Contributed on Feb 21, 2020
Here in Lent we explore stones. We begin today with the shattering of the commitment between God and God's people. Let us take up our stones and walk to the freedom of Easter and the rolling back of the stone.
Exodus 32 =:1--24 NRSV When the people saw that Moses delayed to come down from the mountain, the people gathered around Aaron, and said to him, “Come, make gods for us, who shall go before us; as for this Moses, the man who brought us up out of the land of Egypt, we do not know what has become of ...read more
Contributed on Feb 26, 2020
What does it mean that Jesus is to be our cornerstone and foundation?
INVITATION to pick up pebbles … (in Heart Shaped glass dish) Psalm 118:20-23 (NRSV) 20 This is the gate of the Lord; the righteous shall enter through it. 21 I thank you that you have answered me and have become my salvation. 22 The stone that the builders rejected has become the chief ...read more
Contributed on Mar 4, 2020
A woman is caught in adultery. Stones are gathered that she might be killed as punishment. But Jesus has a different perspective
John 8:1-11 (NRSV) Then everyone went home, but Jesus went to the Mount of Olives. 2 Early the next morning he went back to the Temple. All the people gathered around him, and he sat down and began to teach them. 3 The teachers of the Law and the Pharisees brought in a woman who had been caught ...read more
Contributed on Mar 14, 2020
Written in Midst of Coronavirus epidemic: The Pharisees criticized Jesus for not washing his hands correctly. But they had unclean hearts. In this time, what does it mean to have a clean heart
Mark 7:1-8 Easy-to-Read Version (ERV) 7 Some Pharisees and some teachers of the law came from Jerusalem and gathered around Jesus. 2 They saw that some of his followers ate food with hands that were not clean, meaning that they did not wash their hands in a special way. 3 The Pharisees and all the ...read more
Contributed on Mar 25, 2020
As the church was closed, we had to go to printed meditations, so this is a much shorter version of what was originally planned.
Matthew 16:13-20 13 Now when Jesus came into the district of Caesarea Philippi, he asked his disciples, “Who do people say that the Son of Man is?” 14 And they said, “Some say John the Baptist, but others Elijah, and still others Jeremiah or one of the prophets.” 15 He said to them, “But who do you ...read more
Contributed on Mar 27, 2020
What does it mean to lean on God in the age of Coronavirus? Looking at David and Goliath (Worship Resources included)
Sunday, March 29, 2020 Prayers for the World: In our world today, there are many who need prayer. We lift up the ill, and those who care for them. We lift up the vulnerable, that you might surround them with your protection. We lift up the grieving, and we ask that they find comfort in you. We ...read more
Contributed on Apr 4, 2020
Devotional Worship Service for Palm Sunday during Pandemic - The stones cry out
Palm Sunday, March 30, 2020 Prayers for the world: Beloved Jesus, in this time of crisis, our churches sit empty. Not because we do not love you, but because you told us to love one another, and this is the best way we can do it. As the crowds gathered to celebrate your entry into Jerusalem, this ...read more
Contributed on Apr 13, 2020
God is the God of the Unexpected
John 20 (New Living Translation): 20 Early on Sunday morning, while it was still dark, Mary Magdalene came to the tomb and found that the stone had been rolled away from the entrance. 2 She ran and found Simon Peter and the other disciple, the one whom Jesus loved. She said, “They have taken the ...read more