Daily Devotional

Clothe Yourselves
Posted by Judy Hockenberry on

“As God’s chosen ones, holy and beloved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, meekness, and patience.”   Colossians 3:12 This is the first verse of several verses of scripture that I often read at weddings. The whole section includes verses 12-17...

There is a Season
Posted by Alex Lang on

For everything there is a season, and a time for every matter under heaven.    Ecclesiastes 3:1 For the last 3 months, the staff of First Pres has provided you with a devotional every weekday. We did this during the quarantine because we wanted to stay more connected to you. But...

Pitcher Choir Jesus
Posted by TC Anderson on

Tomorrow is my birthday. Yes, I am saying this so that I can be wished Happy Birthday from many of you, but also, it is integral to the story I’m about to tell. Normally, and in fact for the past seven years, I’ve worked on my birthday. Either I was on a middle school...

Origin of the Word
Posted by Adam Hendrickson on

Writing all of these devotions, I became curious as to when the word “devotion” began to be associated with religion. While looking up the Latin origins and their various conjugations, I became fascinated at the subtle differences in connotation between words like...

The Break
Posted by Katy Allen on

I’ve been wondering what I’ll remember about this time when it finally finds itself in the rear view mirror. This question crystallized in my mind as I read a Facebook post from a friend who has been chronicling her family’s social distancing experiences. The post on...

Turn! Turn! Turn!
Posted by Judy Hockenberry on

“For everything there is a season, and a time for every matter under heaven: . ..”   Ecclesiastes 3:1  The Byrds made the third chapter of Ecclesiastes famous in 1965 when Peter Seeger wrote the song “Turn! Turn! Turn!”. I added a link to the bottom of...

Silver Linings
Posted by Alex Lang on

But Joseph said to them, “Do not be afraid! Am I in the place of God? Even though you intended to do harm to me, God intended it for good, in order to preserve a numerous people, as he is doing today.”   Genesis 50:19-20 (NRSV)  This past week, my family and I were...

Juneteenth Service of Remembrance
Posted by TC Anderson on

Hello all,  I’ve been so focused on my at home mission trips and this sermon for Juneteenth that I totally forgot to do a devotion for today.  So, in lieu of that I would like to encourage you to attend or tune in to our Juneteenth Service of Remembrance tonight at 7pm.  I...

The Weight
Posted by Adam Hendrickson on

  There is a story surrounding the character of Superman that comes and goes from my mind, haunts me really. So we are clear, Superman has super-hearing, as well as super-eyesight. The story goes that there is a moment when Superman hears so many cries for help at one time that he...

Talking to Children
Posted by Katy Allen on

Last week, I had the privilege of attending a Zoom gathering with fellow Christian Educators from around the country who are grappling with how to talk about race and racism within a Children’s Ministry context. The gathering was led by an impressive panel of Children’s Ministries...