December 2018: Fear not: an Advent/Christmas devotional

December 2018: Fear not: an Advent/Christmas devotional

When God’s people are afraid, it doesn’t mean we are outside of faith. “Fear not” appears frequently in the Bible, in a way that is comforting. Knowing God is with us, we can face our fears. As we enter the season of Advent, this devotional by the Rev. Katie Hines-Shah, pastor of Redeemer Lutheran Church […]

Winter 2019: The Gospel of John: Meetings with Jesus

Winter 2019: The Gospel of John: Meetings with Jesus

Throughout John’s Gospel, Jesus engages people in honest and sometimes difficult conversations that lead to faith, renewal and transformation. Over the course of this four-session study by Julie A. Kanarr, we will meet Jesus through his interactions with various characters within the gospel. Their conversations beckon us to explore and grow in faith. The Rev. […]

May 2019 devotional: Two-way blessings

May 2019 devotional: Two-way blessings

“One generation shall laud your works to another, and shall declare your mighty acts” (Psalm 145:4). For Gather’s May 2019 intergenerational devotional, the Rev. Christa von Zychlin brings us “Two way blessings,” a study of intergenerational relationships in Scripture. Looking at the stories of Miriam, Anna and Simeon, as well as the miracle feeding of […]

Summer 2019: For such a time as this: Lessons from Esther

Summer 2019: For such a time as this: Lessons from Esther

The book of Esther is one of the latest writings of the Old Testament, perhaps written to inspire Jews who had been scattered in the diaspora. The narrative takes place in the court of the King of Persia, King Ahasuerus. Some think that it was written to explain and establish the Jewish festival of Purim. […]

Fall 2019: Poetry of the Old Testament

Fall 2019: Poetry of the Old Testament

This September, October and November, we will study selections of Old Testament poetry from Job, Psalms and Lamentations. Drawing from the experiences of these ancient writers, we will learn to look for God in times of deep emotions, such as joy, anger, celebration, depression, misunderstanding and contentment, finding hope and grace along the way. This […]