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Gathering

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The Rev. Canon Anne E. Kitch Diocesan Staff Let me hear of your loving-kindness in the morning, for I put my trust in you; show me the road that I must walk, for I lift my soul to you. Psalm 143:8 Although I should have anticipated it, the grace of the gathering sneaks up on…

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Everything to look forward to

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The Very Rev. Anthony Pompa Cathedral Church of the Nativity The way I embrace my ministry, my vocation, my life really, was changed subtly and dramatically a few years ago when I was afforded a time of sabbatical. I approached that sabbatical time in the spirit of pilgrimage. Truthfully, I knew I was in desperate…

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All you need

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Maggie Niles Grace Church, Honesdale There is a lot to learn about pilgrimages! Here in the Diocese of Bethlehem we have spent the summer reading, praying and thinking about pilgrimage. It turns out to be much more complex that I knew. I should have thought more about all those folks in the Old Testament who…

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Perpetual Pilgrim

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Heather Boggs Christ Church, Reading When I sat down to write about my reflections on Pilgrimage, I started by searching for a quote from scripture or elsewhere that would reflect my feelings. One that particularly struck me comes from a Polish born American Rabbi, Abraham Joshua Heschel. He said. “Faith is not the clinging to…

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Deo Gratias

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The Rev. Canon Charles Cesaretti So when they had come together, they asked him “Lord, is this the time when you will restore the kingdom to Israel?”  He replied, ‘It is not for you to know the times or periods that the Father has set by his own authority.  But you will receive power when…

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Leaving expectations behind

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Ray Arcario Cathedral Church of the Nativity Years ago, I was on a planned pilgrimage that worked out much different from the “plan.” The preparation took place over a year’s time. It was well thought out and the itinerary covered every detail of our journey. As mentor to nine teens, all of the advance work…

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Called to deeper prayer

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Patti Alleger Christ Church, Stroudsburg During this time of Diocesan pilgrimage, the Spirit has moved through our congregation and many of us have been called to seek an avenue of deeper prayer and reflection.  As a result we are organizing a chapter of the Daughters of the King.  There are 11 of us, plus our…

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The long way home

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Bob Butiste Trinity, Mt. Pocono My name is Robert Joseph Butiste, but that is not the name I was given at birth. I was born in Sapporo, Hokkaido Japan. My mother, Tomiko Sasaki, is Japanese and I was given the name Sasaki Minoru. How I ended up in Mt. Pocono, Pennsylvania and a member of…

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A pilgrim’s hope

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Jenny Scott Trinity, Bethlehem One way Trinity Bethlehem explored the theme of pilgrimage over the spring was by reflecting on where we have taken pilgrimages and what God revealed to us along the way. It was our hope that by sharing some of our experiences we could learn more from one another and gain new…

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Unity on Pilgrimage

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Unity on Pilgrimage in Upper Susquehanna County Parishioners of the three upper Susquehanna County parishes (Christ Church Susquehanna, St. Mark’s New Milford and St. Paul’s Montrose) enjoyed a summer evening on Saturday evening July 23rd when they gathered at St. Mark’s for evening worship and a picnic. The gathering was prompted by table discussions at…

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