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Light Switches by Pastor Melissa Earley

LIGHT SWITCHES Light switches.  In my new church and new home I will have to learn where the light switches are.  Are they to the right or left of the doorway?  Does this one turn on the overhead light or the outside light?  Or does it work the socket that doesn’t have anything plugged into […]

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Summer, Sabbath and Screens – Summer Faith Formation Week 2

Last Sunday our youth group family activity was attending the viewing of Screenagers at Gloria Dei. The documentary follows one family’s attempt to be intentional about the ways they use technology. Gloria Dei did an outstanding job welcoming the community and facilitating this important discussion. There is one particular part of the discussion that followed […]

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Finding Light Switches

Light switches.  In my new church and new home I will have to learn where the light switches are.  Are they to the right or left of the doorway?  Does this one turn on the overhead light or the outside light?  Or does it work the socket that doesn’t have anything plugged into it yet?  […]

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Summer Faith Formation: Week 1

Registered families will receive the Illustrated Compassion Devotional via email each week. To be added to our mailing list, please contact Christine@northbrookumc.org.  David shows kindness to Mephibosheth (that’s a mouthful!) is a story we don’t read often.  Christine’s Parent tip: King David is sometimes lifted as a Bible hero (David and Goliath). The truth is, he did […]

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Brian Doyle May 31

I used the following prayer by Brian Doyle, novelist, essayist and poet, in my sermon on Sunday.  I discovered Doyle through his poems which often appear in the Christian Century. This prayer/poem is found in the volume A Book of Uncommon Prayer: 100 Celebrations of the Miracle and Muddle of the Ordinary. The collection includes […]

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What do children think about during worship?

Sitting with children in church is a window to their thoughts. They are paying attention. They understand the stories we share. They are engaged with the imagery of our faith. On Sunday we heard Acts 1: 1-14 where Jesus is taken into heaven. During children’s time, we had a relay (using a beach ball as […]

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The Impala – Wednesday May 24 edevotional

When I served the 18th Episcopal District of Southern Africa, which is comprised of Botswana, Lesotho, Swaziland and parts of Mozambique, an old man told me that an impala can jump 10 feet into the air and 3 feet out, from a standing position, covering a total of 30 feet, but it can be contained […]

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Summering with Intention and Compassion

Are you doing the summer happy dance? I know I am. With summer comes a reprieve from the daily grind of school/homework/packing lunches, a chance to enjoy the weather, take on a less hurried rhythm, and maybe even sleep in a little! We look forward to the opportunities to spend time with friends and explore […]

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Edevotional May 17

Paul Robeson* That time cool and clear, cutting across the hot grit of the day. The major Voice. The adult Voice forgoing Rolling River, forgoing tearful tale of bale and barge and other symptoms of an old despond. Warning, in music-words devout and large, that we are each other’s harvest: we are each other’s business: […]

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