Pentecost: Then and Now

  Pentecost. It happens for us every year roughly fifty days after Easter in our Christian calendar. Originally, this agricultural festival celebrated the goodness of the land and the gathering of the barley harvest. After the winter rains...

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In Unity We Lift Our Song

In last month’s article I wrote of “Oneness in Worship,” referencing 1 Corinthians 14:26 in which Paul summarizes what should be done when we gather. His point was clear: “Let all things be done for building up.” Throughout the chapter, Paul...

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From the Pastor Emeritus

While it is hard to believe, this month marks the one year anniversary of my retirement from Providence. With all of its transitions, this past year has passed at warp speed. Yet, one thing has not changed since last April – I am still...

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Women’s Retreat 2016

A belly dancer. A secret service agent. A new college graduate at age 69. The state Latin Art Champ 3 years running. A violinist. A West African Peace Corps worker. What’s the common thread? ALL are Providence women. And ALL were on retreat...

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Oneness of Worship

In his first letter to the Corinthians, the Apostle Paul takes aim at some of the divisions in the worship of the early church. There were many issues related to the conduct of the Corinthians when they gathered for worship and in their daily...

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“Wholly Weak”

In most Protestant churches, Lent is seen as a time of reflection and penance – and that’s not a bad thing. In our reflections, we see that we are wholly weak as individuals, and that we need repentance in order to realign our lives with...

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