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Forgiveness & Being Let Down

A Tender Heart: Loving Others When They Let You Down by Alexa Hess   Over the years I have found myself becoming more sensitive to the shortcomings of others. Instead of allowing things to roll off, I’ve been bitter or resentful. The season where I struggled the most with this was when I was working in full-time ministry. I felt like I was the one always pouring out while no one was pouring into me. This mentality led to me becoming hyper-aware of every little shortcoming. I would become...

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Rhyme and Rhythm for Worship Gatherings

Rhyme and Rhythm for Worship Gatherings

Worship: Our Reason and Rhythm   2 Corinthians 3:18, “We all, with unveiled faces, are looking as in a mirror at the glory of the Lord and are being transformed into the same image from glory to glory…”   Works in progress Every disciple is a work in progress. A single moment of worship–even an extraordinary moment– isn’t enough to make us completely like Christ. A moment of worship that grips you, moves you, imparts truth that weighs deeply in you is powerful and sure to come, but...

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A Book Review of Gentle and Lowly

A Book Review of Gentle and Lowly

Gentle and Lowly Book Review By Pastor Mark Smith   A Helpful Book in a Time of Need It is an understatement to say last year brought a lot of feelings. When I look back on the complexities of it all, while knowing we aren’t out of the woods yet, it’s important to remember what encouraged me during the pandemic.  When Gentle & Lowly: The Heart of Christ for Sinners and Sufferers by Dane Ortlund came out, I was eager to read it since I am generally a fan of him and the resources he...

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Why Do We Do What We Do?

Why Do We Do What We Do?

Why are we putting so much effort into creating a permanent hub for ministry in Wallingford Seattle? Read these reflections from a staff member as we consider why The Hallows Church exists.

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A Farewell Letter

A Farewell Letter

Dear Hallows Family, As many of you know, we recently worshiped with you in person for the last time prior to our transition to California. We wanted to write to say thank you for being our church and extended family for the last nine-and-a-half years, to reflect on how we have shared life together, and to share a few words of encouragement. We moved to Seattle without friends or family and felt loved, accepted, supported, and cherished since our first visit to The Hallows. The Lord was...

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For Consideration: The Power of Rhythms

For Consideration: The Power of Rhythms

The secular world has been talking about habits (atomic habits), schedules, resolutions? Should Christians consider the power of rhythms? How do rhythms and customs shape who we are and who we are becoming? How can you implement gospel-oriented rhythms into your life so that you become who God has created you to become–so those watching you, like your kids, can become who God has desired for them to become?

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On Faith and Friendship in Youth

On Faith and Friendship in Youth

Why Seattle church youth groups are important: teens express, explain, and show the gospel within the bond of community & shared experiences.

Forgiveness & Being Let Down

A Tender Heart: Loving Others When They Let You Down by Alexa Hess   Over the years I have found myself becoming more sensitive to the shortcomings of others. Instead of allowing things to roll off, I’ve been bitter or resentful. The season where I struggled the...

Rhyme and Rhythm for Worship Gatherings

Rhyme and Rhythm for Worship Gatherings

Worship: Our Reason and Rhythm   2 Corinthians 3:18, “We all, with unveiled faces, are looking as in a mirror at the glory of the Lord and are being transformed into the same image from glory to glory…”   Works in progress Every disciple is a work in...

A Book Review of Gentle and Lowly

A Book Review of Gentle and Lowly

Gentle and Lowly Book Review By Pastor Mark Smith   A Helpful Book in a Time of Need It is an understatement to say last year brought a lot of feelings. When I look back on the complexities of it all, while knowing we aren’t out of the woods yet, it’s important...

Why Do We Do What We Do?

Why Do We Do What We Do?

Why are we putting so much effort into creating a permanent hub for ministry in Wallingford Seattle? Read these reflections from a staff member as we consider why The Hallows Church exists.

A Farewell Letter

A Farewell Letter

Dear Hallows Family, As many of you know, we recently worshiped with you in person for the last time prior to our transition to California. We wanted to write to say thank you for being our church and extended family for the last nine-and-a-half years, to reflect on...

Real Life Experience with Prayer

Real Life Experience with Prayer by Kim Arthur, Director of Communications   "This is not looking good." Those were my actual thoughts. I was spending longer than I wanted to quiet my fidgety children and pup as they insisted on moving around and even bickering...

Our Values in Action

Our Values in Action God’s Timing And Our Stuff Two weeks ago I (Pastor Mark) had just closed my eyes in my bed when I received a call from my nephew in Guam. He doesn’t regularly call me, so I knew this was important. Frantic, he let me know that one of his best...

What Psalm 136-esque song could you write today?

What Psalm 136-esque song could you write today?

Our Lent reading for today, Psalm 136, recounts reasons to give thanks to God by listing out example after example of how He has been faithful.

After each example, the writer leads the worshippers to remember “His faithful love endures forever.”