Remembering Athanesius

Pastoral Reflections Every Sunday after the sermon and before the Lord’s Table, we reaffirm our faith through the words of the Nicene Creed. The Creeds are like capsules condensing elements of our faith into clear, articulate and memorable statements. What’s easily forgotten, though, are the struggles and sacrifice of church fathers as they fought to

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While the Nations Rage

Pastoral Reflections The days following the killing of the Iranian general, Qasem Suleimani, tensions rose high. The US and Iran raged at each other. There was worry across the land of the possibility of military conflict of some level. Then, people began to feel relief when it appeared that tension was reducing. I felt some

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There’s a River

Listen to the link first: This song spoke to me today because if there’s anywhere I’ve been walking this past year, it’s been the desert. If there’s anything I’ve been, it’s been dry. It’s been thirsty… Recently, God has brought me (and my family) to a great Table. Here it is before me, and yet

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Remembering MLK: Seeing Beyond the Brokenness

Pastoral Reflections Beginning the day on Monday with a radio program in which a child’s voice was reciting Martin Luther King Jr’s “I have a Dream” speech was a timely reminder of the ongoing influence of late Dr. King. As I listened to the child though, a question roamed my mind, “What gave MLK so

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To Be Evangelical

Pastoral Reflections If you looked up ‘evangelical’ in a dictionary, the adjectival form suggests an accordance to the teachings of the Gospel. The noun derives accordingly; a person, church or organization who adheres to Gospel-centered teachings and traditions in the Christian faith. However, how words come to be used in the street is equally influential

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Remembering Burma’s Independence

Pastoral Reflections On January 4, Burma celebrated the 72nd anniversary of their independence from British rule. Like every other place in the world’s history of brokenness under human rule, the story of Burma is not without intrigues. After three wars between the British and Burmese, known as the Anglo-Burmese wars, the British eventually took control

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Portal of the Opening Year

Pastoral Reflections As we come to the threshold of a new year, it is time that often prompts our minds to sort through a myriad of thoughts, memories, hopes and wishes, perhaps regrets and fears as well. For some, the experiences of the old year have a way of setting the tone for our disposition

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In the Small Places

Pastoral Reflections Christmas is big. It’s even big outside of the Christian tradition. Arrays of decorations, special colors and lights. Its own music genre. Dedicated commercials and sales. Galas. Splash events.   But, as you already know, that was not how it started. I like joyous (even sometimes, big) Christmas celebrations. Yet, something about Christmas

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Holiday Service Times

Sunday, Dec 22 – 1 Service only, at 10 am with Children’s Christmas Pageant. Pot-luck following the service Dec 24 – Christmas Eve service, starting at 4 pm with Carols followed by a Candlelight service at 4:30 pm Sunday, Dec 29 — Regular service times at 8:15 & 10:45 Dec 31– New Year’s Eve Service

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