Tag: sabbath

OUT OF THE CHAOS 06.28.2020

Today I invite you to relax into your favorite chair, rest your head against the back and close your eyes. Take three minutes to listen to this reading of Psalm 8, noticing especially the psalmist’s emphasis on the holiness of God and the vast gulf between God and man. And yet, God is near, only …

OUT OF THE CHAOS 06.07.2020

I grew up on a farm bordering a river. Eighty acres of the property is a conifer woods along the river. The bank of the river is a great place to watch the sunset. One evening, a friend and I decided to go to the river and do just that. During the blue hour following …

OUT OF THE CHAOS 05.10.2020

Today is Mother’s Day. A time when traditionally in our church service we would recognize and honor mothers. It’s also a time when those for whom motherhood is elusive find reasons to stay home. I would to. It’s so difficult for dreams to go unrealized, to accept that which we never wanted to accept. My …

OUT OF THE CHAOS 05.03.2020

As I worked outside in my landscaping, a song ran through my mind on repeat. A portion of the lyrics are this: “…Sing a little louder (in the presence of my enemies); sing a little louder (louder than my unbelief); sing a little louder (my weapon is a melody); sing a little louder (heaven comes …

out of the chaos 04.05.2020

Your attention please: Easter and Holy Week is still happening! Today is commonly known as Palm Sunday, the day Jesus rode into Jerusalem on a donkey, greeted by worshippers waving palm branches and proclaiming him King of Israel! All four gospels record the event, each with a slightly different emphasis. Luke and John both record …

Out of the Chaos 03.22.2020

While we may not be able to meet in large groups, we can enjoy worship together. If you don’t have a service to join online, I invite you to visit our service at Maple City Chapel. We will be streaming at 9:00 and 10:45. Even if you have never visited church before, today is a …

Daily Reads 02.16.2020

Who may worship in your sanctuary, Lord? Who may enter your presence on your holy hill? Those who lead blameless lives and do what is right, speaking the truth from sincere hearts. Those who refuse to gossip or harm their neighbors or speak evil of their friends. Those who despise flagrant sinners, and honor the faithful …

Daily Reads 02.09.2020

Your help comes from Him alone! Pause, take 5 and listen!

Daily Reads 01.26.2020

Today as you enter worship, or contemplate your day, invite Jesus into your thoughts. What is it you need today? Set your intention, check your posture, and prepare to receive. He is in the business of renewal. And so, dear brothers and sisters, I plead with you to give your bodies to God because of all …

Daily Reads 10.13.2019

Read: Genesis 8:11 In the story of the flood, God looked at the wickedness of man and it broke his heart. To get the full picture, read Genesis 6-8. When the flood waters receded, the dove brought back an olive branch. A symbol for Noah. An olive branch is a symbol of peace. I chose …