Posts from November 2017

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Four More Days!

by commdir@coee.org

“┬áthe people living in darkness have seen a great light; on those living in the land of the shadow of death a light has dawned.” Matthew 4:16 Dear Friends: We’re four days away from Advent. Advent means, “arrival”. Advent is the time of the year when we prepare, get ready, keep awake and watch for more »

Express Gratitude

by commdir@coee.org

“He fell on his face at Jesus’ feet and thanked him.” Luke 17:11-19 Dear Friends: What gets in the way of gratitude? It is said that misery loves company. Ten men are bound together by a debilitating skin disease in chapter seventeen of Luke’s gospel. And, while Judaic Law requires their isolation from society, family, more »

Youth Speak

by commdir@coee.org

“For where two or three are gathered together in my name, there am I in the midst of them.” Matthew 18:20 (KJV) Dear Friends: Annual Convention for The Diocese of Virginia was held Saturday November 4th in Richmond. I had the great pleasure of participating in Convention with our delegate, Bill Forbes and alternate youth more »

Empathy Fatigue

by commdir@coee.org

“…keep awake therefore…” Matthew 25:13 Dear Friends: Could it be that we’re suffering from empathy fatigue? Empathy fatigue involves giving away a piece of ourselves every time there is a wound. Eventually the giver suffers wounded-ness as well and is in need of healing. While definitions vary on mass shootings, according to the Gun Violence more »

Stories for Change

by commdir@coee.org

“Now allow us to praise famous people and our ancestors, generation by generation. The Lord created great glory, his majesty from eternity…” Ecclesiasticus 44:1-2 Dear Friends: Today, we remember. This morning in worship we read the names of all those known to Epiphany who have passed onto God’s nearer presence in the past year. Sadly, more »