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Ash Wednesday Invitation

“Remember that you are dust, and to dust you shall return.” Most churches around the world will be repeating this phrase tonight as they participate in an Ash Wednesday service. Ash Wednesday is the beginning of the season of Lent…but what is it all about? I’d like to highlight three things: dependency, shared humanity and preparation....

The Real Moral of Jonah’s Story

What is the story of Jonah about? “That’s easy,” you say. “Jonah is a story about a man who is swallowed by a fish!” Well…that is in the story…but that is not what the story is about. The story is about the city of Nineveh. Nineveh is within the country of Assyria. Jonah hated the...

Confirmation 2020

This Sunday we will celebrate our Confirmation students. These students spent a weekend in January at a retreat center in the Blue Ridge mountains. On our first night in the cabin, we began discussing what God is like. I asked the group of students to reflect on two questions: If a friend approached you and...

Spiritual Transformation

We have been studying the Kingdom of God in worship on Sundays. Today, I want to explore Jesus’ words in John 3 when he has a conversation with a religious leader, Nicodemus. Nicodemus is a member of a Jewish sect that was adamantly opposed to Jesus. Yet…Nic (new nickname of Nicodemus!) is so interested in...

Authentic Community

Did you miss the big announcement? Beginning on March 1, I am inviting all church members to join a Unity Group for a six-week period. Each group will meet once a week at a time/day that works best for their schedule. Sign up here: http://bit.ly/UPCGroups. George Gallup said, “Americans are among the loneliest people in the...

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