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14 12, 2018

Christmas Festival, by Sid Davis

2018-12-14T11:10:43-06:00December 14th, 2018|All blogs, We Tell Our Stories|0 Comments

I once heard someone say, “When you listen to the radio, you don’t want to hear one piece of music in this style, then another that’s completely different, and on and on…do you?” Why yes.  As a matter of fact, that’s exactly what I want. It’s not that I don’t love big categories of music, it’s just that I believe every piece of music benefits from contrast. Rather like putting an antique next to Eames. Both pieces benefit. It’s that “shopping technique,” if you will, that helps to form this morning - this Christmas Festival. I admit I’m constantly [...]

14 12, 2018

The Holy Family

2018-12-14T08:48:20-06:00December 14th, 2018|All blogs, Inside-Out with Dr. Tom Pace|0 Comments

A PERSONAL PRAYER God, I love my family. I must admit, I am a little too proud of them - all of them. Oh, we are clearly not perfect, and you know that. You know our "stuff" and the tensions and challenges that show up. But you know, too, God, that we work through them because we are "compelled by love" to do so. (2 Corinthians 5:14) And during Christmastime, I am especially thankful to you for my family. What an incredibly amazing gift. You put us here in families. More importantly, though, you came as Jesus Christ so that we might be part [...]

7 12, 2018

A Dream for Every Child, by Karen and Andrew Limmer

2018-12-07T10:08:38-06:00December 7th, 2018|All blogs, We Tell Our Stories|0 Comments

We were overjoyed to welcome our first son, Henry, in 2014, but we quickly learned the meaning of the old expression, “It takes a village.” Two adults are not enough to care for one baby; one tired mommy is not enough to care for her baby and herself, and three hours of sleep at night is not enough to do much of anything. As Henry and our youngest, William, get older, we are increasingly grateful for the many loving and influential adults in their lives. Our boys are blessed beyond measure. They have four doting grandparents and one [...]

7 12, 2018

A Gift-Giving God

2018-12-07T09:21:57-06:00December 7th, 2018|All blogs, Inside-Out with Dr. Tom Pace|0 Comments

A PERSONAL PRAYER Gracious, gift-giving God, There are some amazing people in this world, who reflect your love in tangible ways into my life. A neighbor comes by with tomatoes from his garden. A friend takes the time to write me a note of encouragement. A church member, who I know has limited resources, writes a check to support a project. A colleague takes more than a few minutes to visit with me on the phone when I call. There are signs of generosity all around me. I am so thankful to you for these people, in whom I can see [...]

30 11, 2018

Waiting for the Baby To Come, by Suzi Pitts

2018-11-30T09:30:08-06:00November 30th, 2018|All blogs, We Tell Our Stories|0 Comments

I’m waiting for a baby to come. I’m waiting for the phone to ring. The anticipation is delightful, and I’m preparing to jump on a Southwest Airlines flight to see this little one as soon as she’s born. My prayers have been with her ever since we learned that she was conceived. I remember where my husband and I were when our son let us know. There was quite the celebration as the champagne they sent to our table was popped.” Everyone! We are going to be grandparents again!! Celebrate with us!” We asked for extra glasses, and [...]

30 11, 2018

Keep It Simple!

2018-11-30T09:22:03-06:00November 30th, 2018|All blogs, Inside-Out with Dr. Tom Pace|0 Comments

A PERSONAL PRAYER God of love, It is getting pretty crazy. Stuff to do at work. Planning for next year. Thinking about year end. Lots of worship services. Wanting it all to be just right. Stuff to do at home. Christmas gifts to think about. Parties coming up. Christmas cards to send. Thank you notes to write.  So in the midst of all of this, what really matters? It was in the cacophony of Bethlehem, packed full of people because of a census taken by a crazy king, that a simple ordinary thing happened in a simple ordinary stable. A little baby was born, [...]

20 11, 2018

Thanksgiving, by Shelby Olive

2018-11-20T13:17:12-06:00November 20th, 2018|All blogs, We Tell Our Stories|0 Comments

My very first job right out of college was at the Galveston County Daily News. I worked the night shift as a copy editor and layout designer, and for the most part, it wasn’t too bad. That is, it wasn’t too bad until the holiday season. I no longer had the luxury of stepping away from work and celebrating these days with my family. On Thanksgiving Day, my mom made a plate of turkey and all the sides for me to take to work, and I cried the entire way to the office. This one Thanksgiving away from [...]

9 11, 2018

Setting the Lord’s Table, by Nancy Walker

2018-11-09T12:21:49-06:00November 9th, 2018|All blogs, We Tell Our Stories|0 Comments

Several years ago, I learned how unaware I had been about how a church service happens. As I entered the building on Sunday mornings, everything was in place: bulletins, collection plates for the offertory, attendance pads, children’s activity packets, Communion elements, ushers at the door, pews filling with the congregation. All I had to do was sit down and hopefully not fall asleep during the sermon! My perspective changed when I became a member of the Altar Guild. Many mornings of the year, I now arrive at 7:30 a.m. The church is already humming by the time I [...]

9 11, 2018

Maybe if I just ignore it…

2018-11-09T12:12:27-06:00November 9th, 2018|All blogs, Inside-Out with Dr. Tom Pace|0 Comments

A PERSONAL PRAYER God of light, Another mass shooting, God. I wonder how many times I will lift up to you families of people killed for no good reason.  As always, I pray for comfort and strength for them, and for a community of love to surround them and share in their pain.  And I grieve that it has become so common that we simply gasp one more time and then move on with life.  Is there something we can do about it, God?  Can you do something about it, God?  Or maybe we will just glance at [...]

2 11, 2018

Don’t miss today

2018-11-02T09:17:34-05:00November 2nd, 2018|All blogs, Inside-Out with Dr. Tom Pace|0 Comments

A PERSONAL PRAYER God of love, I have been thinking that today might be my last day on earth. Who knows what today, or tomorrow, or the next day will bring? I might have 10,000 days left in my life, and I might have just this one. I don't want to throw today away or miss the experience of this hour or even this minute.  And yet, I am always hurrying on to the next thing, always running from one thing to the next, living in tomorrow, regretting what I missed or did yesterday, reminiscing about the good old days, dreaming [...]