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Sharon McSorley

Meditation: Feb. 14 Luke 4:1-4 (Sharon McSorley)

“I’ve been busy”. “My brain is full”. “There is not a second extra in my day”. Have you ever felt so overwhelmed with the clutter that fills your thoughts? These every day temptations to depart from being closer to God are never ending. Read more
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Scripture for the Week with Ash Wednesday (Psalm 23)

The Lord is my shepherd, I shall not want.
    He makes me lie down in green pastures;
he leads me beside still waters;
    he restores my soul.
He leads me in right paths
    for his name’s sake. Read more

Meditation: Feb. 13 Psalm 23 (Kent Fairfield)

I remember well the task of memorizing the 23rd Psalm for Sunday School.  To a child it was a reassuring declaration that whatever happens to me, God will take care of me.  I’m struck that when I try to read it more deeply as an adult, I find myself balking at what I feel could be turning myself totally over to God with complete dependence on him or her.  The verbs hit me, such as “he makes me lie down . . . he leads me . . . (and again) he leads me beside still waters . . .”  This sounds like a strong force that impels me somewhere, almost against my will.  The payoffs envisioned by the writer, of course, are enormous: abundance, flourishing, protection, goodness and mercy.  But does it demand that I surrender my ability to make choices to control my own fate, at least a little?  Read more
Aleeda Crawley

Meditation: Feb. 12 Psalm 23 (Aleeda Crawley)

Ah, the beloved 23rd Psalm—one of my least favorite psalms!  Heard too often at too many funerals, I have come to resent it , and have explicity forbidden it to be included in my service, though I will have little control over that instruction.  It’s random assignment for our Lenten meditation made me think: how would I render it, using language that speaks to my heart and soul? I share with you my version: Read more
Glen Hoffs

Meditation: Feb. 11 Psalm 23 (Glen Hoffs)

When I think back on much of my life I see how much of it has been driven by want. Read more
Dan Austin

Meditation: Feb. 10 Psalm 23 (Dan Austin)

It is the King James Version of this  psalm of David that those of a certain age learned in Sunday School.  I did, and the rich English prose of the 17th Century Bible translators has stayed with me ever since, often rushing in when I most need a soothing word: As a young (and very scared) soldier on patrol in the jungles of Vietnam: “Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for thou art with me.” Read more

2015 Advent Project Meditations

Archive of Meditations and Reflections for Advent 2015 from St. George's parishioners. Read more
Jane Bleasdale

Meditation: Dec. 24 John 1: 1-18 (Jane Bleasdale)

In the beginning was the word and the word was with God , and the word was God, through Him all things were made. Read more
Sharon McSorley

Meditation: Dec. 23 Luke 2: 21 – 32 (Sharon McSorley)

Jesus was presented at the temple to Simeon, the central person in today’s lesson. Simeon was in Jerusalem when he was guided by the Holy Spirit to receive Jesus at the temple. He responded to the call without doubt, without fear, and without hesitation. In fact, he did so with eagerness. It is , quite literally,the moment he had been praying for his entire life. Simeon is instantly overwhelmed and instantly transformed when he lays his eyes upon Jesus. The anticipation of meeting the Savior had finally ended and Simeon could die in peace. He had encountered the Divine and recognized Jesus for who Jesus is. And it set Simeon free.
Evening prayer contains a canticle called the Song of Simeon. I suggest you read it carefully and slowly, feeling the power of Simeon’s experience. Read more
Cheryl

Meditation: Dec. 22 Luke 2: 15-20 (Cheryl Thompson)

I was so pleased to be included in this Advent Meditation. I have always wanted to experience a true Advent in my home. That has not happened to date. Read more

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