Week 24: Leading and Living

Readings for the week: Psalm 71, 1 Kings 11-22, 1 Corinthians 7-9, Psalm 72, Listen to these passages Opening Prayer: Dear Lord, thank you for this day, for this week, for all you are doing. Thank you for being with us.  Thanks for sticking with us when we don’t know what to do and end up doing something wrong. Thanks for …

Wake, O Sleeper

  My favorite song from Amy (Gustafson) Oden’s Christmas Album: “Wake, O Sleeper”    

That Holy Night

  Did you know that ten years ago, Amy (Gustafson) Oden made a Christmas album? I got to thinking it would be nice to share some songs of Christmas with you all. Merry Christmas and may you experience joy and peace this advent season! Here’s the title track, “That Holy Night” (will be posting more in coming days)  

Week 23: Kings and Corinth

Readings for the week: Psalm 69, 1 Kings 1-10, 1 Corinthians 1-6, Psalm 70, Listen to these passages Opening Prayer: Dear Lord, as we enter into the end of the year and the beginning of the Christmas season, it is easy to get distracted by the busyness, expectations, and all the rest.  This week, remind me of your presence.  Help me …

Week 22: Chaos and Love

Readings for the week: Psalm 66-67, 2 Samuel 13-24, 1 John, 2 John, 3 John, Psalm 68 Listen to these passages Opening Prayer:  Dear Lord, thank you for your goodness. Thank you for your promise. Thank you that we have hope. I pray for discernment as I try to sort out truth from lies. I pray for peace in my life …

Coffee with Paul

If you had a chance, what would you ask the Apostle Paul? If your answer is, “What kind of coffee does he like?” Then, have I got a group for you. Every Sunday morning at 7am, join us as we have Coffee with Paul.  At Panera Bread on Del Paso in Natomas. This week we’ll be chatting about Acts 18 …

Week 21: Becoming King

Readings for the week: Psalm 62-63, 1 Samuel 27-32, 2 Samuel 1-12, John 18-21, Psalm 64-65, Listen to these passages Opening Prayer: Dear Lord, in a week in which we not only see devastation, but also are breathing it, I pray for those who lost so much. You are king and you hear our prayers. Thank you for being with us. …

Week 20: Chosen

Readings for the week: Psalm 58-59, 1 Samuel 15-26, John 13-17, Psalm 60-61, Listen to these passages Opening Prayer: Dear Lord, as we enter into a season of thanksgiving and holidays, there’s a lot to think about. Food, gathering with friends and family, travel, and why for goodness sakes there’s Christmas decorations already in the stores. Almost everything except what we’re …

Week 19: What does God Care About?

Readings for the week: Psalm 54-55, 1 Samuel 1-14, John 9-12, Psalm 56-57, Listen to these passages Opening Prayer: Dear Lord, thank you for this day. Thank you for inviting us to spend time together. Thank you that you respond to prayers. Sometimes I run out of words, and you still know what I mean. Sometimes you seem silent, but I …

Week 18: Starting Over Yet Again

Readings for the week: Psalm 51, Judges 13-21, Ruth 1-4, John 5-8, Psalm 52-53, Listen to these passages Opening Prayer: Dear Lord, the world is a crazy place. Sometimes good crazy but often just crazy crazy. There’s all sorts out there, doing all sorts of things that doesn’t make sense, makes things worse for themselves and others.  Even when we mind …