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In this section of the website, we feature homilies and articles by St. Paul's clergy and parishioners. Some of the homilies have been recorded and are posted in MP3 format. You can listen to these homilies using a media program such as Quicktime or Windows Media Player. If you would like to write an article, please contact administrator@stpaulscary.org.

A Journey to Discover One's True Self Print E-mail

george_adamikRev. George Adamik
Homily, September 9, 2012

Mark 7:24-37
I really think that Jesus came to an understanding of who he was as he lived ever more deeply into his life. Jesus was on a journey, just as we are all on a journey. We discover who we are in the midst of that journey. Thomas Merton uses the phrase, "The journey of life is really a journey to discover one's true self."...

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Last Updated ( Sunday, 09 September 2012 )
 
Their Hearts are Far from Me Print E-mail

nita-byrd-120Rev. Nita Byrd, Deacon
Homily, September 2, 2012

Mark 7:1-8, 14-15, 21-23
Last week it was a joyous occasion to watch so many children and young people come up at the 9:00 and 10:45 services to have their backpacks blessed and get ready to go off to school.  As I watched this I thought, "If I could only stick one book in everyone's backpack..."

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Last Updated ( Wednesday, 05 September 2012 )
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Does This Offend You? Print E-mail

george_adamikRev. George Adamik
Homily, August 26, 2012

John 6:59-69
I'm a huge fan of mob movies: Godfather, Goodfellas, Sopranos. I just find there are so many levels to those movies. You may say, "George, are those the kind of movies a priest is supposed to like?" But then you may say, "That's alright, he's from New York."...

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Last Updated ( Sunday, 02 September 2012 )
 
I am the Living Bread Print E-mail

candy08Rev. Candace Snively, Deacon
Homily, Aug 19, 2012

John 6:51-58
If you heard Lauren's homily last week, you know how she spoke of the recurring theme of bread that keeps popping up in our Gospels of late. I must admit I have had this overwhelming desire to stand up here and simply say "ditto" to all she said last week and then sit down...

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Last Updated ( Monday, 20 August 2012 )
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Bread Print E-mail

lauren-kilbourn120Rev. Lauren Kilbourn,
Homily, August 12, 2012

I don't know how many of you have been paying attention to the lectionary readings every Sunday over the past couple of weeks, but you might have noticed that in our Gospels we are reading a lot about bread...

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Last Updated ( Friday, 17 August 2012 )
 
Should Jesus be a Religion? Print E-mail

george_adamikRev. George Adamik
Homily, Aug 5, 2012

It has been said that one of the mistakes that the early Christians made was that of turning Jesus into a religion. Religion can mean a lot of different things in our lives. If I were to ask you, "What does that word religion mean?" there could be lots of descriptions...

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Last Updated ( Sunday, 05 August 2012 )
 
Is Your Faith Working for You Lately? Print E-mail

sally_harboldRev. Dr. Sally L. Harbold
Homily, July 29, 2012

2 Samuel 11:1-15
Is your faith working for you lately? I mean is it strong? Is it holding up nicely, carrying you through when something unexpected or unwanted happens? Is your faith helping you to understand that everything in life is not that easy?...

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Last Updated ( Tuesday, 14 August 2012 )
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Our Hearts are Restless until they Rest in God Print E-mail

lauren-kilbourn120Rev. Lauren Kilbourn,
Homily, July 22, 2012

A few weeks ago at General Convention Bishop Curry gave a sermon in morning worship. Upon hearing it gave me a big smile and caused me to shout, "Amen" to my computer screen when I was listening to it. (Click here for Bishop Curry's sermon)....

Hear audio of Lauren's sermon. Click here.
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Last Updated ( Sunday, 22 July 2012 )
 
God's Inclusiveness Print E-mail

nita-byrd-120Rev. Nita Byrd, Deacon
Homily, Jul 15, 2012

2 Samuel 6:1-5,12b-19
Today our reading from the Old Testament has a vivid description of a celebration as David and all of Israel come into Jerusalem with the ark of the covenant. Now as you may know, the ark of the covenant was believed to be the throne or the seat of God...

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Last Updated ( Monday, 16 July 2012 )
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Failure Print E-mail

candy08Rev. Candace Snively, Deacon
Homily, Jul 8, 2012

Mark 6:1-13
Failure is a word that strikes fear in the heart of everybody. Our society has become so success oriented that we have very little tolerance for failure. How many times have we heard, "Failure is not an option?" ...

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Last Updated ( Sunday, 08 July 2012 )
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Preview of General Convention 2012 Print E-mail

george_adamikRev. George Adamik
Homily, Jul 1, 2012

This Thursday the General Convention of the Episcopal Church begins. I would like to talk about the General Convention that's coming up. Over the years I've been here at St. Paul's this is the fifth General Convention that's happened and I've been told that giving a preview has been helpful...

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Last Updated ( Sunday, 01 July 2012 )
 
Why Are You Afraid? Print E-mail

sally_harboldRev. Dr. Sally L. Harbold
Homily, June 24, 2012

From our gospel lesson (Mark 4:35-41), the disciples were with Jesus and a storm arose. he woke up and rebuked the wind and said to the sea, "Be still." And he said to them, "Why are you afraid when I'm with you?"...

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Last Updated ( Tuesday, 26 June 2012 )
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God Appears on Our Hearts Print E-mail

lauren-kilbourn120Rev. Lauren Kilbourn,
Homily, June 17, 2012

While today in the church we celebrate the third Sunday in Pantecost and while today is also the day after a wonderful ordination day yesterday, I would be remiss if I didn't also acknowledge that it is also a secular holiday as well...

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Last Updated ( Sunday, 17 June 2012 )
 
Nita Byrd Ordained Deacon Print E-mail

nita-byrd-150Nita Byrd, a parishioner at St. Paul's, was ordained a transitional deacon on Saturday, Jun 16, 2012 at 11:00 AM at the Church of the Good Shepherd, Raleigh.  

Nita then joined us at St. Paul's on Sunday, Jun 17 as deacon at our Sunday liturgy.

Click here for the notice on the diocesan website.


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Last Updated ( Tuesday, 26 June 2012 )
 
Where Are You? Print E-mail

george_adamikRev. George Adamik
Homily, Jun 10, 2012

God is such a patient God who relates to us, such an impatient humanity. I want to share a couple of thoughts on that this morning. As you know, on Sundays we read from scripture. These readings are not readings that clergy get together with and pick out, "Let's have these readings this Sunday..."

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Last Updated ( Monday, 11 June 2012 )
 
Robert C. Wright Elected Bishop of Atlanta Print E-mail

Atlanta diocese elects Robert C. Wright to be 10th bishop. The Rev. George Adamik, Rector of St. Paul’s, was one of six nominees for this position. George had this comment by email: "This has been quite a journey. Learned a lot. Rob Wright is a good man and will be a fine bishop for Atlanta."

This is from Sally Harbold's homily of 6/3/2012: "I expect that you will all join me in my sense of relief that our rector George is staying right here, with us. And I hope that you will also join me in congratulating George for his hard work, his faithfulness, and his incredible willingness to be put forth for the office of Bishop. (We are so proud of you George.)"

Last Updated ( Sunday, 24 June 2012 )
 
Trinity Sunday 2012 Print E-mail

sally_harboldRev. Dr. Sally L. Harbold
Homily, June 3, 2012

In Episcopal and Anglican churches all over the world this day is celebrated as Trinity Sunday; the feast of the Holy Trinity. But in about 100 churches in the United States today is the feast of knowing the results of the election of the 10th Bishop of the Diocese of Atlanta...

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Last Updated ( Wednesday, 27 February 2013 )
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Remember Print E-mail

lauren-kilbourn120Rev. Lauren Kilbourn,
Homily, May 27, 2012

Today we remember those who gave their lives for this country. In May of 1865 nearly 10,000 people, mostly freed slaves, gathered in Charleston, South Carolina to honor Union soldiers who fought for liberation...

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Last Updated ( Sunday, 17 June 2012 )
 
Bishop Gregg, Confirmation Sunday, May 2012 Print E-mail

bishopwilliamogregg80x120Rt. Rev. William O. Gregg
Homily, May 20, 2012

We're here today to do a particularly Anglican kind of thing. That is to confirm and receive people into this part of Christ's body. The reception prayer is "We receive you into the fellowship of this communion." And in either case, what we do is grounded in confirming our baptismal covenant...

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Last Updated ( Sunday, 27 May 2012 )
 
Youth Sunday, May 13, 2012 Print E-mail

St. Paul's Youth,
Homily, May 13, 2012

2000 some-odd years ago a man walked the earth and taught people as he moved along. This single man eventually gained over 2.2 billion followers over the course of history. In 2004 a college sophomore and his roommates created a social networking site on the internet...

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Last Updated ( Tuesday, 22 May 2012 )
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Learn to Love Each Other Print E-mail

george_adamikRev. George Adamik
Homily, May 6, 2012

I want to share a story with you of the abbot of a monastery, a Trappist monastery called the Monastery of the Holy Spirit. The monk there, the abbot of the monastery was asked about the meaning and significance of the monastic life in the monastery...

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Last Updated ( Thursday, 17 May 2012 )
 
Memorial Service Held for Phil Albro on May 6 Print E-mail

phil-albro-nando-60A memorial service was held for Phillip W. Albro on Sunday, May 6 at St. Paul's Church. Phil passed away early on the morning of May 3, 2012. 

Memorial donations may be made to the American Lung Association, www.lung.org.

Obituary in News and Observer 5-4-2012 

Read "Interview with Phil Albro"

Last Updated ( Wednesday, 16 May 2012 )
 
Memorial Service for Bob Young Held on May 5 Print E-mail

bob-young50A memorial service was held for Robert R. Young on Saturday, May 5, 2012 at St. Paul's Church. Bob passed away on Tuesday, May 1.

Memorial donations may be made to St. Paul's Church.

Obituary in News and Observer 5-4-2012

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Last Updated ( Wednesday, 16 May 2012 )
 
Note from Bob Young Print E-mail

The following is a note from Bob Young, a long-time member of St. Paul's. He asked to have the note posted on St. Paul's website. Bob passed away on May 1, 2012, shortly after composing the note.

“I wish to thank the members of St. Paul’s for their visits and prayers during the past few months of my hospital stay. I am currently home again and feeling pretty good, but I still have to have round the clock care. Please keep me in your thoughts and prayers.”

     Bob Young

One of Bob's many contributions to St. Paul's: On Feb 8, 2009, The Rev. George Adamik presents Bob Young a watercolor of the Memorial Garden on behalf of St. Paul's for Bob’s long-term, loving stewardship of the Memorial Garden. Read more.

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Last Updated ( Thursday, 03 May 2012 )
 
The Cornerstone Print E-mail

sally_harboldRev. Dr. Sally L. Harbold
Homily, Apr 29, 2012

I am holding up for you the two books that we turn to the most in this community of faith along the journey: The Holy Bible and The Book of Common Prayer. Each of these books has lots of language and imagery that in some ways are not very familiar to us...

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Last Updated ( Sunday, 29 April 2012 )
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Ordination of Jennifer Durant Print E-mail

sally_harboldRev. Dr. Sally L. Harbold,
Homily at the Ordination of
Jennifer Ronan Durant,
Saturday, Apr 14, 2012

Thank you to David and to the people of Church of Our Savior for preparing this wonderful celebration for us. Thank you to Bishop Curry for coming here to close the circle and inaugurate this new beginning for Jennifer on this day....

This sermon was not recorded.
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Last Updated ( Friday, 27 April 2012 )
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You Are Sent Print E-mail

lauren-kilbourn120Rev. Lauren Kilbourn,
Homily, Apr 15, 2012

A few years back I was working for a church as their youth director. Because the church was much smaller than St. Paul's, my job was mainly to supervise the students on Sunday night and to provide pastoral care when it was needed...

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Last Updated ( Monday, 16 April 2012 )
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Jennifer Durant Ordained to Priesthood, Apr 14, 2012 Print E-mail

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Set against the backdrop of the Blue Ridge Mountains on a brilliant Saturday of Easter Week, the Episcopal Church welcomed its newest priest with the ordination of Jennifer Ronan Durant to the Sacred Order of Priests.  Presided over by the Right Reverend Michael Curry, Bishop of the Diocese of North Carolina, this milestone event capped a nearly decade-long journey that took Jennifer and the entire Durant family from Massachusetts to  North Carolina  and two stops in Virginia, as Jennifer answered a call by God and his Church to the priesthood.

Jennifer, Matt, Chris and Kate Durant belonged to St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Cary between 2004 and 2008. During that time Jennifer served a number of St. Paul’s ministries as she discerned her call to the priesthood. Following a late 2005 recommendation by a St. Paul’s Parish Discernment Committee charged with that task, Bishop Curry accepted Jennifer as an Aspirant to the North Carolina Diocesan Ordination Process. She served a 6-month internship at Grace Episcopal Mission in Clayton, while taking preliminary classes at Campbell University Divinity School and completing a year-long Clinical Pastoral Education program at Rex Hospital.

In Summer 2008, the entire Durant family relocated to Alexandria, Virginia, so that Jennifer could pursue a Masters of Divinity at Virginia Theological Seminary. Midway through her studies, Jennifer joined other seminarians on a 3-week sojourn to Jerusalem to further study and soak up that sacred region. Following VTS graduation in May, 2011, Jennifer was ordained as a Transitional Deacon in June at Church of the Good Shepherd, Raleigh. She accepted a call as Assistant Rector at Church of our Saviour in East Charlottesville, Virginia, in August 2011. Passing the National Episcopal Church’s General Ordination Examination in early 2012 gave way to Ordination to the Sacred Order of Priests at Church of our Saviour on Saturday, April 14, 2012.

Saturday’s service was nothing short of spectacular. Standing before Bishop Curry in an alb created especially for Jennifer by her gifted mother, Linda, Jennifer was surrounded by a church brimming with family, friends and fellow priests, as well as Church of our Saviour parishioners and a number of St. Paul’s parishioners. She answered each question of the Examination with an assured, spirit-filled voice.

Several members of St. Paul’s played key roles in the service, including the Reverend George Adamik as Jennifer’s sponsoring Presybter and the Reverend Dr. Sally Harbold who delivered a heartfelt homily. Sally quipped that the state of her shorn head was not because she was ill, but that she had promised Jennifer she would shave off all her hair if Jennifer was ever ordained -- and Jennifer held her to it! Paul Gregg, who had served on Jennifer’s Parish Discernment Committee, served as a lector, while Emery Anderson knocked it out of the park, accompanying the gifted COOS choirs and musicians with his trumpet on several hymns and a rousing Postlude.

The newly minted priest served as celebrant during all three services the following day with typical Jennifer aplomb and characteristic humor.

For those who attended this amazing service, and who have accompanied Jennifer on her journey over the past 8 years, it was a privilege and a blessing to share this weekend with Jennifer, Matt, Kate and Chris. The Reverend David Stoddart, Rector of Church of our Saviour, is a gifted Presbyter and an ideal complement to Jennifer. It is clear to all of us that the entire Durant family is exactly where they need to be at this time. They are thriving.
     Written by Betsy Flagg McBrayer

Read the sermon given at the ordination by the Rev. Dr. Sally L. Harbold.

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Read Jennifer Durant Ordained as Deacon, Jun 18, 2011.
Read Jennifer Durant Studies in Jerusalem, Jan 2010.
Read Ordination Process in the Diocese of North Carolina.

Some of Jennifer's sermons: 4-17-2011, 7-11-2010, 6-20-2010.

Last Updated ( Saturday, 05 May 2012 )
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Easter Sunday 2012 Print E-mail

george_adamikRev. George Adamik
Homily, Apr 8, 2012

We've heard the story of the women going to the tomb of Jesus. They were going there to perform a Jewish ritual. But when they went to the tomb, what they experienced was quite different from what they expected...

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Last Updated ( Sunday, 08 April 2012 )
 
Easter Vigil 2012 Print E-mail

lauren-kilbourn120Rev. Lauren Kilbourn,
Homily, Apr 7, 2012

When I was about 17 years old, there was a huge blow up in my family. As a result, certain extended family members and my immediate family became disconnected. We never heard from them or called them again. That is, until about two years ago...

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Last Updated ( Saturday, 07 April 2012 )
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Good Friday 2012 Print E-mail

TonyRev. Tony Wike
Homily, Apr 6, 2012

Tonight our Lenten journey is nearly over. The last leg of the journey began last Sunday as we reenacted Jesus' triumphant procession into Jerusalem accompanied by cheering crowds. Today it ends with a different kind of procession...

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Maundy Thursday 2012 Print E-mail

candy08Rev. Candace Snively, Deacon, Homily, Apr 5, 2012

If you took a quick peek at Craig's and my kitchen table right now, you would see about six Post-It or sticky notes affixed to it. Actually it's a very common occurrence in our house...

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Last Updated ( Friday, 06 April 2012 )
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Palm Sunday 2012 Print E-mail

george_adamikRev. George Adamik
Homily, Apr 1, 2012

On Palm Sunday the liturgy itself has such a power to it that as a homilist who's sharing a homily this morning I feel a need to almost get out of the way of the liturgy and let it tell it's story...

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Last Updated ( Sunday, 08 April 2012 )
 
A Relational God Print E-mail

lauren-kilbourn120Rev. Lauren Kilbourn,
Homily, Mar 25, 2012

Today is a very special day in the life of our parish. Today at our 11:15 service we will welcome four children into our family through the waters of Holy Baptism. And at our 9:00 service we will join in congratulating 27 children who will graduate from their communion class...

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Last Updated ( Tuesday, 27 March 2012 )
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Prayer Shawl Takes on New Life Print E-mail

shawl-susan-hawkins-150Many of our faith community were fortunate to have known Susan Hawkins, long-time, devoted and much-loved member of St. Paul’s. We knew of her generous giving of time and her many talents. How many of us knew that among her talents, she was a gifted needleworker?

About fifty years ago Susan decided to make a bedspread consisting of crocheted squares sewn together. She made a large number of squares before having to set this project aside. In 2011, Susan gave the squares to Prayer Stitchers with the request that we use them to make items to donate to the ASP Silent Auction. We were happy to make that commitment to her. The first item to be completed, a shawl consisting of squares that Susan sewed together, was donated to the 2012 auction in her honor and memory. Prayer Stitcher Janet Bowen submitted the winning bid for the shawl.

More of Susan’s crocheted squares will be used to make items for the 2013 auction. Prayer Stitchers is thankful for Susan’s trust in our ministry and for this opportunity to honor her and celebrate her talent and generosity. Her gift is truly one which will continue.

Last Updated ( Friday, 07 September 2012 )
 
Stories We Tell When We Get Together Print E-mail

george_adamikRev. George Adamik
Homily, Mar 18, 2012

A couple of weeks ago I spent some time with our Communion class. There are 27 children this year. In my class we focused on what we do when we get  together for the Eucharist...

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Last Updated ( Sunday, 18 March 2012 )
 
Blessing of the Hands 2012 Print E-mail

sally_harboldRev. Dr. Sally Harbold,
Homily, Mar 11, 2012

Today I would like to reflect with you upon relationship. You might expect that I would reflect upon our relationship with God...

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Last Updated ( Thursday, 15 March 2012 )
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Who Do You Say That I Am? Print E-mail

lauren-kilbourn120Rev. Lauren Kilbourn,
Homily, Mar 4, 2012

At the beginning of our Gospel text today, Jesus asks his disciples a question, "Who do you say that I am?" ...

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Last Updated ( Thursday, 15 March 2012 )
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Tad Richard on Stewardship Print E-mail

tad-richard-120Tad Richard
Homily, Feb 26, 2012

I’ve been asked this morning to give my story of Stewardship, in the hopes that, perhaps, my story will resonate with some of you and invoke the Spirit of giving within you during your discernment. But I know some of you are very scientific and calculating in your thought process, so let me just begin by offering two statistics: About 50% and about 95%.

Now that we’ve got that data out of the way, let’s get back to the story....

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Last Updated ( Thursday, 15 March 2012 )
 
A Process of Listening Print E-mail

george_adamikRev. George Adamik
Homily, Feb 19, 2012

There is a New Yorker Magazine cartoon that had two people talking to each other, and one person is saying to the other, "Well, enough about me. Let's talk about you. So what do you think about me?" I feel a little bit like that today in that I would like to talk a little bit about me. Not that I'm preaching me, but to talk a little about what I've been experiencing this past week and talk to you about that this morning...

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