Pastor Sally Devotional Thursday April 15

    Dear friends, At our recent staff meeting Anna Parkinson had the devotions for the day.  Anna mentioned that she had been thinking about Leviticus lately.  Several of us laughed.  Leviticus is not a particularly enthralling book of the Old Testament and is known for its detailed rules and regulations.  Anna laughed too and…

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Pastor Sally Devotional 6/19/2020

Dear Friends, I am quite taken with the story of the early church in Thessaloniki because of it’s tumultuous beginning.  You will recall in Acts, Luke tells us that not long after Paul began preaching in Thessaloniki, he had to be secreted out in the middle of the night because of the Jews in that…

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Pastor Sally Devotion 6/18/2020

Dear Friends I’ll get back to I Thessalonians tomorrow, but I couldn’t resist this picture.    Our mother robin has an almost full grown baby bird.  He is feathered out and almost ready to leave the nest.  I saw him perched on the side of the nest yesterday.  He was adorable – all brown and…

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Pastor Sally’s Devotional 6/17

Dear Friends,    I was struck by something one of our members wrote to me in an email today.  I hope it’s ok to quote him because I thought his sentiment was lovely.  He wrote, “I so wish we could live in a community where we were all just God’s children without recognition of ethnic origin,…

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Pastor Sally’s Devotional 6/16

Dear Friends,  In the second chapter of 1 Thessalonians, Paul talks about the way he came to the town of Thessaloniki with the word of God.  He talks about his motives.  He wasn’t trying to trick anyone or to impress anyone or flatter anyone into believing in Jesus.  He says he came to them gently…

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Pastor Sally’s Devotional 6/15

Dear Friends, Do you ever muse about what others might remember about you after you are gone?  Paul writes to those early Christians in Thessaloniki about their reputation.  He writes: You became imitators of us and of the Lord, for you welcomed the message in the midst of severe suffering with the joy given by…

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Pastor Sally’s Devotional 6/13

Dear Friends, I’ve decide that over the next couple of weeks I’m going to write on passages from I Thessalonians.  I thought it might be fun to work through one of Paul’s letters.  Thessaloniki, as the Greeks call it is a special place to me.  I spent several weeks living in one of the neighborhoods…

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Palm Sunday Devotional

Welcome, Palm Sunday! Tomorrow morning we will sing one of the ancient hymns of the church: “All Glory, Laud and Honor!”  This great hymn was written in Latin in 820 A.D. by Theodulf of Orleans.  Theodulf was made the Bishop of Orleans in France and the Abbot of several monasteries in that region when Charlemagne…

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Pastor Sally’s Devotion for April 1,2020

Dear friends, I realized today that I was letting the future get to me.  In fact, the future, as I was imagining it, was ruining my day.  So I paused and took out my favorite prayer book.  I found a very useful reflection in the entry for today.  It was written by Anne Morrow Lindbergh,…

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Daily Devotion from Pastor Sally – April 1, 2020

Dear friends, I realized today that I was letting the future get to me.  In fact, the future, as I was imagining it, was ruining my day.  So I paused and took out my favorite prayer book.  I found a very useful reflection in the entry for today.  It was written by Anne Morrow Lindbergh,…

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