Posts from March 2015

Posts from March 2015

It was those who were the last to give up hope, who were the first to see

The stories of Holy Week and Easter are retold year after year, usually to congregations that are swelled  beyond their usual numbers. Hence, the Passion and Resurrection narratives are some of the most familiar of all. So, here’s a little Holy Week “Pop Quiz” to test how well you have been paying attention all these years. This is an open book test, so feel free to consult your Bibles. What group of people stayed with Jesus the longest when he…

“Return to God with all your heart.”

Our theme for Lent this year is “Return to God with all your heart.” God’s “wholehearted” love is available to us through grace. But there are parts of our hearts that we withhold from God. Lent is the season to be mindful of what you might be giving your heart to, instead of giving it all to God. Throughout Lent there will be ash grey paper hearts available for you to take and use to identify the pieces of your…

Your Church in 60 Seconds

The Joy of Obedient Worship   “Free us for joyful obedience.” You may recognize that phrase as part of the congregational prayer that we pray just before we celebrate communion. That prayer describes why you and I exist: joyful  obedience. You and I exist to worship. The more we realize that, the more we approach the experience of pure joy. Tithing and giving has less to do with money than with freedom. Tithing is not about percentages. Tithing and giving are…