Christ Following

No Ordinary Time

Pastoral Prayer: Lord God Almighty, Jesus revealed in flesh and blood the power of your self-giving love. Your Spirit makes us alive to that love in Jesus. Immerse us in your self-giving love so that our lives may be a means whereby all people may learn of and live Continue reading

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Drunk Again?

Pastoral Prayer: Holy One, it seems appropriate to ask, “How long will cities burn?” We can hear your response to Isaiah, “Until your cities lie waste.” Some cannot breathe, others cannot run, and still others cannot feel safe inside their own homes. If we refuse to comprehend, to understand, Continue reading

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Looking to Reach the High Bar

Pastoral Prayer: Holy One, daily we face being shamed, canceled and judged for not meeting expectations. Some of us even battle self-condemnation for failing to live up to our own goals. The ensuing loneliness leaves us weary when told our righteousness must exceed the religious elite. Thank you for Continue reading

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When Christians Stutter, Jesus Speaks Clearly for Us

Luke 23:33-43; Colossians 1:11-20

Pastoral Prayer: Lord God, God of the Armies, while we have come to have an affinity against violence, we have all been subject to the violent Powers of Sin and Death. Our lives have been closed off to the light. That is until Jesus came, Continue reading

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Patience Practiced

Years ago my friend Danny, who played Division 1 College Baseball, described patience as the clean-up batter in Paul’s list of the fruits of the Spirit. If you played baseball the clear implications are that patience is both a virtue and difficult. Maybe that is why Paul lists it … Continue reading

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