Leave the Light On

Reflections on Shuffle-Play The season of white, gray, and cold has begun. The wind is whirling snow past my window and clawing at the front doors of the church. Every now and then, the building creaks, but my office is warm. It is the brief lull between Reformation Sunday and All Saints Sunday. My mother […]

Society

Reflections on Shuffle-Play I woke up with a mild feeling of dread. The last thing I wanted to do was go back to work or be around people. The last few days I have spent reading and writing. Every few months I do this because I usually have piles of books I need to catch […]

My Song

Reflections on Shuffle-Play My Song – by Brandi Carlile When I haven’t written for a week or two, I can tell that something is “off” for me. My thoughts get too bottled up and crowded in my brain. The simple practice of writing each day is medicinal for me – it eases something in my […]

Extraordinary

Reflections on Shuffle-Play Extraordinary by Liz Phair In the church basement we are collecting items for the next rummage sale. It’s a fun time of year as all sorts of interesting items show up. There are tons of Halloween decorations and Christmas decorations, old bookshelves, lamps, a nativity set, immense amounts of clothes and dishware, […]

The Moment

Reflections on Shuffle-Play The Moment – by Toad the Wet Sprocket Not long ago, a friend was talking about retirement. She wasn’t talking about it in some far-off “someday” kind of way. Rather, she is actually planning to retire in a few years. We are the same age.  I have another friend who has already […]

Sermon – Where Do You Find Your Peace? (10/8/17)

  When I was reading the scripture for today from Philippians and how Paul writes that he counts all his accomplishments and credentials as nothing next to the beauty of knowing Christ, I was reminded of the story of Saint Francis of Assissi. Saint Francis was the son of wealthy parents. In fact, his father […]

Even the Losers

Reflections on Shuffle-Play Even the Losers By Tom Petty Tom Petty died a couple days ago. His death came right on the heels of a mass shooting in Las Vegas. In the midst of all of this, a baby was born in our congregation. Death and life – the seasons go round and round. I […]

What Brings You Life? (Sermon – 10/2/17)

22-23 But what happens when we live God’s way? He brings gifts into our lives, much the same way that fruit appears in an orchard—things like affection for others, exuberance about life, serenity. We develop a willingness to stick with things, a sense of compassion in the heart, and a conviction that a basic holiness permeates […]