You might remember the story in Matthew 14:22-33 of Jesus walking on the water to his disciples in their boat.

Dear Congregation,  June is the month we associate with graduations and weddings. These are happy occasions in which individuals’ educational achievements and the loving, life-long commitment between two persons are celebrated. As well as being occasions for joy, graduations and weddings represent milestone life changes for graduates and newlyweds.  Things will be different in their […]

I’m writing to urge you to be present in worship this coming Sunday, June 16th at 10 a.m.

Dear Congregation,  I’m writing to urge you to be present in worship this coming Sunday, June 16th at 10 a.m. Our Florida Conference Minister, The Rev. John Vertigan, will be with us in worship and will preach. After worship, he will accompany those of us who are traveling  to Homestead to participate in the Father’s Day March in support of […]

HAPPY BIRTHDAY, CHURCH! On Pentecost Sunday, June 9th, we’ll celebrate the birthday of the Christian church.

Dear Congregation, HAPPY BIRTHDAY, CHURCH!  On Pentecost Sunday, June 9th, we’ll celebrate the birthday of the Christian church. The church was born on that day almost 2,000 years ago when the Holy Spirit, “…with a sound like the rush of a violent wind, filled the house where the disciples were sitting. Divided tongues, as of fire, […]

Ascension Day brings back memories of the time I spent as Interim Pastor at St. Peter’s UCC, Apple Creek, OH.

Dear Congregation, I’m writing this letter to you on Ascension Day, which this year falls on Thursday, May 30th. It’s always observed on a Thursday, the 40th day after Easter. Ascension has been celebrated since ancient times as the day Jesus Christ ascended into heaven.    Ascension Day brings back memories of the time I spent as Interim […]

As we approach Memorial Day week-end, I hope that it will be meaningful for you.

Dear Congregation, As we approach Memorial Day week-end, I hope that it will be meaningful for you. Like many holidays its true meaning has been assaulted by consumerism, with adds blaring out sales pitches such as “Memorial Day Mattress Sale!” I join with Rick Broida who wrote, “Memorial Day is not about buying stuff. It’s […]

In ministry, there have been times when I’ve felt that I was just where God wanted me to be—only here, only now!

Dear Congregation, What a joy it was to stand in protest with members and friends of Christ Congregational Church, UCC, on Good Friday, and at the recent Mother’s Day March at the Homestead immigrant child detention facility!  In ministry there have been times when I’ve felt that I was just where God wanted me to […]

Did you know that Julia Ward Howe, a Unitarian, was the first person to try to start a Mother’s Day, back in 1870?

Dear Congregation, Since 1914 Mother’s Day has been a national observance on the second Sunday of May in our country. Did you know that Julia Ward Howe, a Unitarian, was the first person to try to start a Mother’s Day, back in 1870? Her reasons for doing so had nothing to do with the Hallmark […]

Yes, Easter is over in the everyday, temporal world. But in the world of the Christian church, the season of Easter lasts seven weeks.

Dear Congregation, In the secular world, the world outside the church, Easter is over. In stores the displays of jelly beans, chocolate rabbits, Easter baskets, and green celluloid grass that ends up all over the floors of our homes, are gone, replaced by promotional material and gifts for the next holiday—Mother’s Day. Any Easter items […]

What a joy it was to stand with you all as we demonstrated across the street from the Homestead “Temporary Influx Facility” for migrant children.

Dear Congregation, What a joy it was to stand with eighteen members and friends of  Christ Congregational Church, as well as other pastors, church members, and activists, on Good Friday as we demonstrated across the street from the Homestead “Temporary Influx Facility” for migrant children. This facility is only a thirty minute drive from our […]

I like to do a little decorating for the holidays, and so a couple of weeks before Easter, I’ll unpack my Easter things.

Dear Congregation, I like to do a little decorating for the holidays, and so a couple of weeks before Easter, I’ll unpack my Easter things. Some of these colorful ceramic eggs and rabbits I bought over the past fifty years. It’s like seeing old friends when I free them from their wrappings. Others were made […]