E-Devotional

Neighbors Can Change

Neighbors Can Change Megan Phelps-Roper was a member of Westboro Baptist Church.  Yes, that church that pickets military funerals with hateful signs.  That church that protests outside synagogues.  That church that makes us say quickly, “My church isn’t like that church.”  Megan left Westboro Baptist Church because of interactions she had on Twitter.  Her story […]

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Edevotional 4-19-17

“Love your neighbor as yourself,” said Jesus.  He wasn’t the first to say it.  He was quoting Leviticus, that Biblical book of laws that we tend to avoid, “18 You must not take revenge nor hold a grudge against any of your people; instead, you must love your neighbor as yourself; I am the Lord.”  It […]

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Week 2 “Mirror Mirror” (Sermon March 12)

Breathing Under Water ONLINE LENTEN DEVOTION 2017 Our Online Lenten Devotion uses Richard Rohr’s book, Breathing Under Water and Pastor Melissa Earley’s sermon series on the book.  Rohr connects the Gospel and the Twelve Step Program.  Addiction can be a helpful metaphor for sin as it helps us see how God can heal us in […]

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Letting the Healer do his Work

We don’t have to look very far in the world or very deep into ourselves to see that there is something broken in us and in the world.  We don’t have it all together.  The problems in the world (economic disparity, mean-spiritedness in politics, racism, sexism, misuse of the environment just to name a few) […]

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Some of your Favorite Hymns

Singing is an important part of our faith. Below are some favorite hymns from folks in our church and a little bit about why: From Kyle Wlliams Lord, You Come to the Lakeshore – Has a great soul message From Steve Szumowski O Come All Ye Faithful – so many warm memories of Christmas with […]

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Melissa Earley, February 1

I’ve been reading Carl Sandburg’s Chicago Poems.  I read his poems out loud.  I love the way they sound and the way the words feel in my mouth.   Following are excerpts from the poem I read in worship a couple of weeks ago.  The full poem is available in the book Chicago Poems. TO A […]

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Edevotional by Brian Boyer

From Brian Boyer I must admit–when it comes to hymns, I am not much of a “words” guy.  I tend to treasure hymns based on the beauty of the music more so than the lyrics.  In fact it’s not just the melody, but the harmony parts, which really make a hymn “pop” for me.  There […]

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Edevotional by Linda Nixon

By Linda Nixon II recently saw a cartoon in The New Yorker that showed a woman saying, “My desire to be well-informed is currently at odds with my desire to remain sane.”  That about sums it up for me.  So, is it a spiritual obligation to be well-informed?  Or do I accept the concept my […]

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Keeping Up With The Jones’

Jesus calls Simon, Andrew, James and John, his first disciples, when they are out fishing with nets. He invites them to follow him and to “catch people.”  The image of catching people in a fishing net can be a bit unsettling.  So, I wondered, what if we imagined that Jesus is calling us to hold […]

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