Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Watch February's Sermon on a Book Not to Miss!

The contemporary service at Central Presbyterian Church in Summit, NJ, known as WAVE, kicked off a new sermon series, Book and a Bible, this month. You're invited to watch my recent sermon on demand here! In this service, I delve into acclaimed author Sara Hagerty's newest book Unseen: The Gift of Being Hidden in a World That Loves to Be Noticed. Discover the redeeming, life-giving fingerprints of God in your unseen sacrifices and fallow seasons.

Watch HERE

Did you know? WAVE stands for Authentic Worship Experience and renewed Vitality through faith. Love that!

You can join us at our next scheduled service on March 4th at 5 PM in the auditorium. I'll be preaching on New York Times bestselling author BrenĂ© Brown's newest book, Braving the Wilderness: The Quest for True Belonging and the Courage to Stand Alone!

Wednesday, January 24, 2018

Watch January's Sermon

I invite you to watch January's televised service:

Discover the history and meaning of Epiphany, its importance for our daily lives, and the unique opportunity it offers each of us in the new year. This service is brought to you by the WAVE contemporary worship team at Central Presbyterian Church in Summit and features acclaimed musician/songwriter Adam Gilbert and a message by me. (Jan. 7, 2018)

Watch HERE.

P.S. I posted my first video teaser on Facebook for this service this week. Did you see it? Are we friends? And in the manner of New Year's Resolutions, I've finally joined Instagram. Find me here!

Thursday, January 4, 2018

Happy New Year and Preaching Sunday!

This Sunday I'll be preaching at Central Presbyterian Church in Summit at 5 pm! Come join us in the auditorium for another WAVE worship service. Hear an inspiring message to frame the new year: Now that Christ has been born, it's up to us to seek him in our daily lives. There will be food, contemporary music, and special crafts for children based upon the wisemen seeking Jesus. All are welcome!

As we enter into a new year, I am thrilled for its fresh beginning. I love how human history has weaved a new beginning into the fabric of our lives each year. And what's more, we celebrate its gift with friends and family and mark its opportunity as special.

Not only can we begin again, but we have the power to frame the new year intenitonally. In the past, that was the function of New Year's resolutions. But this year, I've heard a lot of people are choosing only one word: a theme word for 2018 to live by. Some choose for that word to start with the first letter of their first name, but it doesn't really matter. What matters most is its significance to you. This year, each individual in my family chose a word, wrote it down, decorated the page to make it personal, and hung it up in a special place to remind them.

Whether you're joining me in worship this week or perhaps choosing your own word in solidarity, I wish you a wonderful, prosperous, and blessed Happy New Year!

Saturday, December 23, 2017

Watch This Christmas TV Special!

As we conclude the Advent season, I am thrilled to pass along this Christmas TV special! Hear an encouraging sermon, popular Christmas music hits, and a live nativity narration to ground your holiday in the true meaning of the season. Sermon highlight: "Christmas is like a fresh rainfall in the tired, dusty sands of our wilderness." Discover how you can renew a Christmas hope in your own life right where you most need it.

Watch HERE

This special is courtesy of my church, Central Presbyterian Church, and their contemporary WAVE worship team. I am blessed to serve with them!

Looking for more Christmas inspiration? Check out last week's post or the post from the week before!

Tuesday, December 19, 2017

Christmas Resources and News

I can't believe that Christmas is less than a week away! As you prepare for the festivities, I hope you're considering ways to nurture the true meaning of Christmas in your families. It's here that we can reap the richest blessings of the season.

This year, my family took part in the Living Nativity at our church. I loved the idea of dressing up and sharing the joy of the Christmas story with the community.

In case you're wondering, my boys and husband were shepherds and I was a lantern angel. (I'm still trying to figure out what a lantern angel is!) If you are looking for ideas to tap into the true meaning of Christmas too, I encourage you to:

Read this.

Watch this.

And wait for an Advent worship service link from Sunday coming soon!

You can also consider this. It was in this interview that Laura Sassi, the author who guest posted on the blog last week, relayed her life story and love for sharing the Christmas message with children. A lucky winner has been chosen and contacted for the free, signed copy of her book Goodnight, Manger. Congratulations to S. Rogers of Georgia! She works at a school and is looking forward to sharing the book there!

This contest adds Georgia to our long list of other winning states: Connecticut, Maine, New Jersey, Texas, Indiana, Kansas, Illinois, South Carolina, and Arizona. So keep registering when giveaways come along — it doesn't matter where you are in the country, you could win next!

As I thank author Laura Sassi for contributing here, I am excited to announce a new collaboration coming this spring: New York Times best-selling author Leonard Sax will be appearing on my show, Chaos to Calm, for a series special! Stay tuned, and in the meantime, learn more about his impressive background here — I'm delighted to have him!

Merry Christmas!

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