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Summoned by God

January 20, 2021

January 18, 2021Good afternoon,” Summoned By the God Who Made Us” Song number 1 in the new Voices Together Hymnal” Summoned by the God who made us,   Rich in diversity,  Gathered in the name of Jesus,   Richer still in unity.    ( verse 1) Refrain  Let us bring the gifts that differ, and in splendid, varied ways  Sing […]


January 20, 2021

January 18, 2021 Good afternoon,” So here I am to worship,  here I am to say that you’re my God,  You’re altogether lovely, altogether worthy, altogether wonderful to me.   I’ll never know how much it cost   to see my sin upon that cross.”          Here I Am To Worship, from Voices Together # 227  In […]

Changing our Minds, One meal at a time

January 14, 2021

January 13, 2021Good afternoon everyone, ” About noon the following day as they were on their journey and approaching the city, Peter went up on the roof to pray.  He became hungry and wanted something to eat, and while the meal was being prepared, he fell into a trance.  He saw heaven opened and something like a large sheet being let […]


January 12, 2021

January 12, 2021Good afternoon, ” Stay with me, remain here with me,  Watch and pray. “ The words above are from a Taize song. Taize is a community that worships. The brothers lead worship, singing, praying and the reading of Scripture, three times a day. The community began just after World War II, and have been all over […]

Guernica The Beast of War

January 12, 2021

January 9, 2021Good afternoon,” Jesus came to break down the dividing wall of hostility and bring peace.”   Paul in his letter to the Ephesains.This painting is called ” Guernica “ It was created by Picasso in 1937. It is considered by some art critics to be the greatest anti-war painting in history. It was in response to a massacre in the […]

The Spirit Blows Wherever …..

January 5, 2021

January 4, 2021 Good afternoon, ” Lifted by unseen hands ”    from Haiku 2021 ” The wind blows wherever it pleases. You hear its sound, but you cannot tell where it comes from or where it is going. So it is with everyone born of the Spirit.”       John 3:8 For this week’s devotionals I […]

Soaring like Vultures

January 5, 2021

Sunday January 2, 2021 Welcome to this sacred day of worship. It is a day set aside by the church, to stop, to reflect and to worship the God of heaven and earth. We hope you find the space for the presence of God this morning ” Soaring like Vultures. “ is the first line […]

A New Year

January 5, 2021

January 2, 2021 Good afternoon, You will notice a new haiku at the bottom of the email. Monika has gifted me with a new haiku: Soaring like vultures Lifted by unseen hands  Trust, Silent enters my fears. Haiku is a Japanese form of poetry. It is three lines long. The first line has 5 syllables, […]

Timeless Faith

December 30, 2020

December 30, 2020Good afternoon,” Time is what prevents everything from happening at once.”      from John Archibald Wheeler, American physicist .       — given to me by Richard Kaufmann  The way we measure time is helpful to us to see the past, present and future. 2021 is an arbitrary number. The Jewish calendar is […]


December 30, 2020

December 29, 2020 Good afternoon,” Forget the former things do not dwell on the past. See, I am doing a new thing Now it springs up; do you not perceive it? I am making a way in the wilderness and streams in the wasteland.”               Isaiah 33:18-19 I assume you have had a difficult period in your […]