CategoryDevotions

Words of devotion shared by our rostered leaders and guests.

Out of the Depths

EMAIL DEVOTIONAL WEEK OF Pentecost 17 Out of the depths I cry to you; O Lord God, hear me calling.  Incline your ear to my distress in spite of my rebelling.  Do not regard my sinful deeds.  Send me the grace my spirit needs; without it I am nothing.  (ELW Hymn 600) Like you, I find myself conflicted.  I am admittedly…

The Blessing of Spiders

EMAIL DEVOTIONAL Pentecost 16 All the paths of the Lord are steadfast love and faithfulness, for those who keep his covenant and his decrees.            (Psalm 25:10) The Spider‘s Web The spider dropping down from a twig Unfolds a plan of her devising A thin premeditated rig To use in rising.…

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NOTE — please be aware that starting next week (on September 27th), this weekly devotion will start posting on Wednesday mornings.  As we strive to find the right posting balance between the variety of weekly events that air on our website, it seems to make the most sense for us to move the “airing” of…

Yet Another Guest at Our Table

EMAIL DEVOTIONAL Pentecost 13 (Our thanks to our guest devotionerr, Mary Ann Frontz) When he was at the table with them, he took bread, blessed and broke it, and gave it to them. (Luke 24:30) Two weekend’s ago in the email devotion, Pastor Ross shared a poem “Perhaps the World Ends Here” written by Joy Harjo.  This…

Ordinary Discipleship

EMAIL DEVOTIONAL Pentecost 12 In a large house there are utensils not only of gold and silver but also of wood and clay, some for special use, some for ordinary. (2 Timothy 2:20) I share this poem as a part of yesterday’s sermon that ended up being left on the cutting room floor — an editorial…

Let There Be Light

EMAIL DEVOTIONAL Pentecost 11 God said, ‘Let there be light’; and there was light. And God saw that the light was good. (Genesis 1:3-4a) [My sincere thanks to Brendan Armitage, who offered these thoughts in an email correspondence with me, and who allowed me to share them with you as a devotion, at my prompting.  When…

A Mug With Your Name On It

EMAIL DEVOTIONAL PEntecost 10 Now we have received not the spirit of the world, but the Spirit that is from God, so that we may understand the gifts bestowed on us by God. (1 Corinthians 2:12) So tell me, do you need a coffee cup to know that you are alive?  No, of course not. …

Tangled Roots

EMAIL DEVOTIONAL PEntecost 7 A shoot shall come out from the stock of Jesse, and a branch shall grow out of his roots.  (Isaiah 11:1) I could not tell where one root started and another finished.  It just looked like a convoluted mess of intertwining branches.  We were hiking in Swallow Falls State Park on vacation,…

The Best Answer Ever

EMAIL DEVOTIONAL PEntecost 8 Again, the kingdom of heaven is like a merchant in search of fine pearls; on finding one pearl of great value, he went and sold all that he had and bought it. (Matt. 13:45-46) It was a simple Children’s Sermon at New Day.  The question was intended to elicit responses like “my…