Merry Christmas, and God's rich blessing for the coming new year to all of my dear readers! May the many glittering lights of this season remind you of Jesus, whose birth we celebrate at Christmas, the Light of the World today and every day. If you ever experience FOMO--the Fear Of Missing Out--today's article is … Continue reading The Best of 2017 From April Yamasaki
Yesterday we celebrated Palm Sunday as we do every year, with the children waving branches and everyone in the congregation singing, "Hosanna!" It's a way of re-telling Jesus' triumphal entry into Jerusalem that's recorded in all four gospels. As the gospel of Mark puts it: When they brought the colt to Jesus and threw their … Continue reading Journeying with Jesus Through Holy Week
One of the books at the top of my to-read list is Catherine McNiel's Long Days of Small Things: Motherhood as a Spiritual Discipline, published by NavPress and officially launching this week. As part of Catherine's launch team, I had a sneak peak at her first chapter, and can hardly wait for her book to arrive … Continue reading Lenten Reflections of a Weary Mother
Any time is a good time to give thanks, and that definitely includes Advent and Christmas. So today I give thanks that the All-Powerful One who is All-Goodness came to us in Jesus. And I'm glad to share the following litany of thanks inspired by Psalm 100 and written by Stacey Gleddiesmith, a gifted worship arts leader and teacher. … Continue reading The All-Powerful One is All-Goodness
Yo tengo tanto para agradecer! In the words of our song with the children on Thanksgiving Sunday, I have so much to be thankful for! Our Thanksgiving worship display illustrated that beautifully by featuring foods and recipe books from around the world. Thank you to everyone who contributed and who so lovingly put together this … Continue reading So Much To Be Thankful For!
Last year I suggested that one way the church can stop hiding mental illness is by recognizing that the Bible includes stories of people with mental illness: like King Saul, King Nebuchadnezzar, the man living among the tombs, and others. This year, my congregation again set aside one Sunday for mental health awareness, this time featuring … Continue reading How to Pray About Mental Illness When You Can’t Find the Words
Bless the Lord, O my soul, and all that is within me, bless his holy name. Bless the Lord, O my soul, and do not forget all his benefits-- (Psalm 103:1-2, New Revised Standard Version) Over and over again, Psalm 103 says, "Bless the Lord--Bless the Lord--Bless the Lord--Bless the Lord--Bless the Lord--Bless the Lord!" It's … Continue reading Three Wonderful Ways You Can Bless the Lord
A litany from the life of the church, compiled from sermon responses. We have decided to follow Jesus-- We wrote our commitments with pencils and with ballpoint pens, in green ink and orange pencil crayon. We printed in neat, tiny letters, or with a large scrawl-- in just a few words or whole paragraphs. Some … Continue reading Following Jesus in Everyday Life