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Godspace Post on Easter

CREATION: RESURRECTION AND HOPE OF NEW LIFEEASTER EASTER CROSS 2020April 15, 2020 by Emily Huff, including photos, used with permission. In light of church gatherings not happening for Easter, our family wanted to do something to help the neighborhood celebrate and mark Easter together in a special way. We sent out email invitations to neighbors to let them know we would be flowering a cross outside our home on Easter Sunday, and we invited them to pick up some flowers from a store when they were out grabbing groceries or to pick some from their gardens to bring to add to the cross to celebrate that He is risen indeed!  My parents had done this for years at their church in Nashville, and we felt that this was the year to make one for Seattle.  Directions from my dad sent to us to make our Easter cross 
The making of our Easter cross over Palm Sunday weekend 

It was indeed a spectacular and life-giving day getting to see this cross that we put in our yard for Easter 2020 be filled with gl…
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Getting Ready for Easter

In light of church gatherings not happening for Easter this year,  I wanted to do something to help the neighborhood celebrate and mark Easter together in a special way.  I thought back to one of the most beautiful things my parents have helped pull off for many years at Christ Community Church in Franklin of flowering the cross on Easter so I emailed Dad for directions and he sketched out a quick drawing a couple of weeks ago. 

Jason was up for the project, and he and Anna worked with the saw this afternoon to pull this together! 

We are so excited to see this cross burst with color next weekend!

Godspace Post on Epiphany 2020

EPIPHANY THE DAY OF EPIPHANY IS HERE!January 6, 2020 By Emily Huff — Today is Epiphany which marks the Season of Light.  In the church calendar, Epiphany comes after the 12 days of Christmas and lasts until Ash Wednesday which is the beginning of Lent.  For over a decade, our family has carried on a tradition for Epiphany using a beautiful liturgy around our table, and over the years, it has become one of my favorite gatherings.

Blessing of the Backpacks 2019

our tradition continues on the day before school starts....  "We want you to get off to a great start this school year, and as you go to school, we want you to know that your neighborhood loves you and will be praying for you.  So, we’d like to bless you and your backpacks, to help get you ready.  Alright, here we go.  Everybody take off your backpacks, turn toward us, and hold them up high!" 

Adapted from St. John’s Lutheran Church in Knoxville, TN and

What is the Most Important Thing You Know?

Today is Pentecost, the day we celebrate God's gift to us of the Holy Spirit and we also celebrate the birthday of the church.

I asked Jason and the kids to gather with me today to blow up some red balloons in celebration of the day and to read a few passages of Scripture to talk about the significance of this day; I was grateful that they all obliged and were good sports.  We read the following passages of Scripture:
Genesis 1:1-4
Genesis 2:4-7
1 Kings 19:1-13
Psalm 133
Matthew 3:13-17
John 7:37-39 
Acts 2:1-4 

As we read these, I challenged us all to listen for the thread through these passages of what these tell us about the Holy Spirit. 

These were some of the things that seemed to pop out:
breath of life
life giving water tongues of fire dove of peace still small voice  community inclusion  unity declaration of our belovedness 
I then asked everyone a question that I heard recently from our neighbor Jaime. Apparently when she and her husband Adam were about to go out of town on a trip with…

Easter glory

My favorite part of Easter morning is putting the flowers on our crown of thorns (a tradition we have done now for 10 years).  It is a reminder to me that no sin is greater than God's love and that no matter what our past has been, we can begin anew. 
God continues to journey with us today, and this journey comes to fulfillment in the Resurrection. All the pain, suffering, mistakes, sins, successes, and failures of the human family are brought to new life in the risen Jesus. “To remember what God has done and continues to do for me, for us, to remember the road we have traveled; this is what opens our hearts to hope for the future.”  (Pope Francis, Homily at the Easter Vigil, 30 March 2013) 

the gift of chalk

Epiphany is a day I look forward to every year as I need to hear these words  in this liturgy again and again....  O God, you once used a star to show to all the world that Jesus is your Son. May the light of that star that once guided wise men to honor his birth, now guide us to recognize him also, to know you by faith, and to see you in the epiphanies of the daily experiences of our lives.

 the gift of chalk... 
pictures from Knoxville, 2011 

pictures from Seattle 2019