April 10 – Prayers for Good Friday

Stone crucifix among trees

These prayers and readings may help you reflect on the day that Jesus was betrayed, arrested, quickly tried and convicted, then crucified and buried. Welcome The ancients called this day “Triumph of the Cross” reminding us to gather not to mourn this day, but to celebrate Christ's life-giving passion and thus find strength and hope… Continue reading April 10 – Prayers for Good Friday

Forgiving Enemies

Do you know why Jonah was swallowed by a whale? Or what happened to Jonah after the whale spat him back onto dry land? You may have learned at an early age that God had told Jonah to preach to Nineveh, an evil and violent enemy of Israel. Instead Jonah went the opposite direction, and… Continue reading Forgiving Enemies

Day 28 with the Belhar

Water flowing down from mountains in stained glass

We believe … that in following Christ the church must witness against all the powerful and privileged who selfishly seek their own interests and thus control and harm others. — from the Belhar Confession God has taken his place in the divine council; in the midst of the gods he holds judgment: “How long will you judge unjustly… Continue reading Day 28 with the Belhar

Day 23 with the Belhar

Water flowing down from mountains in stained glass

We believe … that God supports the downtrodden, protects the stranger, helps orphans and widows and blocks the path of the ungodly; — from the Belhar Confession Happy are those whose help is the God of Jacob, whose hope is in the Lord their God, who made heaven and earth, the sea, and all that is… Continue reading Day 23 with the Belhar

Kirkin’ o’ tha Tartans

For thousands of years tartans have reflected the preferences of particular weavers and the tastes of particular regions, and families who lived in those regions. Following the Dress Act of 1746, when the British government attempted to suppress wearing tartans, particular designs became associated with clans and bear the names of the clan. On February… Continue reading Kirkin’ o’ tha Tartans

Committed to Giving – Sunday

Offering Plate

The earth is the Lord’s, and everything in it, the world and its inhabitants too. (Psalm 24:1) The Bible begins with God’s creation of the world. In Genesis 1, God turns the stewardship of the creation over to human beings, who as male and female are created in God’s image. They are to care for… Continue reading Committed to Giving – Sunday

Committed to Worship – Saturday

Enter his gates with thanks; enter his courtyards with praise! Thank him! Bless his name! (Psalm 100:4) How thankful are you? What do you have that you are thankful for? What possessions? What people? What experiences? What has brought joy to your life? You may think of many things. List them on a piece of… Continue reading Committed to Worship – Saturday

Committed to Worship – Monday

I will praise God’s name with song; I will magnify him with thanks. (Psalm 69:30) In worship, we sing hymns and praise songs to express our faithfulness and devotion to God. The songs chosen for worship are as significant as the sermons preached and the prayers prayed. They capture important points of doctrine and teaching,… Continue reading Committed to Worship – Monday

Committed to Bible Reading – Monday

I keep your word close, in my heart, so that I won’t sin against you. (Psalm 119:9) Opening our Bible and reading its contents grounds us, helping us remember who we are and to whom we belong. We have been created in God’s image, and, in Christ, we have received an inheritance as a child… Continue reading Committed to Bible Reading – Monday

Committed to Prayer – Thursday

Praying Hands

Let my prayer stand before you like incense; let my uplifted hands be like the evening offering. (Psalm 141:2) The Psalms contain a record of many powerful prayers. They range from lament to celebration and record the full range of human emotion. There is happiness and sadness; hope and despair. But in all instances, God… Continue reading Committed to Prayer – Thursday