Godprints

Spiritual insights, inspirational moments. Times where God’s presence was felt.

Pastor’s Ponderings: Celebrating Teachers

Posted by on Sep 18, 2021 in FEATURED, Pastors Ponderings | 0 comments

Pastor’s Ponderings:  Celebrating Teachers

As we return to school, small groups and Sunday School, we should always remember our teachers and be thankful for those who give of their time, talent, and energy to help us learn.

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Pastor’s Ponderings: What’s it Mean to “Bear Fruit”?

Posted by on Sep 8, 2021 in FEATURED, Pastors Ponderings | 0 comments

Pastor’s Ponderings:  What’s it Mean to “Bear Fruit”?

In this excerpt from “Cultivating Fruitfulness,” Bishop Schnase reminds us that purpose and life come when the church turns outward to serve the community. When it turns inward, the church gets weaker and looses purpose.

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Pastor’s Ponderings: Focusing on the Goal

Posted by on Aug 20, 2021 in Pastors Ponderings | 0 comments

Pastor’s Ponderings:  Focusing on the Goal

An Olympian became distracted, lost his focus, and lost the race. Are we on target, focused on the bull’s eye? Or do we squander what God has given us and settle for fourth place? May we have such a level of commitment that we will not be distracted until we reach the goals God has set before us.

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Pastor’s Ponderings: Running the Race with Perseverance

Posted by on Aug 5, 2021 in Pastors Ponderings | 0 comments

Pastor’s Ponderings: Running the Race with Perseverance

American athlete James Connolly dreamed of competing in the Triple Jump on the world stage. When the Olympics returned in 1896, he quit college and sailed for Athens. His persistence paid off; He won the first place prize. Victory is assured, but we are called to “run the race with perseverance” until the prize is won.

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Yes U-Turn!!!

Posted by on Jul 23, 2021 in FEATURED, Signboard | 0 comments

Yes U-Turn!!!

NO U Turn! It’s a sign we see all the time. NO! But God invites us to change, to grow, to experience deeper joy in life. God not only allows “U Turns,” He helps you make them!

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Prayer Conditioning Warms Hearts!

Posted by on Jul 17, 2021 in Signboard | 0 comments

Prayer Conditioning Warms Hearts!

A home Air Conditioner cools a room, but a person’s “Prayer Conditioner” warms their heart. When our first reaction is to turn to God and to trust Him, our hearts will be warmed by a more loving relationship with God, others, and ourselves.

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Pastor’s Ponderings: The Gift of Laughter

Posted by on Jul 15, 2021 in Pastors Ponderings, Worship & Prayer | 0 comments

Pastor’s Ponderings: The Gift of Laughter

Did Jesus smile? Did He laugh??? God wants us to worship Him with Joy. Is it possible that we live in a world which needs to learn how to laugh again? Pastor Jim looks at these questions in these “ponderings.”

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What’s Your Garden???

Posted by on Jun 26, 2021 in Godprints | 0 comments

What’s Your Garden???

During the 2020 pandemic, recordings from a “virtual choir” were merged together to produce a moving rendition of the hymn, “In The Garden.” Where is YOUR Garden? Where can you go to “walk with Him and talk with Him” and hear Him say that “you are His own”???

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Pastor’s Ponderings: Our Faithful God Can be Trusted!

Posted by on May 29, 2021 in Pastors Ponderings | 0 comments

Pastor’s Ponderings:  Our Faithful God Can be Trusted!

Over and over, Scripture shows us that God is committed to us and is ready to help whenever we reach out to Him. God is so faithful to us!  Are we faithful to God in all that we do?

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Pastor’s Ponderings: Forgive with God’s Forgiveness

Posted by on May 8, 2021 in Pastors Ponderings | 0 comments

Pastor’s Ponderings:  Forgive with God’s Forgiveness

We’re commanded to forgive, just as our infinite God has done. But what if we don’t have any forgiveness to give? If we can’t give our own forgiveness, let God empower you to extend His forgiveness.

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Pastor’s Ponderings: Running the Race with Perseverance

Posted by on Apr 28, 2021 in Pastors Ponderings | 0 comments

Pastor’s Ponderings: Running the Race with Perseverance

As we look forward to the the end of the pandemic, the Bible and the experience of Olympian James Connolly give us guidance and inspiration to hang on and persevere. Pastor Jim submitted this devotion on 4/28/21.

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Pastor’s Ponderings: How to Carry a Burden

Posted by on Apr 25, 2021 in Pastors Ponderings | 0 comments

Pastor’s Ponderings:  How to Carry a Burden

Carrying around burdens isn’t easy; rough times can really drag us down. But the good news is that God will carry the burdens and protect us from slipping. We can feel peace because God has promised that He will give us the victory.

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Pastor’s Ponderings: Lifted from the Pit!

Posted by on Apr 16, 2021 in Pastors Ponderings | 0 comments

Pastor’s Ponderings: Lifted from the Pit!

Feeling like you’re standing on the edge of an abyss, just trying to hang on and keep your footing? Or maybe you feel like you’ve already fallen down into the depths. In the scriptures, God promises over and over that He will rescue us from our “pits”. He is always with us.

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Pastor’s Ponderings: Challenged but Not Overcome!

Posted by on Apr 16, 2021 in Pastors Ponderings | 0 comments

Pastor’s Ponderings:  Challenged but Not Overcome!

Julian of Norwich wrote that “God never said that we would not be assailed. But He did say that we would overcome. ” During all of the trials of this pandemic, how can we claim Jesus’ victory of “Overcoming the World”?

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Pastor’s Ponderings: Regardless of the Storm, Look for the Rainbow

Posted by on Mar 25, 2021 in Pastors Ponderings | 0 comments

Pastor’s Ponderings: Regardless of the Storm, Look for the Rainbow

We are currently enduring the “storm” of a pandemic, but throughout life we endure many different types of storms. But God continues to send rainbows. In this devotional, Pastor Jim reminds us that God is present regardless of the “storm” which we may be facing. There is hope. There is promise.

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Pastor’s Ponderings: Christ Imitator or Car Thief???

Posted by on Mar 24, 2021 in Pastors Ponderings | 0 comments

Pastor’s Ponderings: Christ Imitator or Car Thief???

“If you were charged with being a Christian, would there be enough evidence to convict you?” (oldie but goodie…).
But how well are you reflecting the Image of Christ? This devotional from Pastor Jim challenges us to take some self reflection.

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Holy Moments During a Winter’s Day (2/21/21)

Posted by on Feb 22, 2021 in Choirs (Music), Godprints, Worship & Prayer | 0 comments

Holy Moments During a Winter’s Day (2/21/21)

A video showing “A Winter’s Day at PUMC” led us into a real moment of Holy reverence during our “virtual worship service” on 2/22/21. Against the backdrop of snow and the quietness of our sanctuary, this rendition of the hymn Holy, Holy, Holy inspired us to worship on this first Sunday of Lent.

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2021 Lenten Devotional Booklet

Posted by on Feb 10, 2021 in Godprints | 0 comments

2021 Lenten Devotional Booklet

This annual Devotional Booklet is written by local laity and clergy. Use it to help you pre-prayer during this Lenten Season.

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You are God’s Epiphany! (1/10/21)

Posted by on Jan 10, 2021 in Sermons, UMC Shared Ministries, Worship & Prayer | 0 comments

You are God’s Epiphany! (1/10/21)

We all want to see God. But can others see God through us??? In this second of two “Clergy Renewal” services produced by the Conference, Bishop Schol looks at how we can become an epiphany.

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God’s Got an Epiphany for You! (1/3/21)

Posted by on Dec 29, 2020 in Sermons, UMC Shared Ministries, Worship & Prayer | 0 comments

God’s Got an Epiphany for You! (1/3/21)

God has an epiphany for you- are you ready? During the two-week period of renewal for clergy (1/3 & 1/10), the Conference produced a video worship service. In his message, Bishop Schol challenges us to discover our own epiphanies. Where have you seen God? Open this post to watch the video.

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