CategoryDevotions

Words of devotion shared by our rostered leaders and guests.

A Rainy Baptism

We again thank Brendan Armitage for providing this week’s devotion. Make sure to tune in next week for another guest devotion by Jill Emmert. Galatians 3:26 — “So in Christ Jesus you are all children of God through faith, for all of you who were baptized into Christ have clothed yourselves with Christ.” Have you ever…

Morning Has Broken

Mine is the sunlight, Mine is the morning Born of the one light Eden saw play Praise with elation, praise ev’ry morning God’s recreation of the new day. (Morning Has Broken, Verse 3) This past Sunday morning as I was listening to the three Emmert brothers sing “Morning Has Broken” as an offertory anthem, I…

Vacation Eyes

We extend our thanks to Brendan Armitage for providing this week’s devotion. “I am the Lord your God, who brought you out of Egypt, out of the land of slavery.” Exodus 20:2 Pedro greets you from somewhere “South of the border”…. I’m not referring to our national border, of course, but simply the area of…

Mary Magdalene, Apostle?

   It’s at the end that she comes into focus most clearly.  She was one of the women who was there in the background when he was being crucified – she had more guts than most of them had – and she was also one of the ones who was there when they put what…

Rev. Craig Ross
That Still, Small Voice

It was one of those surreal moments, when I should have been prepared for the light touch of God’s hand upon the world.  Instead, my ignorance required a more blatant slap upside the head, so as to get my attention. I was making a home communion visit to one of our homebound members in a…

Lightbulb Witnessing

It doesn’t look like much, does it?  Its just a halogen light bulb that along with a couple of its friends, helped to back light the Luther Rose stained glass window on the sanctuary wall, at the back of our altar area up until a couple of months ago.  It would set you back two…

God is Still Good

This week’s devotion is written by Emily, a student at Pepperdine University.  This devotion was offered by one of our church staff members yesterday at our all-staff meeting.  It came to us through an extended family member who is Emily’s teacher. Yesterday was the one-month mark. Almost exactly a month ago I was trapped in…

Memorial Day & Memories

Do not grieve for me too much.  I am a spirit confident of my rights.  Death is only an incident, & not the most important which happens to us in this state of being.  ~~~ Winston Churchill (from a letter to his wife, “In the event of my death…”) This week I will take my…

Confirmation Revisited

This Sunday is the day of your confirmation.  On your own two legs, in your own voice, independently and publicly and according to your own sole faith, you will declare that Jesus is your Lord and Savior.  I won’t say it for you this time, nor with you, nor to you.  You, child, will confess…

In Between

The ancient Druids are said to have taken a special interest in in-between things like mistletoe, which is neither quite a plant nor quite a tree, and mist, which is neither quite rain nor quite air, and dreams which are neither quite waking nor quite sleep.  They believed that in such things as those they…