For almost 4 years I have regularly practiced yoga. To calm and clear my mind, to open my heart, and to care for my body- yoga has been a great gift. I have learned how to breathe deeply when overwhelmed by the heat. I have grown in compassion for myself when my mind won't clear or quiet, when my body won't seem to move that way I "want" it to and when I have fallen into the trap of comparing myself to others. I have been challenged and I have been changed. The four corners of my yoga mat have served as Sabbath and as sanctuary. I have been "stretched" and I have been healed. This weekend starts a nine week series on the "fruits of the Spirit". One of the intentions is that each of the fru

Every Breath- a Pentecost reflection

Every breath. God is present in every breath. Part of the appeal for me of yoga is the connection of breath and movement. To quiet my mind and open my heart I unroll my yoga mat and I breathe. Inhale. Exhale. My body gets a workout and I breathe deeply. God. Here. Now in this breath. That is a prayer. As I was preparing for the IMPORTANT FESTIVAL WORSHIP this weekend I was reminded of the fun song that is shown in the video. Waves of mercy and waves of grace are in every breath. For those of you willing consider singing along with the video and maybe even engaging your body in the actions. And breathe. Breathe in deeply the amazing grace of God that THIS WEEKEND we celebrate PENTECOST

An experiment in gratitude

You matter. You make a difference in the world. God loves you. I hope you will take a few minutes to watch the video and then consider who you might share your gratitude with- who has influenced your life? ( there is a little bit of "language" in the video and don't let that deter you from the great message). Having just returned this week from 7 days away on vacation it brought home again how much gratitude I have as I serve as your pastor. You matter. You make a difference in my life and I am so grateful for the ways we get to follow Jesus together. And your voice matters. All month long we will be offering "Focus Group" opportunities for you to share you hopes, dreams and visions for ou


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