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Euchatastrophe – Johannah Swank

Jeremiah 31:31-34; Hebrews 5:5-10; John 12:20-33
This Vast and Leafy Scene
Dangers lurk beyond the bend
And rustle in the dark
We huddle closely, fervently
And ready to embark
Over the rounded gravel road
To cities far beyond
Down the treaded road we go
While walking four along
Statues tower over us
We plod and shuffle past
A remnant of the ages old
In granite, stone [...]



The Liturgy of the Hours: Reclaiming an Ancient Practice as a Means of Ecumenical Dialogue – Brian T. Hartley

I have just returned from Morning Prayer at St. Paul’s Free Methodist Church where the Liturgy of the Hours is prayed four times a day. What might be startling to many is the fact that this is a church situated squarely within American Evangelicalism, which has rediscovered its identity in the larger Christian [...]



Unashamed – Ben Wayman

Genesis 17:1-7, 15-16; Romans 4:13-25; Mark 8:31-38
I was ten years old when I first felt ashamed. My dad, by virtue of his post at the Santa Barbara Free Methodist Church, was given a car; a 1973 Dodge Colt. It was bronze (with sparkles). Two of its more prominent features were a passenger [...]



Now is the time – Will Boyd

Genesis 9:8-17; Psalm 25:1-10; I Peter 3:18-22; Mark 1:9-15
Grace and Peace Be Multiplied Unto You!
The first lectionary reading for today will come from the Book called “In the beginning” by the Jews & labeled in the Septuagint as “Genesis” because it recounts the creation (or beginning) of the world and mankind.
Our second reading is found [...]