The devotion for Good Friday includes an excerpt from Psalm 22 and the poem Silent God by Edwina Gateley, with thanks to the Reverend Kathleen Sheets Henrion for pairing these together. Peace be with you this Good Friday.
On this first day of the Passover feast, our Maundy Thursday devotion comes from Matthew 26:26-28 and a poem by Reginald Heber, a British poet at the turn of the 19th century, "Bread of the World, in Mercy Broken"
Today's devotion is a poem written by Lynn Ungar. You can listen to a choral arrangement of “Pandemic” composed by Martin Sedek and performed by CONCORA, under the direction of Chris Shepard at https://www.martinsedek.com/reach
Monday, March 30's devotion comes from a fantastic children's book Girls Who Choose God: Stories of Courageous Women from the Bible by MCArthur Krishna and Bethany Brady Spalding and illustrated by Kathleen Peterson. Today's moment is about Queen Esther, and wondering what she is to do 'for such a time as this?'
As we continue to reflect on God’s promises, I am enamored by the ways these very promises we are discussing are made known in big and small ways. This Sunday’s worship centers around one of the more famous passages of Scripture, Jesus’ Sermon on the Mount, which begins with the Beatitudes. We do a lot of thinking about who is blessed, based on the populations that Jesus mentions- who were these people during Jesus’ life and ministry? Who are these people now? Am I blessed? What do I have to do to be blessed? It might be helpful to consider what we mean when we talk about being blessed, and blessings themselves. I can tell you one thing, it is certainly more than #blessed. Join me in reflecting on this word “blessed” and those whom Jesus calls blessed.
Sermon given by Rev. Jill Isola January 26, 2020.