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Waves of Faith-December 15, 2017


Category: Waves of Faith

Our worship theme in December is Hope.  Every week in December for the Waves of Faith column I promised to highlight a story about hope in our world. This week scientists reported that 2017 is the second hottest year on record; 2016 was the hottest...

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Waves of Faith-December 8, 2017


Category: Waves of Faith

In December our worship theme is hope. Every week in the Waves of Faith I promised you I would share a story of hope. This week’s story is close to home. I found it in the  Cape Cod Chronicle.   It is the story of one of our members, Jannell Brown. She had to go to court last week because the man she was living with accused her of assault. She was acquitted quite quickly, but she garnered a lot of publicity because Jannell is also a member of the Harwich Board of Selectmen. 

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Waves of Faith-December 1, 2017


Category: Waves of Faith

For the month of December our worship theme will be Hope. In worship this week our confirmation class will light the first candle of our Advent wreath this week, the candle of hope. As the days get darker and evening comes sooner each afternoon we prepare for Christmas. All this preparation is a good distraction from the fact that dark sets in around 4:30 or 5 p.m. every afternoon. The story of faith is all about lighting a candle and keeping our hope alive...

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Waves of Faith-November 22, 2017


Category: Waves of Faith

The Book Review section of the Sunday New York Times profiled a book called Nomadland: Surviving America in the Twenty First Century.  by Jessica Bruder. It is the story of a 65-year-old single mom and grandmother named Linda May. She raised two daughters, mostly on her own, worked for a trucking company and as a cashier at Home Depot. She was a building inspector and owner of a flooring store. But now she works at a campground in the Southwest and lives in her mobile trailer. She says that she feels houseless but not homeless... 

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Waves of Faith-November 17, 2017


Category: Waves of Faith

Many people think about saying Grace at Thanksgiving but I hope that the holiday of Thanksgiving will prompt all of us to consider how to say grace every day...

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Waves of Faith-November 10, 2017


Category: Waves of Faith

This month our worship theme is Sacred Story. Last Sunday I spoke about the way that we each have a story and it is a large part of who we are and also of our gift to the world. This story is something that defines our lives but it also is something we keep writing every day...

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Waves of Faith-November 3, 2017


Category: Waves of Faith

I read a blog from someone who was a church official. Her job required that she visit churches for various official reasons. Often she attended worship but was not recognized by other people in the pews...

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Waves of Faith-October 20, 2017


Category: Waves of Faith

On Tuesday at Bible Study we were talking together about women in the bible. It was a topic most of us have considered plenty of times before. But there was a different edge to the conversation and  level of heat to this discussion...

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Waves of Faith-October 13, 2017


Category: Waves of Faith

October 13, 2017  Waves of Faith:   This month our sermons have all been on the topic of reformation. In our faith tradition we mark the 500th anniversary of the definitive moment when Martin Luther published his 95 Theses and led a new generation in questioning the power and theology of the Roman Catholic Church...

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Waves of Faith-October 5, 2017


Category: Waves of Faith

This week the stories of another mass shooting brought life to a halt in this country. At least it brought things to a halt for while. Sadly, I wonder if we won’t go back to “normal” by next week.  But for now, people are glued to the news. Flags fly at half mast. The death toll mounts. Police detectives and reporters try to make sense of the madness in the mind of a heavily armed assailant. The Cape Cod Times today runs a cartoon bemoaning the long list of massacres that have characterized our national news in recent years.

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WOF-September 29, 2017


Category: Waves of Faith

Rev. Susan's Weekly Message:  "One of the things I love about Cape Cod is the fact that the land is such an important part of the experience of living here. There is something wonderful about living on a peninsula that is barely seven miles across. It holds you in the palm of the sea and you begin to think more and more about the created order..." 

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September 22, 2017


Category: Waves of Faith

Waves of Faith-September 22, 2107:   The pictures from Houston and Florida show people in circles in the front yard looking at the mess and bowing their heads to thank God for their lives. They have seen the worst that weather can do and feel blessed to be alive. It is a habit that we cultivate - this giving of thanks...

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