Safe Haven

I will both lie down and sleep in peace; for you alone, O Lord, make me lie down in safety. Psalm 4:8 (NRSV) Lately, I have found myself restless at night. All the things I didn’t get done or need to get done run through my mind. Worries and what ifs pop up to keep me unsettled. This is common for me at the end of summer and into early fall. I have to keep reminding myself that…

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The Preciousness of God’s Kingdom

This children's message and devotion was made in response to Matthew 13:44-46. I found myself thinking about small, precious things and was led to one of my favorite mystics, Julian of Norwich. I was so happy to discover this lovely prayer practice from Episcopal priest, Matt Gunter. I hope you enjoy it as much as I did.https://youtu.be/BNKHTHUb2Jo

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Lost or Found

If we took a moment to reflect on our lives, I am sure many of us could locate at least one moment that we found ourselves lost and confused about our future, the decisions we need to make, or simply uncertain about what is next. We are used to thinking about these moments individually, focused on how God is speaking to us, personally, guiding and directing us through it. It is no wonder that at this moment in…

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A Litany for the New Year

This litany is inspired by Psalm 136 and written to be part of a worship service kicking off the new school year. In reflection, it became clear that this new school year represents so much more than the physical act of going to and from the school building, so I wanted to be sure to use words that represent the full meaning of a new year for all of us, no matter how that may look.When we do…

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In God's Hands

May 13, 2018 Seventh Sunday of Easter Thought for the Week: John 17:6-19 I am asking on their behalf… those whom you gave me, because they are yours. (John 17:9) In this beautiful prayer from Jesus, we are reminded that all that we have is from God, especially the young lives we work with every day. We don’t always know the circumstances that bring these little ones into our schools, but we know that they are given to…

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Be the Light: A Messy Church Preview

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 things about youth, children, and family ministry is that people want results and they want them now! But this is faith development we're talking…

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