Trashing God’s Good Gifts

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By awesome deeds you answer us with deliverance, O God of our salvation… You visit the earth and water it, you greatly enrich it; the river of God is full of water; you provide the people with grain, for so you have prepared it. You water its furrows abundantly, settling its ridges, softening it with showers, and blessing its growth. … Read More

Prayer Is an Art; Art Is Prayer

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On Sunday our choir director Wesley McCall will deliver our message on the 150th psalm. This psalm is a celebration of music as praise. In this psalm we are encouraged to utilize every musical instrument at our disposal to offer up praise. Indeed everything that breathes should praise the Lord! Music, as well as other arts, can be a source … Read More

Protocol of Reconciliation and Grace Through Separation

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As you have no doubt heard by now, on Friday January 3, a group of United Methodist leaders from across the theological spectrum released a document entitled the “Protocol of Reconciliation and Grace Through Separation.” In the document these leaders agreed to a plan of separation that would allow the conservative Traditionalist wing (and possibly a far-left Liberationist wing) of … Read More

Special Music & Preaching

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December 29 & January 5 We will have very special worship services for December 29 & January 5 featuring talented guest musicians and exciting preaching! Both Sundays will have special anthems by our own Chancel Choir, as well as the music of flute, cello, guitar, and a guest quartet of sacred singers. Our own Wesley McCall will inhabit the role … Read More

Seeing God More Clearly

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Last year I decided to buy some binoculars in order to better observe the ducks who live near my house. When they came I immediately took them out in my backyard and was blown away by the quality of the optics. Just using them in my backyard and around my neighborhood, I saw details I had never noticed before. For … Read More

Good Grieving

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If you’re like me, while Advent and Christmas can be a special time of year, you have trouble with recurring sadness. Anyone who has ever suffered a major loss can find themselves feeling blue, down, or depressed during the holidays. With age, our losses only accumulate. Here’s how to take care of yourself during this time: 1) Get enough sleep, … Read More

What is Advent?

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The word “Advent” is taken from the Latin word adventus, which means “coming.” The season of Advent is the first season of the Christian liturgical year and covers the four Sundays prior to Christmas. It begins on the fourth Sunday before Christmas and lasts until sundown on December 24, Christmas Eve, after which the formal season of Christmas begins. In Advent … Read More

$10 Blessing Challenge

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How is your $10 blessing challenge going? Last Sunday every individual in attendance was given a $10 bill and instructed to use the money to bless someone in the coming week. Then each person was encouraged to come back this coming Sunday and share the story of how they blessed others with the gift they had been given. I hope … Read More

The Five Expressions of Generosity

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We all like to think of ourselves as generous people. Moreover, most of us have a preferred expression of our generosity. Emotional-Relational Support: Some of us show how generous we are by taking the time to be there for one another. We are compassionate listeners who offer verbal encouragement and support. Gifts: Gift givers show their generosity by sharing tangible … Read More

In Such A Time As This

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Abraham Lincoln is considered by many historians to have been our nation’s greatest president. As polarized as we seem to be today, Lincoln held office in a time that puts our current impasses to shame. The years preceding, during, and after the Civil War were the most conflicted years in the history of our nation. We may think that the … Read More