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4/16/2014 by admin admin
What’s “good” about it?
As a young person I was always in awe of Holy Week. I vividly remember “waving a branch of a palm tree high in my hand” as I paraded in front of friends and family to start off Sunday service. I remember my first Tenebrae (service of shadows) and how moving it was even when I was...
4/9/2014 by admin admin
Just then his disciples came. They were astonished that he was speaking with a woman, but no one said, “What do you want?” or, “Why are you speaking with her?” Then the woman left her water jar and went back to the city. She said to the people, “Come and see a man who told me everything I have ever done! He cannot be ...
4/2/2014 by admin admin
As a church musician I can think of no stronger opportunity for encounters with Jesus than through anthems, cantatas, service responses and hymns. Many of these are based on scripture, religious poetry, personal life experiences and faith.
Think of your favorite hymn and take a moment to digest the text. . .see if you encounter...
3/26/2014 by admin admin
A group of about 25 of us have been meeting together on Monday nights in March to experience a new video-based study called Painting the Stars. Part of the Living the Questions series, it is about science, religion and an evolving faith.
The beautifully filmed video presentations are fascinating, mind-boggling and thought-...
3/19/2014 by admin admin
Align Yourself in God, a Lenten blog by Pastor Jeri Wilkerson
Lent couldn’t have come at a better time for me. I’ve been feeling a little spiritually dry lately. It has always been interesting to me how taking up a new practice or letting something go can be such a renewal to your spirit and soul.
3/12/2014 by admin admin
I'll be honest, most years I seem to sort of stumble my way into Lent. I have the best of intentions to fully prepare spiritually and to plan ahead for how I will pray, act, and make my way through Lent. For this to actually happen thought is rare. More often I arrive breathless and frantic at Shrove (Fat) Tuesday ...
3/4/2014 by admin admin
Ash Wednesday marks the beginning of the season of the church year known as Lent. Lent begins 40 days before Easter. Sundays are not counted in the 40 days because every Sunday is an Easter celebration. In the liturgical calendar the Sundays are called “the Sundays in Lent” as opposed to “the Sundays of Advent.&...
8/31/2012 by Dan Hurlbert
What do you need prayer for today?
Tempe First UMC is a community that seeks to follow Christ and act out our faith in our local community. Prayer is one of the most important ways to do that. In prayer we hear God. In prayer we talk directly to Christ. In prayer we care for one another.
In the words of 1 Thessalonians 5:17…let ...