends- "Tell me, what is it you plan to do with your one wild and precious life?" Lately I have been reminded of the deep wisdom and truth that emerges whenever we show up fully and embrace this beautiful question posed in Mary Oliver’s lovely poem. Life is...

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Change is in the Air…all around and inside us!

Change is in the Air…all around and inside us!

Beloved friends, Sometimes change is illusive other times obvious. Some change is welcomed while other change is feared.  There are times when we beg and plead for things to change and perhaps, just as often, feel we would do anything to avoid the discomfort of...

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Finding God in the Ordinary Days of Our Lives

Finding God in the Ordinary Days of Our Lives

Beloved friends- As I sit down to write to you this week I do so on the eve of entering our church season called “Ordinary Time.” This is the very long “green” season taking us through the beautiful months of summer into the fall. The church has used this time...

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Celebrating Father’s Day

Celebrating Father’s Day

Beloved Friends, while there is absolutely nothing “religious” about this Sunday’s celebration of Father’s Day, there is, I would suggest, something holy and sacred. Not unlike the celebration of Mother’s Day, both became observances in the early part of the 20th...

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Love on Fire

Love on Fire

Beloved friends, This Sunday we will gather for a fabulous Feast Day in the life of the church called “Pentecost”. One of the most ancient feasts of the Church, Pentecost is often referred to as the “birth”-day of the church. On this day we read a story from Acts...

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Teach Us How to Pray

Teach Us How to Pray

Beloved friends, yesterday (May 30), the church observed the Feast of the Ascension commemorating the bodily ascension of Jesus into heaven. Also known as Ascension Day, this feast day is celebrated 40 days following Easter and 10 days before the day of Pentecost. The...

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Crafting a 2030 Vision

Crafting a 2030 Vision

Beloved friends, ever since my arrival among you in September of 2017, we have talked about our need to articulate a long-term vision for ministry together. We all seem to agree that we are at a very important moment in our common life. We have been gifted amazing...

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Love One Another

Love One Another

Beloved friends, This Sunday we will hear the portion of the story of Jesus’ last days among us in which he implores his disciples, his friends, to keep one new commandment long after he is gone; “love one another.” These are words we hear in scripture throughout the...

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Walking Into Holy Week

Walking Into Holy Week

Beloved Friends, We are getting ready to turn the corner and move from Lent into Holy Week as we gather this Sunday. We will soon begin our final week with Jesus marking the final days he traveled with us here on earth. And as we move through our events and service...

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