Sabbath: Peace Between People

Setting apart Sabbath time, trusting God’s promises to protect and provide for you in that time, changes a person and it transforms relationships. Colossians 3:12-16, Mark 12:28-34 I belong to an online group that connects nearby neighbors as well as a slightly wider geographic area that reaches into Wilmette and throughout Evanston, where I live. […]

The Harvest is Plentiful

“The harvest is plentiful, but the laborers are few; therefore pray earnestly to the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into his harvest.” Matthew 9:35 – 10:1 Last night I got to go see the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. I have been a violinist for much of my life. One of the things I’ve […]

Fire, Millennials, Church, Determination

Filled up with the Holy Spirit and God’s abundant love, we have been given the steady, strong, and secure Pentecost flame of determination. Acts 2:1-21 Grace and peace to you from God our Parent and Creator, who fills us with the Holy Spirit through our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.  Amen. I am grateful for […]

Come Watch: Screenagers, Growing Up in the Digital Age

Join us for a special screening of Screenagers, Growing Up in the Digital Age: Watch with the whole family! When: Sunday, 06/11/17 from 6:00-8:00 PM Where: 1133 Pfingsten Road, Northbrook, IL Info: , (847)272-0400 Free to the Public Award-winning SCREENAGERS probes into the vulnerable corners of family life, including the director’s own, and depicts messy struggles, over […]

“The Way, The Truth, The Life”

In a world that would seek to divide us, we are given a direction to follow, a way to live and hope for the future. We are invited to follow, to trust, to believe. John 14:1-14 These last weeks have been a focus on the stories of Jesus’ appearances to his disciples after the resurrection […]

Road to Emmaus

It is still the same day – resurrection day – Easter day.  Today, God is present and near.  Jesus is at the table sharing the meal, connecting us to one another and sending us out to be his hands and feet and heart in the world. Luke 24:13-35 It was still the same day – […]

Place Your Life Before God – NEW LIFE

“Mortal, can these bones live?” (Ezekiel 37:3).  This question asked of Ezekiel in the valley of dry bones may hit awfully close to home for us and for our world.  And yet, even when we are in the midst of it, we still know the end of the story, we know that God’s final word […]

Place Your Life Before God – OUR SENSES

 When you look out on the world, at the people around you, what do you see? In the 9th chapter of John, we read the story of the man who was born blind who is given the gift of sight. This story makes me wonder about the difference between what we see and what God […]

Place Your Life Before God – TRUST

So here’s what I want you to do, God helping you: Take your everyday, ordinary life—your sleeping, eating, going-to-work, and walking-around life—and place it before God as an offering. –Romans 12:1  To “Place Your Life Before God” takes a huge amount of trust.   Think about those leaps of faith, those risks taken in your own life — […]

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