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Spirit

April 10, 2019
Wishing for a big brother champion seems common among kids of all generations. When I was young, I thought Superman and Batman could put down any nemesis of Gotham City. Later, my kids saw Luke Skywalker call in Yoda and The Force to levitate sky raiders and light sabers, shoot d...

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Spirit

April 10, 2019
What is spirit? In the Scriptures, the word “spirit” also can be translated from both Hebrew and Greek as breath or wind. When I see the wind moving the leaves in the trees, I think of God’s unseen presence in the world. American theologian Georgia Harkness desc...

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Spirit

April 10, 2019
And the Spirit immediately drove [Jesus] out into the wilderness. He was in the wilderness forty days, tempted by Satan; and he was with the wild beasts; and the angels waited on him. (Mark 1:12b-13) I have a confession to make: my pet peeve phrase is “frozen chosen.&rdquo...

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Despair, Fulfillment, Hope

April 03, 2019
After this, when Jesus knew that all was now finished, he said (in order to fulfill the scripture), “I am thirsty.” (John 19:28) For me, being “thirsty” isn’t a big deal. My mouth becomes dry and I quickly find a way to quench my thirst.  I ope...

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Thirsty

April 03, 2019
Well, it’s almost Lent and this means it is time for me to be thirsty again. This feeling of thirst will be at times physical, but also a spiritual thirst in contemplating my relationship with God. The Catholic faith was my upbringing as a child and it was common to &ldquo...

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They Offered Him Sour Wine?

April 03, 2019
Beaten, exhausted, famished, and nailed to a cross. Of all the terrible physical sensations Jesus felt on that final day as a human on Earth, thirst was the one that He finally expressed. And he was offered sour wine? Vinegar? I confess to having interpreted this passage through...

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Finished

March 27, 2019
My oldest child is going to be finishing high school in June. I have been dreading this day since I took her last first day of school picture. She will move on to college in another town and not be around every day. This is going tosuch an adjustment for all of us. She always let...

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Forsaken

March 27, 2019
Abandoned by Jews and betrayed by Judas, Jesus was nailed to a wooden cross. Suffering excruciating pain and with darkness creeping in, Jesus cried out “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?” (Matthew 27: 46) Why did Jesus utter those words? Did he believe that G...

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Forsaken

March 27, 2019
How does one find God when one feels like they have lost even themselves? It’s a question I struggle with almost daily as I struggle with anxiety and depression. There is a darkness that seems impregnable and it turns me inward, away from those I love, even from God. I doub...

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Intentional

March 20, 2019
Recently, I decided to take an online class about vocational discernment that was offered to my YAV class. Because I wasn't working enough hours at the time, I decided to sign up because I love a good opportunity to learn more about myself. Of course, the moment the course starte...

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Here

March 20, 2019
Here, have some more! Here we are! Here it is! Here! (Present and Accounted For) Here is such an exciting word, even when on the long road trip, "Finally here!" is a wonderful thing to hear. We long for God's reign to be HERE and now, we hope that joy is HERE in our worship...

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Here

March 20, 2019
This Lenten season, we are constantly reminded of the everlasting relationship we have with God. We are always thinking of ways to push ourselves to be better people and better Christians. So often we spend our Lenten time looking forward to the resurrection of Christ and to the ...

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Remembering

March 13, 2019
Remembering can be tricky. I think I was about 8 years old when I used to walk along the country road with Papa. He walked very slowly, but it may have just been that I walked so much faster. The days were always sunny and warm when I visited my grandparents, and there were so ma...

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Homeless Students in Williamsburg

March 13, 2019
In Williamsburg, homelessness shows its face in subtle ways: makeshift tents near the railroad tracks, piles of clothing in the woods off Richmond Road and motel rooms serving as temporary housing.  For several hundred Williamsburg-area students, homelessness is also a very...

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No Day But Today

March 13, 2019
“There's only now, there's only here Give in to love or live in fear No other path, No other way No day but today” These lyrics were written by Jonathan D. Larson, creator of the wildly popular musical, Rent. Larson is almost known more for his untimely death, as ...

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Comprehending Grace

March 08, 2019
Two others also, who were criminals, were led away to be put to death with him.  When they came to the place that is called The Skull, they crucified Jesus there with the criminals, one on his right and one on his left.  Then Jesus said, "Father, forgive them;...

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The Path to Reconciliation

March 07, 2019
As we begin our Lenten journey, it is appropriate to think about the term “forgiveness.” After all, Jesus died for the forgiveness of sins, not just in that moment on the cross, but for all time. Thus, God’s grace was freely given – a gift, not to be earne...

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In The Business of Forgiveness

March 06, 2019
The word forgive is defined as to excuse for a fault or an offense. Ever since my husband died five years ago from liver cancer; I have become a woman in the “forgiving business.” When a doctor or professional appointment is running late, I try to be understanding and...

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Michael Gibson Selected as First WPC Organ Scholar

January 15, 2019
Williamsburg Presbyterian Church is in the business of empowering and inspiring the next generation of Christian worship. Our Christian Education, UKirk, and Music ministries serve to both educate and excite young people to lead the church in the twenty-first century. We&rsquo...

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Lessons & Carols: A Time to Prepare and Immerse

November 30, 2018
There is perhaps no busier time of year than the 30ish days between Thanksgiving and Christmas. Stores become busier and lines become longer. Traffic picks up. Parties and celebrations become scheduled throughout the week and weekend. End of year reports are due. Finals are rapid...

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Lessons & Carols: A Chance to Pause and Reflect

November 23, 2018
Thanksgiving is by far my most favorite of all the holidays. I fly home to Texas every year I can manage for Thanksgiving because there is no one I want to be with more than my family and enjoying our traditions. From enjoying cinnamon rolls while watching the Macy’s Thanks...

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Heritage and Healing Through a Service of Lessons & Carols

November 17, 2018
I’ve been mulling over the word “heritage” for a few weeks now. I recently spent time at an evangelical conference in Montreat, NC called “Evolving Faith,” and found myself soaking in the words of each speaker and basking in every 15-20 minute prayer...

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Rise Against Hunger: Where Did It Go?

September 14, 2018
In late November, 2017, a container holding 285,120 meals was shipped by Rise Against Hunger to its partner, ORPHANetwork an organization that nourishes lives through food assistance and other services in Nicaragua. The 50,112 meals we packaged the previous month were a part of t...

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Pastor's Perspective: An Exciting Time of Year

September 07, 2018
I stopped into Staples last week to pick up a new printer cartridge and it was a flurry of activity and sales going on. You know this time of year parents are taking their children shopping with a long list from the new teacher: Bic pens, Ticonderoga pencils, three subject notebo...

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Building a Church: A History of Our Guatemala Partnership

August 31, 2018
Williamsburg Presbyterian Church began its road to Guatemala in the summer of 2011. Christian Outreach and Christian Education ministries searched for a meaningful Presbyterian mission that could lead to a relationship with brothers and sisters in Central America. After some rese...

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Pastor's Perspective: Prayer During Lent

February 23, 2018
Prayer is a vital practice during the Lenten Season. Often, we take these weeks of Lent to revitalize and focus our discipline of prayer. Prayer is a way we open ourselves to God and respond to God's desire to be in communion with us. Most of the time when we think of prayer we t...

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Daily Advent Devotional - 12/24

December 24, 2017
Away in a manager, no crib for His bed, The little Lord Jesus lay down His sweet head. The stars in the sky looked down where He lay, The little Lord Jesus, asleep on the hay. Be near me, Lord Jesus, I ask you to stay, Close by me forever, and love me, I pray. Bless all...

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Daily Advent Devotional - 12/23

December 23, 2017
A month or so ago now, as we prepared for Thanksgiving, our children made snack bags for those who were in need for Art Sunday. Here are some of the bags. You’ll notice a lot of hearts on them, as the kids were not just sending food, but love as well. We know that food is...

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Daily Advent Devotional - 12/22

December 22, 2017
Love is complicated and complex. One of the biggest Levitical laws is “Love your neighbor as yourself” and is attached to not holding grudges. A rabbinical story in the Book of Legends examines this command by saying that it is not enough to just act differently bec...

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Daily Advent Devotional - 12/21

December 21, 2017
Advent reminds us that we have the opportunity to reflect the love and peace of Christ. In every life there are regrets – what my father used to call the ‘woulda, coulda, shouldas’. Honestly, in every day there are regrets! But the antithesis of regret is f...

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Daily Advent Devotional - 12/20

December 20, 2017
“And let us consider how to stir up one another to love and good works, not neglecting to meet together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another, and all the more as you see the Day drawing near.” –Hebrews 10:24-25 “God is a verb, not a n...

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Daily Advent Devotional - 12/19

December 19, 2017
“Love never fails. But where there are prophecies, they will cease; where there are tongues, they will be stilled; where there is knowledge, it will pass away. For we know in part and we prophecy in part, but when completeness comes, what is in part disappears. When I was...

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Daily Advent Devotional - 12/18

December 18, 2017
In that region there were shepherds living in the fields, keeping watch over their flock by night. Then an angel of the Lord stood before them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified. But the angel said to them, "Do not be afraid; for see—I a...

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Daily Advent Devotional - 12/17

December 17, 2017
Joy to the World! The Lord is come Let earth receive her King; Let every heart prepare Him room, And heaven and nature sing, And heaven and nature sing, And heaven and heaven and nature sing. This is one of the most favored hymns at Christmastime. Take a second and think ...

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Daily Advent Devotional - 12/16

December 16, 2017
Joy to the world! The Lord has come! What does it mean to be joyful? We are joyful today because the Messiah has entered the world! Can you make a joyful noise unto the Lord? Shout: “Joy to the world!” Now sing: “Joy to the world!” Stomp your feet...

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Daily Advent Devotional - 12/15

December 15, 2017
A certain man had two sons. The younger son said to his father, ‘Father, give me my share of the inheritance.’ Then the father divided his estate between them. Soon afterward, the younger son gathered everything together and took a trip to a land far away. There, he w...

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Daily Advent Devotional - 12/14

December 14, 2017
And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying, “See, the home of God is among mortals. He will dwell with them as their God; they will be his peoples, and God himself will be with them; he will wipe every tear from their eyes. Death will be no more; mourning and crying an...

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Daily Advent Devotional - 12/13

December 13, 2017
Then you will call on me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you. – Jeremiah 29:12 Let me share with you a story of Immanuel … The summer after 10th grade, I attended a retreat with my youth group in the mountains of Colorado. One evening, the speaker c...

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Daily Advent Devotional - 12/12

December 12, 2017
Ask, and you will receive. Search, and you will find. Knock, and the door will be opened to you. For everyone who asks, receives. Whoever seeks, finds. And to everyone who knocks, the door is opened. Who among you will give your children a stone when they ask for bread?...

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Daily Advent Devotional - 12/11

December 11, 2017
I’ve told this story many times, but it bears repeating. Many years ago my then boyfriend took me home to Virginia to meet his family and to see where he grew up. He brought me to a beautiful park, acting rather nervously, and I just knew he was going to propose. I decided ...

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Daily Advent Devotional - 11/30

November 30, 2017
“And in that region, there were shepherds out in the field keeping watch over their flocks by night.” - Luke 2:8 While listening to the sermon titled “Anger Management”, I reflected on my commitment to write a devotion for advent. I thought about the sh...

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Daily Advent Devotional - 11/29

November 29, 2017
And it happened when [David] the king was dwelling in his house and the LORD had granted him respite all around from his enemies, that the king said to Nathan the prophet, “See, pray, I dwell in a cedarwood house while the Ark of God dwells within curtains.” And Natha...

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Daily Advent Devotional - 11/28

November 28, 2017
In Advent the readings from the Old Testament include passages from Isaiah. Isaiah is where we look for the promise of the Messiah to come and bring salvation to “the people who walk in great darkness.” It is also where we find images of God’s coming kingdom whe...

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Daily Advent Devotional - 11/27

November 27, 2017
And Mary said, “My soul magnifies the Lord, and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior, for he has looked with favor on the lowliness of his servant. Surely, from now on all generations will call me blessed; for the Mighty One has done great things for me, and holy is his nam...

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Prayer of Petition - October 29, 2017

October 30, 2017
Heavens and earth may—and will!—pass away, O Lord, along with all living things which inhabit them; but, through the person and work of Jesus, you are bringing into existence new heavens and a new earth and a reclaimed and renewed humanity. Though the heavens vanish l...

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Prayer of Petition - October 22, 2017

October 23, 2017
Dear Lord and creator of the universe, we thank you for all of your handiwork which we take for granted. We thank you for the morning sun which nudges us from are sleep. We thank you for the rain which blankets us in wetness. We marvel at the interdependence of all the creatures ...

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Prayer of Petition - October 15, 2017

October 23, 2017
You are the One, O God, to whom each of us is ultimately responsible.  We came from you at birth.  We return to you at death.  We belong to you in life.  In Jesus Christ you have redeemed us from sin and called us to live day by day as he lived, loving you wit...

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Prayers of Petition - September 24, 2017

September 25, 2017
Lord, you have called your church, as you called Israel of old, to be your vineyard in the world, producing good fruit worthy of your character and purposes. You have called us to be branches of the vine which is Christ, standing for what is good and true and loving in a world b...

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Prayers of Petition - September 17, 2017

September 18, 2017
In life and in death, we belong to you O Lord.  We are so grateful that you have called us your very own and that everything in our life and even our death is lived out under your watchful care.  You are with us in the everyday activities of our lives.  You wake ...

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Prayers of Petition September 10, 2017

September 10, 2017
Beloved God, we praise you for this beautiful morning, from sunshine, to crisp winds, to lush fauna all around us, reminding us that all creation joins in praising you. We feel this new season of life upon us, with the bustle of the William and Mary campus as our sleepy town wake...

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Prayers of Petition August 27,2017

August 28, 2017
Loving Creator, we find ourselves in awe of the world around us. We see evidence of creation praising you, in the swaying of branches in the Spirit’s breeze, waving arms of praise to you. We feel the sun’s rays warming our faces and see plants unfurling to lift their ...

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Prayers of Petition - August 13, 2017

August 14, 2017
O God of newness, we are grateful for the sunrise of this new day, for our spirits are in need of rebirth and renewal, and every day reminds us of that promise. O Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayers. God you remind us that fear is the greatest enemy to love. We are reminded o...

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Is it Friday already?

July 21, 2017
Day 6 And now, the moment you have all been waiting for… the Chorister’s Guild Day Awards have been presented and the winners are (drum roll): Day 1 – Most Confusing Day 2 – Most Overwhelming Day 3 – Most Emotional ...

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Practice, practice, practice!

July 20, 2017
Day 5 Prayer – We have been learning about how to make prayer more accessible and interactive for children. Today, we got a chance to design our own multi-sensory children’s prayer, complete with actions and sound effects! I was so impressed with every group’...

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A lot of music and a song of grace...

July 19, 2017
Day 4 I have been exposed to so much new music this week through multiple “Reading Sessions”. Each faculty member picked three pieces they wanted to share with us and led the whole group through them. Because the music is specifically geared toward use with children&...

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Friends made, and tears shed...

July 18, 2017
Day 3 Let me just tell you about my amazing, talented, fun-loving suitemates. We are all Year 1s and Karol Kimmell, one of the faculty at the Institute, put us together in the same suite because she stalked us on Facebook and found out that we are all young moms with children ...

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"My soul is on fire, but my body is tired..."

July 17, 2017
Day 2 That was my suitemate’s way of describing how she felt at the end of Day 2 and I could not agree more. Our schedule today was packed full of courses. The faculty here are excellent models for an effective teaching method, which means that I don’t get to sit a...

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A little overwhelmed, but mostly excited...

July 16, 2017
Day 1 My first few hours at the Choristers Guild Institute at Wingate University can only be described as hectic. My brother and I drove around the entire campus multiple times in search of the registration table. I received a schedule that was full-to-the-brim with courses li...

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Prayer of Petition July 16, 2017

July 16, 2017
Provider God, we praise you for such a beautiful and cool morning. The morning breeze is such as welcome relief from the heat these past several days, and we delight in seeing the works of your hands around us, from the green leaves on trees, to the vibrant blooms, to the clouds ...

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PRAYERS OF PETITION JUNE 25, 2017

June 28, 2017
Praise be to you, O God, for calling the church into being through the power of your Holy Spirit and for establishing your Son, Jesus, as its Head.          Thanks be to you for evangelists and apostles by whose witness and writings the c...

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PRAYERS OF PETITION June 18, 2017

June 19, 2017
Loving God, we come before you today, so deeply grateful for sunshine after all the rain. We love hearing birds singing to each other, and our souls join in with their chorus praising you, Our Beloved Creator. But God, we feel those rain storms and clouds still hanging over us, ...

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PRAYERS OF PETITION May 28, 2017

June 01, 2017
  Almighty and all-merciful God, on this Memorial Day weekend we lift up to you with admiration for their courage and with great sadness for their deaths in late youth and early adulthood the soldiers, sailors, marines and flyers who have died in our nation’s wars at ...

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Guatemala - Learning about ourselves

May 31, 2017
What have I learned about myself so far?  Well to my surprise I've learned a lot of things this past few months.  This mission trip means a lot to me, to many of my peers, and most definitely to the wonderful people in Chajul. I've learned that I am very nervous about ...

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Why I'm Returning to Guatemala

May 28, 2017
Returning to Chajul Last year’s trip to Guatemala was pretty eye opening. As any of the other members of last year’s trip will tell you, being completely immersed in a different culture really changes your perspective. A big question that I’ve been asked i...

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Guatemala Blog

May 25, 2017
Why I Want to Go Back I grew up in the Presbyterian Church. Most people know that. What you might not know is that I also spent my most formative spiritual years (17 – 22) attending charismatic, conservative, evangelical youth groups and churches. You also might not know ...

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Guatemala Blog - What I'm Excited About

May 23, 2017
This post was written by one of our Adult Leaders, Lauren:  Mission work provides an opportunity to reconnect with God. Being placed in a foreign environment to assist those who we will often have a language barrier with, requires a certain reliance on God. I am excited for...

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Prayer of Petition May 21, 2017

May 22, 2017
Creator God, you have made the whole world and everything in it, you are the Lord of heaven and earth.  Everywhere we look in creation we see your glory, in the warmth of the spring sun bringing forth dazzling flowers and lush green leaves of new life.  We see you in th...

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Guatemalan Culture

May 16, 2017
Culture in Guatemala is a mixture of Mayan and Spanish influences. It has many Spanish influences in some of their foods and in the predominantly Christian side of the religion, but it also has very strong Mayan influences that have survived hundreds of years, such as the languag...

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Guatemala Blog (Book Review)

May 15, 2017
Love in a Fearful Land Love in a Fearful Land by Henri Nouwen is about unfaltering faith and love towards God. It follows two men’s journeys, Stan Rother and John Vesey during a violent and destructive time in Guatemala. It shows the details of love, prayer, martyrdom, and...

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Prayer of Petition May 14, 2017

May 14, 2017
Loving God, we praise you for this beautiful day. We praise you for the shining sun, for the plants in full bloom, for the light that has broken through the darkness of raincloud and storm. It is in these blessings that we ground ourselves, and are reminded of your presence with ...

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Going To Guatemala

May 10, 2017
To go out of the country is a luxury to me. If I ever go on a trip, it is most likely in Virginia or Florida. In effect, going to Guatemala already excites me. I love exploring new things and going to new places. I do realize that this isn't exactly a vacation, but I’m stil...

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Prayer of Petition April 30, 2017

May 01, 2017
Lord Jesus Christ, although you were indeed worthy to receive power and wealth and wisdom and might and honor and glory and blessing, you did not ask for any of those attributes as you lived among us in the flesh, nor do you ask for any of them as you now live among us in the Spi...

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Watch this space for Prayers of Petition

April 27, 2017
Beginning Monday, May 1, and each Monday thereafter, the Prayer of Petition from the previous day's worship service will be posted here.

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Prayers of the People - April 9

April 10, 2017
Prayers of the People – Palm Sunday, 2017 Precious Lord, we praise you for this day, for with the sunshine and beautiful weather it is easy for us to lift up our voices in shouts of “Hosanna!” Our souls have so longed for the beauty of life and creation aro...

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Walking Together - Simplicity

March 21, 2017
Our third communal discipline is the focus of Jesus when he states in Matthew 6:19, “Do not store up treasures on earth . . . for where your treasure is there your heart will be also,” reminding us that freedom isn’t found in what we have, but through simplicity...

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Walking Together - Celebration

March 13, 2017
At first, our second communal discipline may seem out of place in Lent, but it acts as a natural extension of our first (Confession) and thus is essential to being a spiritual community. Both confession and celebration are based in God’s grace. Just as confession makes ...

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Introducing the 2017 Guatemala Team

March 12, 2017
We have now had two training meetings for the 2017 Guatemala Team.  The 2017 trip is focused on bringing our youth into a broader understanding of our partnership, their place within the global community, and how God is moving in their lives and throughout the world.  ...

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Walking Together - Confession

February 28, 2017
James 5:16 says “Confess your sins one to another.”  The call to confess communally is not about receiving forgiveness but rather about recognizing ourselves of needing the forgiveness of others.  The act of confession is one of humility and vulnerability, i...

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