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  • The squealing, talking, racing and sometimes crying are the noises that the kids bring each week to All Souls Kids Ministry. There are noises and emotions and wondering. And in the middle of all that energy there is worship. I know that God is smiling down on his children as they gather to play, learn and sing together.

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  • As part of our Lent series, “Through My Neighbor’s Eyes,” we’re engaging in a series of conversations with our marginalized neighbors. These conversations are an invitation to take the first step in loving our neighbors by seeing through their eyes. Through hearing their stories, lamenting Christianity’s role in their marginalization, and praying for a just future together, we are becoming more of ourselves and more of who God made us to be. These are those prayers:

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  • Embedded within their Lent services the church decided to look at the people and groups that the Christian church has historically mistreated or marginalized in some way. The purpose for these services are for public confession of past and present sins and to learn how to love our neighbors that are different than us from this point forward.

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  • Shalom has its own significant meaning; a complete rest, one without wanting, emptiness, a peace with nothing left undone. Shalom gives wholeness – it’s as if to say to the passerby, “I wish the peace of God upon you that makes you whole.” It is an extraordinary thing that the peace of God, found in Sabbath rest, can be so renewing and restoring to our weariness and brokenness. Even more, Sabbath Shalom gives us the kind of peace that allows God to meet us and do the kind of work in and through us that He so desires.

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  • Gabe was a nine year old long-limbed boy fond of telling stories about his dangerous and brave exploits often accompanied by proud scrapes and bruises. I was privileged to serve as his mentor for two years through Royal Family KIDS. I don’t know all the details of Gabe’s early story. Nor do I know how or where his story will lead or end. What I do know is that there is a little boy, a brave young man, a big brother, and precious soul uniquely wrapped up in a black-haired, brown-eyed, tan-skinned package named Gabe!

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  • I love giving gifts. It’s my love language, for sure (also, food). But sometimes I tune in to this deep-down uncomfy feeling with what we’ve turned the season into, this disconnect between our spirit of giving and the taking we’re often unaware of that pays for it.

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  • Lord in your mercy,

    Hear our prayer.

    God, we are your people and we are not all the same. Some among us cheered while others wept this week. And here we are together as one church. One Lord, one faith, one baptism. Teach us, God, how to love one another.

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  • This is God’s world, God’s church, and for one beautiful week, my tiny little world became so much bigger. I came home wanting to live not-so-separated. I feel like that is part of the opportunity we have in our partnership with Belen, and why I’m so excited about what God has in store for All Souls and our people, and their church and their people, Together.

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  • We were drawn to and inspired by these everyday people that seemed much like us in many ways, desiring to love their city in the midst of busy lives, full time jobs, and raising families. We feel honored to be invited to come alongside them as they creatively love people, seek justice, offer mercy in their city.

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  • But what if instead of beating myself up, in repentance I am gentle with myself? What if I know and receive God’s forgiveness and unending mercy? What if I rest in the reality that I am dearly loved? What if that reality sinks deep into my bones? Maybe tomorrow I will carry even just a little more gentleness than I did today.

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