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Joanna Depue "DJ/Deacon J" writes original songs and liturgies, does daily Farm office work and records Barbara's eMos on The Geranium Farm. A singer and dog trainer she utilizes healing touch in her private massage practice. PLEASE share YOUR original ideas for worship, special liturgies, prayers, songs, sermons and noteworthy blogs right here.
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Saturday, June 20, 2009

..the poor will be with us always ...

A turn on a familiar quote from Jesus ... but doesn't it seem to be true? More and more of us know someone facing nearly insurmountable financial odds. What can we say to bolster thier spirits or our own?

There is a very nifty little book put out by the American Bible entitled Poverty and the Poor In the Bible. It's inexpensive, informative and helpful in these trying times, this slim volume helps us to inwardly digest the radical messages, stories and lessons Jesus gave us. It's then up to us to put them into practice.

You can check out the ABS website for this and other titles. Their link is:

Thursday, June 18, 2009

Faith and Finance

The two go together. You'll hear it every year during the stewardship campaign at your house of worship.

In these financially trying times it is an important discipline to look at our private and national finances in relation to faith.

Back in December 2008, Krista Tippett, NPR reporter whose feature Speaking of Faith is a wonderful program, sat down at the studios at Trinity Church, Wall Street, to address this issue. She and the Rev. Mark Bozzuti-Jones (clergy at Trinity) share their thoughts in this interesting video. Click on the following link for a short but provocative discussion of this timely topic:

Here on The Farm, drop in and see what Carol Stone is cooking up in Ways of the World these days .... it's just a click away!

Tuesday, June 16, 2009

An Interesting Internet Tidbit

Inspired by prayer to cast a wider net for information and sources to pass on, I found a very interesting article posted by Jesse Phillips on the website . This site is a bit more on the evangelical side - and it's a smart move to see what all kinds of people are up to.

For the particular article that caught my eye, click on the following link: 45% of Megachurch Attenders Never Volunteer at the Church which was posted on June 11, 2009. Some of these statistics will be surprising.

Sunday, June 14, 2009

A Great Remedy to Have On Hand

The Divine Miss Em, my EpiscoPup, has once again been "skunked". This may or may not have a great deal to do with church ... but if you are the owner of a pet who has undergone the skunk treatment and you are headed for church - or nearly anywhere in fact - this remedy will make your entrance less noticeable! I used it on Emmy Lou Thursday night and then on me, my clothes and her dog collar.

This mixture was recommended to me years ago by Rev. Richard McKeon of Zion Episcopal Church, Dobbs Ferry, NY. Thanks again, Richard. In a twist on Mr. Cohan's words: "My dog thanks you, my car thanks you, my home thanks you and I thank you!"

The Recipe:

One pint of hydrogen peroxide, one small box of baking soda, and a couple of squirts of any dish washing liquid mixed in a gallon of water.

DON'T mix the ingredients ahead of time as it loses its effectiveness within about an hour, and the mixture will explode if kept in a covered container.

When using on a pet, work the solution into the coat thoroughly, let it sit about five minutes, then rinse it out. BE SURE NOT TO GET THIS STUFF IN YOUR PET'S EYES, THOUGH!!

This solution also works as an effective rinse for clothing.

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