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The Rev. Peter Wallace

Peter Wallace: Let's Dance

2 Samuel 6:1-5; 12b-19; Mark 6:14-29

8th Sunday after Pentecost - Year B

July 15, 2018

The Rev. Peter Wallace (TEC)


I have a confession: I've got no rhythm. When it comes to dancing, I have the proverbial two left feet. A few years ago, Time magazine reported that scientists had confirmed that this is an actual condition. I quote: "A 23-year-old man named Mathieu has been identified as the first documented case of beat deafness, meaning he cannot feel or move to music's beat. Mathieu moves to music at a pace unrelated to its actual rhythm." The story says he's not tone deaf, he can sing in tune and recognize familiar songs. Scientists think with further study, "beat deafness" may join "tone deafness" as a music-specific disorder. It could also explain the phenomenon known as "dad dancing."

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The Rev. Dr. David Hull

David Hull: Benediction

Isaiah 6:1-8

1st Sunday after Pentecost - Year B

May 27, 2018

The Rev. Dr. David Hull (CBF)


The Benediction was my favorite part of the Sunday morning worship service. As a young child, I thought I knew what Benediction meant. The cartoons I watched signed off with "That's all folks!" and I knew the cartoon was over. Benediction was the church's way of saying, "That's all folks!" Soon I could get up and move around. No longer did I have to be quiet and worry about the stern look from my Mother if I was not so attentive. Lunch was not far away. I loved the Benediction and everything that it represented!

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