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How Do We Celebrate the 4th of July in 2020?

“Come to me, all you that are weary and are carrying heavy burdens, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me; for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.”
— Matthew 11:28-30

I think that as we prepare for this holiday, it comes with burdens. For some folks, having…

Doing Justice

God has told you, O mortal, what is good; and what does the Lord require of you but to do justice, and to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God?
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Talking About Race

For just as the body is one and has many members, and all the members of the body, though many, are one body, so it is with Christ. For in the one Spirit we were all baptized into one body — Jews or Greeks, slaves or free — and we were all made to drink of one Spirit.
— 1 Corinthians 12:12-13

God is With Us

Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path.
— Psalm 119:105

Last night we had our prayer service, and it began with a ritual for our graduates — high school and college students. Several of them Zoomed in for the service.

I think about these young people of our congregation and where they will walk in the days ahead, the challenges…

The Good Shepherd

1 The Lord is my shepherd, I shall not want.
2 He makes me lie down in green pastures; he leads me beside still waters;
3 he restores my soul. He leads me in right paths for his name’s sake.
4 Even though I walk through the darkest valley, I fear no evil; for you are with me; your rod…

The Path of Life

You show me the path of life. In your presence there is fullness of joy; in your right hand are pleasures forevermore.
— Psalm 16:11

Our Lenten theme was “The Path.” In the midst of the wilderness, in our need of understanding, in the midst of our thirst, in the need of being guided, in our need to be healed, and our need to…

Praying For and With One Another

I thank my God every time I remember you, constantly praying with joy in every one of my prayers for all of you, because of your sharing in the gospel from the first day until now. I am confident of this, that the one who began a good work among you will bring it to completion by the day of Jesus Christ.
— Philippians 1:3-6

On Tuesday afternoon I attended…

Baptisms!

"Let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father in heaven."
— Matthew 5:16b

From Carmen to Declan to Payton to Piper, and this coming Sunday, Avery — five baptisms! It has been a long time since in my ministry a congregation has had five baptism in five months! The rich experience
of each one of these…

We Are All Called to Enrich Others

“I give thanks to my God always for you because of the grace of God that has been given you in Christ Jesus, for in every way you have been enriched in him, in speech and knowledge of every kind.”

— 1 Corinthians 1:4

There have been so many times in my ministry as a parish pastor that people have given thanks to me for just showing up. Sometimes there are no words…

Catching the Glimpses of God

Where is God? This past Sunday, Christ the King Sunday, I preached about seeing glimpses of God’s kingdom. There were all kinds of glimpses in our worship Sunday at both services! Did you catch them? Were you paying attention? At the font and at the table, in the pew and in the aisle (a child dancing in the second service), in the watching and the speaking, in the singing and the praying — glimpses…

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