E-Devotional

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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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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