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The Upper Room Disciplines provides an opportunity to look more deeply at scripture by offering a week of devotions by a single author on a particular theme.

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Lenten Metanoia - February 17, 2018

February 17, 2018

Jesus leaves his hometown of Nazareth in Galilee and journeys through Samaria down into the region where John is baptizing followers. Jesus, an outsider, presents himself to be baptized by John—a...

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Lenten Metanoia - February 16, 2018

February 16, 2018

After Jesus’ baptism, the same Spirit who descended like a dove as God proclaims Jesus beloved immediately drives him to the wilderness to be tempted and tested. This is perhaps the...

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Lenten Metanoia - February 15, 2018

February 15, 2018

Who likes to suffer? We are rarely willing to suffer for our wrongdoing and even less willing to suffer for doing what is right and just. Set in the context of...

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Lenten Metanoia - February 14, 2018

February 14, 2018

Lent begins today, as does the forty-day period of fasting. We fast as a spiritual practice with the intention of coming closer to God. We exchange our normal habits for diligent...

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Lenten Metanoia - February 13, 2018

February 13, 2018

In today’s reading, the psalmist sings a petition for guidance and a change of heart to follow God’s paths and to learn God’s truth. As the psalmist cries out for forgiveness,...

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Lenten Metanoia - February 12, 2018

February 12, 2018

Who of us likes to start over? Noah, his sons, daughters-in-law, and the creatures of the earth start over with God on behalf of all creation. Imagine the angst and fear...

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Waiting for the Light - February 11, 2018

February 11, 2018

You are never the same again.” I have heard that statement from parishioners who have encountered utter holiness—the glory of God. Often it comes at the endpoints of life: seeing a...

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Waiting for the Light - February 10, 2018

February 10, 2018

Why is this happening?” is the common question we raise in times of crisis. We desperately want to understand even when we know there are no easy or understandable answers. We...

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Waiting for the Light - February 9, 2018

February 9, 2018

The term outlier has come into contemporary use detached from its meaning in Malcolm Gladwell’s book, Outliers: The Story of Success, which put the word into our parlance. Many equate outlier...

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Good News

"The good news of the Resurrection really does shake the foundations of our lives and gives us a new way of seeing everything." Read more . . .