Weeds and Wheat

This sermon was first preached for the July 19, 2020 online worship service at Kalamazoo First Congregational Church. The full worship playlist can be viewed here. The sermon text is Matthew 13:24-30, 36-43.

Lent Photo-a-Day Challenge

It’s coming! Prompt images will be posted every day, starting February 10 (Ash Wednesday,) but if you like to plan ahead, here’s a preview of all the daily prompts:

Bible Verse or Break-Up Song?

Check out the quiz we used in youth group this week! Can you decipher the difference between the lyrics to popular break up songs and ancient Wisdom Literature? God lets us feel all the feels.  Take the quiz here    

Thanks for following!

A few new followers joined during this Advent devotional series, so hi there! Thanks for coming on board. Now that Advent is over, the blog will be a little quieter for a few weeks, but you can expect some close to daily devotional posts again in Lent, beginning on February 10th. Merry Christmas, all! Sarah

Prayers for Peace

O Lord, how long shall I cry for help, and you will not listen? Or cry to you “Violence!” and you will not save? Why do you make me see wrongdoing and look at trouble?​         Habakkuk 1:2-3 Prayer is about bringing all of our feelings to God, even the anger, frustration,…


Many peoples shall come and say, “Come, let us go up to the mountain of the Lord, to the house of the God of Jacob; that he may teach us his ways and that we may walk in his paths.” For out of Zion shall go forth instruction, and the word of the Lord from…

The Power of Presence (Emmanuel)

Her husband Joseph, being a righteous man and unwilling to expose her to public disgrace, planned to dismiss her quietly. But just when he had resolved to do this, an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream and said, “Joseph, son of David, do not be afraid to take Mary as your…

Hopes and Expectations

James and John, the sons of Zebedee, came forward to him and said to him, “Teacher, we want you to do for us whatever we ask of you.” And he said to them, “What is it you want me to do for you?” And they said to him, “Grant us to sit, one at your…


…for you are all children of light and children of the day; we are not of the night or of darkness. So then let us not fall asleep as others do, but let us keep awake and be sober; for those who sleep sleep at night, and those who are drunk get drunk at night…….

Tearing Down and Building Up

And Mary said, ‘My soul magnifies the Lord, and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior, for he has looked with favor on the lowliness of his servant. Surely, from now on all generations will call me blessed; for the Mighty One has done great things for me, and holy is his name. His mercy…

Hope for the Hopeless

By the tender mercy of our God, the dawn from on high will break upon us, to give light to those who sit in darkness and in the shadow of death, to guide our feet into the way of peace.          Luke 1:78-79 What are some of the ways our church offers hope…

Sermon: Satisfy the Hungry Heart

Text: John 6:22-35 preached on August 2nd, 2015 at Pennfield Presbyterian Church My younger son turns four this week, and we are turning a corner. He starts preschool in the fall, he has stopped using diapers. We are saying a final farewell to the baby and toddled stage of parenting. Which, naturally, has left me…