Posts by Barbara Hutchinson (Page 11)

Posts by Barbara Hutchinson (Page 11)

Moving deeply into the Spirit of Christ

So, I still don’t really know what day of the week it is and knowing the time of the day here becomes even more complicated because tonight is their end of Daylight Savings time, so we set our clocks back tonight, which is a gift, since we leave touring tomorrow at 6:15 a.m. But this day was a great and deeply moving and spiritual day. Here are all the places we visited: Garden of Gethsemane Dominus Flevit – the church…

The Church of the Holy Sepulcher — Day ??

So yesterday, we continued in the disorientation mode. Exhausted from jet lag, our engaging guide cajoled us to walk into the Old City of Jerusalem. We were going to what certainly can be considered the “holy of holy” places ~ the Church of the Holy Sepulcher. This is where a part of the Calvary Cross upon which Jesus was crucified had been brought by Queen Helena, the structure upon which Jesus’ tomb laid, and the marble slab upon which Jesus’…

Disorientation … a path toward Reinorientation

I could easily describe my experience of the past 48 hours in one phrase: “twilight zone”. It was a disconcerting and frustrating time of waiting, delays, lines, and ultimately confusion and frustration. On Wednesday evening, our plane from Newark to Israel was delayed and ultimately cancelled. From the very beginning, our pilgrimage has taken unexpected turns. Already I have found myself surrounded by people speaking a foreign language to each other and to me, with an expectation of my comprehension.…

Youth Mini-Mission Event: Gleaning

This past Sunday 17 young people and 10 adults gleaned 900 pounds of apples! It was remarkable! The day was beautiful and the energy high as we headed out in the rows of apples to pick any remaining fruit from the tree or to choose good apples from the ground. it was an amazing experience to have so many of us show up to gather food, which was then transported to SPO (Shippensburg Produce Outreach) and was distributed today to…

Taking something of you along with me.

As I prepare to leave tomorrow for my Holy Land Pilgrimage, I will be carrying each of you in my heart and in my prayers. I also wanted to take something along from the parish to be blessed at a very special spot — the area where Jesus’ body was laid as it was prepared for the tomb. Many people bring items to be blessed to this spot and I wanted to bring something from us that would be meaningful.…

Our young people make beads too!

This past Sunday, our young people joined in the fun and created their own beads for their Anglican Prayer Bead sets. We are so grateful they are interested in exploring different ways to pray and always feel welcome to do whatever it is the adults are doing. I just love these intergenerational events!

Praying with our beads.

With our prayer beads in hand, the fire crackling in the chiminea, and the stars glistening above, we sat outside and prayed our beads. We prayed three different forms of prayers, as we worked our way around the beads we had created and strung. We all left in a quiet contented place, prepared to pray the beads ourselves, in the quiet of our homes. We will gather all the beads one Sunday and bless them all and then use them…

Pilgrimage into the heart of Jesus: Looking for the Kingdom

When we think about God’s realized dream here on earth, we often use the expression “already/not yet”. This simple phrase sums up our theology that God’s kingdom is here and now, and also, and at the same time, is not yet fully realized. This statement is our source of hope, in that God’s kingdom will continue to unfold in our midst, and it is also our invitation, to be a part of that unfolding of the force of love. This…

We keep making beads!

We want everyone who would like to be able to make Anglican Prayer Beads and learn how to pray them. So we brought the beads to the people today. Thank you, Jeanine, for making this possible! Here are some photos of people creating beads from clay, choosing the right spacer beads and laying it all out, and then stringing them. If you would like to make a set and haven’t had the chance to do so, just let us know.…

Building Faith: Brick by Brick

This Sunday we had a special offering for our young people ages 9-12 year olds. Once a month we engage the curriculum “Building Faith: Brick by Brick”. It’s a time when our young people listen to a story from our scripture and then reflect on how it connects to their life, and then they build with LEGOs something in response. It’s all about helping our young people hear something from God’s story and figure out how it’s a part of…

The Great Family

Amazing story-teller, David Luo, drew us into the story of our ancestors, Abraham and Sarah, who listened to God, followed God, and trusted God, and accepted from God the blessing of children who would shape the future of God’s people. It was captivating to hear the story, to understand the deeper themes of loyalty, faithfulness, and hope, which can be present to us even in the times when it doesn’t seem realistic that what God tells us can be possible.…

Affirming our Healing Ministry

At St. Andrew’s, we are blessed with a number of people whose gifts include offering healing prayers to those in need of Christ’s healing love and grace. This group gathers twice a month for scripture study, prayer, reflection, and opportunities for deepening their relationship with God. This past Sunday we celebrated the Feast Day of St. Luke, who was one of the gospel writers and also a physician. The theme of healing resonates throughout his stories of Jesus, who is…