Practicing Faith

Fall 2018 Series


One tradition I really like surrounding communion, is that you never throw the bread in the trash or pour the cup down the drain. Once the bread and cup have been blessed, you are supposed to return them to earth from which they came. I love this imagery. It helps me to think about the grain that became the flour for the loaf and to think about the vines rooted in the earth that brought forth the grapes. I do this, not in a...

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This past week’s sermon was about ‘the gift of rest’. You work better when you don’t work everyday.  It heals you mentally, physically, and spiritually. Enjoy this video of the sermon:...

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This past Sunday was exactly the kind of conversation that I love to have when we are together. There are certain conversations that happen best in community! ‘Making decisions’ is one of them.  The reality is that this topic is not most fruitfully addressed when I am sitting alone with my own thoughts. It requires that I compare notes with others. Here is a short video (2 min) about why I love becoming a conversational...

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  This past Sunday we had a really good conversation about household finances and how our faith informs that area of our life. Our question for the week was: “what one monthly expense would you change if you could?” The answers were varied and interesting. Some talked about internet/cable bills, the cost of eating out, the sadness of unused groceries, and housing issues (among other topics). What would your answer...

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  In this video, Katie is at the table to chat with Pastor Bo about the chapter in “Practicing Faith”  Honoring the Body is the topic and this 14 minutes is packed with thoughtful depth.      ...

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by John Espy This week at VHUMC we began a series on the book, Practicing our Faith edited by Dorothy C. Bass. What does it mean to practice our faith? If we consider “practice” as a customary activity, it is (generally speaking) our practice to eat three meals a day; it is a practice for (most?, some?, a few?) Christians to go to church on Sunday.  If we consider “practice” as a means of learning and developing a skill, one must...

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This past week, we started into a new series about Practicing Faith. The first week’s topic is “Times of Yearning” and I took the opportunity to have some fun talking about different ways of talking about desire. Here are 4 ways that I have heard desire talked about: God Shaped Vacuum You may be familiar with the famous quote by Pascal: “There is a God-shaped vacuum in the heart of each man which cannot be satisfied...

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Starting this Sunday we are going to turn our attention to ‘Practicing Faith’. So many times, the conversation is about great ideas or theories. They can be heady and inspiring – but sometimes they can seem like a list of ‘beliefs’ or doctrines. What we are hoping to do in our Sunday gatherings is turn the corner to where the rubber meets the road in real life. What does faith look like in practice? We...

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