Wednesdays at the Well

Tree Therapy

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I drove to Felton this morning to run at Henry Cowell. I don't like running on asphalt but there are only a few dog-friendly trails at the park, and the longest one is paved. Nevertheless, getting to be with trees more than makes up for not getting to run on dirt. The clouds were low and the...

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Tags: living and dying

A New Year's Prayer

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A Prayer for the New Year What did you do on New Year's Eve? John Wesley's followers didn't hold a party or watch a ball drop in Times Square. They held covenant renewal services to rededicate their lives to Jesus Christ in the new year. This year, I pass on the prayer that is at the heart of...

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Tags: new year, covenant renewal, prayer

Thanksgiving Prayer

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God, we give you thanks for birth and death and everything precious in between: time to be, time to become, time that’s wasted, time that’s won, bodies and souls, spirit and breath, life and love, work and rest, harvest and home, family and friends, grace through it all...

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Three Simple Rules, Part III

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Three Simple Rules, Part III   John Wesley saved the best rule for last. After "do no harm" and "do good," we are commanded to "stay in love with God."   The third rule is really the first rule, for we can't avoid doing harm nor can we consistently choose to do good unless we are...

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Tags: date with god, stay in love

Three Simple Rules Part II

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Three Simple Rules, Part II   Last week I introduced Bishop Rueben Job's update of Wesley's rules for the Methodist Societies in England in the 18th century: 1. Do no harm; 2. Do good; 3. Stay in love with God.   When I think about applying Rule #2 to our celebration of Advent and...

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Tags: three simple rules, do good, willow glen

Advent: Three Simple Rules

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Advent: Three Simple Rules          It's no good to start off Advent by preaching against the commercialism of the season, when the "season" started off before Halloween! Like getting a flu shot long before winter sets in, we need to inoculate ourselves...

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Tags: advent, three simple rules, do no harm

The Morning After

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The Morning After Q. What is All Saints' Day? A. In my book, All Saints' Day came early this year. Most years, we have to wait until the morning after Halloween. Following a night of romping about in costumes of vampires, zombies and other agents of death, we wake up the next day to celebrate...

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Tags: all saints, baptism

A Holy Halloween

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A Holy Halloween Q. What should Christians do about Halloween? A. I am not one of those Christians who think that celebrating Halloween is getting down with the devil and a sure way of putting your soul in peril. I am, however, one of those Christians who can't quite figure out the folk who...

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Tags: halloween, masks, christians

Open Communion

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Open Communion A. You always say that the communion table is "open" to everyone. Is that a United Methodist tradition or just a Willow Glen one? B. I was asked this question by someone recently, so I will answer it here. The open table (not to be confused with our anti-poverty program) is a...

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Tags: open table, communion

Bother Me!

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Bother Me! Q. How does a pastor ever get anything done? A. God knows. For a pastor who tries to take Mondays off, Tuesdays can be a rude awakening. I usually come to the office on Tuesday mornings with a list of ten things I want to get done and leave with the original ten and at least ten...

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Tags: interruptions, prayer

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