Memorable Christmas Worship

By Jen Mabe, in News

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What a blessing it is to celebrate the Newborn King! May you keep the spirit of Christmas in your heart all year long. Visit our Facebook page to enjoy memories of this year’s Christmas services and to learn more about what is new at Joy Reigns!

 

 

 

Message from Pastor Sara

By Jen Mabe, in In the World

MIT Vigil for OrlandoSanctuary, by definition, is a place of refuge or safety. Some of us call the room that we worship in our “sanctuary.” This makes sense to me as it is one of the places we can go to be reminded that we seek refuge and safety in God amidst the chaos of life.

In Orlando and across the country, the LGBTQ community feels like they have lost one of their sanctuaries, after being attacked in a nightclub. The Rev. Elizabeth A. Eaton, presiding bishop of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA), has issued a letter in response to the June 12th shooting which states, “We must speak peace and reconciliation into the cacophony of hatred and division. We must live the truth that all people are created in God’s image.”

This Sunday at the end of worship, after we have been singing and praying and filled with God’s Word, we will leave our sanctuary and go out into the world. Before you leave Joy Reigns, you will be invited to place one (or more) of 50 pride flags in the front yard to be a visual remembrance of the deadliest mass shooting in modern U.S. history and also as a sign to the LGBTQ community that Joy Reigns is a sanctuary where everyone is welcome.

We will have time to lament and pray and also to be filled with hope. Please join me.

God’s Peace, Pastor Sara

Sign Up for Service Day – Sept. 13th!

By Jen Mabe, in Uncategorized

The 2015 Service Day is fast approaching! Please help us get ready by filling out this SUPER simple survey.

Don’t forget to wear your yellow God’s Work. Our Hands. shirt on Sunday, September 13th. Extras are available if you need one for a suggested donation of $10. Please contact the office if you would like one, and thank you in advance. This is going to be a great day!

Faith 5 Journal 8/19 – 8/25

By Jen Mabe, in Uncategorized

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Here’s this week’s journal! Please feel free to print this so you can write down your thoughts, observations or simply your musings!

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Faith 5 Journal 8/12 – 8/18

By Jen Mabe, in Uncategorized

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Here’s this week’s journal! Please feel free to print this so you can write down your thoughts, observations or simply your musings!

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In the World – listen

By Jen Mabe, in In the World

 

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By Jenny Corkill, Guest Blogger

“My dear brothers and sisters, take note of this: Everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to become angry,” ~ James 1:19

Today I will do my best to turn off the distractions, be present and listen. Listen, not just with my ears but with my heart wide open!

As I listen, I know that I will not always have the answer or know the right thing to say and that is OK. Sometimes the empty spaces between the words can mean more than anything spoken. A smile, a hug, a pat on the back or a simple nod can say so much.

Today I will do my best to not only listen to the many people I encounter but to listen to the quiet whisper. Listen to the always present voice inside, my guide, my friend, my God. I will look to God for guidance as I make my way through the day. When I am feeling short tempered, tired or cranky I will turn toward that quiet voice and listen, asking for guidance, as I place my trust in God.

Today I will listen!

Faith 5 Journal 8/5 – 8/11

By Jen Mabe, in Uncategorized

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Here’s this week’s journal! Please feel free to print this so you can write down your thoughts, observations or simply your musings!

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In the World – judgments

By Jen Mabe, in In the World

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And I heard the altar respond: “Yes, Lord God Almighty, true and just are your judgments.” Revelation 16:7

Lady Justice: She is typically portrayed as blind-folded because “justice is blind.” All too often in today’s world, though, we see that she is not. How could she be? Justice here on Earth is handed down by men and women who, while they do their best to be impartial, are still exactly that—human.

Here, though, Revelation reminds us that God’s justice is blind. True and just are God’s judgments, so while injustice may prevail in this world, be mindful that it will not in the eyes of God.

Until next time…

Faith 5 Journal 7/29 – 8/4

By Jen Mabe, in Uncategorized

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Here’s this week’s journal! Please feel free to print this so you can write down your thoughts, observations or simply your musings!

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Faith 5 Journal 7/22 – 7/28

By Jen Mabe, in Uncategorized

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Here’s this week’s journal! Please feel free to print this so you can write down your thoughts, observations or simply your musings!

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