Crumbs of Faith and Love

a Stephen Ministry introduction from Deacon Rob Lewis Do you want to get away? Jesus did.  But Jesus can’t get away. A Canaanite woman whose daughter is possessed by a demon accosts him. (Matthew 15:21-28; Mark 7:24-30) The story quickly gets complicated as it juxtaposes Jesus’ desire for solitude with the woman’s desperate love for […]

Coming & Going: the Rhythm of the Souls

reflections on mission from Deacon Rob Lewisand Annemarie Zimmerman And he rejoiced with great sadness. This describes my conflicted emotional state when I say goodbye to friends who leave All Souls.  The emotions start to rise with the first buds of spring, when our students prepare to head out to parts unknown. I know it’s […]

Passover Supper for the Souls

God’s people passed through the water, to freedom. One of All Souls’ favorite gatherings each Holy Week is our Passover Supper. For years, we gathered — all together — in the Undercroft. As our congregation has grown, we moved into homes, gathering as families and as a church family for this family meal. While we’re […]

For the Love of Lent

Deacon Rob Lewis shares some thoughts on the affirming and transforming love of God. We typically think of Lent as a time of negation, of giving up something we enjoy—perhaps a little too much.  But Scripture presents the denial that characterizes Lent not as a way of negation, but as a way of affirmation that […]

Candlemas for the Souls

If we could gather, we’d be in the Undercroft this evening. Luke 2:22-38 And when the time came for their purification according to the Law of Moses, they brought him up to Jerusalem to present him to the Lord (as it is written in the Law of the Lord, “Every male who first opens the womb shall be called […]

Epiphany for the Souls

Jennifer Merck shares some thoughts on the season of Epiphany. Christmas is familiar around the world. Advent has become familiar in many types of churches. But what is Epiphany, and why do we celebrate it? One popular reference worth noting is that the traditional “Twelve Days of Christmas” are the days from Christmas to Epiphany, […]