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Collect for the Fifth Sunday after Pentecost

Loving God, you have built your Church upon the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Jesus Christ being the chief cornerstone: Grant us to be so joined together in unity of spirit by their teaching, that we may be made a holy temple acceptable to you; through Jesus Christ our Savior, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever.  Amen.

Collect for the Fourth Sunday after Pentecost

O God, make us have perpetual love and reverence for you holy Name, for you never fail to help and govern those whom you have set upon the sure foundation of your loving-kindness; through Jesus Christ our Savior, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever.  Amen.

Collect for the Third Sunday After Pentecost

Keep, O God, your household the Church in your steadfast faith and love, that through your grace we may proclaim your truth with boldness, and minister your justice with compassion; for the sake of our Savior Jesus Christ, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever.  Amen.

Lindisfarne Community Retreat 2010 - Ordination

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I finally made it back from the Lindisfarne Community Retreat in Ithaca, New York.  Let me state at first that I am so grateful for Chris for showing me the sites and carting me all over Ithaca and driving me to Syracuse.  She was a gracious guide.

'Ithaca is gorges' as they say.  I have never really wanted to move to another state in the continental US before I went to Ithaca.  I was in awe.  It looked like a Norman Rockwell painting.  Rolling 'hills' (there should really be another name because these were larger than what I think of as hills but they were smaller than what I think of as mountains), lush and green, dotted with red barns and silos and quaint farm houses next to a flowing river or pond or lake.  It was breath-taking.  And the fact that the people of Ithaca have created this 'city' in a complementary way with the natural world around them is the most refreshing.  The streets wind left and right, down and up in concert with the landscape.  It'…