Category: Reflections

Reflections
Rev. Elizabeth Ewing

Be Gentle in Mellow Fruitfulness

“Season of Mists and Mellow Fruitfulness” “To Autumn” by John Keats Autumn is the season of gathering in and appreciating the fruit and blessings of our lives, those we have offered and those we have received.   I return to the theme of gentleness because the exhaustion and weariness I sense in myself and others

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Reflections
Rev. Elizabeth Ewing

Getting to Know Indigenous Peoples

Grant, O God, that your holy and life-giving Spirit may so move every human heart that barriers which divide us may crumble, suspicions disappear, and hatreds cease; that our divisions be healed, we may live in justice and peace, through Jesus Christ our Lord. AMEN To honor Indigenous People’s Month, I invite us all, to

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Reflections
Rev. Elizabeth Ewing

In All Things Give Thanks – A Return to Gratefulness

A small boy enjoyed his collection of toy soldiers and loved playing with them.   Another boy came over to play and made a cutting remark about the quality and amount of the first boy’s soldiers.   The boy who once took great delight in his military figures now was baffled, diminished and annoyed by

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Reflections
Rev. Elizabeth Ewing

The Well-Being of the Whole

Ah, what am I that these my friendsShould minister to me so graciously? From “The Comfort of the Woods” by Amos Russell Wells The sequoias of King’s Canyon in California cannot help but elicit a blend of awe and comfort, the paradox of emotions I also feel in a known encounter with God.  In the

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Reflections
Rev. Elizabeth Ewing

Worship in the Beauty of Holiness

“Worship the Lord in the Beauty of Holiness; come let us adore Him.” Morning Prayer service, Book of Common Prayer Christ Church is back at the high altar.  We have a young and excellent crucifer; the organ rings out; choir is vested and singing – well, last week, a quartet.   We can rejoice, though

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God the Promise keeper

In these unsettling times, trusting in God as our refuge, strength, redeemer and promise keeper keeps us centered on life rather than despair.  We live with hope and joy even in the face of suffering.  Here is my list of promises which I trust God to keep: — God is active each day and each

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Reflections
Rev. Elizabeth Ewing

Live Your Life so that Those Who Need You can Find You*

“Live your life so that those who need you can find you.”  Does that phrase feel overwhelming or freeing?  Personally I alternate between feeling overwhelmed and free, but today I lean toward free.  Just now there seems to be so much need in the world and so much loss.   We humans have set climate

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Reflections
Rev. Elizabeth Ewing

The Power of Love

In Memory of and Love for Sr. Lois Barton My beloved speaks and says to me: “Arise, my love, my beautiful one, and come away, Song of Songs 2:10 “Arise, my love, my beautiful one, and come away.”   Today I planned to reflect on this and other passages from the Song of Songs, a

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Our whole trust in grace and love

As I asked the question to parents, godparents and the children last weekend, its words pierced my own heart.   Do I put my whole trust in Jesus’s grace and love?  How much do I allow myself simply to trust?  For as Rowen Williams writes in Tokens of Trust, “Christian belief is about knowing who

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Reflections
Rev. Elizabeth Ewing

Road Trip: Gather, Learn, Pray, Eat

The Sullivan-Clinton Campaign and our prayers for reconciliation, contrition, and hope Mark your calendar for Saturday, September 11 at 11 a.m.  Join us at Newtown Battlefield near Elmira One of the defining events in the formation of upstate New York was the Sullivan-Clinton campaign in 1779 during the Revolutionary War.  Not only was it a

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