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Author Archive: Nancy Schmitt

Inspired H.O.P.E.

Inspired H.O.P.E.

“Bring the best of the first fruits of your soil to the house of the Lord your God.” –Exodus 23:19 This past weekend was the 33rd Annual Garage Sale at Sun Prairie United Methodist Church. It truly was a week of inspired H.O.P.E.! H.O.P.E. is our Four-year Ministry Plan and it was on full display […]

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  May 6, 2019   No comments
This Side of Easter

This Side of Easter

“Your steadfast love, O God, extends to the heavens, your faithfulness to the clouds. Your righteousness is like the mighty mountains, your judgments are like the great deep; you save humans and animals alike, O God. How precious is your steadfast love, O God! All people may take refuge in the shadow of your wings.” […]

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  April 29, 2019   No comments
Eastertide

Eastertide

“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 We had a wonderful Easter celebration in worship yesterday! But, it’s important to remember that Easter is not only a one-day celebration. Easter continues through the season of […]

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  April 22, 2019   No comments
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