Pentecost 9A: Jesus walks on water
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In the Bible, any time you read something about the sea, a red flag should go up.  The Bible often uses the image of water to represent death, chaos, fear, even sin and evil… especially when we’re talking about the ocean or sea.  Although in the Church we use water … Read More

Jesus feeds 5000
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Daily reflection for Sunday, August 6, 2017 Time after Pentecost Then Jesus ordered the crowds to sit down on the grass. Taking the five loaves and the two fish, he looked up to heaven, and blessed and broke the loaves, and gave them to the disciples, and the disciples gave … Read More

Pentecost 6A: Wheat and Weeds
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The kingdom of heaven is like a man who sowed good seed in his field.  Now, this man worked SO hard on his field.    In his town, he was considered the best when it came to gardening (at least he thought so).  He researched everything he needed to know before … Read More

What’s in your garden?
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If your life is a garden, what’s growing in it? Imagine your life as a garden. What does it look like? What special care does it need? What do you love about it? What do you feel like is missing? What do you do to care for it? What are … Read More

Snack Collection for Homefront / through June 4th
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May 11 – June 4, 2017 Our Social Ministry team will be collecting individually wrapped items to put in SNACK BAGS for HomeFront. The snack bags will be given to kids in Homefront’s tutoring program and summer camp. Collection ends June 4, 2017. SINGLE SERVE items needed: applesauce fruit cups granola bars … Read More

How long will you grieve?
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Readings for the Day How long will you grieve? That’s what God asks the prophet Samuel… How long are you going to grieve that things didn’t work out the way you wanted them to or you hoped that they would. I’ve already moved onto something new and better, says God. … Read More

Holy Week Schedule
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Holy Week Schedule   We are following last year’s ecumenical Holy Week worship service by partnering with St. Michael’s Episcopal Church, and this year including St. Bartholomew as well (and adding an additional service for anyone who is interested!) The Holy Week Worship schedule is as follows:   April 13th … Read More

Embrace the Journey
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Life can feel like one long journey. As we travel on our way, we experience ups, downs, roadblocks, detours, and adventures. We experience joys, and we experience loss. We are occasionally determined and we occasionally wander. The way forward is not always clear, not even our destination always, but we … Read More

Mindfulness Meditation Classes
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WHAT IS MINDFULNESS Have you ever realized how often we are distracted by thoughts, thinking about past events and the future, and rarely focused on the present moment? Do you ever catch yourself always focused on the “next thing” that requires your attention, running from one activity to the next, … Read More

Strategic Planning: 2017 Mission Priorities at St Mark Lutheran Church
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Over the course of the past year, the congregation of St Mark Lutheran Church in Hamilton embarked on a strategic planning process to focus on our mission and stewardship. We developed a plan to effectively and fiscally responsibly carry out our mission that focused on outreach to the community in addition to … Read More

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