Hagerstown Church of the Brethren
15 S. Mulberry St., Hagerstown, MD 21740
Phone: 301-733-3565 * FAX: 301-733-3598

"Church in the Heart of the City with the City at Heart"
Continuing the work of Jesus. Peacefully. Simply. Together.

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Take a Moment Prayer: Week of May 9

Look for this prayer each week. Take time to pray it each day and know that your church family is saying this prayer too.

Let us pray daily together: Faithful and Loving God, Thank you for your faithfulness to me. It's from this special outpouring that I find my attitude and heart being nourished and shaped. Being able to see your presence in my life encourages me to persevere when times are rough; and inspires me to help others when they go through rough times in their lives. I want the heartbroken and the lost to see and feel your Living Spirit reaching out to them through me. It's your faithfulness to me...growing my faith...that diminishes any anxiety and discomfort in me from serving others as you need me to serve. So, I go into this day with a readiness to do your will to share my faith through actions and words. Thank you for this privilege to carry-on your mission to a world that desperately needs you. Amen.

From Pastor Twyla's Desk - May 2021

 It’s a curious thing how in just a matter of moments, life events can shift quickly and take us an unexpected direction. Our decisions may surprise us with unforeseen twists and turns. Events occurring around us may startle us and demand unplanned actions, taking us down roads in life that are filled with sharp turns and bumpy terrain. Tragedies like a large boulder may drop in our life path, paralyzing us emotionally, making life difficult to manage even the simplest of tasks.

From Pastor Twyla's Desk - March 2021

At the time that I am writing this, we have a few weeks to go until we reach Holy Week. Our Lenten journey has us pondering what Jesus may have been feeling as he made his way to Jerusalem, knowing that it would be there that he would endure the devastating blows of suffering and the harshest punishment of the day resulting in death. We wonder why. Why did God find it necessary to let this happen? Why didn’t Jesus turn and run away?

From Pastor Twyla's Desk - January 2021

Before you judge my choice of scripture  focus…concluding that I have gone off the deep end by quoting a scripture from the book of Lamentations for a New Year’s  reflection…let me explain. Indeed, the book of Lamentations, written by the prophet, Jeremiah, is a dirge…a funeral song for the fallen city of Jerusalem. If you were to read the whole song, you would discover that Jeremiah felt intense grief for the people whom he loved, and who chose to turn from God, suffered and endured great pain and loss. Yet, in the verses I quoted here, we find that even as Jeremiah grieved, he recognized God’s presence and faithfulness with  the people and it gave him hope.   

Take a Moment Prayer - Week of Dec. 27, 2020

The glow of the Christmas season continues to warm my heart; so, with gratitude beyond words, I once again thank you, God, for Jesus...the Light of the World...who brings the promise of joy and hope for all who seek Him.  God of new beginnings, as this year comes to a close and a new one begins, remind me of the joys and blessings you brought to my life in the past year even though there were also times of deep pain and difficult challenges. May those good things that happened inspire me to reach for an even better and more intimate connection with you and with others. Teach me to learn from the mistakes I made so that I don't make them again. Help me to trust you more even as I continue to do battle and walk through dark valleys of hard and relentless circumstances that I cannot control. Show me how I can be helpful in serving others, and thereby, helping to build your kingdom here on earth. I choose, Most Gracious and Loving God, to enter into this new year, focused on the Light of the World and committed to your will so as to be the person you created me to be. To you, may my life, bring you honor and glory. Amen.  

From Pastor Twyla's Desk - December 2020

Once again, the Christmas season is upon us. With it comes the story of the birth of our Savior who brought the very living presence of God and salvation to us. It comes in a way that renews and revives weary souls that have forgotten the promises of God. It comes to those deeply rooted in Christ as affirmation of their faith.encouraging them to push ahead in their journey and their call to help build God's Kingdom.

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