One of my favorite devotionals is from a study I led a couple of times: Emotionally Healthy Spirituality. The devotion lays out two devotions (morning & evening). It provides a scripture passage, a devotional thought, and a prayer. I was going through the devotional recently, because I am leading this study with some of the staff members. I’d like to share one with you that echoes my sermon last week and gives a glimpse into my sermon this coming Sunday. 


Reading: Mark 10:41-44

Jesus taught that the kingdom of God is an upside-down kingdom. The disciples kept thinking of the worldly model of power over people rather than Jesus’ model of power under – to serve. 

“It seems easier to be God than to love God, easier to control people than to love people, easier to own life than to love life. 

Jesus asks, ‘Do you love me?’ We ask, ‘Can we sit at your right hand and your left hand in your kingdom?’ (Mt. 20:21) Ever since the snake said, ‘The day you eat of this tree your eyes will be open and you will be like gods, knowing good from evil,’ (Gen. 3:5) we have been tempted to replace love with power.

Jesus lived that temptation in the most agonizing way from the desert to the cross. The long painful history of the church is the history of people ever and again tempted to choose power over love, control over the cross, being a leader over being led.” – Henri Nouwen

Question to Consider:
What might be one way you can let go of power and control and, in love, choose to serve someone today?

Father, you know how much I struggle with trying to love some of the difficult people in my life. I find it easier, like the disciples, to exercise control and have power over people. Fill me with your power so that I can choose to serve, in love, the people I encounter this day. In Jesus’ name. Amen. 1

I hope this has filled your soul and nurtured your spirit as it did mine!

In Christ,
Pastor Derek

1 Scazzero, Peter (2014). Emotionally Healthy Spirituality Day by Day: A 40-day journey with the Daily Office. Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan. Pages 146-148

As of today, over 1200 bags of food and supplies have been provided to local households!  This Friday marks the 12th week of the program, and 44 households will be served!  This outreach could not have happened without your continued support — your donations of money as well as toiletry items. 

The Sirna and Sons program also helps sustain this program. They offer fresh meats, dairy, fruits, veggies, and more at competitive prices placed in your car touch-free.  Orders can be made weekly with no commitment.  And here’s the best part: 15% of all orders received go to the Aurora Community Relief Fund . You may click here to check out their website and make an online order.  Then all you have to do is pull up to the Leighton Elementary School parking lot on Thursdays 9 – 11:00 am and say your name – your groceries will be put into your car and you drive away!  You can order until 8:00 pm on Tuesdays for pick up the same week.  Any questions?  Call Liz Sutter at 216-570-6394. 
A BIG THANKS is due those of you who are sewing the much-needed masks. The masks are being given to Officer Vickie at the Aurora Police Department. She tells us they can use all we are able to provide. 
The Church in Aurora is looking to hire a part-time Director of Communications. We know that having a strong online presence is important to any organization, and we think we need to enlist some help in this area.

If you are passionate about getting the word out and you’d love to be part of an organization that wants to make a difference, then this position may be a good fit for you.

It does require some:technical savvyrelevant education & experience (marketing, PR, communication, etc.)If you, or someone you know, would be interested in this position you may click here to view the full job description. Resumes should be sent to
Do you or someone you know play guitar? 

We are looking at the possibility of developing an alternative worship style (once we can return safely). To do this, we need folks who can play guitar (preferable) and sing. 

If this is something you would like to help with, email Pastor Derek ( 
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