John the Baptist proclaimed that God’s work was not hindered by political intrigue and religious power plays.
We have celebrated Advent before and we think we have a pretty good idea what to expect, but we need to remember that Advent is about change and change is never limited by what has happened before.
It’s easy to be thankful on Thanksgiving, the trick is to remain thankful the other 364 days of the year.
Stewardship is not giving what is “mine” but rather sharing what is “ours.”
Like all churches, we are prone to “erratic changes of course, losing sight of our goals and to be becoming discouraged by the journey.” Yet, God continues to believe in us.
When we give thanks for the saints we pray that their memory will enliven and encourage us, that their memory will help us see Jesus.
We are so familiar with the words “saved by grace” that we don’t pause to consider their power or the courage it took for Martin Luther and other reformers to lift them up.
Almost every family faces questions of how to respond to mental illness. When we read the Bible we come to see that this is not a new reality.
Some serious discernment is required of us as we decide what it is that we should ‘”give to the emperor” and what it is that we should “give to God.”
A kid-friendly service of Communion celebrating World Communion Sunday.