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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…

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…

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.