Audio Scripture Psalm 126 (NRSV) When the Lord restored the fortunes of Zion,    we were like those who dream.2 Then our mouth was filled with laughter,    and our tongue with shouts of joy;then […]

A Norman Rockwell Thanksgiving (11/22)

In this audio clip, Deb Murray shares her experience with receiving support and care from a Stephen Minister during a particularly rough time in her life: in the wake of […]

Deb’s Stephen Ministry Story

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Audio ScriptureHebrews 10:1-25 (CEB) Christ’s once-for-all sacrifice 10 The Law is a shadow of the good things that are coming, not the real things themselves. It never can perfect the ones who […]

Seated at the Right Hand of God (Nov. 15th)

Audio ScriptureMark 12:38-44 (CEB) 38 As he was teaching, he said, “Watch out for the legal experts. They like to walk around in long robes. They want to be greeted with honor […]

Big Spender (11/8)

This post is a transcript of First UMC Leadership Board chairperson Mike Sweeney’s speech to the American Journalism Historians Association as he accepted the 2015 AJHA Sidney Kobre Award for Lifetime Achievement […]

An Unconventional Talk with Mike Sweeney

Music Director Riccardo Muti and the Chicago Symphony Orchestra 2011 European Tour
Audio ScriptureRevelation 21:1-6 (CEB) New Heaven and New Earth 21 Then I saw a new heaven and a new earth, for the former heaven and the former earth had passed […]

The Grand Finale

This is a guest post by church member Wendy Merb-Brown. Originally written in 2008, this article still has particular relevance that we thought our readers may enjoy today. Thanks for […]


Audio ScriptureJob 42:1-6, 10-17 Job Is Humbled and Satisfied 42 Then Job answered the Lord: 2 “I know that you can do all things, and that no purpose of yours can be […]

The Book of Job: Trust Me! (10/25)

Audio Scripture 23 Then Job answered: 2 “Today also my complaint is bitter;[a]    his[b] hand is heavy despite my groaning.3 Oh, that I knew where I might find him,    that I might come even to […]

The Book of Job: Trust Issues (10/18)