Posts by Amanda Esping

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The Art of Being Grateful

by Amanda Esping

The art of being grateful.   This Thanksgiving, hundreds of thousands of people will sit around tables and make long lists of what they are grateful for.  Many others will partake the Thanksgiving morning ritual of making a list of 100 things they are grateful for before breakfast.  Giving thanks is one of the simplest […]

Semper Reformanda

by Amanda Esping

Semper Reformanda Always reforming. We’ve been talking about Reformation for an entire year, and it is finally here!  We commemorate the 500th anniversary of the day Martian Luther nailed the 95 Theses to the door of the Wittenberg Cathedral, and on this day we celebrate our heritage as we look ahead to the next 500 […]

Bottled Water In-gathering!

by Amanda Esping

Greetings, everybody! The Westtown Day shelter, in conjunction with the homeless alliance, have put out a call for bottled water to send with the homeless as the leave the day shelter.  We will have an impromptu ingathering this Sunday, July 23rd!  Please consider adding this to your shopping list this weekend!  Please do not send […]

Want a head start on worship?

by Amanda Esping

For those of you who love to get a head start on worship, here’s a couple of  YouTube videos to get you started! The first is sing-along of our worship setting for next week.   It is a great, up-beat, setting for our celebration season of Easter!  Of course, our awesome musicians will make it sound […]

Inheritance Redeemed

by Amanda Esping

Inheritance Redeemed “By his great mercy he has given us a new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, and into an inheritance that is imperishable, undefiled, and unfading…” (I Peter 1:3-4) In our reading from 1st Peter, we think about this gift God has given us as […]

Brightness Accumulated

by Amanda Esping

You are the light of the world.  A city on top of a hill can’t be hidden.  Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a basket.  Instead, they put it on a lampstand and it shines on all who are in the house.  In the same way, let your light so shine […]

Yoga, Centering Prayer, Forgotten Luther, and C.I.F!

by Amanda Esping

What do all those have in common?  Well, not much, other than the fact that they all start next week at Our Lord’s!  The Holy Spirit has given us an awesome start to the New Year with a fresh breath of energy and opportunities to live our faith together!   Scripture, Yoga, and Centering Prayer: […]

Merry Enfleshment Day (Christmas)!

by Amanda Esping

A while back, I was reading with a group of young people, and we needed to stop to understand the word,”enfleshment.”  We talked about how it mean that God took on flesh – skin, bones, blood, snot, poop, muscles, pimples, nerve endings, and everything else it means to have flesh.  We talked about how important […]

A New Song for a New Day

by Amanda Esping

Psalm 98 1O sing to the Lord a new song, for he has done marvelous things.             The Lord’s right hand and holy arm have been victorious. 2The Lord has made known this victory;             The Lord has revealed his vindication in the sight of the nations. 3The Lord has remembered his steadfast love and […]

Some of Luther’s Thoughts on Giving Thanks

by Amanda Esping

As we enter this season of Thanksgiving, we join with Martian Luther in reflecting on the first article of the Apostles’ Creed.  This is his explanation from his Large Catechism, written in 1529.  This was written to help common people learn about the basic elements of their faith, along with the Small Catechism for children, […]