November 2, 2014
Matthew 5:1-12
1 John 3:1-3
Revelation 7:9-17
Psalm 34:1-10, 22


Wearing Masks
All Saints Day

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John Fitzgerald
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"Wearing Masks" by John Fitzgerald


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Wearing Masks
by John Fitzgerald
Revelation 7:9-17

A lady went to the local post office on trick-or-treat day and by chance saw a little girl from her neighborhood. The girl happened to be wearing a ghost costume for Halloween. The lady pretended to be frightened upon this encounter and let forth with, "Oh my, I see a ghost." Upon hearing this, the little girl took off her mask and exclaimed, "Don't be afraid there is just a little girl under this mask."

As adults we become very adept at wearing masks. Our appearances can be off-putting and intimidating. Yet deep inside resides a little boy or little girl who yearns for love and attention.

One of God's gifts is to help us see each other without the mask. The Holy Spirit reveals another person's inward mind, heart, and spirit. One of the things I have discovered is that prayer time aids in this task of visualizing folks as children of God. It is a shame we do not take advantage of this opportunity.... >>Click here for the full installment.



Who Me?
Proper 26 | OT 31 | Pentecost 21

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C. David McKirachan
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"Who Me?" by C. David McKirachan
"Getting in Shape" by C. David McKirachan
"What Kind of Man?" by Keith Hewitt


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Who Me?
by C. David McKirachan
Joshua 3:7-17

My father was a tall pulpit preacher. He was an important figure in the national church and friend to important people. My brother won the Homiletics prize at Princeton and ended up working with Martin Luther King. My sister told me I'd never be free of the ghosts of my family if I went into the ministry. So I did.

I got a job in a little church in Newark. They paid my salary with the money from the Coke machine. After five years of wrestling with despair and slum lords, I got a job offer from a struggling church in the suburbs with hundreds on the rolls and few in the pews. My first Sunday in the pulpit I was informed just before going into the sanctuary that the boiler had given up the ghost during a test. We would need $10,000 to get a replacement for the beast in the basement.

So I sat in front of the choir feeling very unequal to the task. The crisis with the boiler was just a bit of the heap that these people were looking to me to lead them through. No matter what my classy family had done, this one was up to me, and I didn't have a clue.

There was a whisper in my ear, clear as a bell, "What you have is enough."

I thought it was a member of the choir that had come to give me a pat on the back. I looked. They all sat there wondering what this new kid was doing, staring at his shoes. And then it hit me, I'd been called here. The Lord had spoken through the perhaps misguided, perhaps inexperienced committee and congregation, but the call had come from God. God wanted me there and would provide the resources to work wonders in the name of Christ. I'd survived five years in hell, now it was time to face the suburbs.... >>Click here for the full installment.


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