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Sermon Response: Being in Awe of God by Susan Ward

A few weeks ago, Tim and I took our kids to the Hubble IMAX movie at the Smithsonian Air and Space Museum. Taking a five year-old and two three year-olds to a 45-min movie on space is worthy of an entirely different blog post on patience and endurance but that is not the topic of today’s post. At one point in the movie, there were images taken by the Hubble telescope of the galaxies that are very far away. I use the scientific term ‘very far away’ because it makes my ... Read More »

Give Thanks by Yoon Nam

Are you ready for Thanksgiving? I am not quite ready. However, as I shared with you last time, I have been enjoying counting my blessings and giving thanks each day. I give thanks especially about our music ministry at Floris UMC. There are many volunteers — seen and unseen—who diligently come for rehearsals to teach children music, to sing, to play and much more. I am deeply grateful to all of them, and their families, for their support. This year’s Christmas Cantata will be on December 16 at the 8:00 ... Read More »

Sermon Response: Angry At God by Susan Ward

I remember the last time I got really mad at God. It was one of those long days at home where my husband, Tim, left before the kids woke up and wasn’t going to be home until after their bedtime. It was about 4 in the afternoon and I was in my bedroom on a self-imposed “time-out.” My three small children were outside my bedroom door a little confused why mommy had suddenly stopped reprimanding them but not too confused to stop the tantrums that sent me to my room ... Read More »

A General Conference Postlude

I am sitting in the Washington National Cathedral, a good place to gain some perspective on the recent General Conference. I would like you to believe that I have come here on a spiritual pilgrimage, to purge myself of the spiritual maladies which cling to any soul that has recently attended the international meeting of the United Methodist Church. The truth is that I have just attended the commencement ceremonies of Wesley Theological Seminary. I like the Cathedral. I always feel right-sized by her by the towering walls, flying buttresses ... Read More »

Remaining Joyful by Susan Ward

There was not a lot of joy in the Ward family on Saturday morning.  We began our day earlier than we would have liked, because as much as we try to explain it to our three preschoolers, they seem to have no concept of sleeping in on the weekends.  After breakfast we got everyone dressed and began our marathon morning of errands.  We had things to do at Bed, Bath and Beyond, Walmart and Costco. If you have never been to one of these three places on a Saturday in ... Read More »

Enter With Thanksgiving

Reverend Tom Berlin has invited us to take the 30 minute Thanksgiving challenge  he shared with us on Sunday. It begins with this Psalm: Psalm 100 Shout for joy to the LORD, all the earth. Worship the LORD with gladness; come before him with joyful songs. Know that the LORD is God. It is he who made us, and we are his; we are his people, the sheep of his pasture. Enter his gates with thanksgiving and his courts with praise; give thanks to him and praise his name. For the ... Read More »

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