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Love is not envious

For the past couple of Sundays we have explored what love is…love is patient and kind. But to walk in the “way of love” is to also be aware of what love is not…love is not envious, boastful, arrogant, or rude. I shared yesterday how back in May of 2000 the pedestrian bridge outside the Charlotte Motor speedway collapsed after a race. 107 people were injured with at least 13 critically injured. The investigation found there to be corrosion that…

Founders Day Prayer – 2016

This is the prayer we offered at the beginning of meeting for worship at our recent Founders Day, Sunday, November 6. Gracious and Loving God, 262 years ago, you gathered together a group of people who felt called to become a faith community in the Quaker tradition. These folks would become known as Deep River Friends Meeting. 262 years ago, they came together with a mustard seed of faith that existed in their hearts. They had no idea how long…

“Gracing the World with Abundance, Beauty, and Courage”

Sunday’s Prepared Message – Deep River Friends -May 1, 2016 One of my NetFlix shows that I Iike to watch is Daredevil. Admittedly, he’s a Marvel comic superhero character that now has it’s own show and it’s intensity level is a bit beyond what I remember comics to include. But I like it and I am fascinated by the storylines…the battle between good and evil. Daredevil, whose name is Matt Murdock,  can’t see. He’s blind.  After saving a man from…

Listening for God in our Lives

This morning we are not having meeting for worship at Deep River Friends due to the wintry weather. It may seem strange to some to not be gathered in a place for worship but maybe it can help teach us about being present where we are and how God can speak to us through the moment. Having a place to gather to worship is a wonderful gift but maybe an even greater gift is knowing that God meets us in…

Taking Inventory of our Soul

This past Sunday (January 3), my prepared message focused on being present to God’s presence in our lives and how we need to pay attention to our lives. One way we can do this is by sitting quietly with questions. Reflecting on questions is like taking inventory of our soul. We’re examining what’s working and what isn’t working. We’re taking a look at what we need to keep and what we need to discard. Here are a series of questions…

An Advent Prayer

This prayer was offered yesterday in meeting as we recognized the first Sunday in Advent. A Prayer for the 1st Sunday in Advent It is never easy to wait… that may be why Advent is so hard for us But loving God, it is not so hard for you. You wait for us to turn from our old ways toward the life you desire for us. You wait for us to admit what we have done, and what we have failed…