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Michaele's 8th Street Dreams

Easter is the season of God's dreams coming true, and we are dreaming with him. Throughout the next five weeks, we are sharing our 8th Street Dreams the dreams God has given us for the 8th Street building and our new neighborhood. Pastor Michaele LaVigne was the first to share her dreams with us on Sunday, April 23: Hi, my name is Michaele. I'm a part of the Day-LaVigne...

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A Poem for Lent

During Lent we have asked the artists among us to help us experience the full meaning and emotion of this season. Each week we have been focusing on Love's Last Words -- the seven sayings of Jesus from the cross. Poet Sarah McDonald wrote this poem as a reflection on Matthew 27.46: "My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?" About three in the afternoon Jesus cried out in...

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My Story of Epiphany

Rev. Michaele LaVigne Today is Epiphany, the day when the Church remembers the Magi who worshiped toddler Jesus after a star signaled his birth. In the season of Epiphany we remember that God reveals himself to us in ways that we understand. It is the season of being astonished, and it is the season of responding in equally astonishing ways. When I found out I was preg...

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The Slow Work of Advent

Rev. Michaele LaVigne As I've read, prayed, and walked through Advent the last three weeks, the words of two saints have been keeping me company: "Come, Thou long expected Jesus Born to set Thy people free; From our fears and sins release us, Let us find our rest in Thee." Charles Wesley "Above all, trust in the slow work of God. We are quite naturally impatient ...

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Thoughts on Isaiah 11:1-10

During Advent we have invited the artists among us to help us experience what it means to live in a world made new. Katelyn Lamb shared this original poem during our service Sunday, December 4. It'd be like a zoo with no walls Or forgiveness without a pause. It'll be summer that never grows to fall Or love given without a cause It will be utter and mighty belonging for th...

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Empathy in Opposition

Lately it's been hard for me to look at Facebook or read the news without feeling angry and overwhelmed. It seems everywhere I look I am confronted with injustice, fear, and division. I long for justice, for peace, and for unity. But unity does not come when the opposing view is silenced. Peace cannot be legislated, and justice doesn't come from oppressing the oppressor. ...

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On the Election: Remember Who You Are

If you are like me, you have been bombarded with articles, videos, posts, and statements about this current political season. Many have attached themselves to one party member or another, or in some cases are simply voting so the "other" candidate will not be elected. Regardless, you have not heard from me, your pastor, on this issue. I have been, as you have been, pray...

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What I Love about My Church:Part 2

Over the last several weeks, we have asked people to reflect on what our church has meant to them over the last year. Included on the blog today is one of the responses. Thanks to Mark Bethany Rains for being significant members of our new community. What has being a part of this new church community been like for you in the last year? Being a part of this community has...

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What I Love About My Church: part 1

Over the last several weeks, we have asked people to reflect on what our church has meant to them over the last year. Included on the blog today is one of the responses. Thanks to Corbyn and Joel Frees for being a significant members of our new community. What has being a part of this new church community been like for you in the last year? It has been better than we co...

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>Where the Rubber Meets the Road

People regularly ask me what's been the best/ hardest/ most rewarding/ most surprising part about starting our church. And for every question the answer is the same: parish groups. Parish Group: n. a gathering of people living near one another who care for one another, and work together to care for others around them Before we started Midtown Church, I had this dream...

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