June 24, 2020

Daily Devotions

Meditation, Prayers, and Assorted Stuff for June 24, 2020

Henri Nouwen, Bread for the Journey, “Flesh Became Word”

The word must become flesh, but the flesh also must become word. It is not enough for us, as human beings, just to live. We also must give words to what we are living. If we do not speak what we are living, our lives lose their vitality and creativity. When we see a beautiful view, we search for words to express what we are seeing. When we meet a caring person, we want to speak about that meeting. When we are sorrowful or in great pain, we need to talk about it. When we are surprised by joy, we want to announce it! Through the word, we appropriate and internalize what we are living. The word makes our experience truly human.

Today’s prayer is from ‘Awed to Heaven, Rooted to Earth,” a collection of prayers by Walter Brueggemann.

In the Midst of All the Pushing and Shoving

In the midst of all the pushing and shoving among us, in the world and in the church, propelled by anxiety and acted as brutality, You have planted yourself in all your fidelity. You have placed yourself among us in steadfastness and abiding care present in the day, alert in the night, making us all safe and noticed and cared for. So evidence your fidelity as to curb our anxiety, as to restrain our brutality, as to overcome our alienation. By your fidelity, renew us, renew church, renew city, renew world. Give us the safety to love you fully, to love neighbor well, in glad obedience. Amen.

Dad Jokes

Did you hear the restaurant, on the moon? Great food, no atmosphere.

My wife is really mad that I have no sense of direction. So, I packed my stuff and right

I ordered a chicken and egg from Amazon. I’ll let you know

Today’s links! 

https://www.visualcapitalist.com/visualizing-the-true-size-of-land-masses-from-largest-to-smallest/Most world maps don’t give a true picture of the relative size of continents and countries. This infographic shows the true size of land masses from largest to smallest.

https://www.inspiremore.com/keanu-reeves-charity-auction/ How about going on a virtual date with Keanu Reeves and helping kids with cancer at the same time?

https://www.greatbigstory.com/stories/bouncing-noodles Marco is an expert in a dying art—kneading the dough for bamboo noodles with a bamboo pole. If you walk by his family’s Kwan Kee Bamboo Noodle shop in Hong Kong, you might see him at work, bouncing up and down like a seesaw as he pounds the dough.

 Here’s the Ventures playing “Wipeout” on a 1966 tour of Japan.https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3bKG0p6Tv9Q

Sunday worship at 9 AM, with “Doughnut room” time starting at 8:30 AM. https://us02web.zoom.us/j/815064120, Meeting ID: 815 064 120 Dial in to participate at +1 312 626 6799.


Copies of “Our Daily Bread” have arrived in the church office. Feel free to stop by and pick up a copy, or help distribute them to others.


Don’t forget communion at Zoom church on July 12! Stop by the church office to get a prefilled cup and wafer set. Help distributing them is much appreciated as well.


Bible study tonight June 24. We will cover chapters 14 and 15 in the Acts of the Apostles. https://us02web.zoom.us/j/84557340979, Meeting ID: 815 5734 0979 Dial in to participate at +1 312 626 6799.


In-Person worship resumes, July 19! Watch for more details. (Zoom church will continue to be offered as well.) **************************************************

Stay safe and stay well!