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Prayer for December 4, 2020

Prayer for December 4, 2020: Please pray with me. God of grace, boy do we need you. Grace is getting what we don’t deserve. What an amazing gift grace is. Yet, how difficult it is to accept? We so desire to want to earn your love, your attention, your...
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So much to do…

There is much to do during this season. There are many expectations too. Often our lists are nothing more than wishful thinking. And the expectations are unrealistic – whether those expectations originate from ourselves or others. Unrealistic expectations can be abusive – again to our selves or to others....
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Prayer for December 3, 2020

Prayer for December 3, 2020: Please pray with me. Holy God, you are our salvation. We claim that loudly. Yet, our actions don’t often match our words. We say that you are our God, and then we turn around and act as though we are in control. We say...
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Prayer for December 2, 2020

Prayer for December 2, 2020: Please pray with me. God beyond words, what shall we say? Sometimes we don’t have the words. Sometimes we are speechless, and yet we keep talking anyway. We are without appropriate words to say praises of you. We are also without appropriate words in...
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Advent 1

(Here is the sermon I preached on Sunday, November 29, 2020 – 1st Sunday of Advent. You can find the full recording of the service on the church website) Maybe you’ll recognize who said this portion of this famous speech: Gentlemen may cry, “Peace! Peace!” — but there is...
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Prayer for November 30, 2020

Prayer for November 30, 2020: Please pray with me. God who comes to us, during this season of Advent we wait. It is a season of waiting – holy waiting. We aren’t so good at waiting. We are used to getting what we want when we want it. Yet,...
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When we declare Christ as king…

(I preached this sermon on Sunday, November 22, 2020 in response to the Gospel reading – Matthew 25:31-46. You can find the full recording on our church website.) The Feast of Christ the King is what we celebrate today.  Do you understand what that means?  Really take it in for a...
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Christ the King

This Sunday we celebrate Christ the King Sunday. I recommend reading up on the history of this church festival. Here’s the tweet version – The pope saw nationalism as an idolatrous threat. Our loyalty and allegiance is to Jesus. Hence Christ the King Sunday. The very declaration of Christ...
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