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July 8, 2020

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  • July 8, 2020

On the first day of Vacation Bible School in my rural parish, I asked the children to bring their Bibles with them the following night. When Valerie came to me and said, “I don’t have a Bible,” I promised her I would find one for her. But when, on the next evening, I had to tell her one had not yet been purchased, she walked away with a disappointed look. Then, a few feet away, she turned back and said, “How about a loaner?” So it came to be that my Bible was loaned to Valerie. She promised, “I will […]

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July 7, 2020

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  • July 7, 2020

We understand well Paul’s struggle between the inclinations of human nature and following the ways of God and teachings of Jesus. Pray for forgiveness and strengthened faith when we are weak or make poor decisions; pray that we will be guided and encouraged by the Spirit of God that dwells within us. Vigil of Lament & PrayerJuly 9 at 7:00pm Join members and leaders from throughout the Florida-Bahamas Synod for a virtual prayer vigil and time of lament together.   Our Florida-Bahamas Synod community is invited to gather in solidarity, to witness to one another’s pain and to lift up […]

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July 3, 2020

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  • July 3, 2020

“Let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father in heaven” (Matthew 5:16).  I remember the first time I ever saw fireworks. Dad was stationed on board the flag ship for the Mediterranean Sixth Fleet, we had moved to France where the ship was home-ported, and it was Bastille Day. We had gone to downtown Nice to watch the fireworks and I was a little frightened by the noise but also fascinated by what I was seeing – the lights and the colors were absolutely amazing. Since then, my […]

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July 2, 2020

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  • July 2, 2020

Covid 19 has been disorienting at the least. Without our regular gathering around word and sacrament, we’ve had to discover new ways to be church and to serve neighbor. Virtual worship, meetings, gatherings have become the “new normal” and we yearn for that time when we can be together to worship, when we can physically reach out in love, when we can be the church in the old usual ways. What can we do in this time of social distancing for the sake of neighbor? Pray. We pray for the diversity of families—single parents, grandparents raising grandchildren, and blended families—that […]

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July 1, 2020

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  • July 1, 2020

As this time of stress and uncertainty continues, pray that we will be persistent in our generous support for the mission of the church: comforting and caring for our neighbors, responding to the global impact of the pandemic, providing food and basic necessities for people in need, reaching out to the isolated and lonely, and aiding organizations that work for the health, well-being and restoration of our communities.       Prayer Ventures, Living Lutheran, July 1, 2020 3For you were called to freedom, brothers and sisters only do not use your freedom as an opportunity for self-indulgence, but through love become […]

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June 30, 2020

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  • June 30, 2020

34I give you a new commandment, that you love one another. Just as I have loved you, you also should love one another. 35By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another.” Time and time again- especially in the Johannine writings, Jesus tells his disciples of every time and place, to love. Sometimes figuring out how to do that is easy; sometimes it is easy but hard to accept. This is such a time. With the cases of CoVid increasing exponentially across the United States and here in Duval County, your congregational […]

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June 29, 2020

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  • June 29, 2020

God, give me grace to accept with serenitythe things that cannot be changed,Courage to change the thingswhich should be changed,and the Wisdom to distinguishthe one from the other. Living one day at a time,Enjoying one moment at a time,Accepting hardship as a pathway to peace,Taking, as Jesus did,This sinful world as it is,Not as I would have it,Trusting that You will make all things right,If I surrender to Your will,So that I may be reasonably happy in this life,And supremely happy with You forever in the next.

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June 26, 2020

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  • June 26, 2020

Ask God to help us walk in the newness of life and freedom from sin we have through our baptism into the life, death and resurrection of Jesus Christ.Prayer Ventures, Living Lutheran, June 26, 2020 Help us discover our new life in Christ! Engaging A New Normal Renewal Retreat Weekend! St. Matthew’s will be hosting a DreamLeaders Initiative weekend August 14-16. The weekend is designed to encourage, inspire, and instill renewed hope in the congregation as we face our future and the post-pandemic recovery challenges that lie ahead. The weekend is based on the witness of the Apostle Paul in […]

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June 25, 2020

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  • June 25, 2020

Episcopal Church Presiding Bishop Michael Curry famously preaches that love is the only power that will heal and transform our troubled world. And tellingly, he urges us not to grow discouraged. That’s because he is both wise and honest. He has experienced for himself what Jesus taught long ago. Love is powerful, and complicated, and messy… Love’s opposition comes in many forms. Sometimes — and most newsworthy — that opposition takes the form of hatred and violence. What is more common, and thus harder to overcome, are indifference, timidity, ignorance and self-centeredness… My friend Mack McCarter — founder of Community […]

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June 24, 2020

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  • June 24, 2020

Give thanks for whoever introduced you to Jesus, and pray for confidence in sharing your faith in Jesus in your own words. Mouth house   By Frank G. Honeycutt, Living Lutheran, June 24, 2020 Martin Luther said the church should be a “mouth house,” full of the good news of Jesus Christ. Here are two suggestions in this regard:  Please don’t trust only your pastor to talk about Jesus. It’s possible that pastors might get the message wrong. Talk back to clergy; sass us regularly (in a loving way, of course) about Jesus. I’ve been known to say some borderline […]

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