Week 29: The torrent struck that house but could not shake it

Readings for the week: Psalm 82-83, Job 25-42,  Luke 4-7, Psalm 84-85, Listen to these passages Opening Prayer:  Dear Lord, as the new year gets going, it can be hard keeping up the momentum.  Things to do, people to see, bills to pay, work to finish. It goes from a trickle of activity to a torrent of expectations. Great plans and …

Coffee With Paul: A New Season

Ever wondered what Paul was thinking when he wrote his letters? Ever thought about what Paul must have been like or what he was dealing with? Are you trying to figure out what the New Testament letters have to do with life in 21st century Sacramento? We’re continuing our chat about Paul’s life, his writings, and our challenges in living …

Week 28: GODISNOWHERE

Readings for the week: Psalm 80, Job 1-24,  Luke 1-3, Psalm 81, Listen to these passages Opening Prayer:  Dear Lord, as we begin this year may I keep close to you. May this be a year of growth, of light, of helping others. May I see your hand in every part of my life and may I let go those things …

You Left your Throne

  Christmas may be behind us, but we still celebrate the arrival of Jesus in this world for our salvation. Amy (Gustafson) Oden sings, “You Left Your Throne”

Week 27: Faith in the midst of challenges

Readings for the week: Psalm 78, 2 Kings 21-25,  Esther 1-10,   2 Corinthians 8-13, Psalm 79, Listen to these passages Opening Prayer:  Dear Lord, thank you for the gift of Scripture. It is easy to put aside or read without paying attention.  It is easy to make excuses not to read or listen to it and it is even easier …

Week 26: God is faithful but not a pushover

Readings for the week: Psalm 75-76, 2 Kings 10-20, 2 Corinthians 1-7, Psalm 77, Listen to these passages Opening Prayer:  Dear Lord, you are indeed faithful, more faithful than we can imagine and more faithful than we deserve. This week we celebrate peace and joy and your salvation. We celebrate it even as we know we need it ever more. Thank …

So glad

God loves. Even though we mess things up, he doesn’t give up. Even though we struggle and the world seems overwhelming at times, he continues to work. He doesn’t wait for us to put things right. He entered into this world because he loves this world. He didn’t arrive as a conquering king, making changes through force and the power …

Moving Toward the Light

Christmas did not wait for everything to be settled and calm. Christmas did not wait for people to get things right and arrange everything just so. Christmas arrived in the midst of chaos, expressing the promise that God will bring peace and hope. A Christmas medley based on Isaiah 9 and Psalm 116:   Isaiah 9: The people walking in …

Joy to the World

    Giving this week’s advent theme of Joy, it seems fitting to post Amy Oden’s version of Joy to the World:

Week 25: Community and Confrontation

Readings for the week: Psalm 73, 2 Kings 1-9, 1 Corinthians 10-16, Psalm 74, Listen to these passages Opening Prayer:  Dear Lord, thank you for the hope we have in you. Thank you for the peace you bring.  When I spend my time looking away from you, I look for other things to put my hope in and I lose peace. …