I am not worried about the long term future of the Church. It has been perverted and used by various people throughout history and it continues to survive after thousands of years. On the other hand, the short term prognosis for this congregation, for the Presbyterian Church, and for the entire Church of Jesus Christ… Continue reading Seeing the LORD
On Good Friday, the day Christians remember Jesus having been betrayed, arrested, quickly tried and convicted, then crucified and buried. On the Friday between Palm Sunday and Easter our sanctuary will be open from noon until 3 pm for anyone interested in quiet meditation and prayers. Should you be unable to come here, we offer the following… Continue reading Prayers for Good Friday
February 4th, 2018 is Boy Scout Sunday. Cub Scout Pack 188 will help us observe this anniversary by serving as ushers and liturgists (readers). Do you hear the wind blowing? Listen … It is the breath given to Adam, the breath that hovered over the face of the waters at the creation of the world. Each… Continue reading Designed to Fly
God has revealed God's self as the one who wishes to bring about justice and true peace among people. — from the Belhar Confession Here is my servant, whom I uphold, my chosen, in whom my soul delights; I have put my spirit upon him; he will bring forth justice to the nations. — Isaiah… Continue reading Day 19 with the Belhar
"Occasional sun breaks," was my favorite weather forecast from when we lived in Seattle. The Cascade and Olympic Mountain ranges frequently trapped clouds and rain over Puget Sound and the city, thus the usual forecast would be "overcast." A much better forecast would be "partly sunny," meaning overcast much of the day with long periods… Continue reading Expect Joy
The ancient Celts discerned that creation did not come from nothing, but from within the very substance of God. Thus the Holy Spirit enlivens and flows in and through all that we can see, touch, hear, smell, and taste. They saw the light of Christ in the sun as it arose each morning, reminding them… Continue reading Glow with the Flow
As I have aged I have become more realistic about my hopes for Christmas. Christians have been praying for world peace for two thousand years and Jews for thousands of years before them. Yet many days I wonder if we are any closer. When I read of the horrors of how prisoners and enemies were… Continue reading Peace on Earth?
This Sunday we will conclude our worship service with a ritual of anointing for healing. Those present will be invited to come forward, or merely to watch and sing, as we share a physical reminder of God's act of reconciliation with us so that we might be reconciled with one another and point to glimpses of God's new heaven and new earth.
Some people call the table in the front of the church an altar. In ancient Israel the blood of a freshly slaughtered bull would be sprinkled on the altar as a means of atoning for the sins of individuals and communities, so they might again become one with God. Sacrifices were also viewed as necessary to satisfy… Continue reading King and Kingdom
Darkness is coming. It always comes. It comes in many forms. You need only turn on the evening news to learn of the latest shadow to fall across your community: a robbery, a shooting, an accident, … If an incident effects enough people, you will also learn of in far away places storms, wars, famine … Not… Continue reading Shine for All to See