Dec 15 – Prepare for Joy

desert flowers

What is your desert bloom? Hot dry air sucked moisture from me almost as fast as I could drink water when we hiked in Arches National Park. Instead of trees, rock formations grew from the stones of the dry river bed that served as a trail. Yet in a shadow in a curve of the… Continue reading Dec 15 – Prepare for Joy

Dec. 8 – Tapestry of Light

"Tapestry of Light" by Joseph Martin joins Celtic music with Scripture readings to convey the joy of anticipating Christmas. This beautiful choral work will fill most of our worship service. Please invite your friends to this annual event at 10:00 a.m. on Sunday, December 8th, 2019. Special Advent Coffee Fellowship Time after the Cantata Our… Continue reading Dec. 8 – Tapestry of Light

Dec. 1 – Bringing the Light

Angel Chrismon

Why do we have green leaves and red berries on our Advent wreath? Who all was involved in bringing the Light of Life into the world? Why do we light candles when we prepare for Christmas? What is the story behind Christmas trees? Why do we decorate them with lights? What are Chrismons? Last Sunday,… Continue reading Dec. 1 – Bringing the Light

Nov. 24 – Divine Glue

tube of glue

Affirming Jesus as Lord implies holding together opposites: The one who died with common criminals for attempting to over throw the government is King of all things in heaven and on earth. The one who created all things visible and invisible came to us as a vulnerable infant. The Apostle Paul allows for the exclusion… Continue reading Nov. 24 – Divine Glue

Nov. 10 – Give Thanks to God

Give flowers through fence

How far would you go to rescue your child? If you could, would you dare to rattle the gates of Hell? Since all of humanity are children of God through Adam and Eve, how far would God go to rescue? For Christ also suffered for sins once for all, the righteous and the unrighteous, in… Continue reading Nov. 10 – Give Thanks to God

Nov. 17 – Consecration Sunday

Offering Plate

Once a year we estimate the portion of our income that we will set aside as thanksgiving for what God has done in our lives. The amazing part is that we will do this even before we know what the coming year will bring. We do this because we know that God loved us first.… Continue reading Nov. 17 – Consecration Sunday

Nov. 3 – For All the Saints

Candles around baptismal font

Who gets to be called a Saint? For some Churches sainthood is limited to a select few. For Presbyterians, and other Reformed Churches, the roll of saints is much, much larger. The Apostle Paul addresses his letters to "those called to be saints" implying all those who trust Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior. Thus… Continue reading Nov. 3 – For All the Saints

Oct 27 – Blind to Mercy

People normally experience a full range of colors from the darkest black to the brightest lights. Contrasts between light and dark enable us to see so we do not stumble in the dark. What if we only lived in darkness? Several caves have small colorless fish without any eyes. These fish live their whole lives… Continue reading Oct 27 – Blind to Mercy

Oct. 20 – Heart Renewal

Fish swimming inside a lightbulb

Have you ever known something so thoroughly that you became part of what you know? Been so immersed in something, like a fish swimming in water when it is difficult to discern exactly where the motion of fish ends and the water's current begins? The prophet Jeremiah perceived a day when: No longer shall they… Continue reading Oct. 20 – Heart Renewal

Oct. 6 – Why Five?

Toes with faces

Why say that a proverbial rich man had five brothers? In the first century parables were a well developed art form. Each word used in a parable, especially in its original language, was carefully chosen to pack meaning into the fewest number of words to facilitate memorization and repetition. The parable of Lazarus and the rich man (Luke… Continue reading Oct. 6 – Why Five?