Castleton UMC Blog
Spiritual Reflection and Growth
Holy Week: Be Still and Know
“Be still and know that I am God.” -Psalm 46:1 Every season seems to be rushed. Whether we’re talking about Christmas, preparing for Easter celebrations, or any other season that comes about, it’s easy to feel bombarded with things to do and accomplish. It’s true that...
We’re All on the Welcoming Committee
We all have a role to play in inviting, welcoming, and showing hospitality to every person who walks through the doors of our church. In doing so, we may be welcoming angels without knowing it.
Opening Prayer for Indiana State Senate Session
Yesterday afternoon, Pastor Matt Landry had the opportunity to open the day’s legislative session at the Indiana Statehouse with prayer.
He prayed, in part…
“…over those who are in the offices that govern our state, our Senators, Representatives, and our Governor. May you guide them in their service that they would make wise decisions which are always in the best interests of all people—decisions that bring equality and justice for all, and would create a state everyone knows they are valued, cared for, and celebrated within all their diversity. May we foster an environment where we respect the unique dignity of every person.”
Advocating for Mental Health Funding in Indiana
We’re called to do justice, love mercy, and walk humbly with God. Let’s do our part and advocate for mental health funding in our state.
Praying for Peace
How can we respond to the violence that is happening across our city? We begin with prayer at home, at church, and wherever we are. We pray in those places where violence has occurred, and we show up, are present, and are witnesses for peace.
These experiences are reminders that as people of faith, we can pray anytime and everywhere. Whether we’re outside standing in a place where violence occurred, where decisions are made, or even in the car.
An Advent Focus
With all of the potential distractions this time of year, we are called to stay awake, be prepared, and have focus. My prayer for today is to keep my focus on the coming of Christ during this season. It’s not always easy, but if we look toward all the things that could distract us and remember God, then maybe we’ll be focused.
Giving thanks goes beyond saying thank you. It’s a deeper recognition of the interconnectedness of life.
All Saints Day
Who are the saints in your life that you would like to give thanks for today? Perhaps you have family members who lived and died in the faith and shared that faith with you that you remember today. It could be a pastor, a close and faithful friend from church, or even a historical saint whom you never met, but who still had a strong influence on your life that you wish to give thanks for today.