“I just want things to go back to the way they were” The great sigh of our times

“Forget the former things;    do not dwell on the past. See, I am doing a new thing!    Now it springs up; do you not perceive it?I am making a way in the wilderness    and streams in the wasteland.Isaiah 43:18-19 - writer Derek Maul Monday evening, watching an intense drama on television, one of the characters uttered what I would …

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Christmas 2021: Gritty – not some airbrushed Hallmark tableau

“I am leaving you with a gift—peace of mind and heart. And the peace I give is a gift the world cannot give. So don’t be troubled or afraid.""I have told you all this so that you may have peace in me. Here on earth you will have many trials and sorrows. But take heart, …

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facing a pandemic of un-peace

As Jesus and his disciples were on their way, he came to a village where a woman named Martha opened her home to him. She had a sister called Mary, who sat at the Lord’s feet listening to what he said. But Martha was distracted by all the preparations that had to be made. She came to him and asked, …

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working from home, and grandparenting via Facetime #PandemicLife

This image was supposed to be the post beauty-parlor "Doesn't he look good" shot of Max after his visit to the groomer. But it turned into a serendipitous "Don't they look wonderful" portrait instead. One of the great blessings of this pandemic is Rebekah doing much of her work from home. Of course it means …

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We did it! WFPC launches first “in-person” Sunday morning worship of the pandemic!

How good and pleasant it is    when God’s people live together in unity! It is like precious oil poured on the head,    running down on the beard,running down on Aaron’s beard,    down on the collar of his robe.It is as if the dew of Hermon    were falling on Mount Zion.For there the Lord bestows his blessing,    even life forevermore.Psalm 133:1-3 If preparing for Christmas is …

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More Evidence of Life (donuts and Jesus)

I have two posts today, both focusing on photographs. This first set is from "Donuts for Rally Day." Or, as some people put it, "Rallying for Donuts!" Traditionally, the annual Church Rally Day involves a combination of promotion Sunday for kids and promoting the slate of great classes offered for adults. This weekend WFPC took …

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The brashness, moxie, and self-assurance that defines us could be our undoing (when Liberty & Justice for all could benefit from a little humility)

But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, God’s special possession, that you may declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light. Once you were not a people, but now you are the people of God; once you had not received mercy, but now …

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Beauty in a time of Pandemic

  to bestow on them a crown of beauty instead of ashes, the oil of joy instead of mourning, and a garment of praise instead of a spirit of despair. - Isaiah 61:3 Our 24-7 saturation with obsessive media coverage makes it all too easy to be so completely focused on one thing that we …

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