Happy Thanksgiving!

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Journey To Advent: Part 1

My wife and I have started a new video series about Advent and making sacred moments at home. You can watch it below.

In Christ,

Rev. Evan

Election Day 2020 Prayer

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Today in the United States is Election Day. As of the writing of this post, over 90 million people had already cast their vote. It is no secret that 2020 has been a year that many of will not soon forget. Bundled into 2020 has been this election. It seems every election has its moments of mud-slinging and name calling. For some reason we do not accept this from children but think it is commonplace for politicians to do so.

Election Day 2020 has captured the attention of so many people. Nerves and tensions are high.

It is my prayer that the healing of the nation will come soon and that tenure of the next President of the United States will be on that focuses on the people, justice, mercy and grace.

No matter the outcome of today (if an answer will be known) we must remember that our alligence is to God and to God’s son Jesus the Christ.

In Christ,

Rev. Evan


Prayer for Election Day 2020

Settle our hearts, O God. Send your Spirit to give us a peace which passes all understanding.
We are thankful for the opportunity to have our voice heard through the act of voting.
Remind us that our allegiance is not a party or a political candidate but you and your son Jesus the Christ.
You have called us to a new way of life, one filled with love and mercy, grace, and peace.
You have called us to serve the needy, feed the hungry, heal the sick, and love those who are deemed unlovable.
Remind us that you O God are bigger than one candidate, bigger than one party, bigger than one state, one nation.
May we be able to come together as followers of Christ around your table of love despite the outcome of Tuesday.
No matter who occupies the White House, you are the ruler of the universe, our guiding light in times of struggle, and the giver of love.
Settle our hearts, O God. Send your Spirit to give us a peace which passes all understanding.
May your justice and love reign now and forevermore.

We offer this prayer in the name of Jesus the Christ, the holy one of God.
Amen.

Sermon: What Will We Chose?

I recently preached a sermon entitled “What Will We Choose?” based on Matthew 22:34-40. The audio link is below.

In Christ,

Rev. Evan

Theology on Tap (Longview, TX)– Arguing

I am part of a great group of ministers that monthly discuss theological topics at a local brewery. COVID19 has made this impossible lately but we decided to have this discussion via Facebook. Enjoy the video below and stay safe!

In Christ,

Rev. Evan

Prayer for the 2020 School Year

As the school year begins this week for many students, I wrote a prayer for the beginning of the school year.

Please share this so we can all be in prayer for our teachers, students, support staff, and administration during this unique time.Prayer for the 2020 School Year

You O God are the author of life and the giver of all knowledge. You have gifted education to us not to be squandered rather to help us grow into the people you have crafted us to be so that we can be agents of change in our communities and world.

As the new school year begins students and teachers face uncertainty, excitement, changes, and challenges in learning. Grant them your peace so that they may feel empowered to face the new year head-on.

We pray for the administrators who oversee schools and districts—grant them energy to preserve and guide their decision making, may they continue to put students, teachers, and staff safety first.

We pray for teachers who now must navigate teaching during a pandemic—give them the patience to learn new skills and technologies.

We pray for first-year teachers– may they have the knowledge, resources, and confidence to preserve this school year.

We pray for student teachers— may they learn to remain flexible while learning how best to educate the next generations. We pray for parents who are teaching their children at home—give them the wisdom and endurance.

We pray for parents who want to keep their children home but cannot due to family situations and work priorities. Comfort them O God with your Holy Spirit.

We pray for students who come to school hungry, afraid, and alone—may they find teachers who care, resources that support and courage within themselves to take on challenges before them.

May they be filled in mind and body.May your spirit guide learning and instruction.

May your love be felt in every classroom—in person or virtually.

May your grace be found in the laughter of children.

May minds be open to new thoughts, ideas, cultures, understandings and ways to see the world.

O God grant us your presence this year; surround the students, teachers, aides, administration, support staff, directors, parents, and guardians with your all-encompassing love, grace, mercy, and peace.

Give success to the work of our hands.

In the name of Jesus the Christ, the Holy One of God,

Amen.

Fear Not…

Devotional written for First Christian Church (DOC), Longview, TX


Isaiah 44:6-844:6 Thus says the LORD, the King of Israel, and his Redeemer, the LORD of hosts: I am the first and I am the last; besides me there is no god.44:7 Who is like me? Let them proclaim it, let them declare and set it forth before me. Who has announced from of old the things to come? Let them tell us what is yet to be.44:8 Do not fear, or be afraid; have I not told you from of old and declared it? You are my witnesses! Is there any god besides me? There is no other rock; I know not one.

As the summer of the pandemic continues it can seem that this “new normal” is getting old quick. We are not going on 18 weeks of not being together for worship. While we have shifted to an online format, we are missing the constant in our lives of being in the church building, worshipping, singing, and learning together. But the old ways are behind us and now we have new challenges, whether it is troubles logging on, internet connection issues or the fear of the unknown with a virus continuing to infect people in our state and community, we are looking for something stable in our lives. We like the comfort of our routine and this pandemic has disrupted the lives of many people. Now we have a new set of questions that are needing to be answered. What about children going back to school? Will it be safe? How can the church help parents who cannot stay home for online instruction due to work commitments? Will there be another shutdown? When will this all be over?

In the Book of Isaiah, the author is proclaiming that God is ever-present and has been with the people of Israel of all times. God is the past, the present, and the future. God is the one who will be the constant in our lives even when everything that we have constructed has been knocked down, paused, or stopped. God is not bound by our time; God is not found by our formulation of how things are to be, rather God is present in all things, surrounding us in every situation.
While the proclamation of being present in times of trouble and uncertainty is not a new concept of the author of Isaiah, I believe that verse 8 holds the key for us today.

Verse 8 calls on the community to proclaim the goodness of God even amid the uncertain facing their lives. They like us are called to not to fear for God is with us but we are also asked to bring comfort to others. While we might not be able to worship physically we are able to share the love and comfort that is found in God. Whether that is supporting a family in need, donating to a local food bank or shelter or rising above the noise that is found on social media, we can all find ways to show that God’s love, mercy, and grace will prevail …always. Fear not, God is with us.

May we remember the words of Saint Francis of Assisi
O Divine Master,Grant that I may not so much seek
To be consoled as to console;
To be understood, as to understand;
To be loved, as to love;
For it is in giving that we receive, It is in pardoning that we are pardoned, And it is in dying that we are born to Eternal Life. Amen.

The Lesson of COVID19

I was asked to give a short message on Hebrews 13:5b-6 at First Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in Longview, TX.

You can listen to it here.

In Christ,

Rev. Evan

Lesson for CCSW Adventures

With camps around the country being canceled or delayed due to COVID19, the region where I serve decided to move some of their camping and learning activities online. I am a minister in the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) and I work in the Southwest Region; for short we refer to this as the CCSW.

I was asked to prepare a short lesson on John 8:2-11 for students who have just completed the 6-8 grades.

I hope you enjoy it.

In Christ,

Rev. Evan

Podcast Name Change

Just changing it up a bit.

The podcast is changing from “And Also With Y’All” to “The Spirit Still Moves.” Check out the episode about it by clicking here.

Be sure to follow the podcast on your favorite podcast manager!

In Christ,


Rev. Evan