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Five Means of Grace, Prayer

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Let us pray: O God, may the words of my mouth and the meditations of our hearts be pleasing and acceptable in your sight; for you are our strength and our redeemer. Amen. In the spring of 2000, I graduated with a Master’s Degree in Communication Science and Disorders and moved back home to begin […]

Them presented 1/19/2020

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Today is designated by the United Methodist Church as Human Relations Sunday, a decision undoubtedly resulting from its proximity in time to the birthday of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. The subject of Human Relations is extremely broad, encompassing a wide variety of issues and challenges. As I prepared to speak with this devout […]

Means of Grace, Searching Scripture

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Let us pray: May the words of my mouth and the meditations of our hearts be pleasing and acceptable to you, O Lord. For you are our strength and our redeemer. Amen. A pastor once told a story of someone needing to find comfort from the Word of God but uncertain how to begin or […]

Five Means of Grace

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O God, may the words of my mouth and the meditations of our hearts be pleasing and acceptable to you, our strength and our redeemer. Amen. What do you think about when you hear the word, church? Does your mind wander back to the first place you called church? Do you remember the folks in […]

Matthew 3:13-17

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Let us pray: O God may the words of my mouth and the meditations of our hearts be pleasing and acceptable to you; for you are our strength and our redeemer. Amen. “As [Jesus] came up from the water, suddenly the heavens were opened to him and he saw the Spirit of God descending like […]

John 1:1-18

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Let us pray: Holy and mysterious God, you hold all things and all people in your care. Through your mercy and grace, you have revealed your love for us through your Son Jesus. We confess that we have not always recognized nor accepted the love freely offered to us. We pray that we might more […]

Politics and Religion

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As we just completed our local elections and we contemplate the 2020 national elections, which are already becoming increasingly pervasive in our thoughts and the daily news, it seems appropriate that we consider how our Christianity affects our role in politics. The relationships between our religions and our governments, often referred to as “church and […]

Isaiah 7:1-16

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Let us pray: Holy and loving God, in the midst of city sidewalks dressed in holiday style, and the festive parties in which we exchange gifts and wear our ugly Christmas sweaters, we are longing for something more. We are longing for the presence of Immanuel—of God with Us. As we await the birth of […]

Isaiah 35:1-10

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Let us pray: We will enter your gates with thanksgiving in our hearts; we will enter your courts with praise! We will say, “This is the day the Lord has made.” We will rejoice for You have made us glad. God, we confess that we find ourselves in the midst of the messiness of life. […]

Isaiah 11:1-10

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Let us pray: Holy and Loving God, where can we go to get away from your Spirit? Where could we go to escape your presence? If we went up to heaven, you would be there. If we went down to the grave, you would be there, too. If we could fly on the wings of […]