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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…

Lent 3 Sunday Preview

So he said to the gardener, ‘See here! For three years I have come looking for fruit on this fig tree, and still I find none. Cut it down! Why should it be wasting the soil?’ He replied, ‘Sir, let it alone for one more year, until I dig around it and put manure on…

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. …

Battling with Diabolos

I’ve never been in a true wilderness.  I’ve come close, I suppose.  When I was a student at Furman University in South Carolina back in the 70’s, there were places in neighboring Pickens County that were pretty remote and where people were few and far between.  Nature … and home-made moonshine stills  … ruled the…

Lent 1 Worship Preview

Jesus, full of the Holy Spirit, returned from the Jordan and was led by the Spirit in the wilderness, where for forty days he was tempted by the devil. He ate nothing at all during those days, and when they were over, he was famished. (Luke 4:1-2)  These forty days called Lent are like no other.…

Covenants

This month the people of St. Peter’s presented the story of Noah in song, dance, and spoken word. We worked hard on presenting a great production, but even more importantly, we learned about the story of Noah and the flood and what it means for us today. The flood story is really one of a…

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…

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Ash Wednesday

We start our journey through lent with Ash Wednesday worship this week on March 6 at 7:00am and 7:00pm. By the sweat of your face you shall eat bread until you return to the ground, for out of it you were taken; you are dust, and to dust you shall return. Genesis 3:19 Come to…

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Holistic Stewardship for Lent

For centuries Lutherans have observed Lent with passionate devotion and prayerful attention to spiritual disciplines. These faith practices strengthen our souls and open our hearts to the resurrected Christ at Easter. This year, try developing a sense of holistic stewardship for your life. Stewardship, of course, looks at how we use not just our financial…

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…