Author Archives: Cynthia Johnson-Oliver

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Commencement: A New Chapter in Ministry

Dear Friends, Earlier this month, it was announced that this year, my 10th year at Annandale United Methodist Church, would be my last one as an associate pastor. Thus, it is quite fitting that my farewell Clergy Corner is published in our graduation issue. Why? Because I’ve said for many years that I would not […]

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CME Seventh District Lenten Study 2017

The CME Church Seventh Episcopal District Board of Evangelism is pleased to announce Lenten Study 2017 – Who is this Man? by John Ortberg. Back by popular demand, Lenten Study 2017 will offer CME churches throughout the New York-Washington Region and Carolina Region to participate in a church-wide Lenten study, sermon series, and small group […]

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CME Seventh District Lenten Study 2016

We’ve barely put away the Advent wreath, and it’s already time to prepare for Lent 2016. In fact, Lent is so early on the calendar this year that there are less than seven weeks between Christmas Day and Ash Wednesday, Feb 10, 2016. But even with this short timeline, there are several key steps that […]

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Discipleship After Pentecost

  “They devoted themselves to the apostles’ teachings, fellowship, and the breaking of bread, and prayer… And day by day the Lord added to their number those who were being saved.”        – Acts 2:42-46   Every Sunday, from the Day of Pentecost almost to Advent, many churches count the Sundays after Pentecost. […]

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Spiritual Thirst

My soul thirsts for you…as in a dry and weary land where there is no water.  – Psalm 63:1   The Season of Lent is a time when many people of faith focus more deeply on their spiritual lives. The forty days of Lent are a reminder of the forty days that Jesus spent in the […]

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Transfiguration and Transformation

  And Jesus was transfigured before them, and his clothes became dazzling white, such as no one on earth could bleach them.     – Mark 9:2c-3  And all of us, with unveiled faces, seeing the glory of the Lord as though reflected in a mirror, are being transformed into the same image from one degree of glory to […]

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Try Again

There are moments that stick with you, moments that change your life. These moments are not necessarily major life events, though they can be. Sometimes extraordinary things happen in ordinary life circumstances. When I was in college and seminary, it was quite customary for a fellow student to give me the audio tape of a […]

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Prophetic Ministry

“But let justice roll down like waters, and righteousness like an ever-flowing stream.” – Amos 5:24   The very moment is preserved in history. The pillows are on the bed, covered with slightly disheveled white sheets and a tan bedspread. Dishes are on a side table, cleaned but returned to their location at the very time. […]

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