Category Archives: Church News

Advent and the approaching Christmas season is filled with more darkness than we ever imagined possible, and we struggle to see any light.

Dear Members and Friends, Faith is the enduring ability to imagine life in a certain way. -James Whitehead, 20th century For many of us, Advent and the approaching Christmas season is filled with more darkness than we ever imagined possible, and we struggle to see any light.  It is not a time filled with hope, but […]

Reaching Out in the New Year

Starting in January, Mission Outreach will have 2 new projects working with Camillus House and Veterans. Clothing collection for the homeless: As you look through your closets for Holiday fare, or trying to make room for new Christmas gifts … think of the Camillus house which needs all types of clothing, outerwear and shoes.  They are […]

Advent, and by extension for many of us, Christmas, is a season filled with longing and wistfulness.

Dear Members and Friends, Wonderfully secured by a mighty power, we await with confidence whatever may come.  God is with us – in the evening, in the morning, and entirely certain on each new day.                 -Dietrich Bonhoeffer, 20th century Dianne and I attended a Christmas concert by Seraphic Fire, the wonderful Miami-based professional choral group, this […]

There seems to be an avoidance of Advent in our world today.

Dear Members and Friends, The extraordinary thing that is about to happen is matched only by the extraordinary moment just before it happens.  Advent is the name of that moment.                                                         -Frederick Buechner, 20th century There seems to be an avoidance of Advent in our world today.  Popular culture is quick to make transitions between seasons, and […]

We never know where God might show up and bring reconciliation, healing, and peace. It might be here. It might be today. It might be now.

Dear Members and Friends, Give us the grace and the impatience to wait for your coming to the bottom of our toes, to the edges of our fingertips.  We do not want our several worlds to end.  Come in your power and come in your weakness in any case and make all things new.  Amen.                           […]

Today we are bombarded with images, words, videos, photos, experiences, adventures, and so much more.

Dear Members and Friends, I was not trained as a poet.  I’ve never taken poetry lessons.  I’ve never had workshops.  Nobody taught me anything, really much.  But I think that we’re beginning to remember that the first poets didn’t come out of a classroom, that poetry began when somebody walked off of a savanna or […]

On All Saints we affirm that every life bears the image of God.

Dear Members and Friends, November 1st, the veil thinner, and we remember  those who’ve gone to the other side.  Don’t worry,  I say, I’ll be there soon.  But for now, I mark the presence  of their absence, an ache in the throat, a finger  of memory’s pulse.  Light candles to keep out the dark,  to […]

There is a story, apocryphal I am sure, about a wife who went to a therapist in tears.

If anyone boasts, “I love God,” and goes right on hating his brother or sister, thinking nothing of it, he is a liar.  If he won’t love the person he can see, how can he love the God he can’t see?  The command we have from Christ is blunt: Loving God includes loving people.  You’ve […]

Jesus calls us to resist cultural pressure.

Dear Members and Friends, There are two ways to get enough.  One is to continue to accumulate more and more.  The other is to desire less.                   -G. K. Chesterton, 20th century The best things in life aren’t things.                  -Art Buchwald, 20th century Each of us have choices to make when it comes to how we use our […]