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How is it with YOUR prayer life?

A number of years ago, I had the privilege of sitting with a Church Council while they considered an interesting question. “If this church were to do only one thing, what should that be?” There were plenty of tentative responses … Continue reading

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You are invited – pray with us

Dear Friends, We all know that Jesus was a person of action – he healed the sick, raised the dead, overturned tables at the temple – but clearly he was sustained for action by prayer.  Over and over again we … Continue reading

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Travel With Us in Prayer to Unexpected Places

As I write these words to you, staff, delegates, and visitors from the Iowa Conference are packing their bags or already on their way to the 30th General Synod of the United Church of Christ, meeting in Cleveland June 26-30.  … Continue reading

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What is the best gift I can give?

Thank you! I’ll get back to this in a bit.   For the past three months – mid February through mid May – I’ve been given the gift of time away. I didn’t “earn” it; it was a gift from … Continue reading

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Thank God for prayers

The little farm house here at Wayward Farm is full of books.  Many I’ve read.  More I’m waiting to read.   A few armfuls I read again and again like visiting an old friend or an essential teacher.  Some with bookmarks … Continue reading

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A Lenten Adjustment

“Nicole, that’s special,” my yoga workshop instructor said sporting a wry smile,  then stepped over me and my purple yoga mat. I wondered if special was good or bad. Turns out it was neither. My tight neck muscles were pulling … Continue reading

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Watch and Listen … Lenten Virtual Retreats

The Iowa Conference UCC invites you to take a few minutes each Wednesday during lent for prayer and reflection right from your own computer. Every Wednesday, beginning on Ash Wednesday (Feb. 13), we will post seven prayers, songs, scripture passages, … Continue reading

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Our Common Life…

At prayer in coming days, let’s keep some paper close at hand.  Let’s begin writing the names of the saints who shared the holy work of forming us into the disciple of Jesus we are today.  We might write these … Continue reading

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Our Common Life…

“Be still, and know that I am God!”                                                                                                                                                                      -Psalm 46:10 Believe it or not, I grew up thoroughly churched…..and completely ignorant of Lent.  It just wasn’t part of our church tradition. After I’d been a pastor for about 10 … Continue reading

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