Sermon: A Concert of Prayer

Sermon Text: Matthew 6:5-14 Sermon Excerpt Prayer becomes a part of people’s lives in many ways.  What is your story? How did you come to learn of prayer? When did you begin to pray? Maybe you remember childhood prayers – your own or those of your children or grandchildren.  Simple prayers like . . . Now I lay me down to sleep, I pray the Lord my soul to keep, If I shall die before I wake, I pray the Lord my soul to take. Amen. OR . . . Perhaps as a youngster you were taught to Read More …

Chuck Knows Church

Chuck Knows Church is a relatively new educational resource funded by the General Board of Discipleship of the United Methodist Church.  Every Thursday, a somewhat goofy yet always personable, pastoral and knowledgeable man named Chuck shares a new 2-4 minute YouTube video on a basic topic related to Christianity.  Past topics include liturgical colors, the offering plate, the Narthex, the baptismal font, and Lent.  The latest video is on the Lord's Prayer: So What? In addition to Read More …

Invocation for Sunday, February 20

Unison Prayer of Invocation We are gathered here to join in the song of faith.  In a world that offers goods and services to fulfill even the most demanding and discerning appetites, Jesus invites us to be consumed by an ultimate hunger and thirst for righteousness.  Even as our instantaneous access to information and constant awareness of global events overwhelm and desensitize us, Jesus invites us to be difference makers by extending love to all.  Empowered by the Spirit, may our lives Read More …

Review of The Greatest Prayer

Crossan, John Dominic.  The Greatest Prayer Ever: Rediscovering the Revolutionary Message of the Lord's Prayer.  Harper One, 2010. ISBN: 97800618575670. Meet the Author According to Harper Collins, John Dominic Crossan "is generally regarded as the leading historical Jesus scholar in the world."  He has been a professor of religious studies at DePaul University since 1969 and currently serves that institution as professor emeritus. Over the last forty years Crossan has written twenty-five Read More …

Prayer of Invocation for Sunday, September 12

Prayer of Invocation and the Lord's Prayer Leader:  No matter who you are – what you have done or have left undone / No matter where you are on life’s journey – how widely you have traveled or how persistently you have sought to stand still /In this house of worship, all are welcome to experience the indescribable and immeasurable love of God.  Together, let us pray to the Triune God . . . All: Most Gracious God, we greet you once again in this sacred space.  We have come because we need Read More …