10 08, 2018

Is it my best?

2018-08-10T14:59:07-05:00August 10th, 2018|All blogs, Inside-Out with Dr. Tom Pace|0 Comments

A PERSONAL PRAYER Gracious God, Today, I want to see the amazing gifts all around me. The letter of James reminds me that "every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights..." (1:17) I know what is the proper response to a gift - to appreciate it, to enjoy it, to experience it fully, and most of all to be grateful for it. This very day is that kind of gift, coming down for me from your gracious and generous nature. I pray for a heart and mind to receive [...]

3 08, 2018

Whatever is Beautiful, by Kathryn King Coleman

2018-08-03T11:13:33-05:00August 3rd, 2018|All blogs, We Tell Our Stories|0 Comments

What determines beauty? Is it intrinsic, as in the beauty of a rose in full bloom, or the giggle of a delighted baby at the silly antics of a parent? Or is it “in the eye of the beholder” - totally subjective, determined by the individual - the reason some prefer Mozart to Stravinsky, symmetry to asymmetry? On Sundays we are surrounded by beauty: majestic organ music filling our Sanctuary, a family’s joy during an infant baptism, 100 voices blended in choral song, friendly faces wreathed in smiles, the corporate affirmation of our beliefs. And it is easy [...]

3 08, 2018

In the Eye of the Beholder

2018-08-03T08:58:51-05:00August 3rd, 2018|All blogs, Inside-Out with Dr. Tom Pace|0 Comments

A PERSONAL PRAYER God of everything good, Your Scripture tells us that "no one can see God." (1 Timothy 6:16). Sometimes, though, when I see something incredibly amazing and beautiful, I wonder if maybe I have seen you after all. Yes, God, I can hear your warning now. I know I must be careful not to confuse you - the creator, with things of the world -- your creation. The pagans worshipped the forces of creation as if they were gods themselves, and I don't want to do that. Instead, I love and worship you, the one who [...]

27 07, 2018

Whatever is Pure, by Debbie Weymouth

2018-07-27T09:10:30-05:00July 27th, 2018|All blogs, We Tell Our Stories|0 Comments

How delightful that I was asked to share this week, as I am celebrating twenty entirely amazing years as Director of St. Luke’s Day School! My days are filled with loveable, inspiring young children and the adults who adore them. On any given day I am able to witness purely authentic moments of children’s wonder, imagination, and creative thinking as we play and learn together! Over the years, my favorite title has become Chapel Helper. Every week during the school year, I have a role in leading energetic worship services for two to five year old children! We [...]

27 07, 2018

100% pure…

2018-07-27T09:02:43-05:00July 27th, 2018|All blogs, Inside-Out with Dr. Tom Pace|0 Comments

A PERSONAL PRAYER God of transformation, I must have a corrupted file somewhere in the operating system of my mind. The thoughts I think. The passions that pop up when I don't expect it. The angers and resentments that won't go away. The fears that eat at me. I can't seem to shake them. I continue to think about how your son taught us: "Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God." (Matt. 5:8) I am a long way from pure in heart, I am afraid, so does that mean that I won't see you? [...]

20 07, 2018

Building Community, by Steve McCurdy

2018-07-20T09:37:03-05:00July 20th, 2018|All blogs, We Tell Our Stories|0 Comments

When I met Sid Davis, I had that sense that happens occasionally that you are re-meeting a long-lost family member. We resonated immediately and deeply. We started a collaboration that is now almost 30 years old. Together we have written, produced and performed almost 60 shows with about 30 of them original works. We have done this in an effort to give gifted individuals a stage upon which to apply their gifts… but more importantly… to build and forward – community. Jesus was a very social guy. Water-into-wine is a great opener for starting to engage with the [...]

20 07, 2018

Let justice roll down like waters…

2018-07-20T09:31:06-05:00July 20th, 2018|All blogs, Inside-Out with Dr. Tom Pace|0 Comments

A PERSONAL PRAYER God of justice... I don't understand why I was born who I am, with the resources I have been offered and the love that has been poured into me, while my Zoe Ministries friend, the Guatemalan boy of twelve, has grown up in a family where his mother is dead and his father is disabled, so he has to be the primary breadwinner. Or why my children were given a stable home with loving parents, while the average foster child changes families seven times. I can go on and on. It doesn't seem right. It [...]

17 07, 2018

<7% by Tomaz Diaz

2018-07-17T08:58:45-05:00July 17th, 2018|All blogs, We Tell Our Stories|0 Comments

This summer, I had the chance to attend the camp Youth Becoming Leaders in Kentucky for two weeks to leap further into my faith. YBL has been a time for me to grow in my leadership abilities and in my knowledge of Wesleyan Theology. I would say that one thing God has done for me in those two weeks was making me more ambitious to serve further in his ministry by getting me to start my own ministry project with the resources, connections, and skills I was given at the camp. Thanks to the guidance of God, camp [...]

17 07, 2018

Small Things

2018-07-17T08:55:05-05:00July 17th, 2018|All blogs, We Tell Our Stories|0 Comments

The goal to raise $5,000 for this year’s Vacation Bible School service project seemed lofty, especially with the impact Hurricane Harvey had on the city. But small things make a big difference in the kingdom of God. In total, the campers raised $8,093.11, which bought 404 special beds with netting for children in Africa that will help ward off mosquitoes and the diseases they carry. Raising this money was not all about children emptying out the excess change they have in their piggy banks at home, though. Through supporting a meaningful cause at the largest children’s event of [...]

29 06, 2018

Equal at the Table of God, by Michelle Shonbeck

2018-06-29T09:14:45-05:00June 29th, 2018|All blogs, We Tell Our Stories|0 Comments

There’s a memory from my childhood that’s meaningful to me. It’s a little blurred around the edges, as childhood memories can be. I was eight or nine years old, and it was near Christmas. My dad was going to run some errands and asked if I wanted to join him. I jumped at the chance to spend time alone with him. I don’t recall any of the errands we ran that day except for one, the stop at Dad’s bank. We walked in, and he introduced me to all the tellers and the bank president. He was an [...]