Posts by Dr. Eric Springsted

A Final Word

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Dear Friends, About a dozen years ago, during a meeting of the local clergy in the New Jersey shore town where I was serving as interim at the Presbyterian Church, a nun, who ran the Catholic church next door, observed that it must be hard to be an interim. “You just get to know the people ...

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Welcome Back?!

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In recognition of the fact that we are the church all year around, I will not say “welcome back!” Do let me, though, encourage each of you to look forward to the beginning of a new program year, beginning with the first day of Sunday School, the fall picnic, and the return to worship ...

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Summer Sabbath

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Dear Friends,     Over the course of this last year, I have on several occasions devoted this space to talking about certain spiritual practices – giving, worship, sacraments, pilgrimage. As we head into the summer, let me offer one more that may be appropriate to the time, ...

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A Message on Non-Violence

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Dear Friends,  A year ago, we went through the very important process of preparing a mission statement for Rye Presbyterian Church. The way we did it was something other than just collecting a bunch of disparate opinions. Rather, in the small groups that a hundred or so people attended, we ...

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Living Resurrection

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Dear Friends,     In the earliest days of Christianity, it was clearly understood that Christian faith was faith in the Resurrection. This is not to say by any means that it was faith simply that Jesus was resurrected – that you got into the church by simply saying, “Sure. I ...

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A Moveable Feast

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Dear Friends,   Easter is what is called a “moveable feast.” This is to say that the date for Easter moves, unlike Christmas which remains fixed every year. This year Easter moves to an early date. It can be a bit earlier, as early as March 22, but that hardly ever ...

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Tags: easter, feast

The Practice of Pilgrimage

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Dear Friends, Over the last few months I have been writing about the ancient spiritual practices of the church for today. Most of them so far have been obvious – giving, worship, the sacraments. The idea of pilgrimage, however, is not an obvious spiritual practice, at least for Protestants, ...

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The Heart of it All

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Dear Friends, Of all the spiritual practices that there are, clearly worship is the central one. All spiritual practices flow from worship and flow back into it. The worship we offer God as Christ’s church is the heart of what God has meant for us and the heart of our dealings with God. ...

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Tags: worship

Beginning Again

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Dear Friends,  The beginning of Advent, four Sundays before Christmas, marks the beginning of the church year, the liturgical year. Because it may not be entirely obvious as to why it is so, it may be helpful as we begin this year to say something about how observing the liturgical year is ...

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Taste and see that the Lord is good

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Dear Friends, If there is a central spiritual practice of Christianity it is the celebration of communion. Christ established a church, and in drawing that community together he promised to be with it until the end of the age, and to feed it and care for it. The celebration of the Lord’s ...

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Tags: communion, wine

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