Posts by Trina Kleist

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Sunday, Jan. 19 – Come and See!

by Trina Kleist

Jesus offers this invitation: Come and see for yourself! “Come and see.” Jesus had a simple invitation for the two guys following him. He knew they were looking for something. They already followed John the Baptizer, the prophet down by the Jordan River. Already, they had heard John declare, “That fella over there, that Jesus […]

Sunday, Jan. 12 – Baptized and Belonging!

by Trina Kleist

“Jesus came to John at the Jordan to be baptized.’” – Matthew 3:13 Jesus Gets Baptized – How about You? God loves all people! But when you get baptized, you belong to God in a special way. You become God’s daughter or son. Through water and God’s words, baptism marks you for a special inheritance. […]

Sunday, Jan. 5 – In the Beginning!

by Trina Kleist

Jesus – Present Before the very beginning! Beginning a new year can fill us with both excitement and dread. We may look forward to new possibilities. Do you like to make New Year’s resolutions? At the same time, things we failed to accomplish may nag us. We may feel haunted by what happened. On top […]

Sunday, Dec. 29: Flee to Egypt!

by Trina Kleist

Son of God! Has to Flee? Joseph already had been through a lot when the angel told his to take his little family and flee to Egypt. The king was out to kill the child, Jesus. But this was the son of God, right? “An angel of the Lord appeared to Joseph in a dream […]

Sunday, Dec. 22: A son named Jesus!

by Trina Kleist

News for Joseph: A son named Jesus? News of a son probably was not good news for Joseph. He wasn’t even married yet! But the angel that appeared in his dream told him: Your fiancée, Mary, is with child. She will bear you a son. You are to name him Jesus. Christmas Eve services: 4 […]

Sunday, Dec. 15: Blossom in the desert!

by Trina Kleist

God’s love blossoms in your desert Blossom – A flower in the desert seems a miraculous thing. Today’s Bible readings promise more than a single blossom. No matter how dry the desert of your soul might seem, God’s love is pouring out abundantly on you now! The prophet Isaiah promises God will make your hands […]

Sunday, Dec. 8: New shoot, new life!

by Trina Kleist

That new shoot is Jesus! Today’s Old Testament prophecy about a shoot growing out from the stump of Jesse foretells Jesus’ coming. Jesse was the father of King David, and so an ancestor of Jesus. But Jesus doesn’t continue the same old line. Instead, this “new shoot” brings a message of new life. John the […]

Sunday, Dec. 1: Advent Begins!

by Trina Kleist

Advent means Jesus is coming! Advent is the season of waiting and watching for signs of God coming among us. For Christians, Advent covers the four weeks before Christmas. (That’s right – Christmas for us doesn’t start until Christmas Day!) As the days grow darker, we light candles as a sign of our hope in […]

It’s coming! Consecration Sunday Dec. 8

by Trina Kleist

Consecration means “the act of making sacred” Consecration is not what usually comes to mind when we think of finances. But congregations that approach financial stewardship from a biblical perspective do not view the money Christians give to their church merely as a way to pay its bills. Rather, such congregations see financial contributions as […]

Happy Thanksgiving! Prayer of Thanks

by Trina Kleist

Thanks we give to God! Thanksgiving is a national holiday in the United States. But people of faith recognize that all we have comes from God. Here is a Thanksgiving prayer that you can use to bless you table and your home. It’s adapted from “Bread for the Day,” a beautiful resource for daily thanksgiving. […]