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Esther & Easter

Christ Is Risen! Christ Is Risen, Indeed! Nearly five-hundred years before Jesus’ birth in Bethlehem, the exiled Jewish people looked for an earthly leader for their salvation from genocide. In grief & despair, the Jewish people yearned for a future

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Despite Rain & Risk

Faithful, Mordecai reveals his trust in God. Rain continues falling, thunder threatens. Falling into despair he dons the sackcloth of grief. Thunderous evil persists, death will surely follow. Esther’s life at risk, she chooses the most loving action in “just

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Our Flawed Ideas

Words of Humble Confession We confess we sin    individually against others,        we confess we repeat our            mistakes,      even though we know better.  We allow our actions to make it

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We’ve Propped Ourselves Up

Words of Humble Confession  We confess we have propped ourselves up, letting pride claim special status for ourselves at the expense of our neighbors. You’ve told us that the vulnerable, those as powerless as children, are the greatest in your

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For Our Own Purposes

Words of Humble Confession We confess to you, O God, that we     too often claim to see the special      in others only to use it for our           own purposes.  We have

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Ashes for Just Such a Time As This

For just such a time as this, we were made. In the image of God, loving, grace-giving, and wise, we are created to be the hands, hearts, and feet of divinity. We gather on this Ash Wednesday,    not because

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Come!

“Come!” you call out to us. And we make up excuses. “Come!” you call out to us. And we come half-heartedly. “Come!” we call out to you. Forgetting you’ve already issued an invitation to us. When you call, move us

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