E-Devotional

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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I thank God for grandchildren

I thank God for grandchildren.  They must be our reward for not abandoning our own children during their teens.  For having raised our kids through the terrible twos, moody adolescence, and know-it-all college years, we now get all the joy, love and rewards of parenthood without the sleepless nights, endless worry, and constant second-guessing of […]

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Letting Christ’s light out into the World

By Alice Lonoff When the designers of our new Chancel area told us a few years ago that there would be a screen between the windows and the Sanctuary, I was not pleased.  Our windows are already small, and we would be putting them behind a screen?  How would that work? But now I enjoy […]

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The Fullness of Joy

I have a picture by my bed with a quote from Julian of Norwich, “The fullness of joy is to behold God in everything.”  The picture is of a sweet young girl smelling a flower, imposed upon a sunny backdrop.  And on a sun-drenched day, surrounded by flowers and light, I can be with that […]

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Darkness to Light

At my most recent Chicago Red Line show, we performed the song, “Flashlight,” from the movie, “Pitch Perfect 2.” The film ends with the characters performing the song and the audience lighting the night with flashlights. A similar thing happened during our show: lights illuminated the stage as we began the song. But when our […]

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