Pastoral Reflections

Disconcerted: A Maundy Thursday Reflection

Pastoral Reflections “I will strike the shepherd, and the sheep of the flock will be scattered.” (Matt. 26:31b)With this proverbial saying from an Old Testament passage, Christ prepared His disciples for the events that will take place late Thursday night and into Friday of the Passion Week. These words come between the Last Supper room

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Never Dismissed

Pastoral Reflections Every Sunday as we conclude our time together in worship, we are sent with these or similar words: “Let us go forth into the world, rejoicing in the power of the Spirit.” With all that has been happening around the COVID-19 and our inability to gather together in a single space, those words

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A Message from Bishop Ken Ross

Pastoral Reflections COVID-19 – A Christian Response The pastoral reflections usually go out on Thursdays. This time my/our pastor, Bishop Ken Ross, has some reflections for us as a church and diocese in these days of COVID-19. Please click here to be routed to the Bishop’s video message. If the link did not work for

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COVID-19 – A Christian Response

Pastoral Reflections The world has watched with rising panic as the coronavirus spread, and news of it spread even faster. We see its effects all over; travel bans, out-of-stock product lines, isolations, tumbling stock markets, even the NCAA considering tournaments without fans. How are we to think and respond in days such as these? To

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Lenten Reflections (I)

Pastoral Reflections The practice of Lent goes back to the early church. We also know that long before it was institutionalized in the 4th Century, the church already had a tradition of fasting in the days before Easter. But did you know that those days of fasting focused on two matters of corporate significance? One

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Ashes in Hope

Pastoral Reflections It was a year ago, at least by the liturgical calendar, when our former boiler blew up. It was the last Sunday of Epiphany, right before Ash Wednesday and the start of Lent. You can’t forget it… We gave up heat for Lent! As I look toward this Lent… this Ash Wednesday, I

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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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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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