CategoryDevotions

Words of devotion shared by our rostered leaders and guests.

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…

Release the Alleluia!

If you were a fan of the movie The Clash of the Titans, you might remember one of the meme-worthy lines, “Release the Kracken!”  With those words the legendary squid like beast was unleashed upon the vulnerable sailors and ships within the vicinity of this powerful monster.  With much less fanfare, and with no sailors…

Love One Another

Our thanks to Brendan Armitage for this week’s devotion! A few Thursdays ago was Maundy Thursday, or Holy Thursday as it is to some.  It’s called Maundy in our tradition from the Latin mandatum.  Mandatum means “something commanded”, and comes from the Latin noun for “hand”, manus and the Latin verb “to give”, dare.  So, it’s personal.  It’s given to you and…

Lenten Loose Ends

(Please be aware that during the season of Lent, these weekly devotions will be arriving in your inbox on Tuesdays.) I do not understand my own actions. For I do not do what I want, but I do the very thing I hate. (Romans 7:15, NRSV) Yes, it is a bit sloppy.  I’m not talking…

Healing Waters

(Please be aware that during the season of Lent, these weekly devotions will be arriving in your inbox on Tuesdays.) I see him twice within a twenty-four hour period of time.  Each time, healing waters flow.  You might call me a crybaby.  Mea culpa.  But he has been a strong presence in my life.  I’ve…

Holy Mosh Pit

(Please be aware that during the season of Lent, these weekly devotions will be arriving in your inbox on Tuesdays.) Chaos … it looked like human chaos.  People all over the place … clots of three, four and seven people …different topics circulating in each group … loud laughter … all fueled by Anne’s cookies…