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Sharing Our Stories: Tuesday Edition (3/30)

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Sharing Our Stories: Monday Edition (03/15)

This was an email originally sent out to the parish on Tuesday, March 30, 2021.

Hi friends:

Here are the latest group of stories we have collected. This is a wonderful way for us to stay connected with one another and to accompany one another on this journey. We would love to have YOUR story. Check out the broad guidelines HERE.  And if you have already submitted a story, please let us have another one!

Reflection by Dwight Russell

From time to time we all tend to stray from God’s guidance and forget that our goal, though difficult to attain, is constant contact with Him. We also fall prey to the cardinal sin of pride and think we can do it better or without His help. Not letting God into our daily activities can be a subtle and unconscious act, as well as a deliberate endeavor, born of recent successes. Also, we let God run certain parts of our lives rather than our entire being – we are still learning how to “let go and let God”. We all need renewal and re-dedication as a reminder of who “pulls our strings”, and a perfect time to accomplish this is during Lent. Here are two prayers which have helped me toward a new continuum with God; perhaps they can help you also.
Prayer of Re-dedication
(Short form – daily use)

Dear God, I give myself to thee this day, thine only, thine ever to be. Amen
Prayer of Re-dedication
(Long form – any time)

Dear God, I return myself to you 100% daily,
for I am weak, and sometimes an angry living
sacrifice. But I want you to run my life and I
pray that you would come into my heart, be my
teacher, and show me the Way, and the Truth,
and the Life, through Jesus Christ our Lord,
who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit,
one God now and forever. Amen

Blessings to all, and a special thank you to our Vestry for their guidance.
Dwight Russell