Lydia’s House is a community of faithful Christians, striving together towards our vision of being a demonstration plot of God’s beloved community, a home where people of all walks of life can grow toward wholeness.  One way we live out this vision is through monthly worship with friends, supporters, guests, and core community members.  Thanks be to God!  We welcome you to please join us for the next month’s worship on Sunday, August 24 at 5 pm at Lydia’s House.  We will celebrate the Feast of St. Lydia (Acts 16) with a Catholic Mass.  Fr. Dan Hartnett, S.J., will preside.  Bellarmine Chapel’s young adult group, Poco a Poco, will help host this event and also graciously provide music.

Here’s a look back at some of the highlights of worship in our community in 2014.

In January we celebrated the Episcopal feast of St. Lydia as a joyful celebration of God’s grace in moving Lydia’s House towards readiness for guests.  We were at Calvary Church in Clifton.

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In March, we celebrated our House Dedication in preparation for the first guests who moved in during the month of April.  Josh Stoxen, pastor at Vineyard Central, led us in prayer.  What a powerful time of thanksgiving for the blessings and bounty that make Lydia’s House possible!

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In April we celebrated a Catholic Mass with the Bellarmine community.  Together, we celebrated the liturgical season of Easter and had a bountiful potluck in the backyard afterward.

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In May we celebrated Mothers Day outside with a prayer of thanksgiving for our mothers and our earth, as the Lydia’s House garden was installed with the leadership of Erin Lockridge.  Lately, we have been enjoying summer’s bounty from this fruitful garden: radishes, basil, and onions all made it into dinner last night!

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In June we celebrated ends and beginnings with a  Service of Blessing and Communal Sending.  Board member Rev. Jane Gersden presided over this prayer and Agape meal.  Core community member Elizabeth Coyle professed publicly her commitment to Lydia’s House, and the whole community gave their blessings and prayers to former board member Andrea Bardelmeier and former Floral House intern Hillary Wolkan as both moved on and away from Cincinnati.

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In July we celebrated the Feast of Mary Magdalene with our friends from the Resurrection Community, with Rev. Debra Meyers leading our prayer service.  Attendance was upwards of 40 people, and we prayed in gratitude for the witness of Mary Magdalene, the Apostle to the Apostles and a woman who has historically been misunderstood and marginalized.

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Looking forward to seeing you at the August worship!  If you have questions about our monthly worship, contact Elizabeth at elizabeth@stlydiashouse.org