Our current sermon series about faith sharing has officially begun. Before we can share our faith, we need to figure out what that faith actually is. These exercises are offered as a means to gain clarity about one’s own walk with God. The task for this week is to pick ONE of these three exercises … More Do Tell . . . God’s Great Reveal, Exercises for May 6-12
I don’t know why I didn’t share the Fred Craddock story about stars yesterday in my sermon. We gave out stars in church for Epiphany and each star had a significant word written on it. The idea of the “star words” is that you have a word, you live with it for a year, and … More Star-Telling
There’s a Paul Simon song in his more recent repertoire called “Wristband,” about how he once got locked out of a club where he was playing. He had stepped out of the back door to smoke and check his phone and heard the door click behind him. He knew it meant he had to walk … More “Wristband, My Man . . . “
This Lent, First Christian Church has been blessed with an exhibit by artist Carolyn DiGiovanni called “The Journey to the Cross.” Today, we continue to explore this exhibit by looking at another of DiGiovanni’s crosses–this one hanging from our pulpit in our sanctuary. This cross is called The Message of the Cross. Here is the … More The Message of the Cross
This Lent, First Christian Church has been blessed with an exhibit by artist Carolyn DiGiovanni called “The Journey to the Cross.” It is a collection of crosses of various shapes and colors and sizes on the walls of our sanctuary. Now, each cross has a corresponding meditative thought hanging near it–well, each except one. There … More Forgiveness in Black and White
It was at an art show that I sang my heart out. Funny, as I look back at it, I think that was the point of the evening. We envisioned these art shows to be opportunities to meet people we didn’t know and get to figure out what we have in common with them, to … More The Impossible Dream
A few weeks ago, Steve Clifton had planned on using these words as a communion meditation at the Table. While he didn’t use them, he wanted to share them. So enjoy the litany shared here . . . And give thanks for those saints who have shown us the way . . . via A … More All Saints’ Day Meditation–a few weeks late!
Phil Bauer is a church member who is currently serving time in the Federal Correctional Institution in Okdale, LA. As he is developing in his faith and seeking ways to serve God, I asked him to share a reflection with us about Communion. As we approach World Communion Sunday (October 1), consider our brothers and … More Thoughts About Communion from a Brother Far Away
For a few weeks, people have come together in unity. They came together in Texas after Hurricane Harvey left its mark. They came together as Florida prepared for Hurricane Irma. They watched together in horror as wildfires raged in Montana, they came together to support people after an earthquake devastated the West Coast of Mexico, … More Creating Community
Something new has started. People have asked, “What’s next?” Our congregation is in the middle of its New Beginnings process and we’ve been challenged by the Future Story put together by the team the church blessed for this task. Why bother with all this? It is a different day today than it was even five … More The Family that Prays Together . . .