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Only one thing

“Martha, Martha, you are worried and distracted by many things; there is need of only one thing.” Reflecting on the challenges of the modern-day Parenting Juggling Act, the assault of the entertainment and marketing industries, and the slipping-sliding-ever-changing landscape of the institutional church, this blog journeys through the headlines, the hurry and headaches to re-discover the ‘one thing’ of which our Saviour speaks.


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Martha Tatarnic
Martha Tatarnic serves as the rector of St. George’s Anglican Church in St. Catharines. Her focus in congregational leadership has been in empowering justice initiatives and outreach in the small church, starting a new service, the possibilities and potentials of Anglican-Lutheran partnership, and forming disciples through the power of music.

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God reveals and promises the possibility of extraordinary change: replacing our hearts of stone with hearts of flesh, transforming our instinct for self-preservation with an instinct instead for God’s love.


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In juggling a life full of responsibilities, as in facing illness, the only way out of the circles is in realizing that being stronger isn’t going to get me through. I need to figure out the hope inherent in being weak.


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In the Christian faith, an icon is understood as a window to God. Icons aren’t painted, they are written by the prayer of the iconographer, the icon then becoming an invitation to those who see it to draw closer to God.


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