It is an honor to serve as the editor for this project. Are you a United Methodist author with a disability or a passion for creating and inclusive and accessible church? If so, we would love to see your submission to this project! (This article was originally published HERE ) Advent/ Christmas Disability Devotional for… Continue reading Disability Ministries of the UMC Seeks Contributions from UM Authors
Tag: Preaching, Prayers, and Devotions
Lessons from St. Patrick for Today’s United Methodists
St. Patrick is an important part of church history and he has many important lessons to teach us. Feel free to use the prayer at the end in any church setting or for your own personal devotion
Prayers for Summer: Processing Pet Grief, Welcome Wesley the Dog, and Saying Goodbye
fter an unexpected hiatus from writing, I'm back and pleased to share some prayers I have written. Please feel free to use these prayers in your personal devotions or in a worship setting.
Devotion: Jesus Calms the Storm (His Encouragement)
Jesus told the disciples not to be afraid. Jesus is Lord of Heaven and Earth. Even the wind and the waves obey him (Matthew 8:27, NIV). I know that he will calm this storm as well.
What Glaucoma Has Given to Me…
What Glaucoma Has Given Me…
and what it has taken away.
It’s always exciting to have an article accepted for publication, and I’m so pleased that my latest article was included in CAPTIVATING! Magazine. It is my hope that this article will help to raise awareness about glaucoma and inspire others to chase their dreams. Glaucoma is the leading cause of blindness and impacts 3 million Americans, but only half of the people with Glaucoma know they have it.
Click the following link to read the entire article on CAPTIVATING! Magazine: https://captivatingmagazine.com/2020/03/01/what-glaucoma-has-given-to-me/
and What It Has Taken Away
By Rev. Rebecca L. Holland
Glaucoma is the leading cause of blindness and impacts 3 million Americans, but only half of the people with Glaucoma know they have it.
Introduction: The Power of Music
It is a delight to play on the baby grand at the front of the church. My piano teacher sits on the front pew and attentively listens with her head cocked slightly to one side. Although I’m tired after a long day, I throw my entire heart into the music. The air around us fills with the strains of Beethoven’s Woo 59 in a minor, a melody popularly known as Für Elise.
I can’t drive because of my poor vision, but I happily paid the cost of an Uber to travel across town to the church where my teacher gives lessons. It’s worth the expense to bring music into my…
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16 Easy Ways the Church Can Be More Accessible to People With Disabilities
Dear Friends, It's that time of year again! Easter will soon be upon us and that means that many of our churches will (hopefully) be having many visitors! No matter what time of year it is, it is my hope that we will do our best to make our worship services and church buildings as… Continue reading 16 Easy Ways the Church Can Be More Accessible to People With Disabilities
Tips for Sermon Writing
Dear Reader, John Wesley (one my personal heroes and co-founder of Methodism) encouraged “plain speaking for plain people,” he also advocated excellence in preaching. When preparing a sermon, I always ask myself the following questions: 1.) You are the resident theologian: Even if you have never attended seminary, there is a good chance that you… Continue reading Tips for Sermon Writing
The Importance of Sermon Preparation
A lot of people ask me how I prepare for my sermons. For me, the most important aspect of my job is my preaching. I approach each week’s sermon preparation with the outmost care and respect because when I received my call to ministry, the voice of the Lord was incredibly clear: “Be a preacher… Continue reading The Importance of Sermon Preparation
Sermon Prep: Amos 5.6-15
Sunday, October 14, 2018 Scripture: Amos 5.6-15 Key Verses: " Seek good and not evil, that you may live;and so the Lord, the God of hosts, will be with you, just as you have said. 15 Hate evil and love good, and establish justice in the gate;it may be that the Lord, the God of hosts, will be gracious to the… Continue reading Sermon Prep: Amos 5.6-15