Category Archives: Personal blogs

“Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God”

A Reflection on Matthew 5:8 by Brother Ephrem What does it mean to be “pure in heart?” or to actually “see God?” We have read in the Hebrew Bible that Moses went to the top of a mountain to receive … Continue reading

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Servanthood in Everyday Life

Servanthood in Everyday Life by Br. Ephrem  This is the character of a true servant of Christ. He endeavors to follow Christ in thought, word, and work. ~ George Whitfield These words from George Whitfield might remind us of the … Continue reading

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Dialogue & Discipleship

Interfaith dialogue is so important to the understanding of our journey together and is hugely significant in terms of our call to mission and evangelism in the world. What does the Great Commission of Jesus mean? He said, “All authority in heaven … Continue reading

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Our stories move

In the interest of making things easier to find Our stories has been moved to its own web page: stories.stpaulswillimantic.org. That’s where I’ll be posting most of the time.

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‘His Children Gathered’

  A Reflection on Diversity of Worship ~ Spending time in England recently presented an opportunity to worship together with diverse members of our larger faith community in a variety of ways. I am still processing the experiences! That the Spirit is … Continue reading

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A THANKSGIVING POEM

A PRAYER OF THANKSGIVING ~ In thanksgiving for each soul-mirrored self and for return in embrace of wholeness. For the many shades of wandering light and for timeless prism turning. In gratitude for blessed interruption and for quiet peace unexpected. For storms … Continue reading

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Thoughts on Hospitality and Simplicity

In pondering simplicity and hospitality I am reminded of the simple acts of hospitality and friendship that we are often given the opportunity to share with our neighbors. This relates also to our call to mission. These thoughts afforded me … Continue reading

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Hospitality and the Stranger

Here at St. Paul’s we often pray together and reflect on what hospitality truly means and how we all find ourselves being called to be conduits, through grace, of God’s love together in community. This brings me back again to consider this essential part … Continue reading

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‘ORDINARY TIME’ – A Poem

ORDINARY TIME In this joyful morning grace occurs to me the Gospel of Christ: the tale of ordinary lives – wounded, lost, rebellious souls – called together, to His extraordinary love. To these made now whole together by Him meet Heaven and earth: glimpses reveal Godself  – … Continue reading

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Tent city teen sex offender

The Willimantic Chronicle generally is quite supportive of the community – including those on the margins. However, on May 6 it ran a piece (originally from The Day, distributed by MCT Information Services) that was – shall we say – … Continue reading

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