New tools for Lent

New tools for Lent

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By Jake Hall

published in Family Matters eNewsletter, February 15, 2018

Pause, listen, think, pray, and go: these are the movements of a multimedia devotional called d365.

If you are looking for an immersive experience for your reflections during the lenten season, you should check out d365.org. It might be a welcome addition to your other reflections in this season. Each morning there is a reflection, set to a song, that invites you to enter devotional space in a new way.

You can find it at d365.org or on the app store or google play store.

Click here to experience today's reflection by Rev. Chris George with a corresponding song by Ken Medema.

Experience today's devotional by clicking here.

The Poetry of Transfiguration

The Poetry of Transfiguration

By Jake Hall

How do you explain or describe the Transfiguration. Maybe we need a poet to get beyond the light and lumens. As you prepare for worship this Sunday consider this poem by David R. Henson.

Macon Conversations Making Connections

Macon Conversations Making Connections

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By Jake Hall

published in Family Matters eNewsletter, February 2, 2018

GPB invited me to participate in "Macon Conversations" a few weeks ago. Episode one paired two pastors, one black and one white, in conversation with each other. Many of you mentioned how impactful it was to be a "fly on the wall" in that conversation. I thought you might enjoy episode 2, which gather two lawyers, one white and one black, into one conversation.

Click the link below.

A Welcome Snow Day

A Welcome Snow Day

By Ruth DuCharme

published in Family Matters eNewsletter, January 25, 2018

It was as though our community was breathing a sigh of relief. That's what I heard and felt as snow began to fall over Macon recently. This southern girl loves a beautiful snowfall. It is a rare and beautiful event, which makes it a special occurrence—as long as the electricity stays on, and I am warm and comfy in my home. Snow in the south has us clinging to our televisions and social media, awaiting those sacred words, “school is canceled.”

Epiphany and the Arts

Epiphany and the Arts

By Jake Hall

published in Family Matters eNewsletter, January 19, 2018

Last week I shared an Epiphany poem that has shaped my reflection of this season. This week I thought you might like a preview of our concert at the Grand Opera House on Wednesday. Nichole Nordeman will join, author, Jen Hatmaker at our event on Wednesday 1/24 at 7. Nearly every song on Nordeman's album "Every Mile Mattered" provides an opportunity for reflecting on your spiritual pilgrimage. Use the link below to hear the title track from that album or tune in on Sunday for this week's Gospel Gothic to hear Nichole co-host our next episode.

Old Maps

Old Maps

By Jake Hall

published in Family Matters eNewsletter, January 11, 2018

I love this poem by Joyce Rupp. May it inspire your wondering and wandering in this season. ~ Jake

Macon Conversations Making Friends

Macon Conversations Making Friends

By Jake Hall

published in Family Matters eNewsletter, January 4, 2018

Happy New Year! In case you missed it over the holidays, I wanted to share this conversation I had with Rev. Dominique Johnson. I was invited by GPB Macon to participate in their "conversations" series. Talking is something I know about. But this conversation, was more about listening, both Dominique and to my own assumptions about race. This meeting began as another meeting between me and another minister, whom I had never met. I left with a new friend and fresh insights.

There is Something About Mary

There is Something About Mary

By Jake Hall

published in Family Matters eNewsletterDecember 14, 2017

When was the last time you reflected upon
Mary's proclamation, commonly known as, the
Magnificat. It is found in Luke 1 and is prompted
by a conversation between Mary and her cousin, Elizabeth.