Taking Thoughts Captive

third Sunday of Advent (2023)

contemplating collects

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LORD, we beseech Thee, give ear to our prayers, and lighten the darkness of our hearts, by Thy gracious visitation; Who livest and reignest with the Father and the Holy Ghost, ever one God, world without end. Amen.

-- Common Service Book of the Lutheran Church

And when John had heard in prison about the . . .

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December 17, 2023

second Sunday of Advent (2023)

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STIR up our hearts, O Lord, to make ready the way of Thine Only-Begotten Son, so that by His coming we may be enabled to serve Thee with pure minds; Who liveth and reigneth with Thee and the Holy Ghost, ever one God, world without end. Amen.

-- Common Service Book of the Lutheran Church

“And there . . .

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December 10, 2023

advent: on learning to wait

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(this is an updated version of a post I originally wrote in 2017)

In a letter to his fiancee Maria von Wedmeyer written in a Nazi prison in December 1943, Dietrich Bonhoeffer wrote:

Celebrating Advent means being able to wait. Waiting is an art that our impatient age has forgotten...Whoever does not know the . . .

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December 04, 2023

first Sunday of Advent (2023)

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STIR up, we beseech Thee, Thy power, O Lord, and come; that by Thy protection we may be rescued from the threatening perils of our sins, and saved by Thy mighty deliverance; Who livest and reignest with the Father and the Holy Ghost, ever one God, world without end. Amen.

-- Common Service Book of the Lutheran . . .

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December 03, 2023

a padre looks at fifty

The title for this post is not quite a Jimmy Buffett song or book title, but it's pretty darn close to both! Only time will tell if it's close enough to rile up the copyright police into sending me a take down notice, ha ha ha. But seriously, before you file that copyright complaint, I am turning fifty soon, so it fits.

If . . .

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December 02, 2023

True Faith Community Church...one year later

What a difference a year makes

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(Note: this went out as a church-wide email, but I wanted to post it here also to those who aren't part of our seedling congregation but might be interested in God's work in Santa Fe)

In case you missed it, this past Sunday was the one-year anniversary of True Faith Community Church! As mentioned before, I think . . .

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November 07, 2023

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