Countdown to Pentecost

The countdown for Pentecost is continuing! There’s excitement for the birthday of the church. If you do any countdowns for your own birthday maybe you make yourself do one or two things before you reach that next milestone.  Having a date to celebrate gives you the motivation you might need to stop putting off the things you say you’ll do someday. It might also be a leap of faith if the church as a congregation did this countdown too. What can we look ahead and say we’ll do before Read more […]

MayDay

The blessings in a rainy and cool May have been to keep us inside more than we might have liked. In God’s mercy he sometimes cares for us unexpected ways. We crave sunshine and warmth as a result, perhaps in the long run reminding us of God’s light and the fire of the Holy Spirit. God brings us closer in all ways. On this rainy day as I write, my prayers are for those who are outside. Whether they have lost their homes due to flooding or cyclones, I am very aware of the blessings of being Read more […]

Where Do You Pray?

Where do you pray? If you say your bedroom, your table, your home, that is wonderful. You’ve invited God into your home for more than just the rituals of saying grace or bedtime prayers. You’ve perhaps even dedicated a particular space, such as a corner, a prayer closet for another area to focus on God. Where do you pray outside the home? If it used to be on your commute like me, then that place in your prayer life is sitting idle right now. But, if you pray on your walks, then you’ve Read more […]

The Church Has Left the Building

The Church Has Left the Building. There was this movement a few years ago that would take a day of worship and make it an active community outreach. Instead of a worship service, it was service as worship. We would do all kinds of things. For the church I was at then, there were visits to nursing homes to share music, cookies to deliver to first responders, care of the trails of the local park by cutting branches and pulling invasive weeds, painting fire hydrants, and cleaning the trash along Read more […]

What We Need to Know

It might be hard to ask when someone is coming back especially if it is Jesus. So the disciples choose the roundabout route. They ask if it is time for God’s kingdom to come now.  Jesus was still standing there before them. He had explained how he fulfilled the scriptures. And they remembered there is more to come. Look at the answer Jesus gives. He reminds them again that only the Father knows. While Jesus is in God and God in Him, there is the separation. Only the Creator knows the moment Read more […]

In-Between Prayers

After Jesus ascended, the angels told the disciples to go. Stop looking up at the skies, stop expecting an immediate return. Stop trying to relive another mountaintop experience, and stop grieving this separation that is so much more glorious than the last one they experienced with Jesus dying on the cross. So the disciples went to a room together and prayed. They weren’t alone, others prayed too. But they had to wait for what came next. They were in the in-between time between the resurrection Read more […]