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The Flash (weekly e-newsletter)
April 12, 2014

The Flash! – April 10, 2014

The Flash! - April 10, 2014

April 10, 2014 If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.  Each year at the beginning of Lent I try to come up with a new discipline to guide me through the passion of the season.  And each year I inevitably return to the same forty day devotional that I discovered in a musty second hand […]

April 4, 2014

The Flash! – April 3, 2014

The Flash! - April 3, 2014

April 3, 2014 One of the great liberation songs for African-American slaves tells the story of Mary of Bethany weeping at the death of her brother Lazarus.  “Oh Mary, Don’t You Weep” is a classic Negro spiritual that offered the hope of freedom by telling a coded story: urging Mary not to weep for her […]

March 28, 2014

The Flash! – March 27, 2014

The Flash! - March 27, 2014

  March 27, 2014 A steamroller never sounded so sweet.  Late in the afternoon today the diesel-powered piece of road equipment that I would like most to operate before meeting my maker was doing its thing on 18th Street: packing down asphalt to seal the gaping hole that has been with us for fifteen weeks.Rejoice, […]

March 21, 2014

The Flash! – March 20, 2014

The Flash! - March 20, 2014

March 20, 2014 So, the (justifiable) rap about Hanover’s pastor: he’s obsessed with sports, and especially analogies about sports and faith.  In the Lenten spirit of resisting temptation, said pastor will abstain from offering one of the many analogies begging to be unpacked with the onset of March Madness…the annual 68 team extravaganza that leads […]

March 13, 2014

The Flash! – March 13, 2014

The Flash! - March 13, 2014

Greetings and salutations from your Church Administrator! Andy has been gracious enough to share this space with me as he travels with his family for the next couple of days. What an interesting time of year to begin a journey of work with Hanover! Lent has begun, a time of slowing down and reflecting on […]

March 7, 2014

The Flash! – March 6, 2014

The Flash! - March 6, 2014

March 6, 2014Last evening foreheads were smudged with ashes to mark the first of forty purple days of repentance.  Each smudge reminds its bearer of the circle of life: that “we are dust, and to dust we shall return.” One of the passages read each year on Ash Wednesday is from the sermon on the […]

February 28, 2014

The Flash! – February 27, 2014

The Flash! - February 27, 2014

February 27, 2014 This Sunday will be a carnival during and after worship!  This being that last hurrah before Lent, we will joyfully, playfully, and yet reverently, worship God in the spirit of Mardi Gras.  All are invited to don your favorite masks, beads, and bright colors. Masks will be the key.  With a mask […]

February 20, 2014

The Flash! – February 20, 2014

The Flash! - February 20, 2014

February 20, 2014 It was one of the most riveting moments in Olympic history.  On Saturday morning the American hockey team faced off against the Russian team on their home ice.  Tied 2-2 at the end of regulation play, and after a 4:00 minute sudden-death overtime period, the American team won in a “shootout”: a […]

February 14, 2014

The Flash – February 13, 2014

The Flash - February 13, 2014

February 13, 2014 Mr. Webster says: Freedom: a) the absence of necessity, coercion, or constraint in choice of action, b) liberation from slavery or restraint or from the power of another; independence, c) the quality or state of being exempt or released from something onerous. As we continue and conclude our march of freedom through […]

February 7, 2014

The Flash! – February 6, 2014

The Flash! - February 6, 2014

February 6, 2014In the inexorable grip of heroin addiction and clinical depression, in the desperation of a failing musical career, and deep from valley of the shadow of the death by suicide of a close friend, folk singer James Taylor wrote the 1970 ballad Fire and Rain.  The second verse is an unforgettable and timeless […]

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