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Resilience and Hope Daily Devotional

Written by: Julia Smolucha


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Thank you for your ongoing support of the daily devotionals. Since we began this ministry on Ash Wednesday, each new theme continued to attract more readers. Your comments and response fuel our commitment to continue.  

The tensions from COVID-19, isolations, racial tension, elections, along with ongoing struggles personal to each of us will turn us from devotions of gratitude to a new series on resilience and hope.  

Our entire faith story began with families estranged, communities in exile, and continued through the death of our savior. Our Bible recounts catastrophic human trauma and at the same time looks at the devastation with clear-eyed hope.   

In the coming weeks, the devotions will range from specific spiritual practices for you to consider, remind you of who gave you life and will claim you in death, ideas to hone your perspective, and we hope will ground you in faith.   

Jo Forrest and Christine Hides

Daily Prayer 365

Day 100 Friday, December 9, 2022 Scripture Restore us, God Almighty;     make your face shine on us,     that we may be saved.  —Psalm 80:7 Wisdom We will light the Advent wreath again at my house tonight. Its light will shine out, fresh and new, yet linked to [...]

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Daily Prayer 365

Day 99 December 8, 2022 Scripture Comfort, comfort my people,     says your God.  —Isaiah 40:1 Wisdom I can testify that the message of Advent still holds: with hope, with grace, with love, God takes flesh and meets us when we have become most hopeless, most broken, most lost. [...]

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Women’s Connections

At the home of Sherry Fowler. A friendly, casual group that rotates meetings in private homes on the third Wednesday of each month at 6:30 p.m. to enjoy food, wine, and conversation. We will follow our traditional potluck format. Bring an appetizer, dessert, or beverage of your choice as your [...]

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Daily Prayer 365

Day 98 Wednesday, December 7, 2022 Scripture Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.  —John 14:27 Wisdom Suffering can be transformed and redeemed. There [...]

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Christmas with Music Ministry

Thanks be to God for the gift of Advent and Christmas music! On December 11, at both the 8:30 and 10 a.m. worship services, Chancel Choir and full brass/percussion orchestra will be offering Behold New Joy, Ancient Carols of Christmas.

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Daily Prayer 365

Day 97 Tuesday, December 6, 2022 Scripture For to us a child is born,     to us a son is given,     and the government will be on his shoulders. And he will be called     Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God,     Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.  —Isaiah 9:6 Wisdom [...]

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