Posts with the category “devotions”

Devotion - May 23
May 23rd, 2020
Thank you again to Anthony Spain for our Saturday devotion.One of the things to come out of this difficult time is how we have come to realize the importance of everyday interactions with people, no m...  Read More
by Laurie Brenner
Devotion - May 22
May 22nd, 2020
[Psalms 106-110 / Proverbs 22 / Jonah 2]Psalm 107 is one of my top ten favorites, and the verses about those caught in storms reminded me this week of Jonah.Remember Jonah? Fleeing to Tarshish when th...  Read More
by Laurie Brenner
Devotion - May 21
May 21st, 2020
[Psalms 101-105 / Proverbs 21 / John 14:16-18]This morning's devotion is morning prayer 21 from John Baillie's "A Diary of Private Prayer". You may follow that link to find his prayer for this evening...  Read More
by Laurie Brenner
Devotion - May 20
May 20th, 2020
[Psalms 96-100 / Proverbs 20 / John 6:67-69]Ravi Zacharias was called home to the Lord this week. Ravi's life work articulated the truth of the gospel for the sake of inviting faith. In his book Jesus...  Read More
by Laurie Brenner
Devotion - May 19
May 19th, 2020
[Psalms 91-95 / Proverbs 19 / Luke 8:22-25]"In stormy times, how do you act in faith? How do you have the fearless ability to look at the storm and not be so scared?" This is Tim Keller's opening ques...  Read More
by Laurie Brenner
Devotion - May 18
May 18th, 2020
[Psalms 86-90 / Proverbs 18 / John 8:31-32]Then Jesus said to the Jews who had believed in him, “If you continue in my word, you are truly my disciples; and you will know the truth, and the truth will...  Read More
by Laurie Brenner
Devotion - May 16
May 16th, 2020
Thank you Anthony Spain for this Saturday music devotional:Watchman, will the night soon pass? (Isaiah 21:11–12)One of the great things about being a musician is sometimes, after all the hard work tha...  Read More
by Laurie Brenner
Devotion - May 14
May 14th, 2020
We have been reflecting on worship all this week, and most of us are used to the idea of morning devotions. I wonder how familiar you are with praying at different hours of the day -- midday, at the e...  Read More
by Laurie Brenner
Devotion - May 13
May 13th, 2020
[Psalms 61-65 / Proverbs 13 / Ephesians 6:10-18]Guest devotional this morning! My friend Rev. Michael Neelley, who preached for us here at West Side last fall and is a pastor at Tierra Nueva, uploaded...  Read More
by Laurie Brenner
Devotion - May 12
May 12th, 2020
[Psalms 56-60 / Proverbs 12 / Ephesians 1:3-14]“Oh God, to know you is life. To serve you is freedom. To praise you is the soul’s joy and delight.” – St. Augustine How is praise going for you these da...  Read More
by Laurie Brenner
Devotion - May 11
May 11th, 2020
[Psalms 51-55 / Proverbs 11 / Isaiah 65:17-25]Our theme this week is worship — believing that during this COVID-19 pandemic we are invited back to the training ground of personal worship. We have an o...  Read More
by Laurie Brenner
Devotion - May 9
May 9th, 2020
[Psalms 41-45 / Proverbs 9 / Numbers 6:22-27]It’s often called the priestly blessing (in Hebrew tradition the Birkat Kohanin) - the blessing that Aaron, the first High Priest, was given to speak over ...  Read More
by Laurie Brenner
Devotion - May 8
May 8th, 2020
[Psalms 36-40 / Proverbs 8 / Isaiah 30:15-18]I asked a friend the other day how it was going. “It feels like Groundhog Day...” (Remember the film? Bill Murray’s character is trapped in a life loop, wi...  Read More
by Laurie Brenner
Devotion - May 7, Resurrection
May 7th, 2020
[Psalms 31-35; Proverbs 7; 1 Peter 3:18-22]I've had a longing for poetry lately, and remembered one of my favorite poems from Denise Levertov. Since we are still in Easter season, I'll share it with y...  Read More
by Laurie Brenner
Devotion - May 6, Quarantine Eating...
May 6th, 2020
[Psalms 26-30; Proverbs 6; Luke 6:20-22]“There is a hunger abroad in our time, haunting lives and hearts. Like an empty stomach aching beneath the sleek coat of seemingly well-fed culture, it reveals ...  Read More
by Laurie Brenner
Devotion - May 5
May 5th, 2020
[Psalms 21-25; Proverbs 5; Hebrews 7:23-25]Spiritual FellowshipToday's devotional is a video reflection on the spiritual fellowship that we enjoy with God the Father, Son and Holy Spirit when we pray ...  Read More
by Laurie Brenner
Devotion - May 4
May 4th, 2020
[Psalms 16-20; Proverbs 4; Revelation 21:4-6]Good Monday morning, this beginning of the fourth week in the Easter season — remembering that even now the tomb remains empty, Jesus continues his mission...  Read More
by Laurie Brenner
Devotion - May 2
May 2nd, 2020
[Psalms 6-10, Proverbs 2]A musical devotion for your Saturday, from Anthony Spain -- thank you Anthony!Song writer and arranger Michael W. Smith in his recent “Message of Hope” was reminded by his pas...  Read More
by Laurie Brenner
Devotion - May 1
May 1st, 2020
[Psalms 1-5, Proverbs 1, Revelation 21-22]I read the endings of books.Not always – but very often. It has a pragmatic reason. If I’m not really finding myself very interested in the book, I scan the e...  Read More
by Laurie Brenner
Devotion - April 30
April 30th, 2020
[Psalms 146-150, Proverbs 30, Romans 5:1-6]For a few years before coming to West Side, I taught the Christian Scriptures course at Seattle Pacific University. The midterm exam every quarter ended with...  Read More
by Laurie Brenner
Devotion - April 29
April 29th, 2020
[Today's readings: Psalms 141-145, Proverbs 29, Romans 3:22-24]Do not bring your servant into judgment,for no one living is righteous before you.Psalm 143:2Whoever remains stiff-necked after many rebu...  Read More
by Laurie Brenner
Devotion - April 28
April 28th, 2020
[Psalms 136-140, Proverbs 28, Colossians 1:9-13]It can be a humbling, frustrating or scary experience to need a rescue.I was swimming once in the Columbia river. It was a trip with college friends, an...  Read More
by Laurie Brenner
Devotion - April 27
April 27th, 2020
[Today's readings: Psalms 131-135, Proverbs 27]The heavens are telling the glory of God;and the firmament proclaims his handiwork.Psalm 19:1On Sunday, I spoke about salvation with an upper case S, and...  Read More
by Noël Foulk
Devotion - April 24
April 24th, 2020
If you are following this practice of 5 Psalms and 1 Proverb a day, then today you ran right into Psalm 119 – the marathon reflection on God’s law (word). True confession – most months I leap frog ove...  Read More
by Laurie Brenner
Devotion - April 23
April 23rd, 2020
[Psalms 111-115, Proverbs 23] But Zion said, “The Lord has forsaken me,my Lord has forgotten me.”Can a woman forget her nursing child,or show no compassion for the child of her womb?Even these may for...  Read More
by Laurie Brenner
Devotion, April 22 - Knowledge and Love
April 22nd, 2020
[Today’s readings: 1 Corinthians 13; Psalms 106-110; Proverbs 22]And if I have prophetic powers, and understand all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have all faith, so as to remove mountains, but...  Read More
by Laurie Brenner
Devotion - April 21
April 21st, 2020
‘At that time Jesus said, “I praise you, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, because you have hidden these things from the wise and learned, and revealed them to little children. Yes, Father, for this i...  Read More
by Laurie Brenner
Devotion - April 20
April 20th, 2020
Luke 24:13-35; Psalms 96-100; Proverbs 20Easter in a pandemic season is the invitation to practice resurrection. Which is tricky.Because nothing prepares a person for resurrection.I imagine that Jesus...  Read More
by Laurie Brenner
Video Devotion from Pastor Laurie
April 7th, 2020
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by Noël Foulk
Holy Week Devotions
April 6th, 2020
Lord Jesus Christ,as we kneel at the foot of your crosshelp us to see and know your love for us,so that we may place at your feetall that we have and are.(New Zealand prayer book) Good morning friends...  Read More
by Laurie Brenner
Devotion for April 4
April 4th, 2020
Another music focused devotion for your weekend, from Anthony Spain:In 1994 the struggling record label Angel records released a CD of chant by the Benedictine Monks of Santo Domingo de Silos. The CD ...  Read More
by Laurie Brenner
Devotion for April 3
April 3rd, 2020
“The only opportunity you will ever have to live by faith is in the circumstances you are provided this very day: this house you live in, this family you find yourself in, this job you have been given...  Read More
by Laurie Brenner
Walk & Pray
April 2nd, 2020
I walk everywhere in the city. Any city. You see everything you need to see in a lifetime. Every emotion. Every condition. Every fashion. Every glory. —Maira KalmanToday – another short devotional vid...  Read More
by Laurie Brenner
Video Devotional for April 1
April 1st, 2020
Today's devotional is a link to a video devotional on Spiritual Practices during COVID-19 that UPC filmed for our congregations.PS - Spoiler alert - I've been listening to the Lord of the Rings as I w...  Read More
by Laurie Brenner
Devotions for March 31
March 31st, 2020
Today's devotion is written by Stacy Kutz, who sent it to our High School and College Students and shares it today with all of us:March Madness: CancelledDisneyland: ClosedClasses: Online or cancelled...  Read More
by Laurie Brenner
Watch and Pray, The fifth Week of Lent
March 30th, 2020
Satan dreads nothing but prayer.His one concern is to keep the saints from praying.He fears nothing from prayerless studies, prayerless work, prayerless religion.He laughs at our toil, he mocks our wi...  Read More
by Laurie Brenner
Joy & Music
March 28th, 2020
"The most valuable thing the Psalms do for meis to express the same delight in Godwhich made David dance."                                                      – CS Lewis It is Saturday, and that mea...  Read More
by Laurie Brenner
Joy & Connections
March 27th, 2020
Happiness depends on happenings;joy depends on Christ.  I was filled with joy by images of some of our oldest and youngest members this week (photos below). Three are of Bill and Lois Batts. In a Face...  Read More
by Laurie Brenner
Joy & Forgiveness
March 26th, 2020
Joy is that deep settled confidencethat God is in control of every area of my life.                                                                    – Paul Sailhamer This morning’s reflection is so...  Read More
by Laurie Brenner
Joy & Dragons
March 25th, 2020
If it seems a childish thing to do,do it in remembrance that you are a child.                                                  – Frederick Buechner There is a saying in theater – never share the stage...  Read More
by Laurie Brenner