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Keep Awake

This Sunday, our 8th-grade confirmation students will learn about the Christian calendar and the different seasons and holidays we honor as a church. Sure, Christmas and Easter are quite familiar. My guess is that most if not all of our youth could give a brief explanation of these holidays. Ordinary Time, (our green season) is that which we spend most of the year in, yet it is less familiar, probably because it is, well, ordinary. Then there are the seasons of Lent and Advent, seasons of waiting and preparation.

The Fabric of Our Faith

During this season of Thanksgiving, we are drawn to the underlying structure of what we believe as people of God. We take part in the blessed and honored ritual of giving thanks to God for all that God prepares, protects, enriches, and preserves for our lives, which is not expressed nearly enough throughout the year.

Grateful

Being a human is complicated. Being in relationship with one another? Even more complicated. I have a favorite professor from seminary who also terrifies me a little bit! It's complex, but it's real. I'll never forget walking into her class for the first time with lots of anticipation. She was tough. This is what I heard over and over and over again. A few other friends were in this class and we planned on celebrating #NoTearsTuesdays when we made it through classes without crying. All of this had been thought out even before we'd gone through the syllabus with her!

Saintly Living and Resurrection

I have read that "A saint, also historically known as a hallow, is a person who is recognized as having an exceptional degree of holiness or likeness or closeness to God." (Wikipedia)

Salvation, Commitment and Grace

I am interested in what we think about when we become committed to a belief that is foundational to our life? How much of our commitment to that foundational belief is experienced in our everyday lives? I have done some reading regarding commitment based on a foundational belief, and how it is demonstrated in the lives of the average person and I discovered there is a distinct difference between being an advocate of something and a witness to it. That is also true of how we express our commitment to a foundational belief that we hold dearly.

To Sing Your Praise

Fall is here. We see it in the changing colors on the trees, in the brisk temperatures especially at night, and in the daylight ending a little earlier each and every day. I love fall. I love the colors, the smells, and the activities. Yet, I find myself getting more and more tired as light turns into darkness a little earlier each day. My body takes the darkness as a signal to sleep, to rest... but do I? Though nature is cyclical, journeying in seasons, often we resist these patterns and seek to continue producing and working, doing all of the things at the same pace always.

Faithful Living

In what way should we live out our faith? In our Bible reading for this week from 2 Timothy 3:14-4:5, we're returning to the teachings of Paul in his second letter to Timothy. We may have read this gut-wrenching scene as Paul writes from prison for the last time, or have seen it portrayed in a play, a film, or on TV, but for many of us it is not our favorite part of the Bible to try and model in our daily lives.

Where You Go, I Will Go

When you think about the organizations and activities you participate in, what are some of the most important factors for you? For me, without a doubt, community rises to the top. This is one of the many reasons I love the church. As a child, in many ways, the church raised me. Outside of my parents and school, people at church were those that I saw the most, and they more than saw me. They taught me about faith and serving others, nurtured my interests and talents, celebrated big moments in my life, and journeyed with me through the chaos.

More Faith, More Devotion

I have always been drawn to the hymn, "What a Friend We Have in Jesus." The three verses that are written in it provide a rich source of what God supplies to us if we are willing and ready to open ourselves up to a deep and long-standing connection with Jesus, as part of the triune God.

Here is the first verse:

A Heart Full of Hope and Presence of Praise

Have you ever been forced to do something you didn't want to do? I think about the youth I work with who lack autonomy in so many spaces. So much of their lives is not optional. Sometimes when we find ourselves in a space that is "mandatory" but not where we want to be, it is more than difficult to participate with any enthusiasm.

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