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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…

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…

When Love Shows Up

Our Gospel reading includes one of the most well known and cherished Bible verses of all time. In 27 words, the message of God’s good news…the entirety of God’s work in Jesus is shared. It usually takes me much more than 27 words to say anything of value. And yet here is the story of…

Lent 2 Worship Preview

So don’t be so surprised when I tell you that you have to be ‘born from above’—out of this world, so to speak. You know well enough how the wind blows this way and that. You hear it rustling through the trees, but you have no idea where it comes from or where it’s headed…

Commitments

I have a lot of reminders in my life…mainly reminders for commitments I’ve made.  When I get down to the kitchen in the morning the first thing I say is “Ok Google, good morning” and my Google home device says, “Good morning Sarah…you have 3 meetings today (and then proceeds to tell me what and…

Saints for All

New Day Sermonall Saints Sunday The saints we cherish are a far bigger community that simply those we have loved who have died in this world. We who still walk the earth are all “living saints” too. Join us for a broader consideration of “sainthood” as we engage some voices from the past who have…

Pentecost 3 Worship Preview

“ For you were called to freedom, brothers and sisters; only do not use your freedom as an opportunity for self-indulgence, but through love become slaves to one another. For the whole law is summed up in a single commandment, “You shall love your neighbor as yourself.”  (Galatians 5:13-14)  We have no good apart from God. That…

Vicar Nancy Brody
Regard for Suffering

“We must learn to regard people less in light of what they do or omit to do, and move in light of what they suffer.” Dietrich Bonhoeffer
This quote reminds me everyday of Christ’s compassion and consideration for all parties, which is why it hangs where I must see it.

Always

How excited I was to find two apps that would really come in handy. One was a sleep timer for music and the other was a fitness monitor. As it turned out, I never installed either one. I could not accept the terms and conditions of use. In today’s passage, Jesus asks for obedience (willingness to accept God’s terms) in order for us to gain the most benefit from the presence of God’s Holy Spirit. It’s absolutely free.

Vicar Nancy Brody
If……………, and [then]…

Jesus replied, “If anyone loves me, they will obey [keep] my word, and my Father will love them, and [then] we will come to them and take up residence with [remain in] them. The person who does not love me does not obey [keep] my words.” John 14: 23-24 A reply that begins with the…