CategoryDevotions

Words of devotion shared by our rostered leaders and guests.

This Is Your House

There are many rooms in my Father’s house, and I am going to prepare a place for you.  ~~ John 14:2 (TEV) I’m in a meeting … Zoom, of course … and one of the other attendees agrees to open the meeting with prayer.  I always enjoy hearing others pray … there are a myriad…

You Plan, God Laughs

Our thanks to Brendan Armitage for writing this week’s devotion. We just don’t know much, do we?  We’ve heard cries of “fake news”.  We’ve been told that the pandemic may be over…or not.  That business may reopen soon…or not.  That the college my son intends to matriculate at this Fall may start him on his…

The Disembodied Body

Jesus said to him, “Have you believed because you have seen me? Blessed are those who have not seen and yet have come to believe.” ~~~ John 20:29   I look each person in the face … striving to make eye contact … doing my very best to communicate warmth and receptivity … and yearning…

Smiling through the Eyes

Our thanks go out to Brendan Armitage for writing this week’s devotion! “And behold a leper came to him [Jesus] and knelt before him, saying, “Lord, if you will, you can make me clean.” ~~~Matthew 8:2 Medical mask.  Surgical mask.  Clown mask.  Bandana.  Scarf.  Home-made mask by a grandma down the street… we’re all living…

A Prayer from Babel

From the start I will admit that this devotion has been shaped by this past Sunday’s Crosspoints adult education class, which tackled the topic of “Exile” using the lens of a short video from The Bible Project. (A plug for this delightful site where two guys, some deep faith, and lots of adept keyboard strikes…

The Thin Blue Line

Editor’s note … our guest devotioneer this week, Brendan Armitage, sent me this devotion a couple of months ago, suggesting that it could be used “anytime”. It was not connected to a particular church season or holiday. He said I could use it when I needed a week off. I instead, wanted to find the…

Crown of Thorns

And they clothed him in a purple cloak; and after twistingsome thorns into a crown, they put it on him. Mark 15:17 (NRSV) It is just a few metal rods … an unadorned base … and what looks to me like a piston ring housing for a small motor, that has been cut into pieces. …

Baked; Not Broiled

We extend our thanks to Brendan Armitage for offering this week’s devotion. “There is no fear in love, but perfect love casts out fear. For fear has to do with punishment, and whoever fears has not been perfected in love.” 1 John 4:18 It was a recipe for a Sicilian-style pizza.  It had come out…

Words from the Cyber-Wilderness

I thank my God every time I remember you, constantly praying with joy in every one of my prayers for all of you, because of your sharing in the gospel from the first day until now. I am confident of this, that the one who began a good work among you will bring it to completion by the…

A Brave New World

We are afflicted in every way, but not crushed; perplexed, but not driven to despair; persecuted, but not forsaken; struck down, but not destroyed; always carrying in the body the death of Jesus, so that the life of Jesus may also be made visible in our bodies. For while we live, we are always being given up to…