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March 9th – A Double Dose of Sunday Happens

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This week we are blessed to have two reflections! Katie Young is the youth ministry intern at Church of the Heavenly Rest in Abilene, Texas. Debra Quintana is the Director of Christian Education at St. John’s Episcopal Church in Larchmont, NY.     What went right today? Katie: We had a wonderful discussion about mission and what it […]

An Invitation to a Holy Lent

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And so the journey begins. Today is Ash Wednesday, and Christians around the world enter the season of Lent. It is a time set apart; a holy time; a time to reach deeper into Christ’s love. Whatever your Lenten path, know that Jesus can handle anything you bring to him. You are in our prayers. […]

Vacation Bible School 2014 – The Reviews ARE IN!

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Every summer, churches around the world do something crazy. They invite thousands of children into their buildings, feed them snacks, and then let them play, dance, sing, run, build, and ask as many questions as they want.  Why do they do this???  They do it because children need to know that they are precious in […]

Greatest Hits – Lenten Resources from Building Faith

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Some of the most popular Lenten resources are right here on Building Faith. And it’s all archived! Here are some of the top posts you need for Lent, along with a few extra goodies. Whatever you do for Lent, remember that it is not about self-improvement. It is about drawing closer to Jesus. Lent in […]

Sunday Happens – Butterflies and Transformation in Erie

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There aren’t too many sure things in life, but we can be sure that every week, Sunday will happen. In churches around the world, Jesus Christ is proclaimed, and people of all ages grow deeper into him. Today’s reflection comes from Merideth Paff, a Sunday school teacher at St. Mark’s Episcopal Church in Erie, PA. She lives in […]

Pancake Supper Survival Guide (BTDT)

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You agreed in a pre-pageant haze to take over this year’s Shrove Tuesday Pancake Supper.  Lent seemed so far away… Now it’s around the corner.  You know people will show up, hungry.  You know you have volunteers. What you don’t know is how to turn on the church oven. Breathe, you can do this. We […]

Know Before You Go – Is it a Mission Trip or a Pilgrimage?

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It’s the time of year when youth ministers shift into high gear preparing for summer adventures.  While the details and mechanics often take center stage – budgets, van rentals, permission slips – leaders must also keep in mind the big picture. Mission trips and pilgrimages offer unique lenses through which to encounter God. So before […]

Singing in the Dark: Why Children Should be Invited to Ash Wednesday

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As a little boy I often used the power of song to ward off the monsters lingering in the dark corners of the basement and in the fringes of my imagination.  Singing in the dark, I immediately felt better. I knew that if my song were suddenly truncated by some sinister force, my parents would […]

“Sunday Happens” – Good News from Gainesville

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Today is our first edition of a new segment on Building Faith called “Sunday Happens.” Christian formation leaders from across the country will share their experience from THIS SUNDAY by answering three simple questions.  Feel free to comment, share, support, ask, commiserate, or just say “God is good!”     Today’s reflection comes from Kristen […]

Inquiring Minds Want to Know: A Recipe for Confirmation

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Home baked bread has been part of my life ever since I can remember. On Sundays my mother would take out the Joy of Cooking, turn to page 603, and begin gathering the ingredients. By evening our family was gathered around the kitchen table for warm bread topped with melting butter. I use that same […]

Becoming the Story We Tell

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It’s purpose: to restore the role of Lent and Easter in forming the church as a community of disciples, welcoming new disciples, and renewing a sense of God’s call to the church in baptism.

The Nativity

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The Christian faith is a faith of incarnation, of the mystery whereby God the Son, the second Person of the Holy Trinity became fully human for the sake of the whole human race. As the Christmas collect says, he came to ‘take our nature upon him and as at this time to be born of a pure virgin.’

Advent 4: Jesus’ Birth Announced by Matthew

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Joseph can help us to understand the potential joy of doing something from our hearts, counter cultural and risky. I think there is a lot here to talk about across the generations, particularly if we include the depth of Mary’s faith that we heard last week in the Magnificat.

Advent 3: Visions and Prophets

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During these first three Sundays, Matthew has introduced us to Jesus during his years of ministry and highlighted the unpredictability and the imminence of the kingdom of God, our need to follow paths whose end we do not know, and the importance of being open to prophets who will not be what we expect.

Lights, Camera and Action: Bringing the Gospel to Life

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Creating these films has been a lot of work, but it was well worth the time and the effort. We have given the kids an opportunity to engage the sacred stories in their terms, with their own words. These films allow God to be known to them and to us.

Making Time for Kindness

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Playing prosocial video games led to greater subsequent prosocial behavior in the real world.

What We Shall Become

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God’s Spirit is present in varied places and communities, and if we are to be faithful, part of our job is to build partnerships for mission with others who share our understanding of what God’s mission is about.

Heresy Guaranteed

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They may believe in the spiritual truth that God always comes back into relationship with humanity, but they do not buy the historical bodily resurrection of Jesus. Followers, people conscious of the presence of Jesus, are not necessarily committed to the theological statements about Jesus.

Moment to Moment: All “For Jesus”

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We may not be able to describe scientifically what happens to children who attend church Sunday after Sunday, but I believe something deeply and profoundly formational happens.

Free Coke if You Talk With Us About Jesus

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Our neighborhood is less than prosperous these days, so naturally, many who come to the table are more motivated by the desire for a free pop than by any spiritual yearning.