Production of Worship

Over the past year, we have been forced to think about worship in new ways. The things that we once considered necessary for proper adoration and edification have simply been impossible to do as a separated congregation … well, at least it...

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We All Need Resurrection

The word “lent” isn’t in the Bible, but the concept is. The word itself comes from the Old English and German words for “spring” and “long.” During the 40 or so days from Ash Wednesday to Easter, the days grow longer as we enter into spring. We...

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New Dimensions of Sound

With each new year, I normally take time to highlight the many wonderful ensembles and programs within the Music Ministry.  In doing so, I also acknowledge, with gratitude, all the music offered during the Advent and Christmas season.  The key...

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The “Best” Things

I hope you’re excited about the new year! I am—and not just because 2020 was … well … not great. New Years always offers us new hope and promise. But right now, I want you to take a moment to reflect on what’s happened in your life in the past...

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Nurturing Your Child’s Soul

Whenever a couple dedicates a child at Providence, our children’s ministry gives them a copy of Nurturing Your Child’s Soul by Timothy Jones.  In this book, Jones explores “soul nourishers” that can make all the difference in a child’s life and...

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A More Profound Alleluia

I cannot begin to adequately express the loss I continue to feel regarding our ensembles and music making. Our separation during the pandemic, while necessary, has been very difficult on us all. Oh, how I long for the sound of a choir …...

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A Light in the Darkness

“When the time came to completion, God sent His Son …”  Galatians 4:4 According to the way Christians in the church mark time, the season of Advent began on November 29.  In a very real and profound sense, though, it feels like we have been...

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An Unexpected Advent

So many of our normal activities and traditions have been interrupted or canceled due to the global pandemic.  It’s easy to only think about the things that we’ve missed, and in doing so, our lament can feel deep and unending.  As we approach the...

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The Power of Gratitude

I wish gratitude was my go-to state. I like people who are grateful. Unfortunately, I have to work at it. My gifts tend toward “exhortation;” my strengths fall in the learning-teaching realm; and my enneagram type suggests that I’m often trying...

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