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Lenten Devotional: First Week in Lent: Tuesday, February 20

  The Prophets and the Birth of Jesus: An everlasting kingdom Isaiah 9:6 • For a child has been born for us, a son given to us; authority rests upon his shoulders; and he is named Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.  The prophet Isaiah predicted that the kingdom ushered in by Jesus… Read more »

Lenten Devotional: Saturday, February 17

  Jesus and the Prophets: No longer a child Luke 4:24 • And he said, “Truly I tell you, no prophet is accepted in the prophet’s hometown.” Jesus went back to his hometown to deliver his first sermon. But after a challenging message, the same people who praised him were now ready to push him… Read more »

Barn Boots and Blessings

Ashes and violence and teen’s question: Why?   by Donna Frischknecht Jackson   The sanctuary was mostly quiet. Every now and then a hum, rattle and swoosh from the ancient heating system would interrupt the stillness. It was a welcomed noise as I was trying hard to keep the cavernous room at a toasty 60… Read more »

Lenten Devotional: Friday, February 16

  Jesus and the Prophets: God cares Deuteronomy 18:18 • I will raise up for them a prophet like you from among their own people; I will put my words in the mouth of the prophet, who shall speak to them everything that I command. The people of Israel were in despair because Moses was… Read more »

justleros: more than nonsense / más que disparates

Turn and trust A Revised Common Lectionary resource for February 18 by Magdalena I. García Now after John was arrested, Jesus came to Galilee, proclaiming the good news of God, and saying, “The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God has come near; repent, and believe in the good news.” – Mark 1:14-15 Read… Read more »

The B-Flat Christian

And the Walls Came a Tumblin’ Down What ‘walls’ do we need God to tear down in our lives?  by Rebecca Lister  And the walls came a tumblin’ down. These words came to me the other morning as I was listening to an interview by the author of a book entitled The Line Becomes a… Read more »

Lenten Devotional: Thursday, February 15

  Jesus and the Prophets: Who are you? Luke 24:25–27 • Then he said to them, “Oh, how foolish you are, and how slow of heart to believe all that the prophets have declared! Was it not necessary that the Messiah should suffer these things and then enter into his glory?” Then beginning with Moses… Read more »

The Church for Today

Going backwards How church entryways have changed   by Richard Hong    In March 2016, our historic sanctuary was destroyed in a three-alarm fire. After five months of worshiping in “portable” locations, we returned to our gym, which we outfitted for use as a worship space until our sanctuary can be rebuilt. Last month we took… Read more »