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Author Archive: Nancy Schmitt

What a Table!

What a Table!

“Jesus, knowing that God had given all things into his hands, and that he had come from God and was going to God, got up from the table, took off his outer robe, and tied a towel around himself. Then he poured water into a basin and began to wash the disciples’ feet and to […]

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  April 15, 2019   No comments
A Place at the Table

A Place at the Table

“You prepare a table before me.” –Psalm 23:5a There is a beautiful song that we sang in worship Saturday night titled, For Everyone Born. It is a fairly modern song, with the words written by Shirley Erena Murray in 1998 and the music composed by Brian Mann in 2006. The song reflects the themes of […]

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  April 8, 2019   No comments
Come to the Table

Come to the Table

“They followed a daily discipline of worship in the Temple followed by meals at home, every meal a celebration, exuberant and joyful, as they praised God.” Acts 2:46 (The Message) The New Testament is full of stories of Jesus eating with people or showing up unannounced at a table to share a meal. Jesus clearly […]

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  April 1, 2019   No comments
On Time Prayer

On Time Prayer

“Don’t fret or worry. Instead of worrying, pray. Let petitions and praises shape your worries into prayers, letting God know your concerns. Before you know it, a sense of God’s wholeness, everything coming together for good, will come and settle you down. It’s wonderful what happens when Christ displaces worry at the center of your […]

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  March 25, 2019   No comments
From the Inside Out

From the Inside Out

“Don’t become so well-adjusted to your culture that you fit into it without even thinking. Instead, fix your attention on God. You’ll be changed from the inside out.” –Romans 12:2 (The Message) Recently, while in the waiting room at the dentist office, I picked up a magazine that had an amusing snippet called “Property Laws […]

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  March 18, 2019   No comments
Fasting & Feasting

Fasting & Feasting

“Jesus, full of the Holy Spirit, returned from the Jordan and was led by the Spirit in the wilderness, where for forty days he was tempted by the devil. He ate nothing at all during those days, and when they were over, he was famished.” –Luke 4:1-2 Over the centuries, the 40 days of Lent […]

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  March 11, 2019   No comments
H.O.P.E. for Just Such a Time as This

H.O.P.E. for Just Such a Time as This

“For if you keep silence at such a time as this, relief and deliverance will rise for the Jews from another quarter, but you and your father’s family will perish. Who knows? Perhaps you have come to royal dignity for just such a time as this.” –Esther 4:14 The book of Esther is an Old […]

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  March 4, 2019   No comments
O Come, O Come Emmanuel

O Come, O Come Emmanuel

“Let love be genuine; hate what is evil, hold fast to what is good; love one another with mutual affection; outdo one another in showing honor. Do not lag in zeal, be ardent in spirit, serve the Lord. Rejoice in hope.” –Romans 12:9-12a Currently, the Special General Conference of The United Methodist Church is meeting […]

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  February 25, 2019   No comments
We are the Body of Christ

We are the Body of Christ

“For just as the body is one and has many members, and all the members of the body, though many, are one body, so it is with Christ. For in the one Spirit we were all baptized into one body—Jews or Greeks, slaves or free—and we were all made to drink of one Spirit. Indeed, the […]

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  February 18, 2019   No comments
Hope in our Life Together

Hope in our Life Together

“But this I call to mind and therefore I have hope: The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases, God’s mercies never come to an end; they are new every morning; great is your faithfulness.” –Lamentations 3:21-23 We are less than two weeks away from the Special General Conference of The United Methodist Church that […]

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  February 11, 2019   No comments