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From the Preacher 6.30.2020

From the Preacher 6.30.2020

It’s Sunday morning and I’m sitting alone in the sanctuary. It’s neither unusual for me to be here this early, nor to be alone for a while. Preparing space for worship is my life-blood. I love the tension in the potential of the room just before the lights come on and...

From the Preacher 6.23.2020

From the Preacher 6.23.2020

Dear St. Mark's, I write this letter to you now from Claremont (the other Claremont as I have often said to you all). Our boxes have made it into my parent's house. There are still items we can't find (just the cost of moving). But for the most part, we are all...

From the Preacher 6.16.2020

From the Preacher 6.16.2020

Dear Friends, “When will we be able to gather together in church again? Other churches are opening!”  I have heard these words from a number of people in our congregation and in our community.  I don’t have the answer to this question.  In times like these I wish I...

From the Preacher 6.9.2020

Dear Friends… One of my core understandings of God is through the concept of call. I believe that God calls to us, speaks to us, invites us into relationship and invites us into action. God invites us to build God’s kingdom on earth as it is in heaven. This concept of...

From the Preacher 6.2.2020

From the Preacher 6.2.2020

Dear St. Mark's, I am utterly heartbroken by the death of yet another unarmed black, George Floyd, this past Monday. Our entire past Pentecost Sunday was devoted to him as well as others who have been victims of America's systemic and deeply entrenched racism. If you...

From the Preacher 5.26.20

Dear friends… This Sunday’s Worship gathering brings a favorite tradition in the celebration of Pentecost. As many of us will recall, this is a time after Jesus “was lifted up and a cloud took him out of [the disciples’] sight.” as noted in Acts 1:9b. The text tells...

From the Preacher 5.19.20

From the Preacher 5.19.20

Dear friends, Music has been a part of my life since I can remember.  I listened to a wide variety of music growing up, I sang in school and church choirs and even took piano lessons.  But my mother believed one of my great musical talents was to take a song and...

From the Preacher 5.12.20

From the Preacher 5.12.20

Dear St. Mark's, I hope this email finds you well as we enter into our 10th week of social distancing. This is truly a challenging time for all of us, I know. I hear you, I feel you, I'm with you. Our District Superintendent, John Farley, sent us a very encouraging...

From the Pastor 5.5.20

From the Pastor 5.5.20

Dear beloved St. Mark’s community, There’s a lot of information in this letter, including my moving out date so please read until the end. Palm Sunday came and went. Easter Sunday came and went. And now, Mother’s Day will come and go under this pandemic. When I...

From the Preacher 4.28.20

From the Preacher 4.28.20

Dear St. Mark's and Pacific Beach: We've all heard it before: suffering produces perseverance; perseverance, character; and character, hope. Because Christianity centers upon a suffering God and the redeeming quality of suffering, Christians have tended to elevate the...