Life at St. Philip

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Lent 2010: Smell

March 2, 2010

“We are the aroma of Christ…”  When first hearing this passage from 2 Corinthians, it seems like a very odd thing to say. And yet, thinking about the way smell works, it is an interesting metaphor.  Whether pleasant or rank, smell cannot be contained. You cannot avoid it, and regardless of where the scent comes […]

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Lent 2010: Calligraphy in the Narthex

February 25, 2010

Each Wednesday during this year’s season of Lent, we will install a piece of calligraphy on the glass wall between the Sanctuary and the Narthex. Each week’s artwork will focus on one of the five senses. We invite you and your children to write on these pieces of art yourself. Write a poem, cite a […]

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Lent 2010: See

February 24, 2010

In the musical Les Misérables, a memorable lyric states: “To love another person is to see the face of God.” As beings who are created in the image of God, this seems to be a true statement—that to look at one another should be one of the most compelling ways we see the face of […]

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Ash Wednesday

February 17, 2010

Ash Wednesday. As ashes are placed on our foreheads in the form of the cross, we hear the words “Remember you are dust, and to dust you shall return.” It seems so cold. So dreary. So depressing. Black soot rubbed into our skin. A reminder that we are going to die. Not exactly uplifting. Ash […]

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2009 Annual Report

February 2, 2010

On Sunday, February 7 at noon, St. Philip the Deacon will hold its annual meeting to review our ministries from 2009 and to approve our ministry plan for 2010. Following is the letter from Senior Pastor David Hoffman from the 2009 Annual Report. Full copies of the Annual Report are available at the East and […]

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How You Make a Difference

December 7, 2009

Pastor Valerie Strand Patterson is responsible for our caring ministries here at St. Philip the Deacon. Here’s how she summarized some of these important forms of outreach to the congregation during worship on the weekend of December 5th and 6th. In a world that is filled more and more with people in need, your gifts […]

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From the Mouths of Children

November 6, 2009

St. Philip the Deacon’s mission statement is Reach Out, Proclaim, Inspire. It comes, in part, from the 8th chapter of the book of Acts, where St. Philip the Deacon encounters the Holy Ethiopian, struggling to understand a passage from the Prophet Isaiah. Philip Reaches Out to the Ethiopian — “Can I help you?” He Proclaims […]

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