thrive UMC Blog

Celebrating Time

Friends, here we are already in the month of December, and I just want to know: what time is it? It is, of course, the first Sunday of the month, which means today is Breakfast church!  Except instead of breakfast, we’ll be having cookies and probably lots of things that are amazing, as long as

06 Dec 2017


  I want to invite you today to read and reflect on a few verses of scripture. Read them, and then spend a moment or two with them, noticing how these words feel as your own prayer: LORD, you have examined me. You know me. You know when I sit down and when I stand

29 Nov 2017

The Divine Song

You know, especially as I remember last week, where I heard such amazing singing from all of you –it struck me again that what we just did right there is really super weird, isn’t it?  Some music just happened, and there were words on a screen, with the open, but insane, hope that you’d all

22 Nov 2017

What We Almost Miss

This morning we’re deviating a bit from our usual routine by singing some old, traditional hymns.  And while this may not be the preferred style of music for everyone here, it’s definitely a good thing to do from time to time, because the change really helps put what we do every week in perspective, doesn’t

15 Nov 2017

Even Problems

Over the last several months, I’ve had more conversations that have touched on the topics of stress, anxiety (and depression), and busyness than I can count.  Whether it comes to politics, or personal relationships and routine calendars, or even just a simple greeting to an acquaintance in passing, sooner or later the common theme seems

08 Nov 2017

The Value of You

I’m not sure if you’ve all had this opportunity recently, but how many of you have ever stood back and observed young children interact?  Like a group of fiver or six barely-verbal one-to-three year olds while they’re playing or something? It’s totally fascinating, right? Now, if you haven’t had that chance, you’d like to, let

01 Nov 2017

The Scandalous Proclamation

Today we’re continuing our series called, Unsettled: The Spirit That Leads Us Home[less], by reading the opening of a letter by a man named Paul, to a specific community of people in Rome. The letter was written somewhere around the year 50 A.D., which is almost twenty years after Jesus was crucified and raised from

25 Oct 2017

Backward Belief

A couple of weeks ago, I was taking my dogs for a walk around our neighborhood, when a yard sign caught my eye.  And what caught my eye was that, at the very top of the sign it said: “We believe…” Right at that moment, I went ‘oh, a creed sign!’  (Insert bad reference to

18 Oct 2017


We’re resuming our series again, called “Unsettled,” and today we’re going to talk about a man named Saul. But very quickly: I first of all wanted to remind you all that this is good news that we’re here to share –today and always.  Being ‘unsettled’ isn’t –as we’re sometimes tempted to believe- always a bad

11 Oct 2017

The Lonely Covenant

    I’ve been having this experience lately, which I think at least a few of you could probably relate to.  As I’ve been watching so much of what’s going on in our world and culture, I’ve had this sort of Jiminy-Cricket type voice that keeps going off in my head saying: ‘uh, I’m not

26 Sep 2017