Join us for a Virtual Coffee Hour After Worship

Come join us this Sunday for our digital coffee hour! We will all gather at 11:00 a.m.

 
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Join Us for Coffee Hour

Coffee Hour And Fellowship 
Every Sunday after Online Worship at 11:00 AM Central Time
The Zoom Meeting ID will also be posted online at the conclusion of online worship.
This is a scheduled repeating meeting so the link below and meeting details will be the same each week. 

Join the Coffee Hour Zoom by clicking on the button below.

Here are the Zoom Details:

Zoom Meeting ID: 726 3640 1669
Password: 0eRnkN

Or you can join the Zoom Coffee Hour by clicking on the url below:

https://us04web.zoom.us/j/72636401669?pwd=ZkpqZmtseGdkOVB2WllwUVFjUmVBdz09

 

Virtual Coffee Hour After Worship

Come join us this Sunday for our digital coffee hour! We will all gather at 11:00 a.m.

 
online worship w coffeehour

Join Us for Coffee Hour

Coffee Hour And Fellowship 
Every Sunday after Online Worship at 11:00 AM Central Time
The Zoom Meeting ID will also be posted online at the conclusion of online worship.
This is a scheduled repeating meeting so the link below and meeting details will be the same each week. 

Join the Coffee Hour Zoom by clicking on the button below.

Here are the Zoom Details:

Zoom Meeting ID: 734 3215 1781
Password: 026327

Or you can join the Zoom Coffee Hour by clicking on the url below:
https://us04web.zoom.us/j/73432151781?pwd=RDBTYWEwTm52a3ZjckQxZGFFRGY3UT09

 

 

Virtual Coffee Hour After Worship

Come join us this Sunday for our digital coffee hour! We will all gather at 11:00 a.m.

 
online worship w coffeehour

Join Us for Coffee Hour

Coffee Hour And Fellowship 
Every Sunday after Online Worship at 11:00 AM Central Time
The Zoom Meeting ID will also be posted online at the conclusion of online worship.
This is a scheduled repeating meeting so the link below and meeting details will be the same each week. 

Join the Coffee Hour Zoom by clicking on the button below.

Here are the Zoom Details:

Zoom Meeting ID: 734 3215 1781
Password: 026327

Or you can join the Zoom Coffee Hour by clicking on the url below:
https://us04web.zoom.us/j/73432151781?pwd=RDBTYWEwTm52a3ZjckQxZGFFRGY3UT09

 

 

Lenten Devotion – Easter

Lenten Devotion – Easter

Mark 16:5-7

As they entered the tomb, they saw a young man, dressed in a white robe, sitting on the right side; and they were alarmed. But he said to them, ‘Do not be alarmed; you are looking for Jesus of Nazareth, who was crucified. He has been raised; he is not here. Look, there is the place they laid him. But go, tell his disciples and Peter that he is going ahead of you to Galilee; there you will see him, just as he told you.’

Saint Harper

Harper recently became my new Easter symbol, a butterfly and much more.

Blond, age six, with a gap-toothed grin, she made a chalk drawing of a butterfly—blue, pink and yellow. The drawing, six or seven feet wide, dwarfs her frame as she lies on it and stretches out her arms as if these are her wings.

They are, of course, yours, too, and losing myself in her grin I think I know what God has in mind for us.

Joy, for starters—joy that is the breath of the risen Christ animating our souls above the struggles and drab routines that drain vitality from our limbs. Yes, this, and the peace of knowing, as saints have told us, “All is well.”

And it is, for the Spirit of the resurrected one is breathed, poured abundantly into our hearts so that the mortal clay of our flesh grows bold and our spirits take flight. Our hearts reach out to embrace this life in all its beauty and banality, disappointments and anxieties, loving it all with that love that knows no limits, the love God is.

This joy, this affirmation of life is the gift of this day for every day. I know. Saint Harper tells me so.

—Pr. David L. Miller

 


Prayer:  Breathe your abundant Spirit into us that we may live with joy and love beyond all fear.

To Ponder:  Where does the Spirit of the Resurrection touch and lift you into new life? Give thanks for every experience of vitality and joy.

 

Lenten Devotion – Day 46 – Always more

Lenten Devotion – Day 46 – Always more

John 19:38-42

After this, Joseph of Arimathea, who was a disciple of Jesus — though a secret one because he was afraid of the Jews — asked Pilate to let him remove the body of Jesus. … Nicodemus came as well … and he brought a mixture of myrrh and aloes, weighing about a hundred pounds. They took the body of Jesus and bound it in linen cloths with the spices, following the Jewish burial custom. At the place where he had been crucified there was a garden, and in this garden a new tomb in which no one had yet been buried. Since it was the Jewish Day of Preparation and the tomb was nearby, they laid Jesus there.

Always more

Well, that is that. Close the book. The most remarkable life ever lived is finished. Over. Done. Time to go home and forget it ever happened.

Caiaphas returns home to celebrate Passover. Pilate stretches out on his couch and drinks more than usual, knowing he has executed an innocent man. But it wasn’t the first time. It needed to done, he tells himself.

Joseph of Arimathea and friends go to prepare the tomb, brush away the dust and lay out the spices and linens.

Fumbling with the dead weight of Jesus’ body, they wrap him in strips of cloth—his feet and legs, hands and side, chest and shoulders, until, finally, his face … the face they loved even if they seldom understood him.

They carry out their heartbreaking work and lay their hopes to rest, burying the yearning they felt whenever they heard his voice.

All is quiet now. The crowds have dispersed. Public order is restored. The ancient lust for the blood has been satisfied.

Now is the hour of regret and sorrow, of whispers in the silence and echoes of what might have been. That’s all we have.

But that is not all God has. God has more. God is always more, more love, more life. Jesus trusted that more all the way to the cross.

And so we wait, trusting the One who is all life and all love because Sunday’s coming. The gloom of despair will be lit with the light of everlasting morning. The garden of sorrow will bloom with the fragrance of eternity.

Because God is more. Always.

—Pr. David L. Miller

 


Prayer: Prayer: Help us to wait in faith for the light or resurrection, O Lord, during this day of darkness.

To Ponder: To ponder: Imagine what the first disciples felt as they laid their hopes to rest.