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Rev. Andrew H. Borden posted a blog post

WATCHFULNESS

In my journeys today I visited a parishioner in a memory unit. I have been to many of these care locations around central MA, however this particular one stands out in my mind.You see, staff is ALWAYS on duty at the crossways, watching and observing the unit and controlling the access point in real-time. They see everything…See More
Thursday
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LOL

Are you up on the idioms and verbal contractions used to speed dialogue in our fast-paced world? Laughing-out-loud, or LOL, is popular and I do chuckle frequently when people use it in emails, or even speak it aloud.Laughing is good for us, various doctors have told us so whether in magazine articles or interviews on…See More
Jul 17
Rev. Andrew H. Borden posted a blog post

WISDOM

Most kids don’t have much if any wisdom; cultivated, measured action, speech and living based upon prior experience and accepted insight from other people, and God.They’re too busy trying to figure out life on their own; constantly in motion, making mistakes, making them again, trying new ways, finding what feels good and…See More
Jul 10
Rev. Andrew H. Borden posted a blog post

SERVING

Many women and men are putting their lives on the line; serving this country to protect liberties and uphold the moral code. I have a lot of respect for their commitment.My paternal grandfather was a career services man; 3rd mate on an Army transport torpedoed off of France in World War I, reserve Naval…See More
Jul 3
Rev. Andrew H. Borden posted a blog post

CENTERING

One family is disconnected from the community and could use support, but don’t respond and deflect contact. Down the street a neighbor parish was broken into and some damage done. Around the corner a pan-handler regularly looks for hand-outs, what is his true need? The PA amp is acting up and now a mike has stopped…See More
Jun 26
Rev. Andrew H. Borden posted a blog post

FRIENDSHIP AND FAITH

I had a wonderful lunch today with my ecumenical colleagues in Greendale. While we certainly talk about ministry, we also inquire, rejoice or console, and support each other from a personal perspective. Time flew by today so that we ran over our typical time-frame and had to run out to other responsibilities! However,…See More
Jun 19
Rev. Andrew H. Borden posted a blog post

ASTEROIDS AND US

“We must be present and attentive to others and willing to name and proclaim/share where God is against the asteroids falling around us in life!” Anna Carter FlorenceWe never know what’s coming. Maybe we’ll find the fuel prices have dropped as we pull into the gas station on fumes, prepared to pay a premium. Perhaps we’ll pull…See More
Jun 12
Rev. Andrew H. Borden posted a blog post

THE DAYS OF OUR LIVES

A good friend stopped by my office today and chatted about how so many churches have difficulty with finances; how so many folks, themselves included, can get caught up in the specter of nice days (bright sun, blue skies, activities beckoning) and forget the church. But, then expect to run back when life starts going downhill:…See More
May 29
Rev. Andrew H. Borden posted a blog post

RABBIT HOLES

When was the last time you had a funky dream, you know; those ones that you actually remember after waking up? Anyways, maybe it was the pizza I ate, or subconscious thoughts about airline flights in the morning, but I was in this adventure where I was looking for someone and the place I sort of knew, but each time I took a…See More
May 19
Rev. Andrew H. Borden posted a blog post

LICKING OFF THE SWEET STUFF

At the table next to me in the café this 2 year old pulled a sweet-bread from his mother’s bag, licked off the sugar, and then tossed it back in the bag: cute, but not too nutritious for anyone involved. But, I had to chuckle…Then it came to me how we all need to go further and actually eat things with substance to…See More
May 15
Rev. Andrew H. Borden posted a blog post

FREE

This past weekend my wife and I spent time visiting our daughter in Phoenix. Besides time getting caught up on life “in person”, and meeting her partner, we had the opportunity to see some of the sights around the area and enjoy the local cuisine: and the chimi didn’t come back to bite me later!Since I’ve been around the church…See More
May 8
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DISTRACTED

As the group walked away from Jerusalem, the morning following Jesus’ death, they talked about what it all meant; perhaps how to live now that they were walking without him, perhaps whether they should continue teaching and making God’s love known. Lots of thoughts and fears were no doubt on their minds and in…See More
Apr 29
Rev. Andrew H. Borden posted a blog post

FRAGILITY & SACREDNESS OF LIFE

The shootings in Kansas City at the Jewish Community Center, images in special reports of people murdered, and the loss of firefighters/first responders recently, raise to the forefront of our consciousness the fragility of life.We teach in the church that life is a gift, and one worth living; a blessing to have received.…See More
Apr 15
Rev. Andrew H. Borden posted a blog post

OUT OF DARKNESS

When I was in junior high my scout troop nominated me to enter the Order of the Arrow; otherwise known as scout honor campers. That meant I had to participate in an initiation process, and pass, before formally becoming a part of the national society.Each initiate is taken into the woods, in the dark of night, and left by…See More
Apr 8
Rev. Andrew H. Borden posted a blog post

RISING

I remember going to my buddy’s house when I was in high school one Saturday, we were supposed to do some exploring of the railroad yards in Worcester. After my mom dropped me off his mom asked me to go and wake him up. When I entered his room it was dark, all the curtains were closed, and he was wrapped up under a ton of…See More
Apr 1
Rev. Andrew H. Borden posted a blog post

HOSPITALITY

Some of us are more comfortable than others showing up at a new place where people we likely won’t know are gathering. These days it doesn’t faze me much, though when I was younger I could feel pretty anxious.A book tour launched in the Boston area for a writer whose topic is close to my heart, and so I showed up at the…See More
Mar 25
 

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WATCHFULNESS

In my journeys today I visited a parishioner in a memory unit. I have been to many of these care locations around central MA, however this particular one stands out in my mind.

You see, staff is ALWAYS on duty at the crossways, watching and observing the unit and controlling the access point in real-time.…

Continue

Posted by Rev. Andrew H. Borden on July 24, 2014 at 3:53pm

LOL

Are you up on the idioms and verbal contractions used to speed dialogue in our fast-paced world? Laughing-out-loud, or LOL, is popular and I do chuckle frequently when people use it in emails, or even speak it aloud.

Laughing is good for us, various doctors have told us so whether in magazine…

Continue

Posted by Rev. Andrew H. Borden on July 17, 2014 at 3:26pm

WISDOM

Most kids don’t have much if any wisdom; cultivated, measured action, speech and living based upon prior experience and accepted insight from other people, and God.

They’re too busy trying to figure out life on their own; constantly in motion, making mistakes, making them again, trying new ways, finding what…

Continue

Posted by Rev. Andrew H. Borden on July 10, 2014 at 4:20pm

SERVING

Many women and men are putting their lives on the line; serving this country to protect liberties and uphold the moral code. I have a lot of respect for their commitment.

My paternal grandfather was a career services man; 3rd mate on an Army transport torpedoed off of France in…

Continue

Posted by Rev. Andrew H. Borden on July 3, 2014 at 3:10pm

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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.

Relevance and grace

One argument that is used against the church today is relevance: that it doesn't have anything to do with life. How many times do we feel like life is crashing in on us? How many times are we upset…Continue

Started by Rev. Andrew H. Borden Jul 1, 2010.

 
 
 

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