Faith takes refuge in beauty – Pastoral Backstory – June 8th, 2017
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Faith takes refuge in beauty – Pastoral Backstory – June 8th, 2017

June 8th, 2017 We begin with a follow-up from a recent Backstory. Do you remember the poignant poem we posted recently by Poet Laureate of California, Dana Gioia–the ode to his young son who died and which Gioia entitled “Prayer”? It so happens the poem has been set to music, and by none other than Martin Lauridsen, the composer of another piece we have a tradition of posting each Advent, (O Magnum Mysterium). The...

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More love among the ruins – Pastoral Backstory – November 30th, 2016
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More love among the ruins – Pastoral Backstory – November 30th, 2016

December 1st, 2016 We’re a little early with the Backstory because it’s a special week with a special service tonight at 6:30p.But three things herein: why union matters, why art matters, and why prayer matters (and why you might join us at tonight’s Liturgy in Blue for healing and hope)   First, to union: Magazines will at times print multiple covers for a single issue. Worship bulletins don’t have quite...

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Out of the miry bog – Pastoral Backstory – October 6th, 2016
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Out of the miry bog – Pastoral Backstory – October 6th, 2016

  October 6th, 2016 . . .to be is the first good, the first gift of God’s gratuitous love, and the highest good is to be joined to God in the free movement of the soul. David Bentley Hart, The Doors of the Sea Hart’s words there capture the thesis of the sermon last Sunday, our introduction to the series on Redeeming Suffering. Unless and until we grasp that highest good, we will be inclined to utter resignation when...

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Structure of the heart – Pastoral Backstory – September 22nd, 2016
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Structure of the heart – Pastoral Backstory – September 22nd, 2016

  September 22nd, 2016 Architecture is the confluence of science and art. It adheres to inviolable laws of mass, scale, and load. But it also reflects the unique sensibilities of both the architect and the era in which he finds himself. As its own art-form, architecture is a therefore a window into the heart. A structure reveals what a world finds worthy of enshrining in form and material. Andrew Wilson (remember him?) recently...

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