Gathering Roundup

gathering roundup

Just over two years ago, I presented the dream of Hope sending youth to not one, but two youth gatherings – the 2017 Western States Youth Gathering with the theme of DREAM BIG and the 2018 ELCA Youth Gathering in Houston with the theme of THIS CHANGES EVERYTHING. Hope captured the dream and answered the […]

Be the Light: A Messy Church Preview

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One of the things I am most excited about for this year is launching Messy Church into our local community life. I’ve been following Messy Church.UK for years, but it wasn’t until I found myself in this specific congregation and community that I recognized the time to make it happen was now. One of the most difficult […]

Proper 22

proper 22

A writing for Modern Metanoia MATTHEW 21:33-46 ‘Listen to another parable. There was a landowner who planted a vineyard, put a fence around it, dug a wine press in it, and built a watch-tower. Then he leased it to tenants and went to another country. When the harvest time had come, he sent his slaves […]

Just the way it is?

Last weekend I led a high school retreat that ended up being an all boys retreat. I wrestled with whether I should change the session topics or not, but realized these were pertinent topics for a group of boys to muse over together. The first session focused on trash talking and the second focused on […]

Is it a Miracle?

Matthew 14:13-21 Now when Jesus heard this, he withdrew from there in a boat to a deserted place by himself. But when the crowds heard it, they followed him on foot from the towns. When he went ashore, he saw a great crowd; and he had compassion for them and cured their sick. When it was evening, […]

Family Fun Night: Dinner & A Movie

For our first Family Fun Night, I thought we’d start as simple as possible, with a movie. I chose Wall-E because I love it, but also because it is packed full of conversation topics for all ages. Feel free to use my discussion guides attached below. An idea for families with really young children Discussion […]

Family Fun Nights

This summer we’re doing something a little different for our Hope family – Family Fun Nights! I made two invites, a brochure and an email invite. The hope is to not only offer fun and fellowship opportunities for all ages of our congregation, but to also exemplify how moments as simple as these can connect […]

Three in One (2/7)

This is the second of seven devotions I have written for d365.org. d365 has been a favorite resource of mine for over ten years. It has been a privilege to write for them! Please visit the website for the full d365 experience. PAUSE Our God is one – unity. Our God is three – diversity. […]

Aftershock: We Follow After

Matthew 28:1-10 After the sabbath, as the first day of the week was dawning, Mary Magdalene and the other Mary went to see the tomb. And suddenly there was a great earthquake; for an angel of the Lord, descending from heaven, came and rolled back the stone and sat on it. His appearance was like lightning, and […]

Sermon for the 4th Sunday in Lent

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Ask God to bless everyone who mistreats you. Ask him to bless them and not to curse them. When others are happy, be happy with them, and when they are sad, be sad. Be friendly with everyone. Don’t be proud and feel that you are smarter than others. Make friends with ordinary people. Romans 12:14-16 (CEV)  I […]