Weekly Readings: First Sunday of Advent

First reading Isaiah 64:1-9 Psalm Psalm 80:1-7, 17-19 Second reading 1 Corinthians 1:3-9 Gospel Mark 13:24-37 Prayer: Lord as we begin to look forward to the celebration of your birth, let us continue to remember and look forward to your next coming. May we anticipate your arrival as those looking for your nativity. Amen.

Wednesday with the Wesleys

But although a difference in opinions or modes of worship may prevent an entire external union, yet need it prevent our union in affection? Though we cannot think alike, may we not love alike? May we not be of one heart, though we are not of one opinion? Without all doubt we may. Herein all... Continue Reading →

Isaac Watts

Modern worship services owe much to Isaac Watts; he is the father of hymn writing in the English language. While there were excellent hymns prior to Watts (some of which are still used today), he used his genius to bring the art of hymns to a new level, especially for 18th century England. Known for... Continue Reading →

Prayer of the Week

Our Father in Heaven,We give thanks for the pleasureOf gathering together for this occasion.We give thanks for this foodPrepared by loving hands.We give thanks for life,The freedom to enjoy it allAnd all other blessings.As we partake of this food,We pray for health and strengthTo carry on and try to live as You would have us.This... Continue Reading →

Weekly Reading: Proper 29

First reading and Psalm Ezekiel 34:11-16, 20-24 Psalm 100 Second reading Ephesians 1:15-23 Gospel Matthew 25:31-46 Prayer: O Great Shepherd, come to guide me, lead me as I follow along. I am trying to follow after you, please keep me from wandering astray. When you come in judgment I want to be found in your... Continue Reading →

John Bunyan “Pilgrim’s Progress”

"Pilgrim's Progress" might be the most familiar book on the list for most people; many who have not read the book are still familiar with the basic structure of Christian seeking out his home in Celestial City. Bunyan wrote this allegory while in prison as a dissenter. The book is an allegory for the Christian's... Continue Reading →

Wednesday with the Wesleys

To William Wilberforce Balam, February 24, 1791 Dear Sir, Unless the divine power has raised you up to be as Athanasius contra mundum [against the world], I see not how you can go through your glorious enterprise in opposing that execrable villany which is the scandal of religion, of England, and of human nature. Unless... Continue Reading →

Jacob Boehme

Boehme (1575-1624) was a German Lutheran mystic, who is known for his work Aurora a reflection on a vision he had while focusing on the beauty of a sunbeam. He is most known for dealing with the concepts and relationships of sin and redemption.  "When in such sadness I earnestly elevated my spirit into God... Continue Reading →

Prayer of the week

We thank you for the mystery of creation: for the beauty that the eye can see, for the joy that the ear may hear, for the unknown that we cannot behold filling the universe with wonder, for the expanse of space that draws us beyond the definitions of our selves.We thank you for setting us... Continue Reading →

Weekly Readings: Proper 28

First reading and Psalm Judges 4:1-7 Psalm 123 Second reading 1 Thessalonians 5:1-11 Gospel Matthew 25:14-30 Prayer: Lord, help me to show wisdom, I pray, give me work to do so that I can be more than a busybody, and may I grow into your likeness so that when people come to me for aid... Continue Reading →

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