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Grace and Peace be to you from Our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ!

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Parish News---Breanna Myers

Once upon a time, a little red haired girl came to church at St. Mark's. She would run through the aisles with delight in her eyes. She attended Sunday School and learned all about God's love. She joined the children's choir and sang her heart out. When she got tall enough to become an acolyte, she was always available, no matter what! She attended Mar-Lu Ridge camp and became a counselor there. She attended Youth Synod events and helped with Vacation Bible School when she was able. She was the...

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Paying attention in life is something that can lead to a more meaningful life, yet we spend much of life not paying attention. I am not talking about paying attention in general, but instead looking for moments of grace and joy that occur in our lives. There is much of life that would divert us from these moments to believing that there is little good and beautiful left in life. So we need to work at paying attention to the joy, beauty and grace that surrounds us.

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Many Christians around the world will celebrate Pentecost Sunday. Some, however, may not understand the meaning of this traditional Christian celebration. Whether you have been observing Pentecost for years, or whether it is a completely new concept to you, here are a few reasons why celebrating Pentecost this year might be a good idea. 1. Pentecost Reminds Us of The Holy Spirit.

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Churches are essential, and provide gospel-driven essential work in feeding, clothing, accompanying and caring for the neighbor in need, the sick and sorrowing -- that work has continued, valiantly and faithfully, despite the pandemic. The return to in-person worship gatherings is being considered prayerfully, thoughtfully and contextually across our Delaware-Maryland Synod ELCA. We are moving slowly, and we're doing so out of love of God and neighbor. Be patient, dear church; be safe and be...

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We in the church often depict Epiphany as the season of light—a thunderous congratulations to the divine revelation of the Son (or Sun) of Righteousness. The entire journey of Christmastide, from the nativity to Epiphany, beckons us to marvel at the glorious, life-sustaining light of the Son of God that has come to earth.

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'Tis better to give

’Tis better to give A mother is a person who, seeing there are only four pieces of pie for five people, promptly announces she never did care for pie.—Tenneva Jordan

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“The season of Advent means there is something on the horizon the likes of which we have never seen before… .What is possible is to not see it, to miss it, to turn just as it brushes past you. And you begin to grasp what it was you missed, like Moses in the cleft of the rock, watching God’s [back] fade in the distance. So stay. Sit. Linger. Tarry. Ponder. Wait. Behold. Wonder. There will be time enough for running. For rushing. For worrying. For pushing. For now, stay. Wait. Something is on the...

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Where Can You Find Shelter?

Here we are in that time of the year when storms come upon us often. We find that the weather person on the local news program is more important to us. If they say, grab your umbrella or raincoat we pay attention. Rain storms, thunderstorms, windstorms, tornados, storms of all kind cluster into this season of the year. We understand that is just the way it is with the weather; storms come, and you prepare for them as best you can. Life goes on.

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Patience Anyone?

Have you noticed how we all tend to struggle with waiting?  When we were little kids, Christmas day couldn’t come fast enough.  Minutes seem like days when you are waiting to open presents under the tree! Even during this time of year, we impatiently wait for winter to end.

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