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Weekly devotions by email from our Pastors and guest devotioneers. New devotions are posted here and emailed every Wednesday morning.

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Simple Gifts

I had my first (and only, as far as I can predict) Covid wedding this past weekend at St. Peter’s.  Just over twenty people … masks all around … social distance seating in the pews … and in the bridal party – the bride and groom were together, but the two attendants – the best…

The Masks We Wear

Years from now we will look back on this era with dismay. For one thing, it was the time of wearing masks. We will find a collection of masks we wore, stored away as symbolic artifacts of a strange time. Nothing new, actually – human beings have always worn masks – and always will –  Experts say…

Eggshells in Your Omelette

Our thanks to Brendan Armitage for writing this week’s devotion. “If we claim to be without sin, we deceive ourselves and the truth is not in us.” 1 John 1:8, NIV “You’ve got to crack a few eggs to make an omelette”.   Perhaps my son Ryan was a bit forceful with the cracking, as…

1968

We extend our thank you Brendan Armitage and this extremely thought-provoking and faithful email devotion. Thank you, Brendan. Romans 8:35-39 “Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall trouble or hardship or persecution or famine or nakedness or danger or sword? As it is written: “For your sake we face death all day long;…

Vladimir loved Vera

Our thanks to Brendan Armitage for offering this week’s devotion. For this is the love of God, that we keep his commandments.  And his commandments are not burdensome. ~~1 John 5:3 He wrote to her, about her, of her every day of his life.  So great was his love for her that he managed to…

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…