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Rev. Andrew H. Borden posted a blog post

WORSHIP WITHOUT WALLS

Worship outdoors; no seating, open to the weather, people strolling by, no walls, the earth our floor, yet Christ at the center by the power of the Spirit! Our regional youth group, LIPY-CM, participated with the community of the faithful in Northampton, MA at Cathedral in the Night this past Sunday afternoon.We worshipped;…See More
Nov 18, 2015
Rev. Andrew H. Borden posted a blog post

LIFE AS WORSHIP

I know there’s a big misunderstanding out there with many people that worship is just what we do in coming together in a religious building or outdoor chapel of some sort instead of being an everyday 24/7 thing. While we indeed worship in community when coming together, it is only part of what is more rightly understood as a…See More
Nov 5, 2015
Rev. Andrew H. Borden posted a blog post

PRADIATION

I walked into a conversation last Sunday where one gal was telling the other about her friend we had been praying for on our prayer list for a long time who had been suffering from cancer. Now, after several years of radiation treatments the cancer has disappeared and the observation was that so many prayers had been…See More
Nov 4, 2015
Rev. Andrew H. Borden posted a blog post

SHIMMERING TRANSFORMATION

Karen and I were out early the Saturday of Columbus weekend around the Cape Porpoise area of Maine. Looking out from several vantage points not only yielded the glorious blue skies of a fresh weather front, and surging waters left over from the overnight storm, but the sun danced in shimmering ways across the ocean’s surface and…See More
Oct 13, 2015
Rev. Andrew H. Borden posted a blog post

THEN AND NOW

Visits with our elders many times yields wisdom. If we don’t learn from our past we can be doomed to repeat things that are harmful. An impression from a centenarian with a clear mind might be worth taking to heart.How do we begin our days? Hopefully unlike that of people ascribing to Roadhouse Blues mentality with…See More
Oct 1, 2015
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NOT SIMPLY RELICS

At the airshow Bill Collin’s foundation held at the Worcester Airport over the weekend, those in attendance witnessed first-hand historic aircraft from World War II taking off and landing. You could even pay to ride in the bombers.As the B-25 Mitchell came to life the cackle and roar of the engines made me smile; you see, high…See More
Sep 29, 2015
Rev. Andrew H. Borden posted a blog post

MAKING LEMONADE FROM LEMONS

You’ve heard this expression before, right? Like, when you get something you might not be initially grateful for (like a puckery lemon without some sweetener) but then create something good out of it (like a pitcher of refreshing, lemonade).We had a great overall weekend at our Synod’s youth gathering in Madison, CT a few days…See More
Sep 15, 2015
Rev. Andrew H. Borden posted a blog post

FOLLOWING A LEAD

A group of ducks was enjoying the harbor water at Cape Porpoise a couple of weeks ago as Karen and I took in the scene. Something to notice in the picture is that they were gathered together and appear to be following a “lead” among them, flowing in the direction chosen. There are many paths that can be followed in life,…See More
Aug 25, 2015
Rev. Andrew H. Borden posted a blog post

TONGUES OF FIRE

Karen and I find solace along the Southern Maine coastline and can be found there each summer, usually for far too short a time.I grew up summers in those parts beginning about 1965, where sky and water appear to blend as one at the horizon, seemingly unifying creation as the cool breeze surrounds you and the wave motion…See More
Aug 19, 2015
Rev. Andrew H. Borden posted a blog post

BEYOND NATIONALISM

We are all children of God and the writer of Ephesians tells us through belief in Christ we are “… citizens of the household of God.” 2:19 NRSVThere is inclusivity here, no exclusive theology where it is dependent upon member citizens of the kingdom believing in a particular way just who God is, but EVERYONE who…See More
Jul 29, 2015
Rev. Andrew H. Borden posted a blog post

OBLIVIOUS

As I stood in front of the church yesterday a sparrow caught my eye fluttering over the street with a prize hanging from its beak; it circled a moment and then dropped to the asphalt and placed what looked like a large piece of bread at its feet, initially oblivious to the truck now roaring towards it from the…See More
Jul 16, 2015
Rev. Andrew H. Borden posted a blog post

BREATHING AND LIFE

We breathe. Most of the time, if we’re healthy, it is second-nature with no thought about it. Yet, when we catch a cold and our noses plug up our thoughts can turn to the increased difficulty. And people with more chronic breathing challenges are faced with that reality…See More
Jul 10, 2015
Rev. Andrew H. Borden posted a blog post

PATCHED UP

This morning I had my walk and headed into the shower. Upon coming out I reached over to pick up my glasses and all that came away was the bow; a stress crack had severed the connection at the hinge.First I was surprised, then really grateful thanking God this hadn’t happened while I was “on the road”.Sometimes life hits a…See More
Jul 2, 2015
Rev. Andrew H. Borden posted a blog post

FORGIVENESS EQUALITY

Following the tragedy in Charleston, SC the families of the victims were able to confront the alleged shooter. What has been reported and shown in video accounts is no less than the amazing grace which is God shining through disciples whose faith-centered hearts ground their living; forgiveness of the shooter and prayers for his…See More
Jun 25, 2015
 

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WORSHIP WITHOUT WALLS

Worship outdoors; no seating, open to the weather, people strolling by, no walls, the earth our floor, yet Christ at the center by the power of the Spirit! Our regional youth group, LIPY-CM, participated with the community of the faithful in Northampton, MA at Cathedral in the…

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Posted by Rev. Andrew H. Borden on November 18, 2015 at 4:03pm

LIFE AS WORSHIP

I know there’s a big misunderstanding out there with many people that worship is just what we do in coming together in a religious building or outdoor chapel of some sort instead of being an everyday 24/7 thing. While we indeed worship in community when coming together, it is only part…

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Posted by Rev. Andrew H. Borden on November 5, 2015 at 2:17pm

PRADIATION

I walked into a conversation last Sunday where one gal was telling the other about her friend we had been praying for on our prayer list for a long time who had been suffering from cancer. Now, after several years of radiation treatments the cancer has disappeared and the observation was that so many…

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Posted by Rev. Andrew H. Borden on November 4, 2015 at 11:47am

SHIMMERING TRANSFORMATION

Karen and I were out early the Saturday of Columbus weekend around the Cape Porpoise area of Maine. Looking out from several vantage points not only yielded the glorious blue skies of a fresh weather front, and surging waters left over from the overnight storm, but the sun danced in shimmering ways across the ocean’s…

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Posted by Rev. Andrew H. Borden on October 13, 2015 at 3:34pm

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ONGOING REFORM-ATION

October 26th Worship…Continue

Started by Rev. Andrew H. Borden Oct 23, 2014.

Humbleness

The tensions in our world include the possibility of hostage taking. Recently journalists were released who were simply trying to objectively provide reporting on conditions that needed a wider world…Continue

Tags: patience, ELCA, love, grace

Started by Rev. Andrew H. Borden Jun 9, 2011.

The meltdown...

So, when I got to church early this morning I noticed a strange odor coming from the chapel area and my office (on the other side of the wall). I checked out both areas and nothing really seemed…Continue

Tags: faith, ELCA, Spirit, Holy, trust

Started by Rev. Andrew H. Borden Jun 1, 2011.

Reality check

Lady GAGA is really popular now, as evidenced by the turn out @ Rockefeller Center on The Today Show this morning.Jesus was as popular, or more, in his day, drawing huge crowds, preaching, teaching,…Continue

Started by Rev. Andrew H. Borden Jul 9, 2010.

 
 
 

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