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Mar 27th, 2017 by Webminister

Reflection: March 26

We continue to read from John’s Gospel and another long and full story about seeing. This is a more direct story about seeing. John raises for us several questions: How do we see the world around us? How do we see each other? How do we see the long arc of justice? Or healing? Or love? Or reconciliation? These are all good questions.

As the poet, Emily Dickinson said:

Tell all the truth, but tell it slant
Success in Circuit lies
to bring for our infirm Delight
The Truth’s superb surprise
As lighting to the Children eased
With explanation kind
The truth must dazzle gradually
Or every man (one) be blind.

Here is one sense of what it means to see gradually. Sometimes, the truth of something is too hard or too large to see all at once. We see it gradually in bits and pieces.

In an article in The Guardian about an anthology of poetry called The Zoo of the New: Poems to Read Now, one of the authors, Nick Laird, wrote about poetry being a perfect vehicle for raising protest against Donald Trump and the forces of tyranny.[1] One of the poems in this anthology is by Tony Hoagland called Field Guide:

Once, in the cool blue middle of a lake,
up to my neck in that most precious
element of all,
I found a pale-gray, curled-upwards
pigeon feather
floating on the tension of the water,
at the very instant when a dragonfly,

     "We dare to live
    the Way of Jesus,
      the Love of God"

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Prayers of the People: March 26

Let us quieten our minds and open our hearts as we offer our prayers to God. When you hear the phrase… God of Forgiveness and Understanding please respond with “Hear our Prayers»»

For the Week of March 26

Fourth Sunday of Lent

“We dare to live the Way of Jesus, 
embodying the Love of God.” 


Prayers of the People: March 19

When you hear the words, “Infinite Mystery,” please respond with, “flowing through us like water”    And we pray… »»

David’s Blog


I first encountered Richard Wagamese, the Ojibway writer from Wabaseemoong First Nation in NW Ontario, a couple of years ago when I was handed Indian Horse and told, “You need to read this!” 

Prayers of the People: February 26

We pray together in the divine light of God’s love for all creation and the promise that God’s love holds, as we collectively confront an increasingly troubled world.  When you hear the words, “God of the Divine Light”, please respond with “Hear our Prayers”. »»

Prayers of the People: February 12

When you hear the words, “God of Everlasting Love,” please answer with, “Hear our Prayers”. »»

Adult Learning Opportunities

Lenten Study 2017: What does it mean to be a “Progressive Christian”?
What do we (i.e. you!) really believe? 2017 is the 500th anniversary of Martin Luther nailing his 95 theses on the Wittenberg Church »»

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