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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 11.17.2020

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 11.10.2020

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 11.3.2020

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 10.27.2020

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...

From the Preacher 10.20.2020

From the Preacher 10.20.2020

Dear friends, When I reflect on the theme of our Stewardship Campaign for this year, Seeds of Hope, I am reminded of my grandpa’s backyard garden.  It was a piece of art. There were rows of dirt in perfectly mounded, bean poles set with precision, tomato cages...

From the Preacher 10.13.2020

From the Preacher 10.13.2020

It was just a few years ago that I really fell in love with the desert. I was looking for places to test out some new camping gear, and, of course, my dad preferred that I not get too far out of “rescue” range. So, I made the short trip, my first, to the Anza Borrego...

From the Preacher 10.6.2020

From the Preacher 10.6.2020

Dear friends, The other evening as Tom and I were out walking Jake I noticed a difference in the night sky since we have moved from summer to autumn.  There is a more amber glow in the evening, a change from the brighter light we experienced just a few weeks ago. I...

From the Preacher 9.29.2020

From the Preacher 9.29.2020

This Sunday, we join with churches across several traditions in celebrating the Table that unites us. Beyond races, beyond cultures, beyond national borders and even across oceans, we, who gather for Holy Communion, are connected as members of one body through Christ....

From the Preacher 9.22.2020

From the Preacher 9.22.2020

Well, friends, we have successfully recorded and streamed thirteen Sunday services from our sanctuary since June 28th. This has been a monumental effort by a small, yet mighty, team, and we have scaled a steep learning curve together to bring a worshipful experience...