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Waves of Grief …And Love, Grace, and Peace

Sisters and Brothers, “Grief is like waves.” If you have heard me talk about death, you know that this is my motto. Grief is like waves in the ocean. It...
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The God, Who Sculpted the Mountains, is Strong Enough

The Black Canyon, Gunnison National Park Dear friends, Two weeks ago, Carter, Matt, and I enjoyed a week of hiking in Colorado. They had never been...
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From the Pastor- July 2020

Pastor Rhodes Dear friends, As we set up for our “first” 9:27 service last week, we tried to create a feeling of warmth, comfort, welcome, and...
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“I am Listening… My Fear Doesn’t Stand a Chance”

Sisters and Brothers, Have you ever had a song that won’t get out of your head? I remember when I was young, randomly someone would start singing “The Song that...
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It’s Time to Listen

By Pastor Rhodes Woolly The last week of May was a particularly trying, frustrating, grief-laden week. As we worried over reentering public space in the midst of the pandemic, we...
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“Pray With Your Legs”

Enjoying a nice Spring day along the Rocky Broad River with Moose. Dear friends, I’ve had a little bit more time to read these days, especially...
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Living into a New Normal: Being the church in a time of social distancing

By Pastor Rhodes Woolly The other day a friend said: “This last week has been the longest year of my life.” It feels like that, doesn’t it? It wasn’t long...
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Be of good courage because together we will make it

Dear friends, I look forward to a day that doesn’t begin with a coronavirus update. I’m sure you do, too. Everyone has been affected or inconvenienced in one way or...
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Funerals and Perspective

Dear friends, In the first two months of this year, we have led seven funerals as pastors of St. John’s. In addition, I’ve lost two aunts since January, and we’ve...

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