From the Preacher 12.1.2020

From the Preacher 12.1.2020

Dear friends, Here we are in Advent, the beginning of a new church year.  Unlike our Gregorian calendar year, this new year doesn’t begin with merriment, parties, or parades. Instead we begin by waiting with longing hearts.  And in this year, it seems even more so. I...
From the Preacher 11.24.2020

From the Preacher 11.24.2020

“O that you would tear open the heavens and come down….” Isaiah 64:1a This Sunday begins our Advent season and our venture into yet another period of waiting. It seems like that is all we do these days: wait for the election to come, then to be resolved; wait for our...
From the Preacher 11.24.2020

From the Preacher 11.17.2020

“I myself will be the shepherd of my sheep… says the Lord God.” – Ezekiel 34:15 This coming Sunday in the Christian Calendar is known as Christ the King Sunday. It marks the end of “Ordinary Time”(which doesn’t just mean dull or regular, but rather “ordinal” or...
From the Preacher 12.1.2020

From the Preacher 11.10.2020

Dear friends, This Wednesday is Veterans Day. It was originally established as “Armistice Day” beginning on Nov. 11, 1919, commemorating the first anniversary ending World War I. In 1954 it was named Veterans Day. Unlike Memorial Day, Veterans Day pays tribute to all...
From the Preacher 11.24.2020

From the Preacher 11.3.2020

As with so many things long-awaited, it feels a little surreal that we are finally here—the day before the national election. I confess that my anxiety is running high; that the tension in our communities and the sweeping uncertainties have kindled my own fears for...
From the Preacher 11.24.2020

From the Preacher 10.27.2020

For here the saying holds true, “One sows and another reaps.” John 4:37  One of the best parts of being appointed to a new church is getting to learn the history of the congregation and its members. Like all families, congregations tend to have foundational narratives...