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Recent Devotions from Centreville UMC

  • Our Wandering Wise Men Day 8

    Gaspar thought these strangely shaped containers might be hourglass drums.  Balthasar, however, noticed the wafer-like item on one end and the red liquid in the other, and had a feeling that wasn’t their primary purpose. “You meet us in our hungering with manna not of our making, and in our

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  • Our Wandering Wise Men Day 7

    Was this curious celestial being friend or foe?  Out of an abundance of caution, the men took cover until they could ascertain the true nature of this vision in blue.  Good fortune was with them when it was discovered to be a friendly Haitian angel – an ambassador for Helping

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  • Our Wandering Wise Men – Day 6

    The wise men were delighted to happen upon a great feast, especially one such as this.  This was a feast given in celebration of fellow travelers from all over the globe, who just completed a semester of English as a Second Language classes.  Surely this welcoming embrace of people from

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  • Our Wandering Wise Men Day 5

    As each of the wise men had a different opinion on the way to get to their destination, they needed a little help getting started on their journey. "Christmas can only be found.  Christmas cannot be bought.  Christmas cannot be created.  Christmas cannot be made by hand, lit up, set

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  • Our Wandering Wise Men Day 4

    Knowing that the journey would be long, the wise men invited three camels to travel with them.  Hezekiah, the leader of the pack, was honored to accompany the men on such important business, and offered to provide sustenance for the trip. “The magi challenge us to be serious about our

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  • Our Wandering Wise Men Day 3

    Fresh from the bustle of the Black Friday sales, our wise men gathered their gifts to take to the infant king.  Balthasar’s approach was more practical, with his purchase of diapers, while Melchior chose something fun for the baby.  Gaspar began to wonder if his gift of frankincense was the

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  • Our Wandering Wise Men Day 2

    The men couldn’t contain their excitement, as this star was the sign they had been waiting for.  They must go and worship the king of the Jews!  Balthasar was well-prepared to celebrate this joyous occasion, and generously shared his party supplies with the others. "Joys are always on their way

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  • Our Wandering Wise Men Day 1

    The star shone brightly against the dark night sky, and drew the attention of Gaspar, Balthasar, and Melchior – three wise men from the east. "The season of Advent means there is something on the horizon the likes of which we have never seen before.  It is not possible to

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  • Weekly Devotion 11-18-22

    This week’s devotion was provided by Bert Sikkelee.  It was written by Bert’s friend and colleague, retired United Methodist pastor Larry Buxton. John 13:1-17 Bev and I just got back from attending to my elderly mother after she fell.  Mom needed some very personal attention that I didn’t feel up

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  • Weekly Devotion – 11/11/22

    Sometimes, our faith motivates us to do things that come back to us in positive ways almost immediately.  We deliver food baskets to those who don’t have enough food in our community, and it feels good to extend a loving hand to those that need it. Other times, our faith

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  • Weekly Devotion – 11/4/22

    A while back, Pastor Will offered a sermon that touched on the subject of doubt. That got me to thinking of the many times Jesus spoke of the subject as recorded in the Bible. Two instances are among the most well known stories…Peter walking on water…until he became afraid he

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  • Weekly Devotion 10/28/22

    Here's part two of the devotional message Kim Wu shared at the recent women's retreat: Our lives are messy and complicated.  Frank Bruni, in his book, “The Beauty of Dusk,” asks us to imagine a scenario in which “our hardships, hurdles, demons, and pain were spelled out for everyone around

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  • Weekly Devotion 10/20/22

    After taking some time off from writing devotions, Kim Wu returns with a devotional message she shared at the Centreville UMC Women’s Retreat on Saturday.  Here’s the first half of her message; the second half will run next week. I want to begin with the story of a card.  I

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  • Weekly Devotion 6-1-22

    In a group chat with friends last week, a couple of us were sharing our sadness and despair over the shootings in Uvalde.  One well-meaning friend was driving up to Maine at the time, and shared a beautiful photo of the Maine coastline, with the caption, “Here is a picture

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  • Weekly Devotion 5/20/22

    I used to enjoy drinking soda with my dinner; I was a Pepsi person. But in my early twenties, I started drinking milk with dinner. It was a habit I picked up from my future husband.   The funny thing is that after a while, I no longer had any

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  • Weekly Devotion 5-11-22

    I don’t share the particulars of my story with many people.  Partly because it is not completely my story to share.  But it’s also because I’ve been left hurt and disappointed by some when I have. “At least you...” When people start their sentence with this phrase, their intention is

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  • Weekly Devotion 5-4-22

    My world was turned upside down on a Tuesday night.  The following morning, I was here at the church with my covenant group, and I just fell apart.  The ladies I had come to know so well in recent years surrounded me, with their hands laid upon me, and their

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  • Weekly Devotion 4-27-22

    “Never think about yourself; always help others.  We are stronger together.” I was shocked to find this message plastered across the front of a reusable shopping bag at the local grocery store.  It was the first phrase that caught me off-guard:  “Never think about yourself.”  But there it was in

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  • Lenten Reflection 4-16-22

    Today is a day of stillness.  Of silence.  A necessary day for the grave.  Jesus entered the grave so that we may be in right relationship with God. We also must enter the grave.  We must have our own “white funeral” as Oswald Chambers calls it.  A death to our

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  • Lent Reflection 4-15-22

    Good Friday is for many of us a day when we ask why; why was the cross necessary?  And with this question can come doubts. “If you don’t have doubts, you’re either kidding yourself or asleep.  Doubts are the anti-in-the-pants of faith.  They keep it alive and moving.”  (Frederick Buechner) 

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  • Lenten Reflection 4-14-22

    John 13:1 It was just before the Passover Festival. Jesus knew that the hour had come for him to leave this world and go to the Father. Having loved his own who were in the world, he loved them to the end. (NIV) Jesus, in choosing to wash the disciples’ feet before the

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  • Lenten Reflection 4-13-22

    Luke 22:39, 41-44 He came out and went, as was his custom, to the Mount of Olives; and the disciples followed him.  Then he withdrew from them about a stone’s throw, knelt down, and prayed, “Father, if you are willing, remove this cup from me; yet, not my will but yours

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  • Lenten Reflection 4-12-22

    Matthew 21:12-13  Jesus entered the temple courts and drove out all who were buying and selling there. He overturned the tables of the money changers and the benches of those selling doves.  “It is written,” he said to them, “‘My house will be called a house of prayer,’ but you are making it ‘a den

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  • Lenten Reflection 4-11-22

    John 18:11 Jesus said to Peter, “Put your sword back into its sheath. Am I not to drink the cup that the Father has given me?” In ancient times, many were sentenced to die by drinking a cup of poison, and so cup came to mean wrath.  “Thus the LORD,

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  • Lenten Reflection 4-9-22

     Luke 10:30-35 In reply Jesus said: “A man was going down from Jerusalem to Jericho, when he was attacked by robbers. They stripped him of his clothes, beat him and went away, leaving him half dead. 31 A priest happened to be going down the same road, and when he saw the man,

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