CategoryDevotions

Words of devotion shared by our rostered leaders and guests.

Lenten Loose Ends

(Please be aware that during the season of Lent, these weekly devotions will be arriving in your inbox on Tuesdays.) I do not understand my own actions. For I do not do what I want, but I do the very thing I hate. (Romans 7:15, NRSV) Yes, it is a bit sloppy.  I’m not talking…

Healing Waters

(Please be aware that during the season of Lent, these weekly devotions will be arriving in your inbox on Tuesdays.) I see him twice within a twenty-four hour period of time.  Each time, healing waters flow.  You might call me a crybaby.  Mea culpa.  But he has been a strong presence in my life.  I’ve…

Holy Mosh Pit

(Please be aware that during the season of Lent, these weekly devotions will be arriving in your inbox on Tuesdays.) Chaos … it looked like human chaos.  People all over the place … clots of three, four and seven people …different topics circulating in each group … loud laughter … all fueled by Anne’s cookies…

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. …

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…

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…

Repentance Made Visible

“It only takes a spark, to get a fire going.”  Pass It On, Kurt Kaiser, composer It is late in the evening, minutes shy of midnight, and two dozen of us are gathered in front of the old stone fireplace.  We hear some words of Scripture and offer up some prayers to God … we…

God’s Humble Pie

Are not all angels ministering spirits sent to serve those who will inherit salvation? (Hebrews 1:14, NRSV) A couple of weeks ago I was visiting one of our homebound members in a nursing facility that is not very high on my list of “good” homes.”  We have had members who have been residents there for…

This Is My Body

I’m a bit mortified.  We’re taking communion out of Dixie cups.  Dixie cups with sea creatures on them, to boot.  (When I headed over to my morning home communion visit I forgot to refresh my stock of plastic communion cups in my communion kit.)  So … as take out the elements to prepare Holy Communion…