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28 03, 2020

Saturday, March 28: Certain as the Sunrise, by Rev. David Horton

2020-03-28T21:54:01-05:00March 28th, 2020|All blogs, Devotionals for Times Like This|0 Comments

Scripture: Psalm 3 NRSV 1 O Lord, how many are my foes!    Many are rising against me;  2 many are saying to me,    ‘There is no help for you in God.’           Selah 3 But you, O Lord, are a shield around me,    my glory, and the one who lifts up my head.  4 I cry aloud to the Lord,    and he answers me from his holy hill.           Selah  5 I lie down and sleep;    I wake again, for the Lord sustains me.  6 I am not afraid of tens of thousands of people    who have set themselves against me [...]

27 03, 2020

The Temptations (of Christ, not the vocal group)

2020-03-27T09:51:15-05:00March 27th, 2020|All blogs, Inside-Out with Dr. Tom Pace|0 Comments

A PERSONAL PRAYER OK, God, I feel like I am running in circles, but staying in the same place. You know about all the phone calls, the ZOOM conferences, the worries about church and congregational health and finances and the future. You know I am praying more than ever, for my own family, for those who are sick, for the healthcare workers on the front line, for families with kids trying to do work and childcare from home, for our older adults stuck at home, for those who live paycheck to paycheck, for those who lead businesses and [...]

27 03, 2020

Friday, March 27: Priorities, by Louise McEvoy, Women’s Ministry Coordinator

2020-03-30T13:58:44-05:00March 27th, 2020|All blogs, Devotionals for Times Like This|0 Comments

Psalm 111 (NRSV) 1 Praise the Lord! I will give thanks to the Lord with my whole heart,     in the company of the upright, in the congregation. 2 Great are the works of the Lord,     studied by all who delight in them. 3 Full of honor and majesty is his work,     and his righteousness endures forever. 4 He has gained renown by his wonderful deeds;     the Lord is gracious and merciful. 5 He provides food for those who fear him;     he is ever mindful of his covenant. 6 He has shown his people the power of his works,     in [...]

26 03, 2020

Intimacy with God, by Kaitlynn Carroll

2020-03-26T08:37:41-05:00March 26th, 2020|All blogs, Student Devotionals|0 Comments

Psalm 45 (also Song of Songs 2): 1 My heart is stirred by a noble theme     as I recite my verses for the king;     my tongue is the pen of a skillful writer. 2 You are the most excellent of men     and your lips have been anointed with grace,     since God has blessed you forever. 3 Gird your sword on your side, you mighty one;     clothe yourself with splendor and majesty. 4 In your majesty ride forth victoriously     in the cause of truth, humility and justice;     let your right hand achieve awesome deeds. 5 Let your sharp arrows pierce [...]

26 03, 2020

Thursday, March 26: Disturbed, by Rev. Michelle Manuel

2020-03-26T08:09:18-05:00March 26th, 2020|All blogs, Devotionals for Times Like This|0 Comments

Psalm 4 NRSV 1 Answer me when I call, O God of my right!     You gave me room when I was in distress.     Be gracious to me, and hear my prayer. 2 How long, you people, shall my honor suffer shame?     How long will you love vain words, and seek after lies? Selah 3 But know that the Lord has set apart the faithful for himself;     the Lord hears when I call to him. 4 When you are disturbed, do not sin;     ponder it on your beds, and be silent. Selah 5 Offer right sacrifices,     and put your trust [...]

25 03, 2020

God is with Us, by Sam Montano

2020-03-25T11:49:59-05:00March 25th, 2020|All blogs, Student Devotionals|Comments Off on God is with Us, by Sam Montano

Psalm 46:  1 God is our refuge and strength,     an ever-present help in trouble. 2 Therefore we will not fear, though the earth give way     and the mountains fall into the heart of the sea, 3 though its waters roar and foam     and the mountains quake with their surging. 4 There is a river whose streams make glad the city of God,     the holy place where the Most High dwells. 5 God is within her, she will not fall;     God will help her at break of day. 6 Nations are in uproar, kingdoms fall;     he lifts his voice, the [...]

25 03, 2020

Wednesday, March 25: The Pits, by Lori Fahrbach, Children’s Ministries 1st-5th Grade

2020-03-30T13:59:28-05:00March 25th, 2020|All blogs, Devotionals for Times Like This|Comments Off on Wednesday, March 25: The Pits, by Lori Fahrbach, Children’s Ministries 1st-5th Grade

Psalm 40 NRSV: To the leader. Of David. A Psalm. 1 I waited patiently for the Lord;     he inclined to me and heard my cry. 2 He drew me up from the desolate pit,     out of the miry bog, and set my feet upon a rock,     making my steps secure. 3 He put a new song in my mouth,     a song of praise to our God. Many will see and fear,     and put their trust in the Lord. 4 Happy are those who make     the Lord their trust, who do not turn to the proud,     to those who go [...]

24 03, 2020

Tuesday, March 24: Wait Confidently, by Mike Mosby

2020-03-24T08:33:33-05:00March 24th, 2020|All blogs, Devotionals for Times Like This|Comments Off on Tuesday, March 24: Wait Confidently, by Mike Mosby

Psalm 27:14 NRSV14 Wait for the Lord;    be strong, and let your heart take courage;    wait for the Lord! Reflection:Waiting is not always a part of our lives since we live in a world with many conveniences. Amid the global viral pandemic of COVID-19, waiting has now become the “new normal”. This is not really a normal wait though. We are waiting for answers from government leaders and health officials, waiting to go back to church, sporting events, schools and even back to our favorite restaurants. Sadly, this waiting is more than just an inconvenience for many families, it [...]

23 03, 2020

Monday, March 23: Rooted, by Rev. Michelle & Quentin Manuel

2020-03-23T09:32:48-05:00March 23rd, 2020|All blogs, Devotionals for Times Like This|Comments Off on Monday, March 23: Rooted, by Rev. Michelle & Quentin Manuel

Psalm 1 NRSV 1 Blessed is the one     who does not walk in step with the wicked or stand in the way that sinners take     or sit in the company of mockers, 2 but whose delight is in the law of the Lord,     and who meditates on his law day and night. 3 That person is like a tree planted by streams of water,     which yields its fruit in season and whose leaf does not wither—     whatever they do prospers. 4 Not so the wicked!     They are like chaff     that the wind blows away. 5 Therefore the wicked will [...]

20 03, 2020

A Personal Prayer from Dr. Tom Pace

2020-03-20T14:37:59-05:00March 20th, 2020|All blogs, Inside-Out with Dr. Tom Pace|2 Comments

Dear God, This morning, in my study time, I read these words in your Scripture. “May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that you may overflow in hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.” (Romans 15:13) So that is what I am praying for today. I am praying for you to speak to the anxious places of my heart and fill me with hope and joy and peace that it overflows into every personal interaction I have with my close family, and every virtual or distance interaction I have [...]