This Week @ Perritte

On this fourth (and last) Sunday of Advent we read about the Coming Messiah. Our lesson for the day is, Luke 1:26-38. And, all too often, we are chasing after our own version of Jesus instead of Jesus. If we don’t hear some of those words Mary heard from the angel, there is at leastContinue reading “This Week @ Perritte”

Let’s Sing: It Came Upon a Midnight Clear

Today we continue our Advent/Christmas series titled “Let’s Sing.” This is our 7th song of the series. For easy reference to the remainder of the series, please see the index, “Let’s Sing” at This great hymn came about because of the struggles of a Unitarian preacher struggling with his Christmas Eve sermon in 1849.Continue reading “Let’s Sing: It Came Upon a Midnight Clear”

Let’s Sing: Lift Up Your Heads, Ye Mighty Gates

This is the first post in the blog series Let’s Sing. To find the other posted Carols of the season, see the index, Lift up your heads, ye mighty gatesBehold, the King of glory waitsThe King of kings is drawing nearThe Savior of the world is here O blest the land, the city blestWhereContinue reading “Let’s Sing: Lift Up Your Heads, Ye Mighty Gates”

It’s A Wonderful Life: Hope in It

Hey friends, I am on vacation this week so I am sending an old sermon your way. This sermon is from the First Sunday of Advent in 2016, November 27, 2016. Isaiah 11:1-10 is the Scripture passage. It was the first sermon in a series It’s a Wonderful Life.” The sermon title is “Hope inContinue reading “It’s A Wonderful Life: Hope in It”

Yesterday in Six “Fs”

16 Rejoice always. 17 Pray continually. 18 Give thanks in every situation because this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus. 19 Don’t suppress the Spirit. 20 Don’t brush off Spirit-inspired messages, 21 but examine everything carefully and hang on to what is good. (1 Thessalonians 5:16-21, Common English Bible) Yesterday was the day we need to thank God for what we have. As IContinue reading “Yesterday in Six “Fs””

What Would It Look Like?

42 The believers devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching, to the community, to their shared meals, and to their prayers. 43 A sense of awe came over everyone. God performed many wonders and signs through the apostles. 44 All the believers were united and shared everything. 45 They would sell pieces of property and possessions and distribute the proceeds to everyone whoContinue reading “What Would It Look Like?”

Pass the Turkey (Video)

Let’s Eat 17 As Jesus started on his way, a man ran up to him and fell on his knees before him. “Good teacher,” he asked, “what must I do to inherit eternal life?” 18 “Why do you call me good?” Jesus answered. “No one is good—except God alone. 19 You know the commandments: ‘You shall not murder, you shall not commitContinue reading “Pass the Turkey (Video)”

Did You See My Ball?

A Short Story (Part 1) 22 Jesus and his disciples came to Bethsaida. Some people brought a blind man to Jesus and begged him to touch and heal him. 23 Taking the blind man’s hand, Jesus led him out of the village. After spitting on his eyes and laying his hands on the man, he asked him, “Do youContinue reading “Did You See My Ball?”

Thoughts on Veterans Day

2 He said:    The Lord is my solid rock, my fortress, my rescuer.3     My God is my rock—I take refuge in him!—    he’s my shield and my salvation’s strength,    my place of safety and my shelter.    My savior! Save me from violence!4 Because he is praiseworthy,    I cried out to the Lord,    and I was saved from my enemies. (2 Samuel 22:2-4, Common English Bible) Yesterday wasContinue reading “Thoughts on Veterans Day”

Were You Really Blind?

46 Jesus and his followers came into Jericho. As Jesus was leaving Jericho, together with his disciples and a sizable crowd, a blind beggar named Bartimaeus, Timaeus’ son, was sitting beside the road. 47 When he heard that Jesus of Nazareth was there, he began to shout, “Jesus, Son of David, show me mercy!” 48 Many scolded him, telling himContinue reading “Were You Really Blind?”