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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
Tuesday
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
Rev. Andrew H. Borden posted a blog post

OPEN

It’s hard to get in somewhere if the door is not open. A gas motor’s capacity increases when the carb or fuel injection throttle blades open. Our life can mature if our heart and mind are open.By chapter 8 of the gospel of Mark Jesus has recently cast a demon out of a child, healed a deaf man, and with the other work he…See More
Mar 20
Rev. Andrew H. Borden posted a blog post

COMPLACENCY

What we know can be a comfort; friends to hang with, neighborhoods we’re used to, schedules that have become ingrained in us, even responsibilities we’ve mastered.There’s nothing wrong with some comfort: except when our comfort prevents our skills, gifts, and development being put to best use in God’s service for the…See More
Mar 13
Rev. Andrew H. Borden posted a blog post

BOOTING

The last couple of weeks it has been CRAZY trying to boot-up through the campus center server. Service has been sporadic and the lack of adequate booting has compromised uploads and downloads. As someone trying to be constantly productive, and with so much reliance on internet connections, you can imagine the…See More
Mar 4
Rev. Andrew H. Borden posted a blog post

LIFE IS TOO SHORT

Life’s too short. Don’t be a xxxk! This is the bumper sticker I just read off the rear window of a pickup truck parked at the nursing home I was visiting. I like it.How many times have we been too wound on something that really doesn’t matter much and made life a living hell for ourselves or others? Yup. And, don’t we wish we…See More
Feb 26
Rev. Andrew H. Borden posted a blog post

AUTHENTICITY

Have you ever had a conversation with someone who used the second-person to describe feelings and had the sense they were actually talking about themselves? Yup, just had one of those yesterday.Why is it some folks can’t be honest in conversations; can’t be authentic? What are the hang-ups?Jesus was authentic and direct…See More
Feb 4
Rev. Andrew H. Borden posted a blog post

RESET

When we used to have the old glass fuse type electrical panel there weren’t any ground fault circuit interrupter (GFCI) outlets available in the house or garage. Every time we might overload a circuit I would have to make the trip to the basement (maybe with a flashlight) to open the panel and locate the blown fuse so I could change…See More
Jan 28
Rev. Andrew H. Borden posted a blog post

SETTLED

When at peace with yourself and God the rapid pace of “other” in our lives can just drift by. One deals with the demands and needs. And, it doesn’t mean everything is as “okay” as we might hope for. However, there is a settled nature that makes it possible to breathe.I’m reflecting on this after a rather full day,…See More
Jan 23
Rev. Andrew H. Borden posted a blog post

UNCERTAINTY

There’s no way we can know everything, it’s just not possible. So, we’re taught to use what we sense and learn to make judgment calls about what we do in life.Karen and I took our vacation beginning Christmas day following worship. We went home, packed up the car and started out: the first time. But, I noticed her car had…See More
Jan 16
Rev. Andrew H. Borden posted a blog post

WATCHING OUR STEP

First snow, then rain, then snow, then rain, and freezing temperatures: If you do any walking then you know all too well about looking down and watching out for your next step!Even before the weather of the last couple of weeks the paths I take had been crisscrossed by deer, turkeys, dogs, kids, adults, cats, and other…See More
Jan 9
Rev. Andrew H. Borden posted a blog post

JUST IN TIME

Karen popped into the shower this morning and I headed to the upstairs bathroom. When I went to use the cold water in the sink there was none. Oops, the door had been closed to this under-the-eves half-bath and evidently we had some ice forming in the pipe. Please no burst pipes!Sooooo, I left the bathroom door open, opened…See More
Jan 8
Rev. Andrew H. Borden posted a blog post

FRUSTRATED

My grand-nephew is really cute: at a year and half he is full of antics! Since he’s not quite talking yet he gets frustrated when he doesn’t get what he wants and all heck can break loose with screaming and crying…Can’t we be like that at times, too? I mean, don’t we all get frustrated with things and sometimes the anger…See More
Jan 2
Rev. Andrew H. Borden posted a blog post

CARDINAL

CARDINALAlmost to the back door this morning on returning from my daily walk I was greeted with beautiful song. It was coming from the top of a white maple in the side yard, chirped out by a large, bright red cardinal.I stopped in my tracks and just had to smile! It was such an uplifting moment in that frigid early…See More
Dec 17, 2013
 

Blog Posts

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…

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Posted by Rev. Andrew H. Borden on April 15, 2014 at 4:12pm

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,…

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Posted by Rev. Andrew H. Borden on April 8, 2014 at 3:10pm

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…

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Posted by Rev. Andrew H. Borden on April 1, 2014 at 3:23pm

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…

Continue

Posted by Rev. Andrew H. Borden on March 25, 2014 at 3:45pm

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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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