Tagged: “love”

Lent Week 1: Family Activities for Sabbath

Welcome to the first week of Lent, a time of contemplation and spiritual practice to help us get ready for the mystery and joy of Easter. Here at Northbrook UMC, we are focusing on Sabbath as a gift and as a way of connecting with God and each other in an over scheduled world. Discuss: […]

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Turning toward Love: Ash Wednesday

Please note: the 2018 Lenten Devotional is available here. Lent begins this Wednesday, with Valentine’s Day falling on Ash Wednesday. Many people have commented that this seems like a strange combination. But, what if Lent is less about pointing out our flaws with an ashy X and more about finding our potential to LOVE both […]

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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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Service or Mission?

A few weeks ago, I asked the youth about mission projects and quickly realized I hadn’t set up the conversation well. I know the care our youth have for all God’s creation including the environment, animals, the elderly, and LGBTQ+ persons.  NUMC youth are deeply caring and passionate people! I was looking forward to a […]

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Does Going to Church Make Us Good People?

Last Sunday, as they often do, the children taught me something new. After we heard the story of Jesus turning over the tables in the temple, I asked how they imagined Jesus felt. “Fierce!” was one reply. Fierce? Hmmm… Yes.  Definitely fierce, I agreed, reminded again that second graders are refreshingly honest and bold.  And […]

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Sunday School Focus: process over product

For Baptism of the Lord Sunday, our PreK-3 class and our 4-5 grade class began making an art project using our initials as we learned about Jesus’s baptism. The watercolor paints remind us of the waters of baptism through which we claim our identity (like our initials) as beloved children of God. This project is […]

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