Holy Habits: Fasting

One of the events I inherited as a first-time youth minister 20 years ago was the 30 Hour Famine. This event challenged teenagers (and those adults who worked with them) to give up eating from noon on Friday to 6 PM on Saturday. The youth would gather together for a lock-in at the church and encourage … More Holy Habits: Fasting

Holy Habits: Breath Prayer

Last week, we began a new series in worship called The Lord’s Prayer: Praying Like Jesus. This series will focus on Jesus teaching on prayer following the model of the Lord’s Prayer he provided in Matthew and Luke’s gospel. Prayer is a critical element to our spiritual formation, yet so many people struggle with how to … More Holy Habits: Breath Prayer

Focusing on Holy Habits

This past Wednesday began the season of Lent, a season in the church we acknowledge our humanity and need for a Savior as we return to the Lord. This season begins a somber reminder of our own morality, but ultimately leads to the joyful celebration of Jesus’ Resurrection on Easter Sunday. Lent has always been one … More Focusing on Holy Habits

Follow Me…

This month, begins the season of Lent in the Christian church. Lent is a season of forty days, not counting Sundays, which begins on Ash Wednesday and ends on Easter Sunday. Lent comes from the Anglo Saxonword lencten, which means “spring.” The forty days represents the time Jesus spent in the wilderness, enduring the temptation of … More Follow Me…

One with Each Other

What does it mean to be “one with each other?” Last week, I shared with you that each month we offer this prayer when we receive the sacrament of Holy Communion: “By your spirit make us one with Christ, one with each other, and one in ministry to all the world.” This is our prayer as a church … More One with Each Other

One with Christ

On the first Sunday of each month, our congregation gathers for worship and shares in the sacrament of Holy Communion. As a part of our communion liturgy, my prayer each month includes the words, “By your Spirit make us one with Christ, one with each other, and one in ministry to all the world, until Christ comes in … More One with Christ

Perfect Unity in Love

“Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience. Bear with each other and forgive one another if any of you has a grievance against someone. Forgive as the Lord forgave you. And over all these virtues put on love, which binds them all together in … More Perfect Unity in Love

Do You Love Jesus?

Happy February! February is a season of love. In two weeks, we will celebrate Valentines Day as we exchange chocolates, flowers, and cards as an expression of love for others. This is the month of pink hearts and red flowers — it is a month of love. In high school, I had a girlfriend who used … More Do You Love Jesus?