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“Do not let your hearts be troubled. Believe in God, believe also in me.” These opening words of our gospel reading this morning, spoken by Jesus at the end of the Last Supper reading in John are admittedly hard to sit with right now. I imagine many of our hearts are troubled right now. Given that Jesus had just shared that Judas would betray him and Peter deny him in his immanent… Read More

On Mother’s Day in 2017 I found myself hesitant to go upstairs for worship after teaching Sunday school at my internship congregation. I was in a pretty rough place. My mom had died after a long battle with cancer 8 months prior and this particular “first” without her was hitting particularly hard. Even knowing that my grandmother had flown up for a visit wasn’t motivating enough for me to want to paste… Read More

I called home about this time five years ago, desperately needing a break while studying for my Theology final, the last final exam of my degree. Planning on just shooting the breeze with my parents my Mom, Diane, asked the dreaded question. “So, how’s the studying going?” Without warning I burst into tears, my emotional release valve for many intense emotions, and confided in her that I was terrified about this exam…. Read More

Have you ever been in a parade? I’d never intended to be, but one year when I was in high school I was drafted to walk in Greensboro’s Fourth of July parade when my sister’s middle school cheerleading squad needed extra people to carry a banner while they performed. Even though I wasn’t part of the team the excitement was infectious, the cheers from those gathered on the streets of downtown were… Read More

[At least 3 deep breaths] It’s been another tough week hasn’t it? We just completed our second week of our building closure at Holy Trinity and it’s been a week since Governor Cuomo issued his New York on P.A.U.S.E. order. With the number of cases skyrocketing here in New York and around the country, and the reports changing seemingly every minute, it’s a lot to take in. Sometimes it’s too much. [Breath] … Read More

Stop. Caution. One Way. No Parking. Dead End. Children at Play. “Trust in God but Wash Your Hands”.  “All Services and Events Canceled Until 3/31/2020”. Signs are all around us, everywhere we go. They give us information about what lies beyond, what we should do, what we shouldn’t do. Regardless of what a sign physically says it always points to something beyond itself.  The healing miracle in our Gospel reading this morning… Read More