Prayer is often described as simply talking to God, the problem is, it isn’t quite that simple. Prayer has a multifaceted role in our lives with God, and one of the primary components is that prayer helps us experience our connection to God. If prayer is experiencing God’s love and the meeting place between us […]
Often times people assume that God’s word is self evident. The challenge of hearing God is always the challenge of interpretation and the problem is that often our best intentions lead to bad outcomes. In order to hear God, we need God. We must always approach God’s word with humility and a sense of confession. […]
Music plays a vital, if not foundational, role in our liturgy. Music has the power to speak to our innermost being and it also has the power to move us beyond our individual experience to connect us to others, and even to the world around us. Sacred music in our worship service does both, and, […]
Often many who participate in liturgical worship services have little understanding of the role the various components of worship, the liturgy, have in our lives of faith. This lack of understanding spans across denominations and, unfortunately, it is a missed opportunity. By knowing what we are doing in worship and why we do it, we […]
Ash Wednesday is a time to remember that we are dust and to the dust we shall return. While this is hard news for many of us to hear, God remembers that we were created out of the dust and where we see dust, God sees the possibility for beauty.
At the end of the Gospel of Luke, Jesus gives the disciples the power to reveal his power and reconciliation in the world. We, as the church, have inherited this responsibility and when we talk about embodying the Christ in the world, we need to consider the everyday choices that become habits. Habits shape our decisions, […]
One of the greatest mysteries of the Christian faith is the trust that God places in the church to embody Jesus Christ in the world. Nowhere do we see this responsibility that the church carries than in the transition from the gospel of Luke to the book of Acts. At the end of Luke’s gospel Jesus […]
There is a significant difference between faith in Jesus Christ and the faith of Jesus Christ. The faith of Jesus is a gift that we have received whether we like it, know it, or believe it. We do not earn our relationship to God, we receive the gift of sharing in the glory of Jesus Christ. […]
In Jesus and his temptations in the wilderness, in the Gospel of Matthew, we see the balance between relationship and responsibility challenged. Jesus is tempted with appetite, affirmation and ambition and we are tempted in similar ways each day.
The story of Moses continues the theme of “Relationship and Responsibility” by showing the balance between the two. God calls Moses through the burning bush and even though he says he is not up to the task that God is calling him towards God empowers him and equips him.