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When this appears, I’m going to be on a much needed retreat in the forests of Missouri.  It’s a working retreat with four other writers.  Two of us even have books due soon (mine is due Tuesday!).

While I’m typing and laughing with my friends —

I wish you the sheltering Grace of God.  May you feel His Love, His Forgiveness and the Wholeness that comes from Him in your life today and everyday.

Amen

–SueBE

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Today, Florissant Presbyterian Church held a hymn festival service.  This means that other than scripture, communion and a hand full of prayers, the rest of the service consisted of hymns.  Music is, conveniently, my favorite way to pray.  This was our opening hymn and one of my favorites.  That said, this isn’t us.  We are, on average, a tad older.

The reason behind this hymn fest is that we got a new hymnal full of songs, like this one, from all over the world.  When we sing songs like this one from Cameroon, we join with our sisters and brothers world wide in Praising the Lord, Alleluia.

–SueBE

This is one of my all time favorite gospel pieces.   This video is 8 minutes long but this particular song is only the first two minutes.

–SueBE

Still one of my favorites…

Today is World Wide Communion.

As a Presbyterian, I happen to think that the way we celebrate communion is pretty awesome. We have what is called open communion. That means that as long as you accept Christ, you may take communion.

Not a member of our particular church? That’s okay.

Don’t go to a church in our presbytery? That doesn’t matter.

Not even a Presbyterian? That’s okay, too.

All you have to be is a follower of Christ.

World Wide Communion emphasizes that even more. No matter where you live, how your church worships and how you take communion, we are all joined together in an outward act that celebrates something that happens inside each and every one of us as we accept Christ into our heart.

Our politics may differ. We may not agree on pivot issues like abortion, gay rights, the death penalty, and environmental protection. But in this act, we celebrate Christ and his sacrifice for us. This unites us all within our communities, across our nations and even world wide.

How mind bogglingly awesome is that?

–SueBE

For no reason other than it makes me happy.
–SueBE

I’ve probably posted this one before but it truly is what we need to be asking God.

–SueBE

Have a Mary Little Christmas

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