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In last week’s column, I wrote about the Book of Psalms in the Old Testament and how it gives us a sampler of the different ways in which we speak to and about God. It’s often a challenge to find something new and useful to write about every week so, since the psalms are a subject I know and…

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In last week’s column, I wrote about the Book of Psalms in the Old Testament and how it gives us a sampler of the different ways in which we speak to and about God. It’s often a challenge to find something new and useful to write about every week so, since the psalms are a subject I know and…

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The Rainforest Explorers at Trinity Lutheran Vacation Bible School have had a wild time discovering all of the treasures VBS had to offer throughout the week of June 6 to 11.

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There’s an old spiritual that asks the question “Were you there when they crucified my Lord?” In last week’s column, I wrote about my experience of the march through downtown Atchison on June 11 commemorating the 1870 lynching of a black man named George Johnson. In that column, I compared J…

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There is a special devotion that has been popular in the Catholic Church for a very long time that is called praying the “Way of the Cross” or “Stations of the Cross.” It involves recalling 14 different moments in the day of Christ’s crucifixion and saying a prayer for each that is related t…

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On May 25, Sister Maria Larkin passed away at the age of 93. You may not think you knew her, but there’s a good chance you do if you travel around downtown Atchison. She was the tall, stately woman you saw walking briskly over one of the downtown overpasses or headed up the hill towards the …

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Many Christian denominations observe specific seasons throughout the year, such as Lent, Advent, Easter and Christmas, with Easter and Christmas being whole seasons of related feasts, not just a single day celebration. The rest of the year is called “ordinary time.” With the feast of Penteco…

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In Christian tradition, the feast of Pentecost is celebrated fifty days after Easter. This is the day that the Holy Spirit came upon the followers of Jesus and they were emboldened to begin to go out and preach about Jesus. This is one more place where Christianity picks up on the Jewish tra…

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Forty days after Easter, Christians commemorate the ascension of Jesus into heaven. There are two things being commemorated, the first of which is loss. After Jesus’ crucifixion, He is with the disciples no more and they hide in fear and mourning. We can’t forget that the disciples were huma…

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(Editor’s Note: One of the sisters was recently looking at some previous columns and asked if we might reprint this one. She wanted us to reflect on what has changed, or not, in the past five years, and to recommit ourselves.)