ADVENT CANDLE LIGHTING: Reader One: These are the words of the prophet Malachi: Look, I am sending my messenger who will clear the path before me; suddenly the Lord whom you are seeking will come to his temple. The messenger of the covenant in whom you take delight is coming, says the Lord of heavenly forces.... Continue Reading →
ADVENT CANDLE LIGHTING: Reader One: The prophet Jeremiah spoke these words to us: The time is coming, declares the Lord, when I will fulfill my gracious promise with the people of Israel and Judah. In those days and at that time, I will raise up a righteous branch from David's line, who will do what is... Continue Reading →
I’m sharing a beautiful story from a beautiful woman I met only once. But thanks to the world of social media, I have been able to follow her ministry and she mine. This is a part of her story I’m hearing for the first time, but it touches my soul deeply. Thank you, Hannah, for sharing!
The knit rainbow stole lay warm and heavy across my black clergy robe as I stood in the pulpit of my aunt’s Presbyterian church in West Chester, Pennsylvania. I looked out into the congregation from the pulpit, and down into the eyes of my young cousins, nieces, and nephews. I told them that the rainbow stole my aunt had knit was – at the same time – both the heaviest and the lightest weight that had ever been placed upon my shoulders.
Days earlier, I was in the air somewhere between Houston and Philadelphia when my aunt passed away. Rushing to be at her side, I had gotten there too late. I landed in the arms of her son, my cousin Jeff, who took me from the airport back to her house. Now, he and I, the two ordained pastors of the family, shared the pulpit and this…
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CALL TO WORSHIP (Based on Psalm 24) Who shall climb to the top of the Lord's mountain? Those who know that the Earth is the Lord's. Everything in the Earth and all the people who dwell upon the Earth are the Lord's. And who shall stand in God's holy place? Those who do not bow... Continue Reading →
CALL TO WORSHIP: God has been generous with us! Let us worship our Generous God. The richness of the land around us, the abundance of the fall harvest, the beauty of the changing seasons are all reminders that God has withheld nothing from us. Let us worship our Generous God. The hope which burns in... Continue Reading →
CALL TO WORSHIP: Who needs pots of gold when the leaves of autumn are hues of the most perfect gold? We need only the God who has painted the canvas of fall! Who needs lottery tickets and wistful dreams of riches beyond comprehension? We have been given all that we need. Let us... Continue Reading →
I was sitting at the Greyhound station in Portland, Oregon, waiting on the bus that would carry me back to Boise. Having grown tired of word searches and crossword puzzles, I turned to my phone and opened the Re-imagining The Examen app I frequently use as a guide for my evening prayer and devotion time.... Continue Reading →