Faith Practice

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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: […]

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 […]

Courage for Mercy

by Amanda Esping

  This Sunday our appointed gospel reading is the story of the Good Samaritan (see Luke 10:25-37).  It’s one of those stories pretty much everybody knows.  From Good Samaritan societies to the Good Sam camping club, it is a typical cultural reference point for somebody who does a nice thing which probably won’t be repaid. […]

The Smile

by Amanda Esping

We’ve all had a day when a smile stopped us in our tracks, changed our attitude, and made us see the world in a different light. The smile of a child who was delighted to see you at the end of a hard day at work. The smile of next person in line when you […]

The Tyranny of the Urgent

by Amanda Esping

  It’s been a while since I wrote a blog post. Too long. It’s not that I haven’t wanted to, but every time I sat down to work on it, something else happened. By the time finished whatever else was happening, I had either forgotten or there was no time. This probably sounds familiar to […]

What’s so Holy about Holy Week?

by Amanda Esping

This is Holy Week. But, what makes it Holy? Well, to give the default answer for all questions having to do with Christianity, Jesus is what makes it holy. This is true. It is what Jesus did for us by giving himself over to death, even death on a cross, so that not even death […]

Finding the moment through prayer

by Amanda Esping

A couple of weeks ago, we talked about the very private, individualized faith practices of every Christian, and how important they were. Most of the sermon was focused on how these intersected with the liturgy, but they also flow throughout our entire life. After worship, a couple of people expressed confusion about this concept, so […]