“Where the Motherhood of Grace Begins”

Sally Howard on New Years’s Day, Sunday, January 1, 2017:

“When we see others and ourselves as God sees us, we can see the secret beauty and depth of our hearts, the core of our reality, that no trauma or sin can touch.”

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A Sermon for New Year’s Eve

“It is New Year’s Eve, and this is our Watch Night. This is truly Freedom’s Eve. Except instead of remembering and praising God for the freedoms won in the past, we are looking forward to and praising God for the freedoms that will be won in the year and years to come.” — Mike Kinman, New Year’s Eve 2016

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“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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“The Tyrant Fears The Poet”

Mike Kinman on Christmas Eve, Saturday, December 24, 2016:

“God’s greatest gift to us — the gift that came wrapped in swaddling clothes and laid in a manger — is the poet’s gift of wonder and hope.”

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“Be What You See. Receive Who You Are.”

Susan Russell on Christmas Eve,  Saturday, December 24, 2016:

“Be what you see. Here. Now. And then remember what you’re called to be in the days, weeks and months ahead: Be the Hope that rebellions are built on.”

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A Christmas Story for Children

Christmas Eve, Saturday, December 24, 2016:

“This is the story of the birth of Jesus. A night that transformed our lives. The story begins over 2000 years ago — on this night, God was searching for an angel to deliver some very special messages.”

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Advent Meditation: December 23

by Antonio Gallardo

As I continue to reflect upon the scriptures for this season around the conception and birth of Jesus, a group of characters have been standing out for me lately like they have not done it before, the Shepherds.  I have read about, and heard about, many reflections about Joseph, Mary and Jesus’ stories, but I have not heard not equally as many stories about “The Shepherds.”

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Pasadena Homeless Count: Call for Volunteers!

PASADENA HOMELESS COUNT: THEY COUNT, WILL YOU?
THE EVENING OF JANUARY 24 & MORNING OF JANUARY 25

The Office for Urban Initiatives at Fuller Theological Seminary, the Partnership to End Homelessness (the Continuum of Care in the City of Pasadena), and the City of Pasadena, are once again looking for individuals to volunteer for the 2017 City of Pasadena Count and Subpopulation Survey.  Can we count on you?

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Advent Meditation: December 22

As Advent turns the corner toward Christmas, we are delighted to see our rector — Mike Kinman — featured on the cover of the Christmas issue of the Pasadena Weekly.

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Advent Meditation: December 21

Loving Our Differences by Jim Loduha

Christmas time should be a season when we warmly embrace one another, especially in our differences. It should be a hopeful time when we extend radical love and inclusion to all. I am reminded of the story behind the overly familiar Christmas carol Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer as told in the book Stories Behind the Best-Loved Songs of Christmas by Ace Collins. There is more than a shiny red nose to the story, and it is as relevant today as it was then.

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Advent Meditation: December 20

by Kelly Phelan

This has been a whirlwind of an Advent. On the first Sunday of Advent I packed up my Toyota and drove 1200 miles from Seattle to Los Angeles with my best friend. Despite having less than four Sundays to prepare it was the easiest move I ever had. Once I landed in LA I had a hard time getting into the “Advent Spirit” in a place where I have not put on an actual coat since I left Seattle.

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