AuthorRev. Craig Ross

Senior Pastor
Rev. Craig Ross

I have always appreciated the positive perspective on life and faith that is here… the broad range of life/social/political perspectives in our congregation… and the staff with whom I am blessed to work.

Crossed Palms

(Please be aware that during the season of Lent, these weekly devotions will be arriving in your inbox on Tuesdays.) I see them a few dozen times a day … every time I walk in or out of my office.  They sit in a wicker wine bottle basket just inside the door to my office. …

Battling with Diabolos

I’ve never been in a true wilderness.  I’ve come close, I suppose.  When I was a student at Furman University in South Carolina back in the 70’s, there were places in neighboring Pickens County that were pretty remote and where people were few and far between.  Nature … and home-made moonshine stills  … ruled the…

Lent 1 Worship Preview

Jesus, full of the Holy Spirit, returned from the Jordan and was led by the Spirit in the wilderness, where for forty days he was tempted by the devil. He ate nothing at all during those days, and when they were over, he was famished. (Luke 4:1-2)  These forty days called Lent are like no other.…

Renunciation

(Please be aware that during the season of Lent, these weekly devotions will be arriving in your inbox on Tuesdays.) I mean, really … how often do you get to say these words … “I Renounce Them!”  You can’t say “I renounce them!” to the Girl Scout selling cookies outside of Walmart … you simply…

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Ash Wednesday

We start our journey through lent with Ash Wednesday worship this week on March 6 at 7:00am and 7:00pm. By the sweat of your face you shall eat bread until you return to the ground, for out of it you were taken; you are dust, and to dust you shall return. Genesis 3:19 Come to…

On the Mountaintop

New Day Sermon Transfiguration Sunday Mountaintops are magnificent places to be … just ask Peter, James and John, who were present at Jesus’ transfiguration. But eventually we have to come down from the mountaintop and serve as God’s people where they are. It is where God needs us … and where we need to be…

Receiving Mercy

OK, so who remembers hearing this phrase (or some form of it) … when you were a kid growing up as a kid.  “Treat others the way you want them to treat you.”  Go ahead, raise your hands … if you have heard this phrase or some variant of it growing up.  Yuppers.  Me, too. …

A Sanctuary of Flesh and Blood

“Lord, prepare me to be a sanctuary, Pure and holy, tried and true,With thanksgiving, I’ll be a living, Sanctuary for You.”   —-“Sanctuary”, by Randy Scruggs & John Thompson It is one of the most basic and common gestures … especially in church.  And act of humility … an act of forgiveness … and act of…

A Vision of Morning

We thank Brendan Armitage for serving as our guest devotioneer for this week’s devotional reflection. He was recently traveling by plane, and had this experience. “People look East and sing today.  The Lord of life is on His way…” One of the distressing things about flying East (and overnight), is that only a few short…