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It’s hard to believe that Advent starts later this month. If you’re like me, you’re still getting ready to “get ready”. Advent is all about getting ready for the coming of Christ into the world. But sometimes the run-up to Christmas feels so busy that we forget to set aside time to prepare our hearts […]

Martin Luther

Matthew 5:1-12 5:1 When Jesus saw the crowds, he went up the mountain; and after he sat down, his disciples came to him. 5:2 Then he began to speak, and taught them, saying: 5:3 “Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. 5:4 “Blessed are those who mourn, for they […]

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2 Corinthians 9:6-15 6 The point is this: the one who sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and the one who sows bountifully will also reap bountifully. 7 Each of you must give as you have made up your mind, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver. 8 And God is […]

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Philippians 4:4-9 Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, Rejoice. Let your gentleness be known to everyone. The Lord is near. Do not worry about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will […]

Our children's Bible at the church.

Right before I started as your pastor this summer, we went down to Virginia to see my parents. And on the Sunday we were there my mom and I decided to worship at the local UCC church. The pastor that day was talking about the story of Noah’s Ark. And he was talking about how […]

"Adoration of the Golden Calf" - Herrad of Landsberg, 12th Century

Recently I heard a story about Ruby Bridges. In 1960 she was a six year old African-American girl in New Orleans who had the unenvious task of desegregating a formerly all-white elementary school. You may have seen pictures of her. A little girl walking into school surrounded by tall US Marshals. As she walked to […]

Copyright, believed to be Nadia Bolz Weber (please contact me if this is incorrect and I'll be glad to change it).

When I was a kid there were these books that I would often read called “Choose Your Own Adventure Books”. The idea was simple. You started reading and after a few pages there would be a question. And you were given two options, leading you to two different pages in the book. For instance, you […]