Ways to Pray in Lent I Matthew 4:1-11 Okay, now we are into some practical advice. For much of the season of Epiphany, I have been trying to get us to at least think more and maybe even think differently about prayer: what prayer is, what prayer is meant to do, and how it is […]

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What Worship Needs?

With today being the annual meeting, we are intentionally keeping our worship service this morning shorter. When deciding what to shorten or what to trim, it provided me with some interesting food for thought about what is “essential” when it comes to worship. You may notice that in the bulletin, I’ve called this a “reflection” […]

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A Prayer for Reconciliation

Text: Matthew 5:21-26 There is a section in the gospel of Matthew that seems to be a collection of some of the hardest things that Jesus ever said. It’s as if Matthew wasn’t quite sure where to put them, and seemed to shove them all in one place. Mark and Luke do report Jesus saying […]

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The Fast We Choose

Isaiah 58:1-9a As we get closer and closer to Lent, I’m going to be putting more of my conversations around prayer into what I hope is a more practical application. Two weeks ago, I touched on this: the very act of lighting a candle can become a form of prayer. There are going to be […]

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Prayer of the Humble Walk

Micah 6:1-8 One of the questions that I received when I started down this path of exploring prayer in more depth was “What is the power of prayer?” It came with the question about the purpose of prayer, which I touched on a few weeks ago, yet the purpose and power of prayer are really […]

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