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The Rev. Joani Peacock, Editor for Emmanuel Voices: A Parish Blog

Chatty Cathy’s Words to Live By

May is Mental Health Awareness Month. So reposting “Chatty Cathy” from June 2020. In 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 and do good. It’s a parable about the power,…

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Believing is Belonging

On Sunday, low Sunday, we may still be a bit hungover from the intoxicating joy of Easter.  A sugary spirit filled high-on-faith experience fueled by beautiful music, fabulous flowers, chocolate rabbits, and marshmallow peeps – so sweet and so compelling who could deny that day that the Lord is risen. The Lord is risen indeed.  So,…

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MY CONFESSION dear ones in Christ gathered faithfully here at Emmanuel is that my memory is bad lately. Not for names or faces: I’m having trouble sometimes with the day of the week, the month, or even what year it is. Some of that is the weather here in Virginia in April—winter then summer in…

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My Best Friend

“Who Do You Say That I Am?” Lenten Series Post #8 When I think of Jesus asking, “Who do you say that I am?”, the answer comes quickly: you’re my best friend. It’s a simple answer from as far back as I can remember.  I grew up in the Catholic church, and when my family…

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The Prodigal(S)

Arguably the most famous parable Jesus ever told, the prodigal son is an incredible story.  Charles Dickens said,  “It is the finest short story ever written.” Yet despite its popularity many of us might have missed the timeless meaning in this parable for us today.  The Context Of The Prodigal Son  To understand the meaning…

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Who Do You Say That I Am? Lenten Series Post #7 In Matthew: 16, Mark: 8 and Luke: 9, Jesus asked his disciples, “Who do the people say I am?” He followed that question with, “Who do you think I am?” It’s sort of strange, these questions, because clearly Jesus knew who he was. Still…

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