It’s October

It’s October: The changing of the seasons.  But this week it will be 90 degrees.  So much for the changing of the seasons!  Even though the temperatures are high this week, we have passed the autumnal equinox as our hemisphere slowly continues to tilt away from the sun.  It is becoming more apparent that there…

Christian Basics

This past Sunday, I shared in worship that sometimes we try to make the faith too complicated.  Using the Letter of James as a basis, we explored the essence of Christian Basics.  James assumes that we have faith, but implores us not just believe in Jesus, but to live out the faith.  During our devotional…

Going Solar: Love of God’s Creation

Just in the past week I have noticed changes in a field of corn that I pass on my drive to church.  The transformation has begun from dark green to golden.  It touches that part of my personality that loves God’s creation.  Last night, the half moon lit up the night sky so that you…

Be the Light

According to the Gospel of Mark, “Everyone is searching for Jesus.” But in our searching, live out the Three Great Loves: the love of children, the love of neighbor, and the love of creation.  I can imagine each of you, and our congregation being fully illuminated more often, closer to God more often, and understanding…

The Season of Epiphany

The season of Epiphany (God’s revealing in Jesus) helps the church understand why we need to be the church to the world.  The church of Jesus Christ is to be the light that reveals the Christ to the world through our actions.  God is calling us to a ministry of hospitality for all who are…

Lenten Journey

Lent begins tomorrow with Ash Wednesday.  Historically, the season of Lent began as an intensive final period of preparation for those catechumens (converts under training) who had been set apart, after considerable preparation, to be baptized at the Easter Vigil (which, in those days, was observed the Saturday before Easter and concluding with sunrise on…

Let The Children Come To Jesus

I have heard it said that our church is not very biblical.  Really? Jesus said: “Let the children come to me, do not hinder them; for to such belongs the realm of God.  Truly, I say to you, whoever does not receive the realm of God like a child shall not enter it.”  And Jesus…

Pentecost Renewal and Prayer

A Prayer at Pentecost (Use with your family, or, if you live alone, read the first aloud and the bold silently as if others are reading it aloud or singing as they surround you.) One: Creator God, who came to us as Jesus the Christ and who fills us with the Holy Spirit, breathe in…

Easter: Over or Just Starting

Easter is a marvelous day.  Lenten contemplation is over.  God’s newness is now proclaimed in Christ’s resurrection.  From contemplation to Death to Resurrection, God’s promises are proclaimed as fulfilled.  Yet let us never think of Easter as being over.  Easter faith is just beginning.  It is this new vision for life now and life eternal….