Archive for January, 2018

January 31 Edevotional

“Suddenly, there in the synagogue, a person with an evil spirit screamed, “What have you to do with us, Jesus of Nazareth? Have you come to destroy us? I know who you are. You are the holy one from God.” “Silence!” Jesus said, speaking harshly to the demon. “Come out of him!” The unclean spirit […]

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Five Minute Faith: Showing Care for Others

This week’s and next week’s lectionary texts are stories of Jesus healing from the book of Mark, 1:21-28 & 1:29-39.  These passages challenge us to face some of life’s difficult questions. Why aren’t all the people we pray for healed? How do we understand the miracles that Jesus performed? And, what is an “unclean spirit?” […]

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E-devotion, January 24, 2018

“After John was arrested, Jesus came into Galilee announcing God’s good news, saying, ‘Now is the time! Here comes God’s kingdom! Change your hearts and lives, and trust this good news!’” Mark 1:14 and 15 Where is, what is God’s kingdom? What was Jesus announcing, “Here comes God’s kingdom!” Other Jesus’ teachings give us lots […]

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Making Space for Faith at Home

By Christine V Hides, Director of Ministries with Children and Youth Last week we used a Facebook poll to ask where families were finding time and space to practice faith as a family. Not surprisingly, “Finding time is hard” was the most popular answer. Bedtime and at the table were tied for second place. My […]

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January 17 Edevotional

“Jesus came from Nazareth of Galilee, and John baptized him the Jordan River. While he was coming up out of the water, Jesus saw heaven splitting open and the Spirit, like a dove, coming down on him. And there was a voice from heaven: ‘You are my Son, whom I dearly love; in you I […]

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Rejoicing in the Water: Five Minute Faith

This week in church, we played in the water, sprinkling and splashing ourselves, joyfully experiencing our beloved-ness, remembering God’s love and grace present through the baptismal covenant. In this week’s activity you are invited to explore the mystery and the significance of baptism together.  Directions: Have each person select an image of water that reminds them […]

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January 10 Edevotional

“About that time, Jesus came from Nazareth of Galilee, and John baptized him in the Jordan River. While he was coming up out of the water, Jesus saw heaven splitting open and the Spirit, like a dove, coming down on him. And there was a voice from heaven: ‘You are my Son, whom I dearly […]

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Guiding Star Word: Five Minute Faith

For those who follow the lectionary (yearly schedule of Bible readings), January 6 is both Epiphany and Baptism of the Lord Sunday. At Northbrook UMC, we didn’t want to miss out on either of these celebrations, so we’ll push back Baptism of the Lord to next week, January 13. The Epiphany activity below focuses on […]

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January 3 Edevotional

“They asked, ‘Where is the newborn king of the Jews? We’ve seen his star in the east, and we’ve come to honor him.’”Matthew 2:2 This week we celebrate the feast of the Epiphany, literally meaning to shine upon, to shed light on, to illuminate. We celebrate a star shining on Jesus, illuminating who this child […]

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A Blessing for the New Year

On January 6th , the 12th day after Christmas which the Church calls “Epiphany,” we mark the wisepersons’ arrival in Bethlehem to see Jesus. Though the magi are often included in Christmas Eve pageants, Epiphany is an acknowledgement that the magi’s journey would have been far too long to make in one night. The tradition […]

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