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A Journey From Life to Death to Resurrection

Posted by The Rev. Mark McKone-Sweet on

Today I walked by Milldam Nursery School in Concord, Massachusetts, where there is a small strip of grass that runs under the windows and along the foundation of the classrooms. As a child, after school on Tuesdays, which was a half day for me, I walked to Milldam, where my mom worked. You would...

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30 Hour Famine Experiences

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Every year St. Bartholomew's youth (grades 6-12) participate in 30-Hour Famine. They forgo eating as many who are living in hunger do. The youth learn about hunger, but also participate in fun activities during the weekend. This year's 30 Hour Famine Retreat took places March 23 and 24. Before...

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The Crucifixion: A Choral Masterwork for Lent

Posted by John-Luke Addison on

On April 7, at 4 p.m., the St. Bart’s Music Ministry will present a large-scale dramatic work, The Crucifixion, by British composer John Stainer (1840-1901). In collaboration with the Parish Choir, the String Ensemble will accompany the work, with added musicians from our parish and the...

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We Are Living Stones

Posted by The Rev. William Zettinger on

As many of you know I have walked through many of the cathedrals in Europe, both on pilgrimages with other St. Bartians and on my own personal travel with Nina and other friends. One of the things you notice as you walk through the various cathedrals and abbeys is that there are a lot of people...

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This Year, Take Lent Home

Posted by The Rev. Mary Lynn Coulson on

There are many ways we mark the season of Lent in the church – we cover the altar in purple cloth, we use fewer instruments and sing simpler songs, and we read scripture that encourages us to reflect on our lives. But Lent isn’t just a season to remember on Sunday mornings as we wait...

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Holy Land Pilgrimage Reflections

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St. Bart's parishioners share their thoughts and experiences from their Holy Land Pilgrimage. On February 11, 2019, we embarked on an unforgettable journey to the Holy Land and Israel with 18 others including Father Mark McKone-Sweet and Jill Henderson (our leader). Most of the travelers are...

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Holy Land Pilgrimage Day 6

Posted by The Rev. Mark McKone-Sweet on

Why is it called a sacrament? I woke this morning to darkness. As I began to stretch, I called my family to check in before their bedtime back in San Diego. While we were speaking, dawn started to break, drawing me outside. As I stood on the shore of the Sea of Galilee, full day arrived as the...

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Holy Land Pilgrimage Day 5

Posted by The Rev. Mark McKone-Sweet on

Sabbath Day…The Living Stones carry on, despite the odds We gathered together this morning to attend the English-Arab worship service at St. George’s Cathedral. If you have joined St. Bart’s in the past three years or so, you may not know that this is where the late Bishop...

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Holy Land Pilgrimage Day 4

Posted by The Rev. Mark McKone-Sweet on

Prayer … Hope I pray often, and today I have spent some serious time in prayer. Oddly enough, as a priest, I shy away at times from inviting people to pray. Indeed, on our second day on pilgrimage, it was requested that we take time to pray/sing together at some of the sites. Before...

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Holy Land Pilgrimage Day 3

Posted by The Rev. Mark McKone-Sweet on

  “Be merciful, just as your Father is merciful” (Luke 6:36). We have quickly formed a strong, joyful bond. A group of pilgrims with an array of life experiences and socioeconomic backgrounds, we have discovered big hearts in each other. A heart of compassion and courage is...

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