Ryan Plays “The Gift of Love”

“Though I may speak with bravest fire, And have the gift to all inspire, And have not love, my words are vain, As sounding brass, and hopeless gain.”   I can remember how my college organ professor started my very first lesson.  “With great power, comes great responsibility.”  Just like Uncle Ben in Spiderman.  I can recall going with…

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Come to Me

Hi everyone.  Happy 4th of July weekend.  I hope you’re able to celebrate some of the usual holiday aspects of this special day, including maybe having some fireworks, hotdogs, hamburgers and watermelon of your own.  Please tell me s’mores are involved!   As we celebrate this national holiday, I know we’re all reminded that “freedom isn’t free” so a…

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Chatty Cathy’s Words to Live By

Good morning, Emmanuel! Today’s gospel is Jesus’ Parable of the Sower. The seeds of God’s Word are scattered in all directions, blown where the Spirit may blow them, hopefully falling where they can take root and bear fruit. It’s about the gift of words. Healing words. And today’s homily is called “Chatty Cathy’s Words to…

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WE.MUST.DO.THE.WORK.

“What does the Lord require of you but to do justice, and to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God?” Micah 6:8 I’ve always felt comfort taking in this verse from Micah. It is firm yet pliant. Prescriptive yet open to interpretation.  My name is Christian Simpson, and my family has been at…

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Honoring George Floyd

I would not consider myself the smartest man in the room.  I know lots of folks who really are the smartest people in the room.  I have a lot of respect for those “brainiacs.”  I would, however, consider myself a reasonable man.  A good man.  A kind man.  A compassionate man.  An Irish-American man who…

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The Guitar Circle: “Alleluia, Alleluia, Give Thanks to the Risen Lord”

Emmanuel’s Guitar Circle: Beth Boland, Stewart Bartley, Bucky Mills & Jennifer Jones perform “Alleluia No. 1” Socially distanced recorded. Ryan Fitch, Producer. Chorus Alleluia alleluiaGive thanks to the Risen LordAlleluia alleluiaGive praise to His Name Verse 1 Jesus is Lord of all the earthHe is the King of creation Verse 2 Spread the good news…

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