Dispatch from the Edge (Blog)

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12/02/16 “Dispatch from the Edge”: December 4, 2016 | Second Sunday of Advent
by Anita Sorenson
December 4, 2016 | Second Sunday of Advent Isaiah 11:1-10 The Message (MSG) 1-5 A green Shoot will sprout from Jesse’s stump, from his roots a budding Branch. The life-giving Spirit of God will hover over him, the Spirit that brings wisdom and understanding, The Spirit that gives direction and builds strength, the Spirit that instills knowledge and Fear-of-God. Fear-of-God will be all his joy and delight. He won’t judge by appearances, won’t decide on the basis of hearsay. He’ll judge the needy by what is right, render decisions on earth’s poor with justice. His words will bring everyone to awed attention. A mere breath from his lips will topple the wicked. Each morning he’ll pull on sturdy work clothes and boots, and build righteousness and faithfulness in the land.

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11/26/16 “Dispatch from the Edge”: November 25, 2016
by Anita Sorenson
November 25, 2016 | 27th week of Ordinary time The house lights go off and the footlights come on. Even the chattiest stop chattering as they wait in darkness for the curtain to rise. In the orchestra pit, the violin bows are poised. The conductor has raised his baton. In the silence of a midwinter dusk, there is far off in the deeps of it somewhere a sound so faint that for all you can tell it may be only the sound of the silence itself. You hold your breath to listen…The extraordinary thing that is about to happen is matched only by the extraordinary moment just before it happens. Advent is the name of that moment. Frederick Buechner, Whistling in the Dark

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11/18/16 “Dispatch from the Edge”: November 18, 2016
by Anita Sorenson
November 18, 2016 | 26th week of Ordinary time Psalm 15 Lord, who can be trusted with power, and who may act in your place? Those with a passion for justice, who speak the truth from their hearts; who have let go of selfish interests and grown beyond their own lives; who see the wretched as their family and the poor as their flesh and blood. They alone are impartial and worthy of the people’s trust. Their compassion lights up the whole earth, and their kindness endures forever.

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11/11/16 “Dispatch from the Edge”: November 11, 2016
by Anita Sorenson
In this election week of painful revelation of the deep divisions in our country, we in the Body of Christ hold together around the Beatitudes, the teachings of Jesus our brother, and bless each other to continue to faithfully participate in the Kingdom coming, on earth as it is in heaven.

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11/04/16 “Dispatch from the Edge”: November 4, 2016
by Anita Sorenson
Let the peace of Christ keep you in tune with each other, in step with each other. None of this going off and doing your own thing. And cultivate thankfulness. Let the Word of Christ—the Message—have the run of the house. Give it plenty of room in your lives. Instruct and direct one another using good common sense. and sing, sing your hearts out to God! Let every detail in your lives—words, actions, whatever—be done in the name of the Master, Jesus, thanking God the Father every step of the way. Colossians 3:15-17 The Message When I invited all of us to pass the peace last week in our worship service, I mentioned that it is no idle practice.

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10/28/16 “Dispatch from the Edge”: October 28, 2016
by Anita Sorenson
October 28.2016 | 23rd week of Ordinary time "If you plan to build a tall house of virtues, you must first lay deep foundations of humility." - St. Augustine The staff and Trustees have been meeting together with Ron over the past weeks, for extended conversations about servant leadership, building a strong team, listening for what God is doing in our ministries and neighborhood, and facing forward towards PCC's missional responsibilities as a church.

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10/21/16 “Dispatch from the Edge”: October 21, 2016
by Anita Sorenson
October 21.2016 | 22nd week of Ordinary time Mary Oliver, that magnificent poet some devotees refer to as St. Mary, has gifted the world with a collection of essays, Upstream. Her inaugural essay concludes with this one line, words that tell us much about the posture of a life of depth and integrity and hopefulness and health: Attentiveness is the beginning of devotion. I don't know that St. Mary intended anything so grand, but this short line invites us into deep presence in our lives, invites us into a sturdy and joyful awareness of God, invites us into a prayerful way, invites us into love with one another, with God, with ourselves. Attentiveness. It's the beginning. That's a freeing, illuminating word. Grace and peace, Anita Sorenson Pastor for Spiritual Formation

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10/15/16 “Dispatch from the Edge”: October 14, 2016
by Anita Sorenson
October 14.2016 | 21st week of Ordinary time I was deeply moved this week by one of my favorite online writers, Methodist pastor Steve Garnaas-Holmes, in his poetic, contemplative reflection on a passage from Luke. I share it with you for your prayerful consideration. Jesus told them a parable about their need to pray always and not to lose heart: There was a judge who neither feared God nor

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10/07/16 “Dispatch from the Edge”: October 7, 2016
by Anita Sorenson
October 7.2016 | 20th week of Ordinary time  DO YOU PRAY FOR BOLDNESS?  I don't mean boldness in general; boldness in your work, school or play. Rather, do you pray for boldness in your faith? Specifically, do you pray that God strengthens your witness? Do you pray for God ...

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03/19/14 “Dispatch from the Edge” - March 14, 2014
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Thirty Hour Famine {image_1}           Alpha Is there more to life? Why am I here? Who is Jesus? How can I be sure of my faith? How can I make the most of my life? What would YOU ask of God? Our Alpha Life Group begins ...

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