It’s hard to believe that temptation could be a gift.  We think of temptation as things we seek to avoid, sins and vices and things of that sort. This coming Sunday, April 2 we will be exploring temptation as a gift and what we might learn from it. As a teaser here is a video…

My understanding of Communion has changed over the years.  While I grew up UCC, not particularly high church when it comes to sacraments, Communion is one of the two (along with Baptism) that our tradition actually considers a sacrament.  That means (in my very common explanation) that they are sacred and to be performed by…

This Lenten Season the congregation and I are focusing on the “Gifts of the Dark Wood” based on a book of that title by Erik Elnes.  Our theme flows through worship and study and I have found it to be a very powerful message that resonates well with Lent, but particularly well with life’s journey….

I am still processing my experience with StreetLife mission on Ash Wednesday.  My colleague, Erik Koepnick and I went out on the evening shift from 10pm-1am.  To say that I had long lost touch with any street smarts I may have had is an understatement.   I was nervous, afraid is a better word.  I…

Lent is always a time for deeper commitment and journey and the Liturgical Arts team felt that the theme of the gifts of the dark wood work well with the season.  We hope it is an opportunity to engage more fully in the themes that represent the realities of life. However, we want to make…

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