Pastors Notes

There is Always Hope

What shall we say to these things? Nothing in all creation will ever be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.  (Romans 8:  31,39b) There is no doubt the people of the world have witnessed terrible events…at times, things that have left us speechless and horrified.   Too often […]

It is no Laughing Matter

For in Christ Jesus you are all children of God through faith.  As many of you as were baptized into Christ have clothed yourselves with Christ.  There is no longer Jew nor Greek, there is no longer slave nor free, there is no longer male nor female; for all of you are one in Christ […]

“Making Disciples”

“Go and make disciples of all nations.”  (Matthew 28:19a) I suspect some among us, when they read that verse from Matthew, think not only of making disciples of all nations but also about making disciples of members of our congregation.  And, as hard as it is for me to understand, I suspect some of us […]

Pray for Peace

Today is a wonderfully sunny day.  I cannot help but feel the joy of our Lord.  Even so, have you noticed?  Every day we are surrounded with news of violence in our communities, our nation, and throughout the world.  It is disheartening at best. With all the tension surrounding us, I find it helps to […]

God is with us

Each week while visiting people in hospitals, in homes, or in my office, I am reminded of how I am glad to be a Christian.  Being a believer brings me feelings of peace and joy.  Of course, I know only too well that being a Christian is not always easy.  Actually, at times being a […]

Blessed to be Blessed

A few years ago I read a story about a group of salespersons.  It went something like this: A group of salespersons went to sales convention.  They had assured their partners that they would be home for Sunday night’s dinner.  After some final conversations the salesperson’s realized that they were a bit tight time-wise to […]

LET’S PRAY

Jenny, my life partner, always speaks with honesty and respect.  She tells it “like it is” in a simple and truthful manner…whether you are ready to hear what she says…or not. God invites you and I to do the same in prayer.  Prayer is as powerful as it is intimate.  In prayer we can be […]

Choices

One of my New Year’s resolutions was to exercise at least one hour each day.  That resolution lasted about 3 days.  Have your New Year’s resolutions lasted longer? I made other New Year’s resolutions as well.  I resolved to eat healthier, sleep longer, listen better, and practicing music regularly.  I resolved to not shy away […]

New Beginnings

Each New Year marks a new beginning.  As Christians, new beginnings can mean that we take time to contemplate how we can better live our lives serving God and our neighbors.  How can we better express and share God’s love with all of creation? As a congregation, each New Year reminds us that we have […]

Joyfully proclaim the Good News of Jesus!

A reading that is often read on Christmas day is from the Gospel of John, chapter 1, verses 1-14. We hear these words: In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God and The Word was God. He was with God in the beginning. Through him all things were made; without him […]