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The Rev. Palmer Cantler

Palmer Cantler: Table Etiquette

Luke 14:1, 7-14

12th Sunday after Pentecost - Year C

September 01, 2019

The Rev. Palmer Cantler (UMC)


The past eight months I have been planning the trickiest, most time-consuming event I will probably ever plan: my wedding. By the end of this month, I will get to marry the love of my life. However, I do not know if I am looking forward more to marrying him or being done with wedding planning. When we first got engaged back in January, my mom gifted me a couple of things to help with the process. The first gift was a binder to hold all of the contracts, the second gift a notebook to keep track of to-dos and thank you notes, and the last gift was a wedding etiquette manual by Emily Post. As much as I have appreciated and used each of these gifts, the last is as useful as it is stress-inducing. Emily Post's legacy is answering any question that you might ever have, and some you would never have thought of, with regards to etiquette. Her manual has taught me the proper way to address inner and outer envelopes, choose flowers and write thank you notes. Every time we came across a dilemma or were unsure of the traditions, Emily was there to answer my questions. While we have not always followed her guidance, it has been reassuring to have this manual to fall back on.

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The Rev. Dr. Kimberleigh Buchanan

Kimberleigh Buchanan: Healing Faith

Mark 5:21-43

6th Sunday after Pentecost - Year B

July 01, 2018

The Rev. Dr. Kimberleigh Buchanan (UCC)


What must life have been like? Twelve years sick. Destitute from medical bills, Likely excluded from her religious community, perhaps from any community. Alone.

How much energy must it have taken each morning to lift her fatigued, anemic body, to look for food, to search - again - for a cure. To wash her clothes. Always, to wash her clothes.

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