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Welcome to the Front Page, the digital cover of the Wayne Press.  Here we will share with you things that can't be captured in our newsletter--videos, music, color photographs--as well as articles that reflect on faith and life.  


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Day 35, Lent

William Goettler is an assistant dean at Yale Divinity School.  He wrote an article called, "Lent is Where We Live," that appeared in the Journal For Preachers.  In it, he talks about the ways that Lent invites us to look inward at our own lives and practices of faith, but also how it invites us to look outward and see the suffering of the world and the pain of others.  We believe that the story of the life, death and resurrection of Jesus is not just something that we remember,... Read More
Posted by Laurie Weicher at Tuesday, March 15, 2016 | 0 comments
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Day 34, Lent

Walter Brueggemann writes wonderful prayers.  I'm sure I've shared them before, but I hope this one meets you where you are today. Loss is Indeed Our Gain The Pushing and Shoving in the world is endless.      We are pushed and shoved.      And we do our share of pushing and shoving           in our great anxiety.      And in the middle of that            you have set... Read More
Posted by Laurie Weicher at Monday, March 14, 2016 | 0 comments
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Day 33, Lent

Today is the fifth Sunday in Lent.  The gospel reading (which will be read in worship this Sunday but is not the text Casey will preach on) is the story where Mary anoints Jesus' feet.  Thom Shuman wrote this poem about that encounter. Because (inspired by John 12: 1-8)  because we have preserved our joy in manna jars for the long winter of despair, storing them in the dark corners of our souls, we have forgotten its gritty taste; because we have put a tight lid on our joy,... Read More
Posted by Laurie Weicher at Sunday, March 13, 2016 | 0 comments
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Day 32, Lent

Barbara Brown Taylor was once called the best preacher in America.  She is that, and is also a fantastic writer.  Each time I read an article or book or sermon by her, it stirs something in me.  The words below about who Jesus is and the ways he invites us to a life lived fully in the presence of God remind me that in this season of Lent, the focus is not on us- on what we give up or take on or how we pray- but on God who is always inviting us to deeper relationship and deeper... Read More
Posted by Laurie Weicher at Saturday, March 12, 2016 | 0 comments
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Day 31, Lent

A seminary classmate of mine is a pastor and speaker and writer.  She had this image on her blog recently. lent is a time of repentance.  When we hear that I think it feels like a bummer, certainly not fun.  And sure, admitting the ways we fall short of God's desires can be hard or painful or scary, but we trust in the God who will make us new, set us free, make us whole.  It's a powerful message of God's love for us. Peace, Laurie Read More
Posted by Laurie Weicher at Friday, March 11, 2016 | 0 comments
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Day 30, Lent

I know I've already posted a poem by Mary Oliver, but I just love her poetry.  As we near closer to Holy Week, I share just one more of her amazing poems. Gethsemane The grass never sleeps. Or the roses. Nor does the lily have a secret eye that shuts until morning. Jesus said, wait with me.  But the disciples slept. The cricket has such splendid fringe on its feet, and it sings, have you noticed, with its whole body, and heaven knows if it ever sleeps. Jesus said, wait with me.... Read More
Posted by Laurie Weicher at Thursday, March 10, 2016 | 0 comments
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