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Author Archive: Nancy Schmitt

A God of Action

A God of Action

“When the day of Pentecost had come, they were all together in one place. And suddenly from heaven there came a sound like the rush of a violent wind, and it filled the entire house where they were sitting.” –Acts 2:1-2 We celebrated the Day of Pentecost yesterday in the life of the church; a […]

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  May 21, 2018   No comments
The Tree of Knowledge

The Tree of Knowledge

“And the Lord God made all kinds of trees grow out of the ground—trees that were pleasing to the eye and good for food. In the middle of the garden were the tree of life and the tree of the knowledge of good and evil.” –Genesis 2:9 Near a parking lot I use frequently is […]

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  May 14, 2018   No comments
Stuff

Stuff

“All who believed were together and had all things in common; they would sell their possessions and goods and distribute the proceeds to all, as any had need.” –Acts 2:44-45 The 32nd Annual Sun Prairie United Methodist Church Garage Sale is in the history books! It was a wonderful weekend of watching all our ‘stuff’ […]

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  May 7, 2018   No comments
Unity

Unity

“…with all humility and gentleness, with patience, bearing with one another in love, making every effort to maintain the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace.” –Ephesians 4:2-3 Unity has become a big topic in our United Methodist denomination as we continue to talk about whether we can stay together as a denomination […]

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  April 30, 2018   No comments
Contrasts

Contrasts

“How long, O Lord? Will you forget me forever? How long will you hide your face from me? … I will sing to the Lord, because God has dealt bountifully with me.” –Psalm 13:1, 6 So often our days and weeks are filled with contrasts. This past week was no exception. A couple contrasts stand […]

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  April 24, 2018   No comments
R.I.P.

R.I.P.

“Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled, and do not let them be afraid.” –John 14:27 When we see the initials R.I.P. associated with someone’s name after death, it means Rest in Peace. My […]

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  April 16, 2018   No comments
Being Present

Being Present

“I lift up my eyes to the hills—from where will my help come? My help comes from the Lord, who made heaven and earth…The Lord will keep your going out and your coming in from this time on and forevermore.” –Psalm 121:1-2, 8 In the midst of all that goes on in our own lives […]

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  April 9, 2018   No comments
Sharing the Easter News

Sharing the Easter News

Mary Magdalene went and announced to the disciples, ‘I have seen the Lord;’ and she told them that he had said these things to her.”  –John 20:18 Following the wonderful celebration of Easter Day, our call and opportunity is now to share the Easter news in our daily lives. Easter has just begun and we are […]

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  April 2, 2018   No comments
Stronghold

Stronghold

“My God, my strength in whom I will trust; my shield and the horn of my salvation; my stronghold.” –Psalm 18:2 As we enter into this week we call Holy Week, we will hear and feel the betrayal, pain and grief that is part of the story of Jesus during the last week of his […]

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  March 26, 2018   No comments
Finding the Center

Finding the Center

“…and endurance produces character and character produces hope, and hope does not disappoint us, because God’s love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit that has been given to us.” –Romans 5:4-5 Perhaps from time to time you get in a place where life feels like sheer endurance; you just grit your […]

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  March 19, 2018   No comments