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PRESENCE and GUIDANCE

Through the ages, especially in times of difficulty, people have sought after God’s presence and guidance. Each week in this series, we will be reflecting on a different Bible passage, as we seek a deeper understanding of God’s presence and guidance in our lives during this time. We invite you to join us.

October 26, 2020

October 19, 2020 – All the Roots Grow Deeper When It’s Dry

In today’s reflection, we reflect on how our lives can grow during difficult times. The musician David Wilcox has a song, “All the Roots Grow Deeper When It’s Dry.” During times of dryness and difficulty, the roots of our hearts and souls can grow deeper, in search of nourishing water. Our practice of silence can support this growth.

October 12, 2020 – The Indwelling of the Holy Spirit

In today’s reflection, we reflect on what our tradition has referred to as the “indwelling of the Holy Spirit.” God’s own Spirit dwells in each of us – individually and collectively – and is available to us, to guide and lead us. This indwelling is especially beneficial and helpful when we are going through times of challenge, loss, or conflict.

October 5, 2020 – Calm in the Storm

In today’s Message, we reflect on Jesus’ capacity to be at rest, even in the midst of a storm (e.g., Mark 4:35-41). Jesus lives from a still place, at the center of his being, a place of total security in all situations. The name for that place is “faith.” We are invited to live from that place, as well.

September 28, 2020

September 21, 2020

In today’s message, we reflect together on the reality of grief. Even though many of us may try to avoid grief, it is a normal and natural part of human existence. When we are living through times of significant loss, such as the time we are living through now, we can expect to undergo grief, and by the grace of Jesus Christ, we may expect to be comforted by the Lord.

September 14, 2020

In today’s message, we hear the message – given us in the 12-step movement, the movie “Frozen,” the Zac Brown Band, the letter to the Philippians and more – to let go. This message can be tough for many of us to follow, even as we sense that it may hold the promise of new life for us.”

September 7, 2020

In today’s message, we reflect together on the changing face of Christianity around the world, especially in the global south, drawing the church towards the experience of Revelation 7:9: “There was a great multitude that no one could count, from every nation, from all tribes and peoples and languages.”

August 24, 2020

August 17, 2020

August 10, 2020

August 3, 2020

July 27, 2020

In today’s Monday Message, entitled Justice, Kindness, Humility we spend some time with Micah 6:8, the Scripture passage on the new banners on the church’s front lawn. We talk about how ‘doing justice’ and ‘loving kindness’ can be mistakenly seen as opposites, between which we have to choose. But the Lord calls us to do both of them. This Scripture text can become a guiding thread for us in our lives today.

July 20, 2020

July 13, 2020

In today’s Monday Message, entitled Filled With the Holy Spirit, we notice the way that we can feel “out of breath” at times, given the various pressures of our lives and our world. The earliest disciples also lived under enormous pressure, and Luke-Acts describes how they were “filled with the Holy Spirit,” which enabled them to live with strength, grace, and courage. God wants to fill us with the Holy Spirit, too; we need to make ourselves available to be filled with the Spirit/Breath of God. When we do that, we will have all the breath we need.

July 6, 2020

In today’s Monday Message, entitled Bumpy Ride, Safe Landing, we face the fact that turbulence is part of our lives, in lots of different ways.  We do not need to be afraid of that, because God is active within the turbulence, guiding us where God wants us to go.

June 29, 2020

June 22, 2020

In today’s Monday Message, we’ll reflect on the theme – present throughout the Bible and articulated by Jesus – that “the last will be first, and the first will be last.” What does this mean for us in our world and in our lives today?

June 15, 2020

Love God. Love Neighbor. Love Yourself.
Spirituality and social justice are connected. Spirituality is never disconnected from our relationships with other people. Jesus teaches us that how we love God is intimately related to how we love our neighbors. It’s all connected.

June 8, 2020

June 1, 2020

Letting Ourselves Lament – Lamentations 1:1-3
Healthy spirituality is always honest spirituality – honest about what’s going on in our lives. When it feels as though the losses are piling up around us, we need to grieve those losses. But many of us don’t really know how to do that, and we may even think that we’re not supposed to get sad. The Bible can help us with this, with the biblical practice of lamentation.

May 25, 2020

May 18, 2020

Separated, But Still the Church – 1 Thessalonians 2:17

One of the really tough things about this time is being separated and distant from those we care about. In today’s Monday Message, we’ll take a look at one of the passages from the New Testament when the Apostle Paul was separated from people in the churches he helped to start, but that didn’t keep them from being the church. The same holds true for us today. We are separated, but we are still engaged in the mission of the church.

May 11, 2020

Today we’re looking at a little text that can sometimes get overlooked – Mark 3:13-16. It teaches us how the simple act of ‘being with Jesus’ makes the rest of our work and ministry possible. Being with Jesus may be ‘simple,’ but it can be so easy to skip over!”

May 4, 2020

April 27, 2020

When You Walk Through Fire – Isaiah 43:1-3

Today we are looking at Isaiah 43:1-3, where God addresses people living through a time of exile with words of redemption.

April 20, 2020

April 13, 2020

April 6, 2020

March 30, 2020