Thought Train

My train of thought can be a bit confusing to follow, but this really is pretty much how I think. If anything profound is written, that's not my fault.

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Everything is not going to be okay.

Everything is not going to be okay.

Everything is not going to be okay. Some things will fall to pieces. Endings are as much a part of life as beginnings. Some things just won’t work out. Some will work exactly as planned, but they might not be all you hoped or expected. Some things will work out completely differently from the way you hoped they would, and many times these are the best plot twists in your life. Some things will be…

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Liturgy requests?

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There’s a first Sunday coming up, and for many churches that means it’s Communion Sunday for the first time since last month. (How do you manage, waiting weeks and weeks for the chance to celebrate a sacrament?!)

Pastors/worship planners: If you know where the service is headed this week and would like a Great Thanksgiving liturgy to complement the rest of the service, let me know and I’ll be…

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Keep the banana! …It’s an excellent source of potassium.

Keep the banana! …It’s an excellent source of potassium.

My inner Whovian is showing in this post, but it’s really about an experience that happened in 2009, before I knew Doctor Who existed.  It just happens to involve bananas.

I was traveling, and stayed the night at the home of one of my new friends from the trip.  Her parents asked ahead of time what sort of food I like for breakfast, and I mentioned bananas in that list.  Sure enough, when we…

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My dog ate my glasses

My dog ate my glasses

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Good grief. Eating homework would be far too simple; he had to go and take away my very ability to do the homework/play my audition pieces/see the show I’m running this weekend/not have a headache all day/drive.  It was partly my fault for leaving my glasses on the floor, yes. But believe or not, I’m not used to losing stuff to Duke the devourer just because it was on the floor.

Naturally, I just…

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Just for Fun: Hedgehogs, elephants, and giraffes, oh my!

Just for Fun: Hedgehogs, elephants, and giraffes, oh my!

I just spontaneously remembered a great conversation from my first full day in Taize.  The disinfection squad got together for the first time. Our fearless leader Philip did not yet realize that the four of us had all come with the same group, and we sat down for a brief get-to-know-you conversation.  It went like this:

Philip: So, let’s say your name, where you’re from, and …today, how about…

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The mystery of faith

The mystery of faith

…as we proclaim the mystery of faith.

And then we all say: Christ has died. Christ is risen. Christ will come again.

Tell me, how is that a mystery?  We just stated three things. Yes, two out of three require a good deal of faith to believe, but they’re kind of the least mysterious things in the world of the Christian faith!  Either they happened/will happen or they didn’t/won’t.  Yes, they’re…

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a holy and living sacrifice

a holy and living sacrifice

And so, in remembrance of these your mighty acts in Jesus Christ, we offer ourselves as a holy and living sacrifice, in union with Christ’s offering for us, as we proclaim the mystery of faith.

One day last fall, I was working on the weekly Communion liturgy and I sat there for at least an hour just frozen. I could not get past this sentence.  What you read above is a line straight from the…

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non-religion major undergrad takes on sacramental theology

non-religion major undergrad takes on sacramental theology

I’m only talking about the two sacraments recognized in protestant churches, partly because that’s my experience but mostly because this applies specifically to baptism and Communion.

I have pretty strong feelings about how Communion should be done. Is tradition or hygiene more important? Intinction, common cup, everything separate, or some other method? Drive-by, delivery, or in-service only?…

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Where did my summer go?

Where did my summer go?

It always happens. I think, “Oh boy, these next few weeks of no academia will be so relieving.”
Then after a few days, I think, “Ugh, I’m going to go insane if I don’t do something soon.”
and, “I need people!”
and, “…I’ve gotten too okay with this lazy schedule; I’m never going to be able to get back into my school routine.”
And a week goes by, and suddenly, “Oh I have too much to do today! But…

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Moving Forward

“I’m not going back. I’m moving ahead, here to declare to you: My past is over.”

In the context of the song “Moving Forward,” that line is full of the hope of becoming a new creation in Christ.  But out of context, it could be the sad acceptance of a forced change.  “I can’t go back. I’m moving ahead now because that’s all I can do. My past is over, and I can never return.”

I’m a preacher’s kid,…

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A voice to be heard, a part in the song (Voices of Youth!)

A voice to be heard, a part in the song (Voices of Youth!)

(That’s a line from “For Everyone Born,” an awesome hymn.)

Before Taize and Iona, there was another life-changing once-in-a-lifetime experience that gave me my voice. (Well, people kept saying it was once-in-a-lifetime and I kept thinking

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because I traveled with this same group 5 times.)

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Voices of Youth!  Invented on a napkin (or maybe the back of a placemat; I can’t keep the VOY story and the…

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