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January 15, 2021

ABIDING AND ABOUNDING TOGETHER ALONG THE WAY

The start of a New Year naturally brings wonder about what lies ahead. As I pray about my pastoral and professional plans, hopes and expectations for 2021, I find myself asking myself, “how” will I approach the experience of living in the New Year.   

My answer to this important moment of wonder is to continue to abide in the Word of God so that I may continue to abound in the works of God. As I journey alongside each of you as you encounter God and engage the ministries of Fifteenth Street Pr...

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December 4, 2020

While We Wait.....Abiding in Advent and Anticipating Christmas

Grace and Peace!

 
In the scriptures and hymns at the start of this Advent season, we hear a plea, both for help and hope.  The first verse of Isaiah chapter 64, opens with a request for God’s presence to come and shake up the world so that “nations might tremble.”  Advent is a season observed in our Christian liturgical year as a time of anticipation, waiting and celebration observing the birth of Christ.  “Advent’ in Latin means “arrival” or “coming.” During Advent we...

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November 14, 2020

Prayer and Praise to God for November

Grace and peace and greetings from Pastor Praylow!

In Psalm 100:1, we are encouraged to render thanks to our God for God’s goodness and steadfast love towards us. As we journey towards the end of this year, let us also look back in gratitude for our blessings from God.  Throughout the current COVID-19 pandemic, much has changed as we have re-imagined community and the work of God’s church.

And yet, we have much for which we should be thankful! For the promise that God will never leave us nor...

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November 14, 2020

Prayer and Praise to God for October

Dear Fifteenth Street Church Family and Friends,

Grace and peace be unto you! Welcome to the launch of our “Prayer and Praise to God” newsletter. We are reminded in scripture, that as we  go through the ebbs and flows of life, to “humble ourselves under the mighty hand of God, trusting that God will lift us in due time, as we cast our cares upon God, who cares for us,” (1" Peter 5.7).
 
Throughout the COVID-19 Pandemic, we have relearned, afresh and anew,
that “all of our help come...

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March 3, 2018

A Sacred Journey

What shall we do this Lent to make it meaningful? Perhaps along with church talk of sin and repentance, we ask the all too personal questions we may be surprised that we have in common.  My life is not exactly “where or how" it should be for me. How can I get it "there"; where ever "there is for you?   With all the outward turmoil in society how can I have some inner peace? What is next for me: the same old same old? Waiting for the next shoe to drop? Or what I really need or have been waiti...

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October 11, 2017

Patriotic Knees

There are many ways to look at the controversy over NFL football players going down on one knee instead of standing during the playing of the national anthem before a football game.

When Vice President Mike Pence apparently on cue from the President made a spectacle of leaving before the game started after some players took a knee in Indiana last week, my first thought was, “don’t they have any more important things to do with their time and effort”? Perhaps minor things like jobs, immig...

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August 17, 2017

Walden Pond and Civil Disobedience

I was in the Boston area last month when the 200th birthday of American author Henry David Thoreau was celebrated. Thoreau, of course, is most famous for his book "On Walden Pond", a journal of his two years living on its banks in the New England woods. He was also a leader in the Transcendentalist movement along with fellow writers Ralph Waldo Emerson and Walt Whitman.
 
Sometimes when I think millennial generation today and hear the phrase "I'm spiritual but not religious" it reminds me a...

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July 7, 2017

Red, White, and Blue

The evening of the fourth I was a couch potato and watched the concerts and fireworks from home. I think that is pretty "American" to start with. I switched the channels from DC to New York to Boston. DC was pretty much as usual. No better backdrop for the day. I did note that the headlining Beach Boys only had one original member, Mike Love. (Bruce Johnson I guess is almost). Still can't get use to a skinny guy about 30 replacing Levi when the Four Tops came out, though it was great to see...

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April 4, 2017

The Crying Christ

The last couple of weeks it seems that the lectionary gospel lessons have been longer than the sermon. (I wrote in my notes - pause here for applause). John writes complex and very involved stories. In this story like last week, He gives a lot of detail and explanations for peoples actions and he also adds (as we’ve said), retrospective theological perspective for those of us who are slower to understand - like moi. 
 

The context of this story is that Jesus if not exactly hiding out, ha...

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March 14, 2017

Lies, Damned Lies, and Statistics

Evidently Mark Twain "popularized" (not originated) the old saw: "Lies, damned lies, and statistics", to describe how numbers can indeed be used erroneously, slant, or tell just part of the story. Washington interest groups are famous for having their "own" sets of numbers.

Using all three categories of late, the President has highlighted in my mind which of these I hate the most and is most dangerous for the country. The President is well known for "intentional misstatements" frequently...

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