Zelda Kennedy

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Lenten Meditation: Day Thirty-Four

Branded

Do you have any idea what our brand is?

Levi. Coca-Cola. Ford

These are a few of the brands that built the United States. Each one of them was established with its basic product before 1925. Each one is still totally recognizable ninety-two years later. The term “brand” originally derived from the stamping or marking of cattle or sheep for identification purposes.

Believe me, I have no desire to be visibly stamped or marked like sheep. However, I’m painfully aware that I have both a brand and have been branded as a follower of Jesus and as a child of the resurrection.  

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Lenten Meditation: Day Twenty-Eight

Presence

Reflecting on today’s lessons, reminded me of the story of two horses, and of something a colleague once wrote. “From a distance, each horse looks like any other horse. But if you stop you will notice something quite amazing…. Looking into the eyes of one horse will disclose that it is blind. The owner chose not to have the blind horse put down, and made a good home for him. However, if you stand nearby and listen, you will hear the sound of a bell. If one looks around for the source of the sound, one will see that it comes from a smaller horse in the field. Attached to that horse’s halter is a small bell, which lets the blind horse know where the smaller horse is – so the blind horse can follow.

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Lenten Meditation: Day Fifteen

Lessons from Joseph

The Old Testament lesson for this Friday in the second week of Lent is found in the book of Genesis and may be very familiar to many of you. It’s the beginning of the story of Joseph, his father and his brothers and tells how Joseph ends up in a pit because of jealousy, insecurity and hatred.

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“You Have Heard that Our Ancestors Were Told…”

Zelda Kennedy on Sunday, February 12, 2017:

“When we share comfort, healing, forgiveness, and acceptance with one another, we become one together, leaning and depending on one another. As community, we learn that we do not have to bear our burdens alone. We have each other.”

How We Pray for the President

Mike Kinman, Zelda Kennedy and Sally Howard in the Rector’s Forum on Sunday, January 29, 2017:

“I love that this community cares about prayer so much that we packed this room for this conversation… Let’s keep the conversation going, not just with me but with each other.”

“The Jesus Movement”

Zelda Kennedy on Christmas, Sunday, December 25, 2016:

“My friends, I pray this day that the holy, living and compassionate God calls us to bring our creative and redeeming love into this world, so that we believe that we can make a difference and do what others claim cannot be done.”

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“Keeping the Faith”

Zelda Kennedy on Sunday, October 23, 2016:

“The recognition of love empowers a person to keep going with truth, courage, and confidence, almost no matter what.”

“We Are Seekers of Truth, Keepers of Faith”

Zelda Kennedy on Sunday, August 14, 2016:

“As we become God’s presence in the lives of each other, we learn that life is about compassion, love, generosity, intimacy and sharing.”

“Stepping Outside of Your Comfort Zone”

Zelda Kennedy on Sunday, July 10, 2016:

“Let our outrage propel us into deepening our commitment to be a loving, compassionate, peace and justice community believing in the right of every human being to live a life of peace and joy with dignity.”

A Litany in the Wake of Gun Violence

Zelda Kennedy on Sunday, June 19, 2016:
“Surround us with your love as we face not only the ongoing challenge and tragedy of gun violence, but the fresh grief of the tragic shooting in Orlando.”

“A Question of Faith”

Zelda Kennedy on Sunday, June 12, 2016:

“Faith calls us both to take action and to take risks as we step out in faith to be God’s presence in the world.”

The Next Chapter Begins!

Jason Lyon, Rick Davis and Zelda Kennedy on Sunday, May 8:

“We are a community in motion. And that is as true today as it has been.”