Tuesdevo: In Anticipation of Sunday …

With the coming of Advent we will begin a four-part sermon series at First UMC Burlington.  The Lectionary Texts from the Book of Isaiah will guide us through the season leading to Christmas.  A line from St. Paul – “The message of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing …” (I Corinthians 1:18) and a line from Reinhold Niebuhr – “The relevance of an impossible ideal …” provide a backdrop for our messages.  This coming Sunday we hear the familiar lines from Isaiah 2 – a dream of swords beaten into plowshares and spears into pruning hooks.  Can there ever be a world in which we don’t learn of war anymore?  Is this an impossible dream, or a compelling vision?From love story to mystery to discovery, WWII widow remains devoted

Even in the midst of the tragedies and horrors of war, stories emerge like flowers from seemingly barren soil.  Kindnesses are done that go unheard of.  A story emerged on facebook recently about Lt. Billie D. Harris, his widow, Peggy Seale Harris, and a town in France.

You can read the story here.  Or, if you prefer, you can watch a report from CBS News here.

“Lord of the far horizons, give us eyes to see, over the edge of the sundown, the beauty that is to be.”   Bliss Carman

May your Tuesday be blessed.


Mark Demers

Want to talk about sex, politics, spirituality? So do I. I grew up in a religious home in the 1950’s and 1960’s. Our country was reeling from assassinations and the devastation of the Viet Nam War. Looking for something beautiful, I got a degree in music, married the love of my life and had children. Looking for God, I then went to seminary. Looking for something that might transform the world, I became a local church pastor. Now, I’m always looking for people who want to talk about important things. I cherish conversations with emerging leaders, people who are antsy to try an idea they believe would change the world for the better. I’d would love to hear from you.