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 Next service: Wisdom from Midwest Youth Leadership School, October 20 @ 10:30 am
Questions for the Minister – by Brian J. Mason

Questions for the Minister – by Brian J. Mason

This morning I will do my best to answer as many of the questions the children and youth submitted to me a few weeks ago. I make no promises that there will be any wisdom offered, but I do promise to be honest. I plan to answer in order of age, so 4K first, high school last.

Poetry Sunday: Mary Oliver – by Brian J. Mason

Poetry Sunday: Mary Oliver – by Brian J. Mason

Emerson, the great sage of Concord, Massachusetts, advised readers to hitch their wagons to a star. In Emerson’s mind, humankind is, as the psalmist wrote, but a little lower than angels. We are a part of the nature of things; and nature, for Emerson, was God. Nature is God’s great web where majestic and impossible things like stars and life and death mingle with ants and grasshoppers and tree pollen

Great Expectations… – Brian J Mason

Great Expectations… – Brian J Mason

The bottom of the Christmas trees is bare; only the tree’s skirt and fallen needles remain. The New Year’s Day resolution has been made, and perhaps already broken. This season reminds us that it’s never too late to begin again.

Wasn’t that Silent of a Night – Brian J. Mason

Wasn’t that Silent of a Night – Brian J. Mason

I have an abiding love for the song “Silent Night.” You know how it goes, “Silent night, holy night, all is calm, all is bright, ‘round yon virgin Mother and Child.” There is a tender sweetness that reminds me of watching a newborn sleep, swaddled in a bassinet. I like to imagine Mary and Joseph when I sing “Silent Night.”