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Weekly devotions by email from our Pastors and guest devotioneers. New devotions are posted here and emailed every Monday morning.

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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…

The Little Palm Cross in My Hand

Email Devotion For Holy Week Many people spread their cloaks on the road, and others spread leafy branches that they had cut in the fields. (Mark 11:8) Church is over and I am collecting the leftover palms from the usher tables, so that I can wrap them up and save them for next year and…

The Blessing of an Egg Sandwich

Email Devotion Week Of Lent 5 By Brendan Armitage “Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance.” (James 1: 2-3) It’s buttery.  Just eggs and bread, mind you, but good quality of both, and fresh.  Somehow, in…

Fooling Yourself

EMAIL DEVOTION week of LENT 4 It is only our bad temper that we put down to being tired or worried or hungry; we put our good temper down to ourselves.   (C.S. Lewis from Mere Christianity) Oh so true … so very, very true …  isn’t that always the way?  We are quick to take…