Archive for February, 2018

February 21 Edevotional

The God of the Universe models observing a Sabbath in our story of Creation! Amazing. The God of the Universe, of all that is, commands us over and over to remember the Sabbath and to keep it holy, sacred, set apart. I am learning that it is in keeping that holy sphere of inactivity, that […]

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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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February 14 Edevotional

It is Ash Wednesday, the beginning of a 40 day journey of Lent in preparation for the celebration of Easter. It’s also Valentines Day, a celebration of love. My friend, colleague, and mentor, Rev. Bonnie Beckonchrist recently posted this on her Facebook page: Folks are again preparing to start the season of Lent with the traditional […]

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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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February 7 Edevotional

I often wake up in the morning with a song playing on repeat in my head. It’s often a hymn, a result, I believe, of having grown up in a church where the Psalter Hymnal was our only song book. This morning the song is, “Jesus calls us, o’er the tumult, of our life’s wild, […]

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Pretzels Before Lent

Lent begins next week, on Wednesday, February 14th. This season of getting ready for Easter is traditionally a serious time of contemplation about how to live as a follower of Jesus. Easter. People commonly associate Lent with giving up chocolate or meat. Others pick up something during Lent, like a prayer time, Sabbath*, reading , […]

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