Unity–Not Uniformity

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May 8, 2016 I have a confession to make. I like to play computer games—not just any computer games, but games designed especially for my computer of preference: the MacIntosh. Many years ago I was given a game that just captivated me. Unlike many computer games, this one did not glorify violence or require the […]

Time for Tradition: The Peace

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Rev. Valerie Hart

Summary of what was said on May 1, 2016. In the Gospel today Jesus spoke of leaving his peace with his disciples, so today is a good day to talk about the sharing of the peace during our worship. Let me begin by saying what it is not. The sharing of the peace is not […]

Good Shepherd Sunday Children’s Sermon

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Rev. Valerie Hart

A children’s sermon preached by the Rev. Valerie Ann Hart at Faith Episcopal Church, Laguna Niguel, California on April 17, 2016. Once upon a time there was a young lamb named Sophia. Sophia loved to play and explore. She was not content to just stay in the midst of the flock, she wanted to know […]

Maundy Thursday Sermon

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Rev. Pat Eustis

A sermon preached on Maundy Thursday, March 24, 2016 at Faith Episcopal Church, Laguna Niguel, by the Rev. Patricia Eustis. Women before women To soothe the sourness Bound in each other’s journeys. Corns, calluses, bone knobs All received and rinsed Given back clean To Sunday shoes and hightops. This is how to prepare for the […]

Lenten Meditation Week 3

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Rev. Pat Eustis

I’m a jotter down of catch phrases, interesting sayings, and stories. I have a couple books of sayings, songs, prayers, and stories that I’ve collected since I was a young girl. Often, I have Lenten readings that are, to me, really meaningful and I go back to them often. The following one is from Women […]

Lenten Meditation Week 2

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Rev. Pat Eustis

Rev. Pat Eustis TOPIC HEALING Your light shall break forth like the dawn, and your healing shall spring up quickly. -Isaiah 58:8 The Hebrew word to heal is tikkun, which means to heal or to mend what has been broken, to transform it.  What needs to be healed for us to feel whole?  Is it […]

Lenten Meditation Week 1

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Rev. Pat Eustis

“Dear People of God: The first Christians observed with great devotion the days of our Lord’s passion and resurrection…I invite you, therefore, in the name of the Church, to the observance of a holy Lent, by self-examination and repentance; by prayer, fasting, and self-denial; and by reading and meditating on God’s holy Word…” These are […]

Now is the acceptable time

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Rev. Valerie Hart

Ash Wednesday, February 10, 2016 Now! “Now is the acceptable time.” Now! Joel, the prophet, who like all the prophets said that God is unhappy with the way the Israelites are living, tells them that even now if you turn around, even now, if right now you change, repent, things could be different. NOW! Now […]

The Blessing of the Animals

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May the words of my mouth and the meditations of our hearts be always acceptable in your sight O Lord our strength and our redeemer. Please be seated, or should I say “Sit!” If you were reading along or singing the psalm with the choir you saw where I got that statement that I almost […]

Prayer

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When I was a little girl, my mother taught me a prayer to say before bed. It was a prayer I’m sure many of you also learned, it went like this: “Now I lay be down to sleep, I prayer the Lord my soul to keep, if I should die before I wake I pray […]