This Is Still a Beautiful World

“Hope has to come up out of you … To find something worth hoping for is a very good place to start. There are things worth hoping for, there are good people, this is still a very beautiful world.” ~Wendell Berry  ~~~  “Long ago,” the book of Hebrews begins, “long ago God spoke to our …

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For the Good of All

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For the Good of All – July 3, 2016 Fourth Presbyterian Church Galatians 6:1-10 (NRSV) Our second reading today comes from Paul’s letter to the Galatian Churches. It’s an emotional and rhetorical letter as Paul is defending his honor and explaining his teachings to a community that has been infiltrated, so to speak, by teachers …

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Into the Wilderness

Vigil at Fourth

Sermon – Into the Wilderness by Nanette Sawyer Jazz Vespers, Fourth Presbyterian Church, Chicago, IL June 16, 2016 Our biblical story today is from the book of 1 Kings—a book that begins with the death of King David, tells of the rise and fall of King Solomon, and the division of the kingdom into two …

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Spiritual Practice@Home: Today, I Am Alive

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This is an invitation to stop and look, for just one minute. Stop. And Look. And contemplate this: today, you are alive. Today, I am alive. In this moment, what is happening? Do you notice the people around you? Do you recognize the great good fortune it is to simply be here now? I tried …

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