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A Season of Peace: Monday, September 14

Making Peace as a Child Peace in Relationships  Suzanne Gangemi Matthew 5:9 You’re blessed when you can show people how to cooperate instead of compete or fight. That’s when you discover who you really are, and your place in God’s family. (“The Message”) Reflection: Children’s Ministry and peacemaking go together like hugs and kisses, like… Read more »

A Season of Peace: Sunday, September 13  

Family of Choice Peace in Relationships Henry Koenig Stone John 19:26–27 When Jesus saw his mother and the disciple whom he loved standing beside her, he said to his mother, “Woman, here is your son.” Then he said to the disciple, “Here is your mother.” And from that hour the disciple took her into his… Read more »

A Season of Peace: Saturday, September 12

Wrestling with Toxic Masculinity  Peace Within  Rev. Carl Horton 1 Corinthians 13:4–8  Love is patient; love is kind; love is not envious or boastful or arrogant or rude. It does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful; it does not rejoice in wrongdoing, but rejoices in the truth. It bears… Read more »

A Season of Peace: Friday, September 11

Ritual for a Lifelong Peacemaker Peace Within  Rev. Richard A. Koenig Philippians 4:6b … in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God.” (NRSV) Reflection: Scattered around the grounds of the Chautauqua Institution in southwestern New York State are more than 20 “Peace Poles.” During the summer season,… Read more »

A Season of Peace: Thursday, September 10

Inner Peace in a Burning World Peace Within  Rev. Ben Perry John 16:33  “I have said this to you, that in me you may have peace. In the world you have tribulation; but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world.” (RSV) Reflection: What does it mean to cultivate inner peace in a world… Read more »

A Season of Peace: Wednesday, September 9

Accepting Hope Peace Within  Elder Susan B. Orr 1 Timothy 4:10 “For to this end we toil and struggle, because we have our hope set on the living God, who is the Savior of all people, especially of those who believe.” Reflection: On Epiphany this year, I was given my first “Star Word” by a… Read more »

A Season of Peace: Tuesday, September 8

Peace that the Earth Can Give Peace Within Madison McKinney Job 12: 7–9 “But ask the animals, and they will teach you; the birds of the air, and they will tell you; ask the plants of the earth, and they will teach you; and the fish of the sea will declare to you. Who among all… Read more »

A Season of Peace: Monday, September 7

Finding Refuge in Stillness Making Peace Within  Rev. Valerie Austin Psalm 46:5–7,10a God is in the midst of the city; it shall not be moved; God will help it when the morning dawns. The nations are in an uproar, the kingdoms totter; the Creator utters God’s voice, the earth melts. The LORD of hosts is with us; the God of Jacob is… Read more »

A Season of Peace: Sunday, September 6, 2020

  Casting Out Demons in the Mirror Peace Within Henry Koenig Stone Matthew 7:4–5 “Or how can you say to your neighbor, ‘Let me take the speck out of your eye,’ while the log is in your own eye? You hypocrite, first take the log out of your own eye, and then you will see… Read more »

A Season of Peace: Sunday, October 6, 2019

Partaking in peace in worship and at table this World Communion Sunday and through the Peace & Global Witness Offering  Giving and receiving our portion  Rev. Dr. Alonzo Johnson  Lamentations 3:24 “The Lord is my portion,” says my soul, “therefore I will hope in God.”  Reflection: Today’s text from Lamentations comes from a dark time… Read more »