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Recent Devotions from Centreville UMC

  • 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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  • Lenten Reflection 4-8-22

    John 10:14 “The water that I will give will become in them a spring of water gushing up to eternal life.” From Father Richard Rohr, in his Daily Mediations from the Center for Action and Contemplation:   “I believe that faith might be precisely that ability to trust the Big River

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  • Lenten Reflection 4-7-22

    Psalm 91:1-5 Whoever dwells in the shelter of the Most High will rest in the shadow of the Almighty.  I will say of the Lord, “He is my refuge and my fortress, my God, in whom I trust.”  Surely he will save you from the fowler’s snare and from the deadly pestilence.  He will

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  • Lenten Reflection 4-6-22

    1 Peter 3:18 For Christ also suffered for sins once for all, the righteous for the unrighteous, in order to bring you to God. We were made to be attracted to glorious things.  It’s why we are always striving for the biggest and best.  But it is the glory of

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  • Lenten Reflection 4-5-22

    John 6:66-67  Because of this many of his disciples turned back and no longer went about with him. 67 So Jesus asked the twelve, “Do you also wish to go away?” Jesus’ teachings were not always easy for the disciples to accept, once they grasped their meaning.  Some found it too difficult,

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  • Lenten Reflection 4-4-22

    John 7:37-38 On the last day of the festival, the great day, while Jesus was standing there, he cried out, “Let anyone who is thirsty come to me,  and let the one who believes in me drink. As the scripture has said, ‘Out of the believer’s heart shall flow rivers of

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  • Lenten Reflection 4-2-22

    Genesis 37: 23 So when Joseph came to his brothers, they stripped him of his robe, the long robe with sleeves that he wore; and they took him and threw him into a pit. The pit was empty; there was no water in it. Whether or not we are actually in a

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  • Lenten Reflection 4-1-22

    2 Corinthians 12:9 “My grace is sufficient for you, for power is made perfect in weakness.” So, I will boast all the more gladly of my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may dwell in me. God’s works are evident in the healing of our wounds, but they are

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  • Lenten Reflection 3-31-22

    1 Kings 19:3-8 Then he was afraid; he got up and fled for his life, and came to Beer-sheba, which belongs to Judah; he left his servant there. But he himself went a day’s journey into the wilderness, and came and sat down under a solitary broom tree. He asked

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  • Lenten Reflection 3-30-22

    Ephesians 1:4-6 For he chose us in him before the creation of the world to be holy and blameless in his sight. In love he predestined us for adoption to sonship through Jesus Christ, in accordance with his pleasure and will—to the praise of his glorious grace, which he has

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  • Lenten Reflection 3-29-22

    1 Corinthians 13:12 For now we see in a mirror, dimly, but then we will see face to face. Now I know only in part; then I will know fully, even as I have been fully known. Saint Augustine said that to be human is like having your face up

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  • Lenten Reflection 3-28-22

    Psalm 103: 1-5 Bless the Lord, O my soul, and all that is within me, bless his holy name.  Bless the Lord, O my soul, and do not forget all his benefits - who forgives all your iniquity, who heals all your diseases, who redeems your life from the Pit, who crowns you with

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  • Lenten Reflection 3-26-22

    Luke 2:34-35 Then Simeon blessed them and said to his mother Mary, “This child is destined for the falling and the rising of many in Israel, and to be a sign that will be opposed so that the inner thoughts of many will be revealed—and a sword will pierce your own

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  • Lenten Reflection 3-25-22

    Ephesians 2: 1-7 You were dead through the trespasses and sins in which you once lived, following the course of this world, following the ruler of the power of the air, the spirit that is now at work among those who are disobedient.  All of us once lived among them in the

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