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Palm Sunday – April 5, 2020

Sunday, April 5 at 10:00 am Remote Worship While we are all being asked to refrain from group gatherings, we can still worship together. We ask that if you can join the live service, please do. We will all be joined together in prayers and in support of each other, our community, our church and […]

Holden Evening Prayer – April 1, 2020

April 1, 2020 Although we all are not able to gather together in body this evening, we can still join together in spirit!  Please click the link to access the Holden Evening Prayer booklet.  Watch it live on Wednesdays at 7:00 pm throughout lent on Facebook Live. (It is NOT necessary to have a Facebook account […]

Weekly Worship – March 29, 2020

Sunday, March 29 at 10:00 am Worship Bulletin Click here to download the Weekly Worship Bulletin for Sunday, March 29, 2020. Sermon Lazarus was dead. There is no doubt about that whatever. Old Lazarus was dead as a doornail – although, as Charles Dickens once wrote in a similar context, I don’t know what there […]

Holden Evening Prayer – March 25, 2020

March 25, 2020 Although we all are not able to gather together in body this evening, we can still join together in spirit!  Please click the link to access the Holden Evening Prayer booklet.  Watch it live on Wednesdays at 7:00 pm throughout lent on Facebook Live. (It is NOT necessary to have a Facebook account […]

Weekly Worship – March 22, 2020

Sunday, March 22 at 10:00 am Remote Worship To view a recording of the service, click here: https://www.facebook.com/oslcwarrenton We had a little technical difficulty half way through the service, so note that there are two separate links. The first half of the service is just below the second half. Worship Bulletin Click here for this weekend’s […]

The Eleventh Hour: A Sermon for Veterans’ Day

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The first time I visited France, some thirty-five years ago, I noticed a curious sign posted on the Paris subway. In each car, next to a couple of seats, it said: “Reserved for disabled ex-servicemembers.” Well, that’s the translation. Really, the seats were reserved for mutilés de guerre, literally those who had been mutilated by war, […]

Shameless Prayer

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Who changed the Lord’s Prayer? That’s a question that many people ask pastors when they get us alone. At first, it used to confuse me. But I think, nowadays, I have some sense of what they mean. Most of us grew up saying the Lord’s Prayer in one particular form, with all the archaic verbs […]

The Book of Nature

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On a summer night just before the first grade, my mother woke me up and led me downstairs. My younger brothers and my sister must have joined us, but I don’t remember. I do remember that my father had made cream puffs, my favorite dessert, but that on this particular might he insisted that we […]

The Valley of the Uz

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Let the dead bury their dead, says Jesus. And I thought of this a few months ago, when the battle erupted over a graveyard in Transylvania. In the part of Romania where I used to live, there are whole counties that do not think of themselves as “Romanian” at all. Before the First World War, […]