Experiencing God in Worship

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IHOW: International House of Worship

by Jonathan Lonsway
image biracial family of enjoying dinner together

We learn some important life lessons around the dinner table. How to be polite, to be patient, to thank the chef, how to have a conversation, and how to slow down and savor are just some of the many lessons my parents tried to teach me, but by far the most important was how to try new […]

Worship: The Holy Spirit Enlightens

by Pastor Aaron Werner

God is spirit, and those who worship him must worship in spirit and truth. [John 4:24] God’s action in worship God meets us in worship. We experience the Holy Spirit drawing us into a deeper life with God during every part of the liturgy. For example: †      Confession and Forgiveness: Christ forgives our sins and […]

Baptism: God Pours Out the Holy Spirit

by Pastor Aaron Werner

You will be baptized in the Holy Spirit. [Acts 11:16] What is baptism?* Baptism is more than water. It is water used according to God’s command, connected with God’s Word, and granting God’s promised blessing of the Holy Spirit. And Jesus came and said to them, “Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing […]

Lectio Divina: Sacred Reading

by Pastor Aaron Werner

Speak, Lord, for your servant is listening. [1 Samuel 3:9] God offers us abundant life. Often, however, we have so seized upon controlling our hectic lives, we exile ourselves from experiencing God’s peace and joy. As Trappist monk Thomas Merton writes, To allow oneself to be carried away by a multitude of conflicting concerns, to […]