Jesus says: Give to the one who asks you, and do not turn away from the one who wants to borrow from you. (Matthew 5:42) Think back this past week or month- when you had cash in your pocket (which is a rarer practice these days for many people) and someone asked for help, orContinue reading ““Give to the one who asks””
Giving. It’s spiritual. It’s also material, touchable, in the daily ways we do it (or don’t do it). And it can be awkward to talk about. This October, we’ll be reflecting on our habits, practices, and attitudes surrounding the spiritual discipline of giving on Sundays during worship and with periodic reflections during the weeks. SoContinue reading “Giving: Reflecting Together on this Spiritual Discipline”
For me, it’s in the morning – after my walk, after breakfast, and the sun isn’t fully risen. The world around is still fairly quiet, and my day, with its encounters and calls, demands and distractions and delights, the stuff of life and ministry and community, has yet to fully consume my thoughts. I findContinue reading “Praying the Psalms Together this September”
In August our community celebrates our founding as a multi-cultural, peace and justice and Kingdom-oriented community of seekers growing into beloved friends in Christ. In honor of 37 years of ministry together, here is a poem, a song of the Holy Spirit. Enjoy! When we pick up the Bible,we meet God’s Spirit before any other,She’sContinue reading “Song of the Holy Spirit”
Psalm 23:1 may be very familiar. What does the translation of your heart bring out in the meaning?
In this moment, where are you? How are you doing? Let’s sit together for evening prayer.
This psalm, this beautiful prayer, was composed as a call to worship by one of our members especially for our community’s weekly Sunday gathering via Zoom. Herewe are found at restin the belly of the whale.We pause between the red sea and the desert;we let our shoulders fallin the dark of the lion’s den.We runContinue reading ““Here” – A reflection on the act of pausing for worship in the middle of a pandemic”
This past weekend (early August, for those who are counting) a few families gathered in the evening in the front yard of one of their homes for a simple service including reflection on the Gospel, prayers for each other and the world, and Holy Communion. It was the first in-person gathering for worship of anyContinue reading “(Re)Learning to Gather In-Person as the Church”
When the covid19 pandemic caused our churches pause our public gatherings for worship and other activities in mid-March, we did not foresee ourselves 5 months later in mid-August still gathering virtually. But here we are, and along the way we’ve figured out not only how to get on to Zoom but how to have aContinue reading “Gathering God’s People During a Pandemic”
The Spirit’s gifts have been poured out over every gathering and every one of God’s people, if we can but faithfully look for and celebrate them! In Chapter 4 of Ephesians, we are told: 4There is one body and one Spirit, just as you were called to the one hope of your calling, 5one Lord, oneContinue reading “The Gifts of the Spirit”