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Midsummer Merriment


Whether you're a current Rockwell House member who's in town over the summer, or a college student home for the summer from somewhere else, or a freshly minted high school or college graduate not quite sure what fall holds for you yet, join us at the house on Sunday, July 30 for some Midsummer Merriment!

We'll kick things off at 6:30 with garlic-mustard chicken skewers (and vegetarian chik'n patties) on the grill, along with yummy sides and frozen desserts. After that, we'll enjoy a summer evening together: depending on the weather that might mean hanging out around the backyard fire pit and playing smashminton, or hiding out upstairs in the lounge with the...
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We have failed. Again. (A sermon for Good Friday)

Preface:

 

I don’t think I have ever written a sermon preface before. I did not anticipate writing one this year. But here it is.

 

On Saturday, in my attempt to write a Palm Sunday sermon, I happened to open and reread my Good Friday sermon from 2014, and I was astonished. I was astonished not because it was still relevant - the nature of Good Friday is such that a Good Friday sermon need not be extraordinary to be relevant still three years later. I was taken aback because of the number of times I thought to myself “My God. This is not...

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You have no control: a Palm Sunday sermon


(You can find the day's readings here. You can find the mentioned hymn here.)

In the Hamiltome (basically the annotated study Bible equivalent for the musical Hamilton), there is a note from Lin-Manuel Miranda on one line of the libretto. It reads: "Once I wrote this passage, I knew it would be the key to the whole musical. In the words of Tupac, 'This be the realest sh*t I ever wrote.'" 
 
It became the grounding for the entire show. It holds the whole company, the whole narrative, in one line. It marks the turning point of Act I and the final moments of Act II.
 
You have no control. Who lives, who dies, who tells your story.
 
It is Hamilton's failure, the thing he never learns. It is Washington's legacy.
 
And it...

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