Gather Us, Redeem Us, Anoint Us, Make Us New.

(This blog was originally shared as a Lenten Breakfast message on 3-4-20 at Hope UMC) When I heard the theme for this year’s Lenten breakfasts, I thought, “Wow, that’s a lot to cover.” But as I’ve contemplated what to share, I began to realize...

New year, New beginnings, New creation

It’s a new year and many people will decide to make New Year’s resolutions.  Some decide on one resolution, while others make a long list. I’m not much on making resolutions any more.  The problem I have had is that after a week or two, I...

Peacemaking, Peacekeeping and Peacebuilding

(portions of this blog were taken with permission from a communication from Mark Harrison, Director of Peace with Justice, General Board of Church and Society of the United Methodist Church) The gospel is a message of redemption but also of peace and freedom. As...

Rising From the Ashes

This year I made a commitment to attend the Lenten Breakfasts each Wednesday morning during Lent.  It was an amazing experience to share a meal with Christians from churches in the Marshalltown community. We all joined together as one through the message about...