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So Many Reminders ….

I’m leaving the Intensive Care Unit yesterday afternoon after having spent some time with one of our church families that has a loved one in the ICU.  As I walk down the hall I pass a window that offers a lovely view of the southeast corner of Lancaster city, from the relatively high 6th floor…

Our Father ….

     EMAIL DEVOTION week of LENT 2 ‘Pray then in this way: Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name.  Your kingdom come. Your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven.  (Matthew 6:9-10) The end of the month often finds me finishing my home communion visits.  They are one of the blessings I enjoy in parish…

Generosity Grows from Gratitude

Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, give thanks in all circumstances! –1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 Would you like to be a more generous person, possessing a generous heart? Then try embracing gratitude as a spiritual practice. Since Thanksgiving is on the 23rd of this month, November is a great time to give it a try. Gratitude and…

Out of the Depths

EMAIL DEVOTIONAL WEEK OF Pentecost 17 Out of the depths I cry to you; O Lord God, hear me calling.  Incline your ear to my distress in spite of my rebelling.  Do not regard my sinful deeds.  Send me the grace my spirit needs; without it I am nothing.  (ELW Hymn 600) Like you, I find myself conflicted.  I am admittedly…

Easter 7 Sunday Preview

What does it mean to be one? Jesus offers a prayer to our Heavenly Father for our sake that we may be one. Holy Father, protect them in your name that you have given me, so that they may be one, as we are one. John 17:11 We’re called to be one by the God who gathers…

The Lutheran Rosary

EMAIL DEVOTIONAL Easter 3 Devote yourselves to prayer, keeping alert in it with thanksgiving.  (Colossians 4:2) In the past couple of weeks, I have had three members of our church ask me about rosary beads.  Two were former Roman Catholics … one was a person who has simply enjoys a variety of spiritual disciplines.  But…

Wake Up and Pray

Lent is a great time to engage in prayer practice, and we want to bring you a resource to help you in your prayer life. Wake up and pray with us! Each morning during the season of Lent you are welcomed to wake up and pray with us. If you are a Facebook user then you…

The Alphabet Prayer

EMAIL DEVOTIONAL LEnt 1 Guest Devotioneer Leigh Trayer “Be still, and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations; I will be exalted in the earth.”  (Psalm 46:10) A poor man found himself in a forest as night fell, and he had no prayer book to say his evening prayers. So he…

Pentecost 23 Preview

Are You a Faith Show-off?” But the tax collector, standing far off, would not even look up to heaven, but was beating his breast and saying, ‘God, be merciful to me, a sinner!’   (Luke 18:13) Genuine repentance and pretentious piety stand in stark contrast in the gospel and all around us.  All creation stands in…

Pentecost 22 Preview

Do You Pray Persistently? Then the man said, ‘You shall no longer be called Jacob, but Israel, for you have striven with God and with humans, and have prevailed.’  (Genesis 32:28) Pray always. Do not lose heart. This is the encouragement of the Christ of the gospel today. Persistence in our every encounter with the divine will be…