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;…

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…

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“Did You Happen to Find Your Keys?”

There’s a set of keys offered to us in today’s gospel text that we (and the disciples) are challenged to find: the key to knowing peace rather than fear, the key to being able to trust another person, and the key to offering forgiveness. Finding the keys to discipleship is a necessary step in our quest to travel down the road.

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Blessed is the True Judge

Baruch dayan ha’emet ברוך אתה ה’ אלוהינו מלך העולם, דיין האמת It is the phrase that is spoken among Jews when a fellow Jewish person dies.  Translated it means “Blessed is the true judge.”  A fuller version of the phrase is “Barukh atah Adonai Eloheinu melekh ha’olam, dayan ha-emet” which means “Blessed are You, Lord,…

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That Still, Small Voice

We thank Cindy Stauffer, our guest devotional provider this morning. I’m not sure what to call these encounters: God moments? Angels unaware? Divine intervention?  Has it ever happened to you? A chance meeting that commands you to stop, listen and pay attention. Someone is trying to “tell you” something. The universe is tapping you on the…

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I Need a Holy Night

traditional sermon    Christmas Eve 11 For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, which is Christ the Lord. (Luke 2:11, KJV) I find it ironic that during a season that is centered upon peace on earth … the peace brought by God … and the peace of a holy…

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A Mother’s Love

Traditional Sermon Pentecost 11 The other night my husband and I were sitting around and Erik was reading some quotes about parenthood. Several of them came from the actor Ryan Reynolds who has a thing or two to say about this crazy thing called parenting. Some of his more famous quotes include:  And this one:…