Prayer for July 23, 2020

Prayer for July 23, 2020: Please pray with me.  God of grace, God of mercy, come to us and give us grace and mercy.  We thank you for prodding us to take risks – to risk caring, to risk taking action, to risk being vulnerable, to risk living our...
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Sleep out in the Park – Truck Stop Ministry

This was the first interview of the Sleep out in the Park event I did.  It was with Crystal Houser.  We talked about the Truck Stop Ministry that our congregation does with those experiencing homelessness and the challenges that are faced in the midst of the pandemic.  Enjoy the...
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Sleep out in the park

A small group of folks gathered Monday evening into Tuesday morning to do a unique event – Sleep out in the Park.  The point of the event was to raise awareness of the challenges around homelessness, especially in light of the pandemic. Doing sleep outs to raise awareness around...
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Prayer for July 22, 2020

Prayer for July 22, 2020: Please pray with me.  God who favors the poor, why is this title of your controversial?  There are many who don’t like the idea that you favor the poor.  Televangists who are successful and wealthy don’t like to talk about you favoring the poor....
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Wheat and Weeds

(I gave this sermon yesterday, Sunday, July 19, 2020. You can see the entire worship service and sermon at www.ststephenlc.org.) Gottfried Leibniz, a German philosopher and mathematician, and probably someone you have never heard of before, is credited with coining the term theodicy in 1710. What is theodicy?  It quite...
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Prayer for July 16, 2020

Prayer for July 16, 2020: Please pray with me.  God of grace, you give us the free gift of grace.  It requires nothing from us in order to receive it.  But it comes with responsibility in how we respond to it.  Give us the courage to live into that...
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Why do we give permission?

Why do we give permission for certain things to continue, even though we say we don’t want them to? I know, this may seem simplistic.  We may say that some things are just beyond our permission. But I’m not talking about us as just individually.  I’m talking about us...
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