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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. …

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…

How Does God Love the World?

Traditional sermon   lent 4 Grace be unto you, and peace, from God our Father, and from the Lord, Jesus Christ (1 Colossians 1:3). Let’s go back in time to the mid-1970s. And, yes, I’m talking about a little over 40 years ago. I was in high school. Disco, very wide ties, platform shoes, tacky…

Are you in denial?

“If any want to become my followers, let them deny themselves and take up their cross and follow me. For those who want to save their life will lose it, and those who lose their life for my sake, and for the sake of the gospel, will save it. –Mark 8:34-35 The second covenant in…

Looking for Crosses

EMAIL DEVOTIONAL PEntecost 3 For the message about the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God.  (1 Corinthians 1:18) I spoke about the image of the “cross” with our kiddos today  in this morning’s children’s sermons.  We looked for crosses in the sanctuary,…

Is Church Worth Your Time?

June 25, 2017 – 3rd Sunday after Pentecost Traditional Sermon- a dialogue between Sister Dottie Almoney and Janelle Almoney Why do you come to worship?  Is it really worth your time? D:      Janelle, did I ever tell you the story about a preacher who served a small country church.  Unfortunately his sermons were always very…

Epiphany 7 Preview

But I say to you, Do not resist an evildoer. But if anyone strikes you on the right cheek, turn the other also. (Matthew 5:39) In today’s first reading we hear, “You shall be holy, for I the Lord your God am holy.” Yet we know we cannot achieve perfection. Our attempts to love neighbors…