Monday, January 10, 2022

Worship into the Week- Newness of Life


Worship into the Week- 
Romans 6:1-11
Dead to Sin, Alive to God

The Gospel lesson is the baptism of Jesus.
A water theme here with the story at the Jordan River
and our baptism in Christ Jesus.
 That gift brings us the newness of life.
The news in Romans is that there is hope.
This Jesus who stood on the banks
 of the Jordan River hears 
the words of His Father as the Spirit descends.
The Trinity manifested.
As I soon will stand at the Jordan myself,
 I will think about that amazing moment in time.
  The people gathered there heard 
and saw the Three Persons of the Trinity.
And in this perfection 
we have been set free from sin.

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Thursday, January 6, 2022

Epiphany Blessings

Working on our Epiphany stars with 3 grandsons.
We practiced cutting and one 
was very interested in the glue.
They also decided we should put eyes 
on the stars so that the wise Men 
could see Baby Jesus.
We talked about the traditional blessing
 we could put above the doors in our homes.
The letters stand for the "traditional" 
names for the Wise Men.
Caspar, Melchior, and Balthazar.
They also mean Christus Mansionem Benedicat-
May Christ bless this house.
We can say a prayer for our families
 in the New Year and ask the Lord to be with us.
The Wise Men have traveled far...
Worship into the Week

Epiphany Readings-Epistle-Ephesians 3: 1-12

New Testament- Matthew 2: 1-12

As we prepare to return to Israel,

may I remember the STAR that the wisemen saw

 and rejoiced exceedingly with great joy.

May that JOY of this Christ-Child

 be the center of my worship. 

Thanks to daughter -Laura Schumacher-

 for your images for the readings for Worship into the Week.

 Vintage Epiphany postcards-

 most over 100 years old

gathered around a folding ruler

made into a STAR.

No need to travel far-

the Christ Child lives in my heart.

May you be blessed by our Heavenly Father

 in this New Year of 2022.


Wednesday, January 5, 2022

Worship into the Week- Called Jesus


Worship into the Week -
Old Testament Reading- Numbers 6: 22-27
New Testament Reading- Luke 2:21

He was called Jesus.
The family of Jesus were faithful Jewish people.
They kept the law.
They took him to be circumcised 
and "officially" named him what they had been told.
He was to be called Jesus- 
as they were told before he was born. 
As I thought about this story and the readings 
for New Year's Day- 
what a great reminder to be faithful parents.
The Aaronic Blessing is a perfect way
 to begin this new year.
"The bLord bless you and keep you;
the Lord make his face to shine upon you
 and be gracious to you;
The Lord lift up his countenance upon you 
and give you peace."

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Tuesday, January 4, 2022

Worship into the Week- More Than Conquerors


Worship into the Week-New Year's Eve
Romans 8:31b-39- God's Everlasting Love

Readings for the end of the year service.

Not many churches have this gathering anymore.

But, it is very fitting to pause to have a reflective moment

 as the year closes out.

So many things have kept us separated this year-

 from people, events, choices.

So many times we might have felt-

 abandoned, lost, and distressed.

We DO need reminded that God's everlasting love

 for us serves as a restart, recharge reminder.

So much of these last two years has been spent fearful

 of something we can not see. 

We only see the results- the sick, the hurting,

those in the hospital and the death notices.

Lord, have mercy on us when we waiver.

Keep hope planted in our hearts.

Do not let us stumble when we feel distant from you.

Give us the courage to stand with might,

-as conquerors-because we stand with you.


Welcome 2022! Let us go boldly!


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Monday, January 3, 2022

Scripture Doodles- December 2021


Scripture Doodles - for December 2021
Still using the devotional-  The Reservoir by Renovate.
AS I look back over these devotions
 in these uncertain and unsettled times-
 the word that comes forward for this month is:

SO many things I cannot be sure of these days:

 Health, travel, events, economy.

SO many things I can be sure of in these days:

God's love, eternal life, and unending grace-

 to name a few.

If I sit down to make my list,

 the ASSURED list is far greater.

That is what I will hang on 

to for this new year of 2022.


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Traveler's Notebook

Friday, December 31, 2021

Gordon is Five


This little guy turned five this week.
Think he is ready for snow.

It was a Paw Patrol birthday.

Gordon is certainly Team Pawsome!

Gordon is loving his special celebration.
Siblings Griffin and Hadley are certainly

 are happy to be taste testers.

Some fancy fixings for a very special little guy.

Birthday Blessings Gordon!

SoulTending Reading for 2021


                         Soul Tending Reading List for 2021

  • Illuminated Life- Joan Chittister
  • Carnegie's Maid- Benedict
  • Jesus at the Center of My Messy Life- Justin Rossow
  • Abide in Christ-Andrew Murray
  • Hind's Feet on High Places- Hurnard
  • God's Transmitters- Hannah Hurnard
  • Teaching A Stone to Talk- Annie Dillard
  • Delight- Justin Rossow
  • Renovation of the Heart- Willard
  • Renovation of the Heart in Daily Practice- Willard and Johnson
  • Chaos to Hope to Healing- Walt Waiser
  • The Prodigal God- Timothy Keller
  • Orthodoxy- G.K. Chesterton
  • The Most Reluctant Convert-Downing
  • The Truth in Jesus- MacDonald
  • God in the Dock- C.S. Lewis
I always have so many on the stack,
 but thankful I was able to get through
 this stack of soul-tending reading. 
Always good to get back to some classics like:
 Chesterton, Hurnard, MacDonald and Lewis.
favorite? probably the reread of  Hind's Feet on High Places in a lovely Visual Journal edition with many highlights from Hannah herself.  Highly recommend.
Already putting books on and off the stack for 2022.
What is your first book to read for 2022?