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Rev. Andrew H. Borden posted a blog post

CONNECTION

If we can’t get connection for our devices at the café we’re upset.If we can’t connect to a gas pump for our vehicles we’re stuck.If we can’t connect with family and friends we’re lonely.The ultimate connection is “on” eternally for us and only requires our willingness to boot-up:               Communication flows…See More
yesterday
Rev. Andrew H. Borden posted a blog post

BETHLEHEM'S MANGER - CRADLE OF HUMANITY

Christians celebrate Jesus’ birth as the pivotal point in the cycle of humanity; the place where the Creator took on the form of the created in humbleness and grace.Bethlehem of Judea’s manger held the vulnerable form of the Divine that would be exposed first-hand to the best and worst of humanity.The thing is, in spite of…See More
Dec 10
Rev. Andrew H. Borden posted a blog post

IMPATIENCE

Do you remember the impatience of your youth; like Christmas mornings when we just knew a lot of great stuff was under the tree waiting to be torn into? Or, how about our impatience for school breaks to begin so we could sleep a bit later and shed the homework for a bit? But, as we age most urgencies tend to calm down, except…See More
Dec 4
Rev. Andrew H. Borden posted a blog post

MORE

Everyone wants more. More this, more that; respect, hope, food, clothing, money: perhaps more want the last over anything else.In Jesus’ day there wasn’t a lot of “more”, not always even “enough.” What the Roman tax men didn’t take away King Herod’s would and that didn’t leave much.Jesus…See More
Nov 13
Rev. Andrew H. Borden posted a blog post

DESPITE THE HAZE

We’ve all had those days when it seems like everything is hazy and you can’t think straight.I have allergy challenges so in the spring (and other times) my sinuses can be working OVERTIME like my head’s in a vice and regular thinking and maneuvering get sluggish, hazy.Well, think about what it would be like to be…See More
Oct 30
Rev. Andrew H. Borden posted a blog post

SPECTATOR OR PARTICIPANT

How willing are we to get involved?In Romans 3:26 Saint Paul speaks of God’s hope that we have the faithfulness of Jesus, living as 2nd-nature people of God; being immersed in grace-infused activity NO MATTER WHAT (since that is God’s and Jesus’ M.O.)! Also, that we trust in hope knowing that the Divine is always with us; because…See More
Oct 23
Rev. Andrew H. Borden posted a discussion

ONGOING REFORM-ATION

October 26th Worship @ Zion Lutheran – WorcesterTexts:  Jeremiah 31:31-34,  PSALM 46,  Romans 3:19-28,  John 8:31-36If we are constantly running, buying into the status-quo, we will burn-out. But there is a better way; God offers us renewal, constantly.Through the Word, and the Eucharist, we are strengthened for life,…See More
Oct 23
Rev. Andrew H. Borden posted a blog post

IDOLS OR NOT

Popular singers and songwriters, those who perform on stage, are many times idolized by fans; these days merchandise with their labeling can be found stuck to automotive bumpers, strewn across lids of laptops and worn as active-wear all over the place.In ancient times carved images of supposed deities of nature (the…See More
Oct 9
Rev. Andrew H. Borden posted a blog post

LOOKING UP OR DOWN

Do you like sheep? At the local dairy stand they are a big hit with kids, but most only know them as cute critters they get to pat when out for ice cream. How many people today have much of an insight into the ways and habits of sheep?Shepherds weren’t merely an “option” for an occupation in ancient times, but a necessity for…See More
Oct 2
Rev. Andrew H. Borden posted a blog post

EXPECTATION

Tonight I meet with the brand new confirmation group: the last batch affirmed their faith in June. Now I know that the entire half-dozen youth are not necessarily excited about putting in more time in the evenings twice a month due to whatever their various schools expect of them during the day. But, I know at least…See More
Sep 25
Rev. Andrew H. Borden posted a blog post

FAITHLESSNESS IS LIKE A SICKNESS

One of those pesky head-type colds took ahold of me later in the day this past Sunday. At first it was like “Maybe this is an allergy?” and then it was clear “No, this is hitting the sinus and throat and...” You know the type.With all of the commitments we generally have these annoyances don’t’ shut-down our living of life, but…See More
Sep 18
Rev. Andrew H. Borden posted a blog post

HELD

This was the theme for our Synod’s Youth Gathering in New England the past weekend. So, I still have a lot rattling around in my head on the topic from the great teaching, preaching and bible studies that took place.While at the event, affectionately known as Hammo (short for the state park named Hammonasset), I received two…See More
Sep 11
Rev. Andrew H. Borden posted a blog post

OVERLY BUSY

I recently attended the city’s interfaith monthly meeting. Under discussion for a couple of months has been the concern for plugging in lay people from our organizations to the challenges in our neighborhoods: to discern ministry opportunities and engage to help.As I listened a thought kept coming to mind that a colleague…See More
Sep 4
Rev. Andrew H. Borden posted a blog post

TRANSCENDANCE OF FAITH

Pastors hear it said by many other pastors, and it is so true: “The people witness to me of the faith!”It has been a banner couple of weeks in this way simply through our shut-ins. The experience noted in this writing comes from meeting with another octogenarian and one who deals with Alzheimer’s.Before the…See More
Aug 27
Rev. Andrew H. Borden posted a blog post

THE FOLDING CHAIR

One gal I visit has one of those old wooden folding chairs that I set up to sit on when I stop by. You know the type? Decades ago they were the staple of every church, synagogue and civic center needing on-demand seating. I have fond memories of events I attended at my dad’s parishes where these chairs were set out;…See More
Aug 20
Rev. Andrew H. Borden posted a blog post

THE SON ALWAYS SHINES

On the last sunny day before a storm system moved in I officiated at the memorial service of a late octogenarian member. However, the burial was scheduled to take place the next day because of the cemetery’s tactics for charging extra fees in opening/closing of graves after 2:30PM.The next day had been forecast to…See More
Aug 13
 

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CONNECTION

If we can’t get connection for our devices at the café we’re upset.

If we can’t connect to a gas pump for our vehicles we’re stuck.

If we can’t connect with family and friends we’re lonely.

The ultimate connection is “on” eternally for us and only requires our willingness to…

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Posted by Rev. Andrew H. Borden on December 18, 2014 at 5:45pm

BETHLEHEM'S MANGER - CRADLE OF HUMANITY

Christians celebrate Jesus’ birth as the pivotal point in the cycle of humanity; the place where the Creator took on the form of the created in humbleness and grace.

Bethlehem of Judea’s manger held the vulnerable form of the Divine that would be exposed first-hand to the best and worst of…

Continue

Posted by Rev. Andrew H. Borden on December 10, 2014 at 1:49pm

IMPATIENCE

Do you remember the impatience of your youth; like Christmas mornings when we just knew a lot of great stuff was under the tree waiting to be torn into? Or, how about our impatience for school breaks to begin so we could sleep a bit later and shed the homework for a bit?

 

But, as we age most…

Continue

Posted by Rev. Andrew H. Borden on December 4, 2014 at 4:59pm

MORE

Everyone wants more. More this, more that; respect, hope, food, clothing, money: perhaps more want the last over anything else.

In Jesus’ day there wasn’t a lot of “more”, not always even “enough.” What the Roman tax men didn’t take away King Herod’s would and that didn’t…

Continue

Posted by Rev. Andrew H. Borden on November 13, 2014 at 5:43pm

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ONGOING REFORM-ATION

October 26th Worship…Continue

Started by Rev. Andrew H. Borden Oct 23.

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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