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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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Holy Land Pilgrimage Day 2

Posted by The Rev. Mark McKone-Sweet on

God’s humanity. We take our first steps—where many pilgrims have stepped before us—on the Mount of Olives, overlooking the Old City. Our first steps where the ascension of Jesus occurred. As we stand in the place where he literally rose up and disappeared before wondering...

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Holy Land Pilgrimage Day 1

Posted by The Rev. Mark McKone-Sweet on

Lesson’s learned – on the road. Gratitude – coming to know Jesus in others. I found my rosary beads before I left the house. I may be months without having them with me, that is, until I travel. When I travel they are always in my pocket. Before I was gifted this Rosary, I...

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Get Involved with God and our Community

Posted by The Rev. Mark McKone-Sweet on

“Welcome. No, really, it’s a blessing to meet you. Is this your first time at St. Bart’s?” My friends, first impressions are everything. St. Bart’s has developed a reputation for radical hospitality—and it depends on you to make it real and tangible. Join...

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What Happened to St. Bart's Peace Pole?

Posted by The Rev. Mark McKone-Sweet on

You may have noticed that the Peace Pole, which was in the garden outside the church offices, is missing. That Peace Pole now resides at the Temple Adat Shalom. On October 30, members of the St. Bart’s congregation participated in a vigil at Temple Adat Shalom to remember the victims of...

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Another Lesson Learned From My Mother

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“When Christ Calls a Man, He Bids Him Come and Die”Dietrich Bonhoeffer With my first respite of the summer complete, I am most grateful for having the time to be with my family, extended family and to unplug from my daily responsibilities, duties, and burdens. I learned decades ago...

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New Director of Music Joins St. Bart's in August

Posted by The Rev. Mark McKone-Sweet on

John-Luke Addison, Director of Music and Principal Organist   Our prayers have been answered. We have extended a call to John-Luke Addison. I received a unanimous recommendation from the search committee and an affirmation by the entire vestry/officers earlier this week. John-Luke has...

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How Did She Do It? (from Fr. Mark)

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Journal entry from a son sitting at his mother’s bedside … How does she do it? I have asked this every hour it seems. How can this woman maintain such grace while her body is changing rapidly before my eyes? We moved mom from the hospital to a residential hospice. As mom was...

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Dignity and Simplicity (from Fr. Mark)

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Journal entry from a son sitting at his mother’s bedside … It’s good to get all “gussied up”! – Dignity As I walked in this morning to see mom, my mind was racing again. My family was flying in, one brother has gone home to be with his newborn, friends are...

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What a Gift! (from Fr. Mark)

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Posted by The Rev. Mark McKone-Sweet on

Journal entry from a son sitting at his mother’s bedside … What a gift she has given you! When my father died suddenly in 2006, we learned the hard way how difficult it is for any surviving spouse, children, family, and others when the “their house is not in order.&rdquo...

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