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Category: This Week at FMC

July 7-13, 2021

Sowing seeds of hope amid despair.  This is where the Saint Francis Peace Prayer invites us next, after sowing seeds of faith amid doubt.  HOPE was my 2020 ‘star word,’ given to me before COVID-19 changed us.  You might remember Paul writing at the very end of his ‘love poem’ in I Corinthians 13:  “But […]

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June 30-July 6, 2021

O Lord and Divine Master, make me an instrument of your peace … where there is doubt, [let me sow] faith.  This line of the St Francis Peace Prayer is our focus this week, leading us into worship this coming Sunday (July 4).  As we cultivate life with God for the world, we practice sowing […]

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June 15-29, 2021

“Lead us in the way of surrender” was our prayer this past Sunday in response to Jesus’ beatitude: “Blessed are those who are persecuted because of righteousness, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.”  Mark Scandrette (https://ninefoldpath.org/ ) is the author I’ve been resourcing for these prayers and accompanying body postures.  The posture accompanying this […]

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June 2-15, 2021

Talking about trust in God is a tricky thing, and it feels especially fraught in these days.  This prompts me to follow up my sermon from Sunday with a ‘few!’ more clarifying thoughts… 😊   We’re still reeling from a global pandemic that has not ended.  As Heidi Unruh noted before leading us in reading Psalm […]

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May 26 – June 1, 2021

What are you willing to change so that you and/or your church can better embody and share the love of Jesus? What are you not willing to change?  How can we better disciple and invite others to join with us in orienting all of life toward the radical love of Jesus? These are some of […]

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May 19-25, 2021

Often when I arrive at the church and walk through the parking lot I remember with gratitude the beautiful Easter worship service many of us shared together at the beginning of April.  For some, it was your first time back to the physical church building.  It brought joy to my heart to see many of […]

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May 11-18, 2021

“With God for the world.”  This is one way M. Robert Muholland, Jr. describes the spiritual journey in his book The Deeper Journey: The Spirituality of Discovering Your True Self.  This is a book I read during Lent, and I keep quoting it because it really had an impact on me!!  “With God for the […]

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May 5-11, 2021

The good news of God is a simple message but it is also complex. Our journeys through Luke this Lenten season have highlighted this truth. As we get closer to Pentecost, we are reminded that we are empowered by the Spirit of God to be the sharers of God’s good news. My favorite way of […]

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April 27 – May 4, 2021

This past Sunday I shared a lament, a blog post written by Cyneatha Millsaps (pastor at Prairie Street Mennonite Church and Executive Director of Mennonite Women USA).   She speaks vividly from her heart about her conflicted feelings about Derek Chauvin’s guilty verdict because of her experience as an African American woman with our criminal justice […]

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April 21-27, 2021

This has been an eventful and weighty week in our nation.  The guilty verdict in Minneapolis in the death of George Floyd marks an important step toward justice.  And, there is a long road ahead of us to uproot the violence and brutality disproportionately inflicted upon people with black and brown skin in our country.  […]

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