It wasn’t Pentecost the day the Holy Spirit came to my church. There was no sound like the rush of a violent wind. Divided tongues of fire did not appear among us or rest on our heads. That day the Holy Spirit was ushered in with peals of laughter; the kind of laughter so strong … Continue reading The Day the Holy Spirit Came to Church, by Rev. Debra Juarez
Simple, yet affirming questions to ask your children every day. Don’t have children? Then these questions will also help you process your day and affirm you.
“Highs and Lows!!”
If you eat dinner with the Embree family, no doubt that right after we pray, you’ll hear one of our kids yell this out. It has become part of our dinnertime DNA and something that has led to incredible faith conversations over spaghetti and salad. Some of our most defining moments as a family in terms of discipleship and growth as a family have taken place because of these four questions.
I can’t take credit for them. That goes to Dr. Kara Powell of Fuller Youth Institute. I had the opportunity a few years ago to attend a seminar led by her about Sticky Faith and how to help our kids develop a faith that sticks beyond high school. She shared this dinner time routine at that conference and I immediately thought, “This is easy! This is something we can do!” and so… we did.
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Sometimes celebrated as the "birthday of the church," Pentecost (May 24, 2015) is a wonderful Sunday to invoke the Holy Spirit. Images of flames, doves, and wind can help those in worship visualize the divine and enliven the imagination. The more you can engage multiple senses (sight, sound, touch, taste, smell) and people's bodies through … Continue reading Pentecost Liturgy
Sacred Stones Ministries invites adults, both clergy and laity, to join in a trip to Ft. Washakie, on the Wind River Reservation in Wyoming, this August. We will work on a variety of projects in the community while building relationships with those who live there. We will be working in conjunction with the Wyoming Association … Continue reading Building Understanding and Cultural Bridges: Adult Mission Trip to the Wind River Reservation
As part of our commitment to our own continuing education and professional formation, the partners of Sacred Stones Ministries are in covenant to read and discuss one book a quarter that can inform our work. Recognizing that many of our followers might find these insights helpful as well, we will offer here a brief review … Continue reading Book Review: To Sell Is Human
I am typically a very organized person. I write curriculum on Mondays, plan Children's Time on Tuesdays, send curriculum out to the volunteers on Thursdays, gather supplies (which usually means stopping by the Dollar Store) on Fridays, set up on Saturdays, and am ready to teach on Sunday. I would love to take the time to … Continue reading Did you ever have one of those Sundays… by Rev. Denise Bender
Some churches choose not to observe Mother's Day in a significant way because it is a secular holiday, while others embrace it fully in their liturgy and preaching. Whatever your church's practice, I offer this pastoral prayer in an attempt to honor the full range of experiences of mothering and being mothered. If you choose … Continue reading Mother’s Day Prayer, by Rev. Kerry Greenhill