Posts Categorized: Voice of the Clergy

In the pulpit this fall…

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The Rev. LaRae J. Rutenbar has been ordained for thirty-seven years and has been canonically resident in the Diocese of Western Michigan since 1994.  She officially began her career in Intentional Interim Ministry in 1994 under the supervision and encouragement of Bishop Edward Lee.  Before this time, Mother LaRae worked as a hospital chaplain, long-term… Read more »

Fear Not!

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By the Rev. Carlton Kelley I am posting something that I think bears repeating particularly at this time of some uncertainty.  Remember:  Fear Not!  May your life be full of the blessings of God as you seek to live into the fullness of Christ’s redeeming love. These are the “Seven Questions every church should ask”… Read more »

Fast once a month to show solidarity with families facing hunger

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By The Rev. Carlton Kelley The Christian Church, most specifically the catholic and liturgical portions of the church, are churches that embrace discipline for the sake of building up Christ’s Body.  We are made disciples of Jesus Christ by the disciplines we keep.  These disciplines, most especially in the sacraments of Holy Baptism and Holy… Read more »

Welcome to the Resurrection

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By The Rev. Carlton Kelley Holy Week is the pivotal point of the church’s entire year. In a very real sense, without Holy Week there would be no liturgical year because there would be no church! That is another way of saying without Jesus’s triumphal entry into Jerusalem, his institution of the Eucharist, crucifixion and… Read more »

Grace sign sends clear message

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By The Rev. Carlton Kelley Many of you have noticed the banner on the south side of our building proclaiming our unequivocal welcome of refugees and immigrants. We have received phone calls from the community commenting favorably on it and a member of the media has asked for an interview about it which has yet… Read more »

Repetition & ritual allow us to live deeply into the mysteries of faith

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By The Rev. Carlton Kelly (Part II of II: continued from 10/21/2016) Another visual reminder of the uniqueness of Christian liturgical worship is the use of vestments for those who lead our liturgies.  It is in these vestments that the colors of the liturgical year are most obvious.  The foundational vestment for all clergy and… Read more »