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Setting a New Table this Holiday Season

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Daily Devotion for the Church Health Center – Psalm 40:7-8

Wednesday, January 12, 2011 – Epiphany 2, Year A

Psalm 40:7-8Then I said, “Here I am; in the scroll of the book it is written of me. I delight to do your will, O my God; your law is within my heart.”

The psalmist exclaims that in the scroll it will be written: ‘I have made myself available to do your will, O my God.’ The psalmist goes on to write that he doesn’t hide God’s love, righteousness and faithfulness in his heart…that he shares it freely with those around him “in the great assembly.”

Prayer: Almighty God, strengthen us so that we might do your will boldly. AMEN.

Daily Devotion from the Church Health Center – Matthew 3:16-17

Monday, January 03, 2011- Baptism of the Lord, Year A

We are approaching that Sunday where many liturgical churches will remember the baptism of Jesus. The scriptures for this week include: Isaiah 42:1-9, Psalm 29, Acts 10:34-43 and Matthew 3:13-17.

Matthew 3:16-17And when Jesus had been baptized, just as he came up from the water, suddenly the heavens were opened to him and he saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove and alighting on him. And a voice from heaven said, “This is my Son, the Beloved, with whom I am well pleased.

Throughout my life, I have been associated with denominations that practice infant baptism. In the infant baptism rituals of which I have been a part, a significant part of the service occurs when the adult members of the congregation agree to assist the parents in raising the child in the faith. In this affirmation of the community of faith, all members of the congregation take responsibility for the faith development of each other, especially the children.

Prayer: Gracious God, keep us mindful that all who pass by us today are your children. AMEN.

Picture for Baptism of the Lord, Year A

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Creating a Healthier Environment in Your Congregation

My friends at have posted an article by Leigh Devries that offers tips to making your church building a healthy place for all.

I Want to Be a Healthy Pastor

Grace Hackney shares her article I Want to Be a Healthy Pastor which first appeared in Clergy Health Initiative.

Looking Back at Earth Day 2010

If you woke up this morning wondering how your congregation might get more involved in going green, you might check out this article on Charlene Hosenfeld discusses caring for creation and our health.

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