Posts by The Rev. Dan Love

Singing a New Song

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In the days after that first Easter, the lives of the disciples began to move in some very new directions.  They gathered to pray and wait for the Spirit that Jesus had promised them.  With the Spirit’s arrival on Pentecost, humble fishermen and Galilean disciples would move out...

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Hopes and Fears

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The energy in the room was palpable! On a Saturday this past month, the officers of the church – deacons, elders, and trustees – all gathered for our annual retreat. A meal was shared, followed by a little enlightening fun getting to know each other in the Assembly Room. Who knew...

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Come. Fill Your Cup!

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I admit it. I love my Starbucks. Yes, I wish they had more places to sit to work on sermons and study, and I know I could be getting my caffeine much more efficiently elsewhere. But still… I love my Starbucks. And until I saw the furor on social media, I had totally missed the idea that...

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Imagine there's no scoreboard...

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You can feel it in the air! There is enthusiasm - there is excitement! The Imagine Initiative in all its many facets is rolling out for all to see. Imagine! Beyond all the good that goes on here each day, imagine what our church can be! An additional worship opportunity. Fully funding our third...

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Confirmation 2015 - Garden Lessons

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I always find the weeks after Confirmation Sunday a bit difficult. Ramping up to the big day is a flurry of activity. Elders meet individually with the 37 members of the class, the entire Session meets with the entire class, while all the details and moving parts of Confirmation Sunday itself...

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All Things New

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Of all the traditions that make Rye Presbyterian Church what it is, I find I’ve grown fond of the large oak cross that years ago became a part of our Holy Week and Easter services. Hand-built by one of our very own members (now there is a Lenten discipline!), it began its service at the...

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Planning Ahead . . .

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It can be a tough time of year. The Christmas cheer has worn off; the Christmas lights on the front porch (that I try to stretch until Lent) are fading away in half strands; and winter now is dragging on. Amid it all, the bright spot for me is the arrival in this season of all the piles of seed...

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Advent 2014 - Getting Ready

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The leaves are barely gone, Halloween window paintings have just been washed off downtown, and yet Christmas colors have already taken over Starbucks and CVS. Ready or not, the season is upon us – a season for most of us chock full of traditions and rituals, memories of loved ones and...

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The Balcony is (almost) Open!

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Confirmation Class has been one of my consistent joys during my ministry here at Rye Presbyterian. The beginning of the year always feels a bit chaotic, and I expect this year to be no exception. We will have close to 40 ninth-graders involved, and classes meet roughly every other week...

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Confirmation 2014 - Tending the Faith

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      I have always seen the teaching of Confirmation as very similar to the gardening that I do every spring. In the garden, it is a busy season of planning of what to plant where, buying of seeds and seedlings, setting up fences, tilling, fertilizing, and planting...

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