Posts by Deb Uchtman

Hanging of the Greens

Hanging of the Greens We hear the good news about the way in which we decorate for the season and prepare our hearts for the...

The King of Life

The King of Life On Christ the King Sunday we consider the kind of King Jesus is and discover that he is the King of...

Will You Share YOUR Testimony?

Will You Share YOUR Testimony Giving our testimony about what God has done for us can be with words, deeds or silence as we bring...

Stand Firm and Hold Fast

Stand Firm and Hold Fast Paul encourages Christians to stand firm and hold fast during the chaotic times of the world and our lives as...

Out on a Limb

Out on a Limb Even when we are at our lowest, Jesus calls us to invite him into our homes and our hearts to repent...

Are You catholic?

Are You catholic? As Christians we are called to be in the church catholic as in universal. The church universal transcends the boundaries of the...

Persistence

Persistence As Christians we are called to pray without ceasing, to do that we must be persistent in our prayer habits and in deep conversation...

Living a Life for God

Living a Life for God We were never promised an easy path when we became Christians, but we have the assurance that Jesus always walks...

Times of Trial

Times of Trial As human beings, we often face a time of trial. As Christians, we know that Jesus walks with us in those times.

Scripture and Song based on Psalm 146

Scripture and Song based on Psalm 146 Taking a moment to praise God through Scripture and the hymns of the church.

Wrestling with a Parable

Wrestling with a Parable Thinking about a difficult parable by considering the historical setting and situation may help shed light on Jesus' message to the...

Put Yourself in God's Hands

Put Yourself in God's Hands Things are always changing around us in our lives, homes, community and the world. The one thing of which we...

Always the Same

Always the Same Things are always changing around us in our lives, homes, community and the world. The one thing of which we can be...

Mountain of Fear or Mountain of Joy

Mountain of Fear or Mountain of Joy There are two mountains that people can choose upon which to live: the Mountain of Fear or the...

Put Yourself in God's Hands

Put Yourself in God's Hands Regardless of the ways in which our lives are malformed by sin and death, God can reshape each one of...

Sent Out from the Huddle

Sent Out from the Huddle While huddles are important for the team to receive instruction and get pumped up for the work they are called...

A Heart for God

A Heart for God We have all met someone who by their thoughts, deeds and words show that they have a heart for God. Having...

God's 9-1-1

God's 9-1-1 We respond to physical distress by dialing 9-1-1, but how do we respond to emotional or spiritual distress? We might find the solace...

Praying as Jesus Taught

Praying as Jesus Taught Prayer is communication with God and Jesus instructs us to pray without ceasing. We can sit with hands folded, kneel, or...

Martha or Mary or...?

Martha or Mary or...? We have always heard that Mary is right sitting at Jesus feet and Martha makes the incorrect choice working. Is it...

Listening, Observing, and Acting

Listening, Observing, and Acting We consider the ways Jesus listened, observed and acted so that we may listen intently, observe fully and act faithfully in...

Interdependence Day

Interdependence Day Humanity is not independent of God. The founding forefathers and mothers viewed the opportunity to dwell on this land with an interdependence on...

Will You Go Where the Spirit Leads?

Will You Go Where the Spirit Leads? We are asked to consider if we stay with the status quo because "it has always been done...

Experiential Scripture

Experiential Scripture We fully immerse ourselves in the scripture by using our imaginations and becoming the disciples who are with Jesus on his journey.

The Day of Pentecost - Encountering the Holy Spirit

The Day of Pentecost-Encountering the Holy Spirit While none of us experienced the birth of the church, we still encounter the Holy Spirit and are...

Come, Lord Jesus!

Come, Lord Jesus! Considering how it is that humans perceive time even as we try to remain faithful to God saying, "Come, Lord Jesus!"

Us and Them

Us and Them Considering how it is that humans create divisions among themselves and ignore how God considers all people to be God's children.

Hymn Sing!

Hymn Sing! Join us for an old fashioned hymn sing to praise God by making a joyful noise.

Who We Are and Whose We Are

Who We Are and Whose We Are Who are we? Children of God. Whose are we? The sheep of the flock of the Good Shepherd,...

Nourishment and Encouragement

Nourishment and Encouragement Jesus nourished and encouraged his disciples on a beach at breakfast to prepare them for ministry. How have you been nourished and...

Believe in Me

Believe in Me Imagine being a disciple following the death of Jesus hiding behind locked doors. Then Jesus appears to you. Will you doubt or...

Easter Sunday

Easter Sunday We welcome Easter morning to celebrate that Christ is Risen! Christ is risen indeed! Alleluia!

Palm Sunday

Palm Sunday We listen to Holy Scripture hearing the account of the Triumphal Entry through the arrest, trial and crucifixion of Jesus as we prepare...

Layer of Guilt

Layer of Guilt We consider if we feel we should carry our guilt or if we should ask for forgiveness because God in Christ has...

Stalled Growth

Stalled Growth We consider if a denial of our own sin which turns us away from God has caused a stalled growth in our faith.

Layer of Anger

Layer of Anger We consider if our anger has gotten out of control so that we must forgive those who have caused us to be...

Layer of Grief

Layer of Grief Grief can cause us to turn away from God instead of sharing our pain with and drawing nearer to our ever present...

Layer of Doubt

Layer of Doubt Satan tempted Jesus and continues to wreak havoc in human hearts and lives with his siren call to doubt Jesus is the...

Astonished!

Astonished! The Transfiguration of the Lord takes us to an astonishing experience on the mountaintop, then sends us down and out into the world to...

Scout Sunday

Scout Sunday The Scouts of Troop 53 and 1053 lead worship on Scout Sunday

Resurrection Doubts

Resurrection Doubts We are assured that when we die as believers, we will be resurrected in Christ because of the resurrection of Christ.

Hanging On!

Hanging On! Exploring how we are able to face each day of our lives and the challenges of living by listening to Paul's words telling...

Being a Prophet is Hard Work!

Being a Prophet is Hard Work! Biblical prophets were often challenged when they tried to share the Good News of God's love. We are called...

Good News: You Are The Body of Christ

Good News: You Are The Body of Christ Good news is only good news if we admit that we are living in a broken and...

The Time is Right

The Time is Right Timing matters and we discover that Jesus' first miracle was prompted by his mother, Mary because the time was right.

Baptism of the Lord

Baptism of the Lord As we celebrate the baptism of the Lord, we recommit to remembering our own baptism and choosing to work as Jesus'...

Three Ways to Make the Christmas Spirit Last

Three Ways to Make the Christmas Spirit Last Elder Mike Schepers provides three ways that can make the Christmas Spirit last in your life.

Lessons and Carols

Lessons and Carols We light the Christ candle welcoming our Savior to be born anew in our world and in our hearts on this Christmas...

Sharing Pain, Finding Peace

Sharing Pain, Finding Peace On the fourth Sunday of Advent, we engage in a Blue Christmas service acknowledging our pain and angst now and over...

The Joy of Rejoicing

The Joy of Rejoicing On the third Sunday of Advent, we explore joy that is not simply happiness, but something deep and sustaining that brings...

Peace Through Prayer: A Guided Meditation

Peace Through Prayer: A Guided Meditation On the second Sunday of Advent, we engage in a meditation to meet Jesus and find God's peace for...

New Year, New You

New Year, New You As we begin the new church year with the first Sunday of Advent, in what ways will you allow the gospel...

Listen to the Truth

Listen to the Truth Jesus is God's truth yet the religious and government leaders of the day would not listen to him. Will you listen...

Not One Stone

Not One Stone Jesus shares that we should be aware of those who want to spread doom and gloom; to keep our heads and not...

Worshipful Giving

Worshipful Giving Let us consider do we give to glorify ourselves, or do we give to glorify God from our gratitude for all that God...

How Far Away Is Close Enough?

How Far Away Is Close Enough? Rev. Jim Brazell shares with us some thoughts on how to come closer to God.

See?

See? Let us consider how we are blinded to the ways of the world through spiritual blindness instead of seeing the grace and love of...

We are Not in Control

We are Not in Control Let us consider how we are playing "Let's Make a Deal" with God, instead of admitting that God is in...

The Debt Collector

The Debt Collector Elder Mike Schepers wrestles with the parable of the unmerciful servant.

Born to Trouble

Born to Trouble The human condition suggests that we are born to have trouble in our lives; the good news is that we have a...

The Power of Prayer

The Power of Prayer A time to examine prayer: What is it? How do we pray? Is it effective?

Root of Conflict

Root of Conflict An examination of Paul Harvey's 1965 "If I Were the Devil" and his vision of a demonic future should make us seriously...

Taming the Tongue

Taming the Tongue What do we have in common with a fire breathing dragon? Let us consider the fiery damage we leave behind that has...

Picking Favorites

Picking Favorites Do we pick favorites based upon the world's vision of wealth? Or do we look through God's eyes and have no partiality of...

The Obstacle of Anger

The Obstacle of Anger Taking a moment to consider how anger is an obstacle in our relationships with God and one another.

Hymn Sing: Songs of Life

Hymn Sing: Songs of Life Join us as we make a joyful noise unto the Lord with the singing of hymns and spiritual songs as...

To Give Thanks

To Give Thanks An invitation to turn away from the things of the world and remember to be grateful for all that God has given...

Speaking Truth

Speaking Truth We must actively look for God and be aware of the pitfalls of this world in order to speak the truth about God,...

A Life Worthy

A Life Worthy Consider the echo-chamber in which you live - how does it help or hinder you to live a life worthy of the...

Rooted and Grounded in Love

Rooted and Grounded in Love An invitation to look beyond the material world and focus yourself upon the spiritual so that you may know God’s...

The Dwelling Place of God

The Dwelling Place of God Central to the understanding of being the dwelling place of God is that the church is a place of peace...

Faith: Considering Why You Have It

Faith: Considering Why You Have It An exploration of faith and the foundations of why we have faith in God, the Father, the Son and...

Show Me the Way to Go Home

Show Me the Way to Go Home Jesus redefines the understanding of home and instructs us to build our relationships with others to spread the...

To Give What You Have

To Give What You Have Consider the gifts God has given you and how you can give back to God by using those gifts for...

Storms Rage Around Us: Where is Our Help?

Storms Rage Around Us: Where is Our Help? A time to reflect if you are permitting the things of the world to overshadow and lead...

Living by Faith in the New Creation

Living by Faith in the New Creation An invitation to think about where you are on your faith journey to help you become a better...

Holy Spirit on the Move: Being Renewed

Holy Spirit on the Move: Being Renewed The Holy Spirit is active and moving in the world ready to renew us by breathing the breath...

Loved by God the Father, Saved by Jesus the Son, Led by the Spirit of God

Loved by God the Father, Saved by Jesus the Son, Led by the Spirit of God Trinity Sunday explores the three persons of God in...

Holy Spirit on the Move: Claiming Hope

Holy Spirit on the Move: Claiming Hope Pentecost celebration of the Holy Spirit's movement in our lives and how we claim biblical hope for our...

Living the Resurrection: Jesus Is With Us

Living the Resurrection: Jesus Is With Us Let us consider how it is that we are living the resurrection by knowing with certainty that Jesus...

Living the Resurrection: Listening When the Spirit Testifies

Living the Resurrection: Listening When the Spirit Testifies Let us consider how it is that we are living the resurrection by listening to the Holy...

Living the Resurrection: Loving One Another

Living the Resurrection: Loving One Another Let us consider how it is that we are living the resurrection by following the example set by Jesus...

Living the Resurrection: Keeping God's Commands

Living the Resurrection: Keeping God's Commands Let us consider how it is that we are living the resurrection by keeping God's commands to believe in...

Living the Resurrection: Turning Toward God

Living the Resurrection: Turning Toward God Let us consider how it is that we are living the resurrection with the reminder to turn away from...

Living the Resurrection: Walking in the Light

Living the Resurrection: Walking in the Light Let us consider how it is that we are living the resurrection as we are reminded to walk...

How Can We Keep Silent on Easter?

How Can We Keep Silent on Easter? Are you too afraid to tell of Christ's resurrection like the women who encountered the angel in the...

Maundy Thursday

Maundy Thursday Listen to the Gospel of John as we encounter Jesus' acts of service for his disciples and think about where you fit into...

Palm Sunday

Palm Sunday It is on Palm Sunday that we thrill to Jesus' Triumphal Entry into Jerusalem as we wave our palms. We witness the Last...

The Cross You Carry: The Music of Lent

The Cross You Carry: The Music of Lent The music of the Lenten season is beautiful and meaningful to people of the Christian faith. Our...

The Cross You Carry: The Secret You Keep

The Cross You Carry: The Secret You Keep Jesus tells us that we should pick up our cross and carry it if we want to...

The Cross You Carry: Works of Love

The Cross You Carry: Works of Love Jesus tells us that we should pick up our cross and carry it if we want to follow...

The Cross You Carry: Repent

The Cross You Carry: Repent Jesus tells us that we should pick up our cross and carry it if we want to follow him. Jesus...

The Cross You Carry: Prayer and Fasting

The Cross You Carry: Prayer and Fasting Jesus tells us that we should pick up our cross and carry it if we want to follow...