Posts By Buffy Boke

Thus Do We Covenant

By , September 27, 2016
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Thus Do We Covenant Covenant —noun: an agreement, usually formal, between two or more persons to do or not do something specified. Covenant — noun: a solemn agreement between the members of a church to act together in harmony with the precepts of the gospel. Covenant — noun: the conditional promises made to humanity by God as told in the Hebrew Scriptures. Covenant — verb: to promise; to pledge. Every week we covenant with one another To dwell together in peace To seek knowledge To serve others This

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Summertime Thoughts, July 31

By , July 31, 2016
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Summertime Thoughts – July 31, 2016 Dear Friends, Just yesterday I had the privilege of spending almost five hours in retreat with your congregational leadership – the Parish Committee and the other committee chairs. We tackled the Big Questions that effective leaders must face when moving into collaborative leadership: What is leadership and what is

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Summertime Thoughts

By , June 30, 2016
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Summertime Thoughts from your Minister – June 30, 2016 Dear First Parish Friends, It’s been a complicated and uncertain month, and I thought I’d write to you all to remind you that you have only to call or email me to make an appointment to talk. While the world seems to be fragmented and on edge,

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Blessings

By , June 5, 2016
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The reading for today came to me from a friend, who heard it on “The Writer’s Almanac” It is by Ronald Wallace, and it’s called   “Blessings” occur. Some days I find myself putting my foot in the same stream twice; leading a horse to water and making him drink. I have a clue. I

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Memorial Day

By , May 29, 2016
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Tomorrow is Memorial Day, a day when we honor those who served in the armed forces and who died in the line of duty. We didn’t begin to celebrate any kind of Memorial Day until after the Civil War, but today we honor the 1.2 MILLION men and women who died in the line of

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Ministerious Musings

By , May 8, 2016
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Dear Friends, I am so looking forward to returning to you and the ministry of our beloved community. It has been a rich and restful sabbatical during which I’ve traveled both physically and mentally. Warm and friendly people, beautiful scenery and architecture, breathtaking art, and of course delicious food characterized our month in Italy. I

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Things My Mother Taught Me

I had a very complicated mother. She was very talented and extremely smart and she could freeze us across a room with a look. She learned to drink at the Officers Club while my father served in the Army during World War II, and the drink took hold of her and eventually killed her. But

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Who Is My Neighbor?

By , May 1, 2016
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Readings                                                                             Luke 10:25-37 (adapted) So this lawyer asks Jesus how he can attain eternal life and Jesus says, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy strength, and with all thy mind; and thy neighbor as thyself. And the lawyer says, and

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Ministerious Musings

By , February 26, 2016
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Dear Friends, As you no doubt know, I will be away on sabbatical for the months of March and April. There is no end to my gratitude for this extended period of rest and renewal during which I will travel for a month in Italy. From March 1 to March 31 Nick and I will

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