Located in South Tampa and witnessing to the love of God for over 90 years. Committed to a neighborhood presence, worldwide outreach and a deep heritage of Christian faith.

Posts by John Debevoise

Praying During Lent

by Rev. John DeBevoise On Wednesday, February 17th, the church enters the season of Lent, a time for increasing our attention to practices of Christian faith as a way of nurturing and strengthening our faith. Chronologically, Lent takes the faithful on the journey from Ash Wednesday to Easter Sunday (April 4th). I think of it…

Home At Christmas

From the Pastor’s Desk:Home at Christmasby Rev. John DeBevoise Home is a regular theme at Christmas — lots of Christmas songs reference it, and many Christmas cards show idealic images of homes decorated with family gathering around some sort of hearth, even if it’s a digital one. It’s an interesting dynamic since the Gospel tells…

Epiphany

The traditional end of the season of Christmas finds the church, by tradition, remembering Matthew’s story of the visit of the wise men. In the larger church around the world, historically, this Sunday has been called Epiphany Sunday. The appearance of the wise men heralds the truth that the good news of Jesus is not…

Christian Faith and Weather

The hurricane in Haiti was serious and deadly enough to shake up everyone’s world. It was powerful enough to raise up for many spiritual questions. And as with any episode of human vulnerability, Did it tear a little at the fabric of your faith in a loving God who rules over wind and rain? So as…

Prayer of Rememberance

Great God, we remember before you those who have borne the greatest burden in these disasters and in this time of terror and war. We lift our hearts in thanksgiving for those who have loved their neighbor as they love themselves, for those whose service built up your kingdom, for those whose lives were taken…