Author: Ron Foster

PPE Testimony from the Front Lines

Over the last couple months, nearly every day on the news we have heard about the critical importance of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) and the fact that it is life and death for our healthcare workers on the front lines as they treat Covid-19 patients and how difficult it has been – particularly in the

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Not Alone

Tracy Emmersen (also known as Justin’s mom) has been trying to balance work and parenting amidst the fear and boredom of sheltering in place. She wrote a song that put into words some of her mixed emotions and her deep reservoir of faith. We were blessed to have her share it with us in worship

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Finding Comfort in Mere Christianity

For the last few weeks, as the rate of confirmed COVID-19 cases in Maryland increased, so has my anxiety about the pandemic.  The tactic I chose to counter this was to seek out more information from authoritative sources (like the CDC), the news, and (knowing that I shouldn’t) social media.  The balm from those sources

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Unexpected Gratitude

This past Sunday, I preached on the story of the healing of the seven lepers (Luke 17:11-21). When we laid out our Lenten worship series several months ago, there was no way we could have known that we’d be in the midst of a full-blown Covid-19 pandemic nor that the tie-ins to this encounter with

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Attitude Adjustment

Worship Series We are in the midst of a worship series that is taking us on a 4-part journey through the book of Philippians and urging all of us to consider making one attitude adjustment each week. Here’s what to expect in this slightly-out-of-order exploration of this intimate and hopeful letter from Paul to the

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The Way of Lectio Divina

This past Sunday we explored the practice of Lectio Divina or Sacred Reading in worship. I invited us all to “try out”this ancient way of engaging the Bible (or other sacred texts, for that matter) by walking through one of our lectionary texts of the day (II Corinthians 5:16-21) in four movements: Lectio (slow reading),

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What’s Your Sacred Pathway?

In week two of our Lenten series, “Finding Our Way Again,” we took a look at the unique ways that we are wired in our spiritual lives. We may travel the same path together following in the way of Jesus, but we do so in very individual ways. Some of us are drawn to liturgy

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Finding Our Way Again

I closed my sermon today with a reading from SPUMC member April Doss’ poignant blog posting about the ways we lock ourselves off from the grace of God while all the while God is ready and waiting to help us find our way back to the path. You can read her full posting here (and

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A Modern Day Pieta

Earlier this week, SPUMC member April Doss posted a moving piece about the legacy of Martin Luther King, Jr. and racial realities in 2016 on her blog. She begins like this: “The death toll this year has been a heart-wrenching one: Freddie Gray, Walter Scott, Tamir Rice. A longer list of names goes on, but

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Christmas Eve Worship

We have a full slate of services on Christmas Eve and we hope that one or more of them might fit with your family schedule. Our first two services are designed with families in mind, our contemporary service at 7pm features our band and we pull out all the stops at 9pm & 11pm with

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