Spiritual Practices: Hopeful Future (Comfort- Luke 24:33)

“It is true! The Lord has risen.” -Luke 24:33 One of the gifts of faith, is being grounded in the hope of a good future. Even when our circumstances are challenging, the stories of scripture remind us of God’s faithful presence and the promise that this is not the end of our story. When peopleContinue reading “Spiritual Practices: Hopeful Future (Comfort- Luke 24:33)”

Spiritual Practices: Processed Past (Joy- Luke 24:32)

“They asked each other, ‘Were not our hearts burning within us while he talked with us on the road and opened the Scriptures to us?’” -Luke 24:32 The couple smiled lovingly at each other; an incredible seascape spread in panorama behind them.  “I am thankful to have been where I have been and to notContinue reading “Spiritual Practices: Processed Past (Joy- Luke 24:32)”

Spiritual Practices: Processed Past (Comfort- Luke 24:32)

“They asked each other, ‘Were not our hearts burning within us while he talked with us on the road and opened the Scriptures to us?’” -Luke 24:32 “What was your biggest ministry mistake?” he asked. Famous for put-you-on-the-spot questions, my colleague seemed to relish the look of horror that crossed my face as all theContinue reading “Spiritual Practices: Processed Past (Comfort- Luke 24:32)”

Spiritual Practices: Series Introduction

“Now on that same day two of them were going to a village called Emmaus, about seven miles from Jerusalem, and talking with each other about all these things that had happened…But we had hoped that he was the one…” -Luke 24: 13-14, 21 I don’t know that I have ever had a favorite scripture.Continue reading “Spiritual Practices: Series Introduction”

Spiritual Practices Series

Later this week we are launching our May reflections. Using the after-Easter story found in Luke 24 we will explore together practices that help us navigate when everything we thought we knew is upended. Focused on the movement of past, to present, to future, we invite you to join us as we nurture healing andContinue reading “Spiritual Practices Series”

New Series: Spiritual Practices

Where do we turn when our assumptions about the future are upended? When the world gets rearranged against our will? In our upcoming series, we will offer reflections and practices that help us process our past, stay grounded in the present and look with hope to the future. Join us in thoughtful engagement and life-givingContinue reading “New Series: Spiritual Practices”

Ordinary Friday? (A Poem for Holy Week)

Was it an ordinary Friday for some? Chores and meal prep? Betime stories and prayers? A typical Passover Maybe someone birthing a baby Some burying and grieving their dead Did they know? Were they caught up with the crush And rush of what’s happening to Jesus? What about those on the edges? In the country?Continue reading “Ordinary Friday? (A Poem for Holy Week)”

Maundy Thursday: Loving One Another (Seder Meal +Footwashing)

Today the church honors Maundy Thursday.  The word maundy is from the Latin word for command. And this is a time when we focus on Jesus’ command to “love one another as I have loved you,” by sharing a meal together and washing each others’ feet as modeled by Jesus in John 13.  Many churchesContinue reading “Maundy Thursday: Loving One Another (Seder Meal +Footwashing)”

Epiphany Comfort: Commissioning + Blessing

“Trust in the Lord, and do good.” -Psalm 37:3 The season of Lent is nearly upon us. This is the stretch of time in the liturgical year when we prepare for Easter. The 40 days of Lent hold the echos of Jesus’ 40 days in the wilderness. And so often we use the coming weeksContinue reading “Epiphany Comfort: Commissioning + Blessing”