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Conversion Lent 5

Lent 5March 22, 2018ConversionPastor Tim Keyl To turn, turn, will be our delight,Till by turning, turning, we come ‘round right. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fYi9Vr8bHJY Lent is a time for the conversion, in the true sense of the word.  We make a turn, a U-turn, a 180 degree pivot from the comfortable to the truth, from the easy to the complicated, from […]

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Help! Lent 3 Blog

Lent 3 Blog HelpMarch 8, 2018 Help cuts about as close to the bone of what it means to be human as any subject I can think of. We are, almost by definition and certainly from the beginning of our lives, creatures who require a lot of help. No human newborn stands up on shaky leg […]

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“Silence” Second Week in Lent

Silence March 1, 2018   Silence goes hand in hand with fasting—Jean-Paul Aron I’ve made silence one of my personal spiritual practices during Lent.  I’m intentionally not turning on the TV or checking my phone during certain periods when I’m at home, instead sitting or lying down in silence. In prayer, I’m also spending time in silence in addition to […]

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Good Lent Devotions for Lent 1

Good LentFirst Week of LentFebruary 2018      The word in Old English for springtime was “lencten,” from which we get our word Lent. Indeed, the season of Lent fits surprisingly well in the springtime of the Northern Hemisphere, for Lent is the time for Christians to embark on a unique journey. We have seen the glory of […]

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Sabbatical Salutations

      Sabbatical Salutations from Pastor KeylJune 27, 2017 Thanks be to God for his indescribable gift! (2 Corinthians 9:15) The writer of this exclamation was grateful for the generosity of the congregation in enabling ministry, even without the presence of the apostle. I feel that same way about Bethesda in its summer ministry, as I lurk on the enews […]

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Bethesda is going Places: Words on Partners for Sacred Places

Bethesda is going Places Words on Partners for Sacred Places www.sacredplaces.org   Beginning last February, a leadership team for Sacred Places was formed, made up of Dianne Witte, Liz Swenson, Sue Berube, and me.   We began our training with two representatives of Partners for Sacred Places, whose work is described in this way: Programs […]

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We’re pilgrims now

      Companion Synod Trip We’re pilgrims now  11 January 2016 Yup, we’re pilgrims now.   We are sightseeing and site seeing.     We are exploring food tastes (so many types of bread, for example), changes in climate and topography.     And we are together in this, all in, teasing, laughing, groaning, […]

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Companion Synod Trip 2016 Open Spaces and Closed Doors

Companion Synod Trip Open Spaces and Closed Doors  8 January 2016   There is a vastness to the area we are in, as long as you are up high, and can get perspective.             There a warmth to the people we have met that sinks into you, as there is […]

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The Desert–Pray or Play

Companion Synod Trip The Desert 4 January 2016 But he would withdraw to a deserted place to pray (Luke 5:16) Pray?  Does it say pray? Or play?   Well, we’ve done some of both.  The quickly changing topography just south of Jerusalem has always impressed me.  Within about twenty minutes the teeming buildings and people […]

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Companion Trip 2016 Jerusalem, my happy home First Days

Companion Synod Trip First Days Jerusalem, my Happy Home 3 January 2016               Jerusalem, my happy home, when shall I come to thee? When shall my sorrows have an end? Thy joys when shall I see?   This 16th century hymn by someone only with initials F.B.F. just about […]

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