CategoryDevotions

Words of devotion shared by our rostered leaders and guests.

A Father’s Love

A father is neither an anchor to hold us back, nor a sail to take us there, but a guiding light whose love shows us the way.  (George Webster Douglas)  I write to you both as a son and a father and a grandfather who has been on both the receiving end and the giving…

Not Your Grandma’s Church

Nancy and I spent the past weekend with our son Justin and his wife Megan at their home in Frederick.  Come Sunday morning, Justin and I decided to try and surprise our former vicar Matthew Beers at one of the churches he serves in Thurmont, Maryland.  We drove up for the 8AM service and were…

So Many Reminders ….

I’m leaving the Intensive Care Unit yesterday afternoon after having spent some time with one of our church families that has a loved one in the ICU.  As I walk down the hall I pass a window that offers a lovely view of the southeast corner of Lancaster city, from the relatively high 6th floor…

Life Beyond Confirmation

Lord, it is time: we pray for our children.  Not only for them in their infancy, when disease or accident alone might harm them; not only for them in childhood, when their dreams begin and school is hard and our own discipline’s the hardest thing they must endure; not only for them in adolescence, when…

Death is Not the Final Word

Some of you know I am a bit of a poetry junkie.  I subscribe to a couple of poetry blogs … The Writer’s Almanac … Panhala … Poem of the Week.  They are all different. The Writer’s Almanac is my favorite, as it has the widest breadth of poems from classic to modern, from rhythmic…

What’s in a Name?

I ask that people make no reference to my name; let them call themselves Christians, not Lutherans. What is Luther? After all, the teaching is not mine. Neither was I crucified for anyone. (Martin Luther, 1522 treatise) The Ethiopian eunuch … I mean really … how often do you get to say those words in…

Fool’s Gold

 I want to know You/ I want to hear Your voice/ I want to know You more. I want to touch You/ I want to see Your face/ I want to know You more. “In the Secret” by Chris Tomlin — New Day Service song. Did you hear Mark Zuckerberg say last week that, “FaceBook…

Concerning a Dodge Caravan … and Hope

Email Devotion For The Week Of Easter 3 Rejoice in hope, be patient in suffering, persevere in prayer.   (Romans 12:12, NRSV) We were the only two people in the building who were crying … literally … the only two of the dozens of people surrounding us at the local CarMax showroom.  We were signing over the…

Jesus Christ Superstar Revisited

Email Devotion For The Week Of Easter 2 Then Judas Iscariot, who was one of the twelve, went to the chief priests in order to betray him to them. (Mark 14:10) A week ago Sunday, I gathered with nine and a half million of my best friends to watch Jesus Christ Superstar on NBC TV.  I have…

A Tale of Two Hugs

Email Devotion For The Week Following Easter Rather, let your adornment be the inner self with the lasting beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is very precious in God’s sight.     (1 Peter 3:4) God works in mysterious ways indeed.  Last week it was two hugs that I observed given and received by…