Forty Days and Forty Nights

“Let us occupy ourselves entirely in knowing God.” – Brother Lawrence Lent is a period of forty days and forty nights that leads to Easter.  The forty days represent the time that Jesus spent in the wilderness facing temptation.  The season begins with Ash Wednesday. During this...
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“One Church Plan” does not pass

Dear Friends, As some of you know, the Special General Conference of the United Methodist Church was completed today. Three main plans were proposed to seek ways to move forward as a denomination. The plan the Council of Bishops chose, “The One Church Plan,” did not pass. This...
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Worship +2 Reflection from Pastor Scott

A colleague once shared with me there are times in which we need to be on a stretcher being carried by others. There are also times in which we need to walk alongside the stretcher. Furthermore, there are times in which we need to carry the stretcher. This illustration brings out...
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Commission on a Way Forward & General Conference Special Session

The Special Session of the General Conference of The United Methodist Church will be held Feb. 23-26, 2019 in St. Louis, MO where hundreds of delegates from around the world will gather to receive and act upon a report* from the Commission on a Way Forward based on the...
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A Brand New Year

“I am making everything new!” (Revelation 21:5, NIV) Many of you remember the comic strip, “Calvin and Hobbes.” In one strip, Calvin and Hobbes are discussing the New Year. Calvin says, “I’m getting disillusioned with these New Years. They don’t seem very new at all. Each New...
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The Season of Advent

The Season of Advent “A shoot will come up from the stump of Jesse; from his roots a branch will fruit. The Spirit of the Lord will rest on him, the Spirit of wisdom and understanding. . .” (Isaiah 11:1-2, NIV)   The Season of Advent makes me think about a children’s story,...
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Living our Vows

Living our Vows  “. . . an acceptable sacrifice, pleasing to God.” (Phil. 4:18, NIV) As members of Lovely Lane United Methodist Church, we support our church with our “Presence, Prayers, Gifts, Service, and Witness.”  A renewed attention to these historic vows can make a...
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Civil Conversations

I recently attended two local presentations that connected with the theme of civility. One presentation took place in August at the Cedar Rapids Public Library. The Ray Center at Drake University put on this event. The presenter shared the need to understand the viewpoints of...
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Filled with Joy

Thirty years ago this month, Bobby McFerrin released a song that became the first a cappella single to reach number one on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. The song included the words, “In every life we have some trouble/ When you worry you make it double/Don’t worry, be happy.” I...
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A Big Thank You!

I want to express thanks for the wonderful welcome you have given me and my family. The first worship service and the gift of a beautiful stole were a tremendous blessing. The ice cream social was a fantastic time to get better acquainted with many of you. The renovated offices...
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