Posts by Cathy Johns

Breaking Bread Together

Consider the joy of breaking bread together…. It is a wonderful thing to sit at the table with family or friends and share a meal together.  Good food, with great conversation, is a wonderful combination! This weekend we begin a new sermon series based on Henri Nouwen’s book, Life of the Beloved. In the next […]

The Doctor is IN!

Easter is many different things to many different people. Easter is my favorite day of the year. The victory over sin and death has been won. We are healed through the power of God who raised Jesus from the dead.  We join the voices of people around the world who claim the victory that is […]

Popcorn’s Seductive Power

Have you ever driven to a movie theater and given yourself a huge pep talk about how you are not going to cave in and buy the popcorn?  After all, you really are not hungry, and you know that you do not need the extra calories. You totally convince yourself that you are strong, fortified like […]

In the Cross of Christ I Glory

John Bowring’s hymn, written in 1825, continues to touch me each Lent: “In the cross of Christ I glory, towering o’er the wrecks of time; all the light of sacred story gathers round its head sublime.” Sir Bowring was a knight who served in Parliament twice.  A respected scholar, he was fluent in multiple languages, […]

Holding Hands

As we approach Valentine’s Day, I invite you to consider all the ways that we connect with others by holding hands: A mother holding the hand of her baby for the first time A father holding the hand of a child as they cross the street Walking with a special friend holding hands Holding hands […]

Do you Listen as well as a Sheep?

Barbara Brown Taylor, a nationally known preacher, shares: “In Palestine today, it is still possible to witness a scene that Jesus almost certainly saw two thousand years ago, that of Bedouin shepherds bringing their flocks home from the various pastures they have grazed during the day. Often those flocks will end up at the same […]

Daring to be an Instrument of Peace

He is known as the “Cellist of Sarajevo.”  Vedran Smailovic, born on November 11, 1956, has also been called a hero.  A former cellist in the Sarajevo String Quarter, he made a choice.  He took his cello and played Albonini’s Adagio, a composition which symbolizes hope rising from the ashes.  Samilovic played this powerful piece […]

My Flash Mob Experience: An Advent Memory

We had finished eating our pizza after the basketball game.  Backing away from the table at the local Pizza Hut, we quickly got our pitch, stood up, and then broke out singing: “Hallelujah!  Hallelujah!  Hallelujah!  Hallelujah!   For the Lord God omnipotent reigneth!   King of Kings, forever and ever….And Lord of Lords, Hallelujah, Hallelujah!……And […]

Praying for Our Nation

Praying for our Nation As people who serve Christ, the Lord of all, I invite you to pray with me for our nation, especially this week: O God, we acknowledge You today as Lord, not only of individuals, but of nations and governments. We thank You for the privilege of voting freely in our nation. […]

Following in Bishop Colaw’s Footsteps

Bishop Emerson Colaw touched countless lives, including mine, and will be deeply missed.  At his memorial service last week, hundreds gathered to thank God for this man’s incredible life.  Bishop Colaw was: a  modern day “Barnabas,” an encourager of laity and clergy a beloved father, spouse, grandfather, brother, and cherished friend to many a “dapper” […]