Give Thanks

The Message“I lift up my eyes to the mountains—

where does my help come from?

My help comes from the Lord,

the Maker of heaven and earth.”

-Psalm 121:1-2 (NIV)

This Sunday is one of the most important days in the entire Christian calendar: “Christ the King” Sunday. It’s a chance to affirm once more whose world this is, and just who we belong to as the church of Jesus Christ. Continue reading “Give Thanks”

How Long, O Lord?

The Message“I don’t understand, but I know my God does.” -Pastor Frank Pomeroy, First Baptist Church of Sutherland Springs, Texas

What can anyone say in the face of violence against the elderly… against children… against a church? I am a voracious reader of news. In the wake of any tragedy, this past Sunday’s tragedy, I refresh the news feed on my phone constantly. I listen to the radio, keep TV news on in the background, all in the hope understand what has taken place, why it happened, where there might be light and hope in the situation. This makes me both typical and also a part of the problem. Continue reading “How Long, O Lord?”

Take Time to Be Holy

The MessageI don’t know what your Thanksgiving looks like. If it’s like mine, it will be loud.

There are annual rituals to attend to for all of us, different but similar. Airport pickups. Inflating air mattresses. Recipes will be pulled out of binders for casseroles everyone loves yet, perplexingly, are only cooked at this one meal this one time of the year. It’s a blessing to be able to celebrate like this. I pray you all have a place to receive love and a warm meal next week. Continue reading “Take Time to Be Holy”

Remembrance and Forgiveness

The MessageI’ve got remembering on my mind this week. Today is Halloween, of course, the “Hallowed Evening” prior to “All Hallow’s Day” or “All Saints Day.” This is a time when we remember the faithful departed and share their hope for “the life of the world to come.”

I think of the people who shaped me and pray you take the time to reflect on those who have shaped you, too. Continue reading “Remembrance and Forgiveness”

You Are Invited!

The MessageIt’s never easy to ask for an invitation after you find out something is happening. There’s always the fear you may not have been invited for a reason. I know I’ve wanted to get the courage up to ask in the past… almost every time (almost) the lack of an invitation was an innocent oversight.

Still, we are the church, a community where all are invited to grow in faith, together. Would you believe there are FOUR events taking place in our church community this week? Continue reading “You Are Invited!”

Relationships Are a Means of Grace

The MessageFor those who are dipping a toe into the Wednesday evening small group beginning this Wednesday evening on The Marks of a Methodist, the phrase “means of grace” will become more and more familiar. This phrase points to tangible things like Holy Communion, fasting, and visiting with the sick where we can experience the “nearness of the Lord more fully.” To use Wesley’s language (itself the language of the early church), these are each “an outward sign of an inward grace.” Continue reading “Relationships Are a Means of Grace”