Blog - March 2021

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  • How do I listen for God? Wednesday, February 1, 2023
    by Alyssa Robinson Learning to slow down and listen is one of the most difficult lessons of growth for me. Listening typically isn’t one of our core values. We live in a culture tha...
  • How do I shift from change to transformation? Wednesday, January 25, 2023
    by Alyssa Robinson In 2019 I went through a pretty rough divorce. It was not something I wanted, and it took me a while to accept that it was actually happening. It felt like almost everythin...
  • Am I ready to love change? Wednesday, January 18, 2023
    by Tammy Hise This month our worship series has been Ready or Not. We all know that no matter what, change happens. It is the only constant. As we’ve talked about life changes, it made me ...
  • Am I strong and courageous? Wednesday, January 11, 2023
    by Alyssa Robinson As I step into the motion of the new year, I’ve reflected on how I handle change. Am I “strong and courageous?” The Bible repeats this phrase in m...
  • What are you searching for? Wednesday, January 4, 2023
    by Alyssa Robinson As the Digital Strategist of this church, I get a unique look into the analytics of our website, social media channels, Google account, and more. To many people this mi...
  • Am I ready for change? Wednesday, December 28, 2022
    by Alyssa Robinson Jesus’s birth changed everything, but are we ready for that change? We’ve just spent an entire month anticipating the birth of Jesus, and Jesus is here! But ...
  • Where is hope in the Christmas story? Wednesday, December 21, 2022
    by Alyssa Robinson TMUMC.ORG/christmas If you grew up in the church, or maybe even if you didn’t, you’ve probably heard the Christmas story every year of your life. The Clif...
  • Do you hear what I hear? Wednesday, December 14, 2022
    This week’s featured YouVersion Bible Reading Plan is titled “Carols & Lessons for Advent.” It dives into some of our most loved Christmas hymns and carols to explore the ...
  • How can I prepare for Christ? Wednesday, November 30, 2022
    by Alyssa Robinson In the United Methodist Tradition, the season of Advent represents the beginning of the new year in the Christian calendar. It is marked by the fo...
  • A Psalm of Thanksgiving Wednesday, November 23, 2022
    by Alyssa Robinson I love Jonah, Chapter 2. This Psalm of Thanksgiving rests smack in the middle of Jonah’s story. At this point of the story he has been in the belly of a whale for 3...
  • What is happening in our denomination? Wednesday, November 16, 2022
    a letter from Rev. Daniel Humbert In this month of gratitude, I give thanks for you and the ministry of Trietsch Memorial United Methodist Church of which we are all a part. Our mission of ...
  • How do I cope with grief? Wednesday, November 9, 2022
    by Alyssa Robinson My grandmother, Jeannine Johnson, died the day after Thanksgiving in 2020. As she took her last breaths, we were gathered around her as a family praying, singing, and tel...
  • Is God chasing me? Wednesday, November 2, 2022
    by Alyssa Robinson Jonah 1:1-3 Jonah Tries to Run Away from God Now the word of the Lord came to Jonah son of Amittai, saying, “Go at once to Nineveh, that great city, and c...
  • What if we gave generously? Wednesday, October 26, 2022
    by Alyssa Robinson What if we gave generously? This is a big question that I think about often. What if everyone in the world who claimed to follow the teachings of Jesus gave generously? W...
  • Does God care about money? Wednesday, October 19, 2022
    by Alyssa Robinson I have trust issues. My default setting is to assume that someone is trying to take advantage of me or manipulate me in some way. My guard is always up. Don’t worry...

Praying the Difficult Psalms

Pastor Nick McRae gives advice on how to pray the Psalms that aren't very easy to pray: I didn’t always love the Psalms. Not at all. For a long time I even avoided the Psalms because, honestly, I didn’t know what to do with them. Maybe you’ve been there, too. Maybe you’re there right now. I really struggled with the Psalms. Any given psalm I’d read might be absolutely beautiful, but then suddenly, out of nowhere, it would take a disturbing turn. Psalm... Read More
Posted by Alyssa Robinson at Monday, March 22, 2021
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Seeing the Church in the Psalms

Can our Church community be found in the Psalms? Rev. Dr. Nick McRae walks us through this question: Dietrich Bonhoeffer was a German pastor and theologian who opposed the evils of Hitler and the Nazi regime. Because of his courageous work, Bonhoeffer was tragically executed in a Nazi concentration camp only 14 days before the camp was liberated by US troops. Throughout his life, Bonhoeffer was devoted to Scripture as the word of God, and he had a special love for the Psalms. He understood... Read More
Posted by Alyssa Robinson at Tuesday, March 16, 2021
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Seeing Christ in the Psalms

As you're continuing your journey through the Psalms this Lent, Rev. Dr. Nick McRae shares where he sees Jesus in the book of Psalms: As I was praying through the Psalms this week, I couldn’t help thinking about Jesus. Specifically, I found myself considering how often Jesus would ask people to keep what he was doing a secret. Again and again Jesus would heal someone and then command them not to tell anyone. And when the disciples started to figure out that Jesus was the Messiah,... Read More
Posted by Alyssa Robinson at Monday, March 8, 2021
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How to Pray the Psalms

Today Pastor Nick shares how to pray the Psalms. This is a great way to get started in your Lenten fast each day because the Psalms are both encouraging and challenging: As I’m writing this, I’ve just finished my morning prayers. One of the psalms I prayed today begins with these lines: “I lift up my eyes to the hills; from where is my help to come? My help comes from the Lord, the maker of heaven and earth” (Ps. 121:1-2). Those are beautiful words. The truth... Read More
Posted by Alyssa Robinson at Monday, March 1, 2021
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