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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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January 31 Edevotional

“Suddenly, there in the synagogue, a person with an evil spirit screamed, “What have you to do with us, Jesus of Nazareth? Have you come to destroy us? I know who you are. You are the holy one from God.” “Silence!” Jesus said, speaking harshly to the demon. “Come out of him!” The unclean spirit […]

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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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E-devotion, January 24, 2018

“After John was arrested, Jesus came into Galilee announcing God’s good news, saying, ‘Now is the time! Here comes God’s kingdom! Change your hearts and lives, and trust this good news!’” Mark 1:14 and 15 Where is, what is God’s kingdom? What was Jesus announcing, “Here comes God’s kingdom!” Other Jesus’ teachings give us lots […]

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Making Space for Faith at Home

By Christine V Hides, Director of Ministries with Children and Youth Last week we used a Facebook poll to ask where families were finding time and space to practice faith as a family. Not surprisingly, “Finding time is hard” was the most popular answer. Bedtime and at the table were tied for second place. My […]

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