Advent 1: A Call to be a Blacksmith

Jeff GarrisonBluemont and Mayberry ChurchesNovember 27, 2022Isaiah 2:1-5 At the beginning of worship: I started reading Fleming Rutledge’s book, Advent: The Once & Future Coming of Jesus Christ a few weeks ago. In one of her essays, she mentioned how she experienced Advent as a child. Rutledge is an Episcopalian, and they have a much stronger Advent … Read more Advent 1: A Call to be a Blacksmith


The Lord’s Prayer, Part 6: Temptation and Evil

Jeff GarrisonBluemont and Mayberry ChurchNovember 20, 2022The Lord’s Prayer, Part 6 At the beginning of worship:  Two weeks ago, at Mayberry Church, we held a training event titled “Centered and Soaring.” This event was sponsored with partnership funds from the Presbytery of the Peaks. Those there were provided several “take-away ideas” to strengthen our discipleship … Read more The Lord’s Prayer, Part 6: Temptation and Evil


“Forgive our debts” The Lord’s Prayer, Part 5

Jeff GarrisonBluemont and Mayberry ChurchesNovember 13, 2022The Lord’s Prayer, Part 5Matthew 6:9-15, 18: 23-35 At the beginning of worship: I came across a quote this week that struck me. “The worst thing is not being wrong but being sure one is not wrong.”[1] Let that sink in. “Being sure we are not wrong.” Why is that so bad? … Read more “Forgive our debts” The Lord’s Prayer, Part 5


“Give us this day our daily bread.” The Lord’s Prayer, Part 4

Jeff GarrisonBluemont and Mayberry ChurchesNovember 6, 2022The Lord’s Prayer, Part 4Matthew 6:7-13 and 4:3-4 At the beginning of worship: We don’t like to be dependent on anyone other than ourselves or perhaps our spouses. It’s the American way. Pull yourselves up by our bootstraps, be independent. But there’s a problem with such thinking. It runs … Read more “Give us this day our daily bread.” The Lord’s Prayer, Part 4


The Lord’s Prayer, Part 3: Thy Will Be Done

Jeff GarrisonBluemont and Mayberry ChurchesOctober 30, 2022The Lord’s Prayer, Part 3, “Thy will be done”Matthew 6:9-13, 26:36-46 Before reading the scripture: We continue to explore the Lord’s Prayer today, as we look at the third petition. As I suggested over the past two weeks, this prayer begins by reorienting us toward God. The first three … Read more The Lord’s Prayer, Part 3: Thy Will Be Done


The Lord’s Prayer: “Thy Kingdom Come”

Jeff GarrisonBluemont and Mayberry ChurchesOctober 23, 2022,The Lord’s Prayer, Part 2Matthew 6:9-13, 22:1-10 At the beginning of worship: In his book on the church, Life Together, Dietrich Bonhoeffer reminds us that we are called by God into the church. This call extends to us before we ever enter the community’s common life. Therefore, we enter “not as … Read more The Lord’s Prayer: “Thy Kingdom Come”