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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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Covid Discipleship

I spend the morning mostly alone in my office at church, where I type, read a commentary in preparation for the Sunday sermon, answer emails, and participate in a mercifully short Zoom meeting.  The time passes quickly.  I have a couple of cups of coffee which springs me from the solitary confinement of my office,…

Second Grade Teachers

I’m standing behind my grandson, watching his iPad screen over his shoulder.  The picture that heads today’s devotion is not what I saw … but put the kiddos in a Zoom screen and it could have been.  I was watching his 2nd grade math class as he Zoomed in from our home.  His mom’s friend…

The Eyes of St. Francis

If you have men who will exclude any of God’s creatures from the shelter of compassion and pity, you will have men who will deal likewise with their fellow men.   –Francis of Assisi (circa 1182-1226) Compassion and pity are not the soup of the day in the social buffet that is life in America these…

Right Before My Eyes

For I know that my Redeemer lives, and that at the last he will stand upon the earth; and after my skin has been thus destroyed, then in my flesh I shall see God. Job 19:25-26 I’m making a communion visit yesterday with one of our church members under hospice care.  She has led a…

Faithful Tardigrades

For in hope we were saved. Now hope that is seen is not hope. For who hopes for what is seen? ~~ Romans 8:24, NRSV Are you a Cosmos fan?  Will you watch the new “Possible Worlds” premier (Season 3 of the Cosmos franchise) on Fox tonight?  (Maybe you already caught it on the Nat. Geo. Channel where it has aired…

Different But the Same

Our thanks go out to Adam Lefever Hughes for offering this weeks’ devotion. Justin the Martyr, a 2nd-century convert to Christianity wrote some of the earliest accounts we have of how early Christians conducted their worship. He writes: “And on the day called Sunday, all who live in cities or in the country gather together…

Labor

Therefore, my beloved, be steadfast, immovable, always excelling in the work of the Lord, because you know that in the Lord your labor is not in vain. —1 Corinthians 15.58 We find ourselves less than a week away from Labor Day, the federal holiday that is just over 135 years old … created to celebrate…

Hope in the Face of Death

I know we often lose, and that the death or destruction of another is infinitely more real and unbearable than one’s own.  I think I know how many times one has to start again, and how often one feels that one cannot start again.  And yet, on pain of death, one can never remain where…

Seed Sowing

Still other seed fell on good soil, where it produced a crop—a hundred, sixty or thirty times what was sown. ~~Matthew 13:8 One of the blessings of being a pastor in a healthy and vibrant church community, is that I occasionally get the chance to “overhear” stories about people doing modest things that have a…

Sticking to the Edges …

We extend our thanks to Brendan Armitage for providing this week’s email devotion. He saved us—not by works of righteousness that we had done, but according to His mercy, through the washing of regeneration and renewal by the Holy Spirit.  Titus 3:5.   “Smash the cucumber a few times with the back of your knife…