This week we welcome Rebecca Reeder as guest pastor to our online ministry. Pastor Rebecca discusses a contemporary pop song and finds within it an illuminating parallel to the parable Jesus told of the house built on rock. Then we hear a meditation on how God's love can provide us with comfort in a troubled world.
In this week's online devotional we celebrate Pentecost, the day that the Holy Spirit descended upon the disciples of Jesus to inspire the formation of the Christian Church. We then listen to a meditation on the Prayer of Saint Francis, which stimulated in South African anti-apartheid activist Alan Paton a restoration of faith and a motivation to do the work of a disciple.
Pastor Sara joins our online ministry as a guest pastor this week to deliver a message for Mother's Day. Rev. Wrona discusses examples of motherhood found in biblical scripture, from Eve in the first chapters of Genesis to Mary in the Gospels. From the ancient to the contemporary, we celebrate mothers and the sacrifices they make in our lives. See Less
Feeding the Multitude
Join our online ministry this week as we study the miraculous feeding of the four thousand. The Gospel of Matthew tells of a large crowd that followed Jesus into the wilderness to find both spiritual and physical wholeness. We conclude with a reflection on how Psalm 106 can help us deal with difficulties in our contemporary lives.
Jesus tells his disciples 'I am the way and the truth and the life.' In this week's devotional we examine the etymology and meaning of the word 'truth,' and we find traces of the conflicting contemporary philosophical theories of truth as far back as the irreconcilable views of truth expressed by Jesus and Pontius Pilate. We also study and reflect on Psalm 82 and listen to an excerpt from T.S. Eliot's Murder in the Cathedral.
The prophet Hosea preaches repentance for Israel's sins. Psalm 66 sings of deliverance from fire and water into a good green place. And the risen Jesus comes to mend a broken world, offering forgiveness and salvation. We celebrate the victory of the mission of Jesus and conclude this week's devotional with a reflection on the mission statement of Central Presbyterian Church.