Back-to-school clothes. Those words come down over the years to me with some emotional overlay!

Dear Congregation, Back-to-school clothes. Those words come down over the years to me with some emotional overlay! I can still tell you what outfit I wore on my first day of seventh grade back in 1956—a camel-colored wool pencil skirt, white blouse, and peach-colored cardigan sweater. Why does this outfit stick in my head? Probably […]

I sometimes think of the bread we share in Holy Communion as waybread for the journey of life.

Dear Congregation, “Eat little at a time, and only at need. For these things are given to serve you when all else fails. The cakes will keep sweet for many many days, if they are unbroken and left in their leaf-wrappings, as we have brought them. One will keep a traveler on his feet for […]

It seems appropriate, in this time of graduations so recently celebrated in June, to be reminded that each of us is constantly faced with choices…

Dear Congregation, “I am who I am today because of the choices I made yesterday.” Eleanor Roosevelt The story is told in Saskatchewan of a young man who joined many others in going way up north to work in the oil fields, the uranium mines and the forests. They only worked in the winter because […]

A gift for pastors is that people trust us enough to share their, sometimes very personal, stories.

“Imagine if every church became a place where everyone is safe, but no one is comfortable. Imagine if every church became a place where we told one another the truth. We might just create a sanctuary.“ Rachel Held Evans “I Love to Tell the Story”, the title of the familiar and well-loved hymn by Katherine […]

Thank you so much for the lovely, warm welcome you gave me last Sunday on my first day with you as your Interim Pastor!

Dear Congregation, “Life is about change, sometimes it’s painful, sometimes it’s beautiful, but most of the time it’s both.”      Kristin Kreuk “Faith is taking the first step even when you don’t see the whole staircase.” The Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Thank you so much for the lovely, warm welcome you gave me last […]

What stones will you raise as gifts to the descendants?

Dear Members and Friends, “Then Samuel took a stone and set it up between Mizpah and Jeshanah, and named it Stone of Help; for he said, ‘Thus far the LORD has helped us.’” – 1 Samuel 7:12 I sort of fell apart during my first semester of college. In retrospect, it was normal stuff: small […]

Agents of God

Dear Members and Friends, “You must do the thing you think you cannot do.”                       – Eleanor Roosevelt, 20th century In last week’s readings, the First Book of Samuel told the story of the youngest, smallest son being lifted up to lead the whole nation, and the Gospel of Mark recounted the parables of Jesus […]

God’s Role for Me.

Dear Members and Friends, “I believe there’s a calling for all of us. I know that every human being has value and purpose. The real work of our lives is to become aware. And awakened. To answer the call.”                       – Oprah Winfrey, 21st century God’s ways are mysterious, it’s true, and our Old Testament […]