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Having a Thankful Heart | Worship

Recently, as I was heading off to work, I felt somewhat downhearted in the cold darkness of that morning. As I got in my car, I felt a powerful question hit me in the chest,... — Updated 11/25/2020

 By Aziz Junejo    Opinion 

Muslims, Christian share values, love for Jesus | Worship

Like most American Muslim kids, I had a great childhood friend who was Christian. His name was Glenn. His father was in the Navy and his mom stayed home and in that home, I was... — Updated 11/25/2020

 By Gordy Arlin    Opinion

If I knew for sure that I would die next month, part 8 of 9 | Worship

Editor’s Note: See parts 1-7 at They were published on Aug. 15, 2018, Jan. 9, 2019, May 29, Aug. 7, Nov. 6, Jan. 22, 2020, and Sept. 9. Hello friends! Jesus... — Updated 11/11/2020

 By Arhiaha Shek    Opinion

What matters the most to you? | Worship

What matters to you? What are causes that line up with your values you wish to support with your time, talents and money? Supporting access to homeless shelters, access to higher ed... — Updated 10/28/2020

 By Mark Smith    Opinion

To tell the truth | Worship

It’s election time, and therefore open season for politicians to accuse one another of lying. Has there ever been a truly honest politician who has always told the truth? I bet ev... — Updated 10/28/2020

 By David Parks    Opinion

Evangelical Lutheran Church : The Whitest denomination | Worship

It’s true. The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America is the least racially diverse in the United States. I am humbled and troubled by that. Lenny Duncan has written, “Dear... — Updated 10/14/2020

 By Aziz Junejo    Opinion

Greed and excess helping to fuel country's economic distress | Worship

When I was growing up in the 1960s, a social movement challenged the values of our country seeking to end racial discrimination and end the war in Southeast Asia. Those protesters... — Updated 10/14/2020


Love and Service | Worship

“Let us not be weary in well doing: for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not. As we have therefore opportunity, let us do good unto all . . . “ (Holy Bible Galations... — Updated 9/23/2020

 By Glen Pickus    Opinion

Virtual worship during a real pandemic | Worship

In pre-COVID-19 pandemic times right about now, with the Jewish High Holy Days approaching, I would be psyching myself up to spend a lot of time in worship services at Temple Beth... — Updated 9/23/2020

 By Gordy Arlin    Opinion

If I knew for sure that I would die next month, part 7 of 9

Editor’s Note: See parts 1-6 at They were published on Aug. 15, 2018, Jan. 9, 2019, May 29, Aug. 7, Nov. 6 and Jan. 22,2020. Hello friends! There’s hope for... — Updated 9/9/2020

 By Jeff Dutra    Opinion

Bridge builders | Worship

This is likely my final contribution to the Worship column for the Beacon. After 25 years of ministry at Mukilteo Foursquare Church, and 18 of those years as the Senior Pastor,... — Updated 8/26/2020


Finding community during physical separation | Worship

How are you doing? It’s been about five months since as residents of Snohomish County, we were asked to stay home to prevent the spread of the COVID-19 virus. Although in recent... — Updated 8/12/2020

 By Mark Smith    Opinion

It's a wonderful world | Worship

Someone wrote: “What is this life if so full of care, we have no time to sit and stare.” We usually keep ourselves so busy and distracted that we fail to savor the moment and... — Updated 8/4/2020


Is Affordable Housing a Jewish Issue? | Worship

I'm proud to serve as rabbi at Temple Beth Or in Everett. We support the Jewish community in Snohomish County and beyond and have many members who call Mukilteo their home. As we... — Updated 7/22/2020


Christ was not white! | Worship

I wonder if a Brown Christ, a historically true image of Christ, could change the church, even have changed the treatment and view of people of color throughout history? Last week w... — Updated 7/8/2020

 By Gordy Arlin    Opinion

This aping of the past ...

Hello friends! Full disclosure: copy liberally nicked from Beacon Baha'i Worship column from The Long Long Ago, whispering to you since 1992. (8/29/2012). Please, I am interrupting... — Updated 6/24/2020


Rising Above Winds of Doubt | Worship

Joshua 1:9 “Be strong and of a good courage; be not afraid, neither be thou dismayed: for the Lord thy God is with thee whithersoever thou goest.” In the Bible, there is a... — Updated 6/18/2020

 By Mark Smith    Opinion

An epidemic of loneliness | Worship

The COVID-19 pandemic we have all been dealing with has served to amplify the impact of another epidemic that has been with us for some time: the epidemic of chronic loneliness.... — Updated 6/12/2020

 By Jeff Dutra    Opinion

Love fills the divide | Worship

Friends, our nation is in trouble. If the coronavirus pandemic wasn't difficult enough for us to deal with, the killing of George Floyd by police officer Derek Chauvin has made... — Updated 6/10/2020

 By Aziz Junejo    Opinion

A Reminder of what really 'Matters' | Worship

The recent coronavirus has caused many to experience feelings of unhappiness, anxiety, and even fear — which makes the quest for inner happiness and contentment challenging, to... — Updated 5/27/2020


What motivates you to pray | Worship

During regular circumstances what motivates you to pray? In the past, have you found yourself connecting to God during stressful times? For many of us the answer to the second... — Updated 5/13/2020

 By Aziz Junejo    Opinion

Ramadan during COVID-19: Discipline, reflection, humanity | Worship

Few experiences can produce such an intense spiritual and social impact on a Muslim as fasting during the month of Ramadan except when it happens during COVID-19. Refraining from... — Updated 5/7/2020

 By Glen Pickus    Opinion

We have a duty to do what we can to save lives | Worship

The novel coronavirus doesn't care who you are. It just wants to invade your body and make you sick with COVID-19. In the past I didn't really worry much about epidemic diseases.... — Updated 4/23/2020

 By Don Saul    Opinion

Faith, Praise, and Thankfulness Overcome fear | Worship

Along with everyone else, our church has had to adapt to gathering without gathering. Social distancing has required us to change how we encourage and pray for each other, but... — Updated 4/22/2020

 By Pamela Gompf    Opinion

Worship: Holy Week in the shadow of COVID-19

It seems odd to be planning for Holy Week from my home and not from my church office. As the COVID-19 pandemic restricts our physical proximities to each other, it is amazing how... — Updated 4/8/2020


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