Occupation (as) Therapy

Mark 1:14-15 “Now after John was arrested, Jesus came to Galilee, proclaiming the good news of God, and saying, “The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God has come near; repent, and believe in the good news.” Praying. By Mary Oliver It doesn’t have to be The blue iris,

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Occupied in Gainesville

I love the Sundays when we welcome new members because they remind me to ask again the question that Dar asked in her sermon a couple of Sundays back: why have we come? What are we doing here? It’s good to take stock sometimes. There are lots of reasons why

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Lean on the Light

Resignation by J.D. McClatchy “I like trees because they seem more resigned to the way they have to live than other things do.”- Willa Cather. Here the oak and silver-breasted birches Stand in their sweet familiarity While underground, as in a black mirror, They have concealed their tangled grievances, Identical

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This is Why I Have Come

THIS IS WHY I HAVE COME By Dar Mikula Mark 1: 32-39 That evening after sunset the people brought to Jesus all the sick and demon-possessed. The whole town gathered at the door, And Jesus healed many who had various diseases.  He also drove out many demons, but he would

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A Celebration of Ministry

I give thanks in every remembrance of you, remembering your partnership in the Gospel from the first day until now. That is the Scripture that seemed to fit for us today. For “thank you” may well be the words you will hear or say most today. Around here, that seems

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A Celebration of Ministry

Fall is one of my favorite times to return to my Midwest roots in the Chicagoland suburbs. Walking through the town where I grew up, I am frequently overcome with a sensory experience that can practically overwhelm both my olfactory system and my memories synapses. The green grass feels better

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Heart and Soul, Hands and Feet

When I came into the office, the message light on the phone was blinking red. I pushed the play button, and his voice sounded smooth and neutral. I was intrigued because when I listen to him, even if only on a machine, and just for a minute, still, I always

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A Love That Stretches

Our first Thanksgiving in Gainesville, John and Fonda Eyler let us use their beach house in St. Augustine for a few days. We planned a rather elaborate Thanksgiving feast for the two of us, so after a beautiful night listening to the waves through the open windows, we woke up

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Hello-Good-bye-Hello

Philippians 4:4-13 Our summer songs are resolving themselves into the echoes of autumn. Here, we live, move, and have our being to the rhythm of the school year, even if we don’t teach or otherwise work with students, even if we are no longer attending the classes. Even though it

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Afterword

While I was on vacation recently, I went down to the lake to do one of my favorite things, stand-up paddle boarding. I’m so old-fashioned that I don’t carry a device for note taking, but paper and pen when I’m out and about. The nascent sermon for today and this

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To Sing Your Own Song

READINGS: Summer develops in days. Right now body and soul are making adjustments as our place under the sun shifts. We stand between the times, and there is always much to learn at the boundary. In the midst of summer exuberance, there are silences that call us to return to

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Service Times

Sunday Services:
9:15 & 11:15am

Adult Seminars:
Resume in September

Meditation in the Chapel:
8:15am