Monthly Archives: September 2014

Psalm 80:7-15

Psalm 80:7-15 The letter inviting me to an ecumenical service of prayer for Christian unity began, “Dear fellow workers in the vineyard of the Lord.” This psalm, using the imagery of God’s vineyard, helps us to place ourselves in the midst of the ancient, the… Continue reading

Isaiah 5:1-7

Isaiah 5:1-7 Somewhere I learned that Isaiah, one of the ancient prophetic voices, challenged hearers into a self-reflective, even self-judging response. Even so, I was bothered by the suggestion in verses five and six that God would remove protection from God’s own chosen people resulting… Continue reading

This is My Father’s World

This is My Father’s World This is my Father’s world, and to my list’ning ears all nature sings, and round me rings the music of the spheres. This is my Father’s world; I rest me in the thought of rocks and trees, of skies and… Continue reading

Come, Thou Fount of Every Blessing

Come, Thou Fount of Every Blessing Come, thou Fount of ev’ry blessing, tune my heart to sing thy grace; streams of mercy, never ceasing, call for songs of loudest praise. While the hope of endless glory fills my heart with joy and love, teach me… Continue reading

Matthew 21:23-32 #2

Matthew 21:23-32 Is it better to say one thing, and then do another? Or is it better to promise one thing, and then do nothing? When it gets down to it, neither is preferred nor perfect. In Jesus’ parable of the two sons (Matthew 21:28-32),… Continue reading

Matthew 21:23-32

Matthew 21:23-32 Is answering a question with another question just a Jesus thing? I mean, it seems that sometimes when we relate to or talk with Jesus, we get more questions than we get answers. I wonder if the chief priests, the elders and the… Continue reading

Philippians 2:1-13

Philippians 2:1-13 Have you ever gone on a mission trip? Volunteered to be a Sunday school teacher, a confirmation guide or a camp counselor? If so, then you can probably relate pretty well to Paul’s joyous hymn about servanthood. So often we sign up (or… Continue reading

Psalm 25:1-9

Psalm 25:1-9 How can David talk to God with such confidence, with such force and will? David is insistent in his requests to the Lord: “do not let … “, “do not let … “, “do not let … “,(v. 2-3), and repeatedly David’s words… Continue reading

Ezekiel 18:1-4, 25-32

Ezekiel 18:1-4, 25-32 It’s comforting to know that God calls and claims each one of us; all our lives belong to God. Yet, we continue to read in Ezekiel, “it is only the person who sins that shall die.” Wait … what?! Sinners shall die.… Continue reading

Oh, Worship the King

Oh, Worship the King Oh, worship the King, all-glorious above. Oh, gratefully sing God’s power and love; our shield and defender, the Ancient of Days, pavilioned in splendor, and girded with praise. The earth with its store of wonders untold, Almighty, your pow’r has founded… Continue reading