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God's Desire for us Human Beings

This Sunday's gospel  is a healing story from the Gospel of Mark. It's one of at least eight healing stories in the Gospel of Mark.
Miracle stories like this one - a healing story - plus miraculous deliverances from foul spirits, resuscitations, and miracles involving nature - comprise over 200 verses in Mark's gospel.
That's more verses than the passion narrative -- the stories of Jesus' betrayal, trial, crucifixion, and death -- combined. 
Let that fact sink in for a second.  
Consider the fact that miracle stories are the subject matter of almost half the gospel prior to Jesus' arrival in Jerusalem.*
That points to a truth we often miss: God's desire for us human beings is for healing, wholeness, forgiveness, and joy.
Healing, wholeness, forgiveness, joy is what the author John Eldredge refers to as the "major theme" of the gospel. As opposed to the "minor theme" of the gospel which is sickness, brokenness, sin, and suffering.
Yet Christia…

A Theory about God

I have a theory.
I have a theory about God. 
And my theory is this: 
The only concept of God more threatening than an angry, judgmental, strict, foreboding condemnatory god

is a concept of God who is a kind, merciful gentle approachable, compassionate God.
For just a minute, allow yourself to believe that what was said to Jesus at his baptism was said to us at ours, and is being said even now: 

Maundy Thursday SERVICE?

Yesterday, in a liturgy planning session, I expressed a desire to do something different for Maundy Thursday (this year to be April 2).  
The custom in many churches – one I don’t like, for reasons I explain a bit below -- is a ritual foot-washing, where clergy wash each other’s feet, then the feet of others, then others are invited to wash each other’s feet. 
The symbolism is fine – in a scene found only in the Gospel of John (Matthew, Mark, or Luke do not record it), after the Last Supper, Jesus stood up, wrapped a towel around his waist, and washed his disciple’s feet. 
So that first "Maundy Thursday," Jesus did what only a servant would do

Ever Watch a Waitress Carry Coffee? Vestry Vision as an Antidote to Political Polarization

This Sunday, January 11th starting at 10:00 a.m. sharp in the Fellowship Hall, is the Annual Congregational Meeting of The Falls Church Episcopal.
During the meeting, parishioners will hear important updates on our finances, property and legal case, ministries, and vision.
One of the most important things that happens during the Annual Meeting is the election of new vestry members. It's a good sign of growth and vitality that we have more people standing for election to vestry than there are positions. Candidate's bios (now with photos) on our website by clicking here
For those of you unfamiliar with Episcopal Church polity, a Vestry is the governing board of an Episcopal Church, comprised of lay persons elected by the congregation at the annual meeting. Vestries have four primary responsibilities. The first two are managerial or administrative: the Vestry is responsible for taking care of parish finances and the parish bu…