The Spiritual: Feel the Spirit

NOTE: At 10:30 AM this Sunday, members of the music ministry of First United Methodist Church will present Feel the Sprit. Assisted by soloist Cheryl Clansy and chamber ensemble, you can find out more about this worship event by  CLICKING HERE. In preparation for that event, I have asked FUMC Director of Music Ministries Matthew Robinson to offer […]

Following the Path: A Prayer By Thomas Merton

Greetings! I had my first encounter with Thomas Merton through the reading of his spiritual memoirs The Seven Storey Mountain. And through his writings and thoughts, the ordinary and flawed human being has spoken to me over all these years. I guess I find I find comfort in the fact that Merton carried on, following […]

Follow, Follow, Follow

Greetings! For years now, there has been a news story floating around the internet concerning Lucky, a German Shepherd seeing-eye dog. It seems as if Lucky has been linked to all four of his previous owners’ deaths. He led his first owner in front of a bus and the second off the end of a […]

I’ll Take Him . . .

I love the story of Jamie Scott. Jamie was a first grader trying out for a part in the school play. He had his heart set on being in it, but his mom was afraid that he would not be chosen. On the day parts were awarded, his mom anxiously waited in the car for […]

Wait ‘Til Next Year

Greetings. Back in 1945, a man by the name of William “Billy Goat” Sianis attempted to bring a goat named, Murphy, to Wrigley Field during Game 4 of the World Series. Since there were no signs at Wrigley prohibiting animals in the ballpark, Mr. Sianis figured that as long as the goat had a ticket, […]

Pray This Prayer to Forgive

During worship, I invited worshippers to forgive those that have hurt them. Take a moment to pray this prayer . . . God, I want to thank you for your patience, and your grace you show to me. I admit that I haven’t shown the same kind of grace toward those who have hurt me. […]