The Coronavirus is Real, but Our Future Home is More Real

By Barbara Rainey | March 16, 2020 | 10 Comments

While I am usually eagerly anticipating a big Easter celebration, today I’ve reduced my expectations to a very small gathering—probably just the two of us. The Coronavirus has changed everything for the near-term future. For all we know, this year many churches may not even hold services on Easter Sunday. We may have a taste […]

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5 Weeks Until Easter: 5 Ways to Plan Ahead

By Barbara Rainey | March 2, 2020 | 0 Comments

Unless you saw people wearing smudges on their foreheads last week or you attend a liturgical church, you probably missed the start of the Easter 2020 season.  Most of us miss it every year. While Christmas comes with nearly six months of anticipation–decorative and gift items start appearing in late summer, calling to us months […]

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6 Easy Ideas for an Ascension Day Celebration

By Barbara Rainey | May 29, 2019 | 9 Comments

Have you thought about doing something special for this overlooked day in the church calendar? Ascension Day is Thursday, May 30th this year. Tomorrow! You probably haven’t because it’s not a popular holiday, but it was a remarkable memorable moment for the disciples as they watched Jesus ascend into Heaven. Can you imagine what that […]

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Savoring the Savior

By Barbara Rainey | April 25, 2019 | 10 Comments

It’s been four days since Resurrection Day. How many notifications have you received about Mother’s Day or summer sales already? Planning ahead is necessary but we’ve lost our ability to savor, to pause in the now, to experience the wonder of this present moment. On this day in 33 A.D., the entire city of Jerusalem […]

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Traditions

By Barbara Rainey | April 15, 2019 | 1 Comment

Beautiful repetitions bind us together ‘we always bake these cookies, celebrate this way’ give life and meaning raise us above our more ordinary days. Other patterns, attitudes like recipes handed down from generation to generation bind and blind. Family histories of oppression, abuse, mediocrity tragic, not new so too church families, God’s called ones set […]

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