Has God abandoned the Church? Over the past fifty years the percentage of people in the United States who identify as Christian has steadily fallen from a high of 94% in 1950 to a mere 67% in 2018. While more than 100 churches a week close, new church starts tend to keep the total number… Continue reading April 7 – Worship Brings Change
A hospital chaplain decided that he could not wear a particular item of clothing because it was too risky. The item of clothing itself was not risky nor risque, for I regularly wear similar items, especially on cool mornings when I walk to the Recreation Center to swim or exercise. This particular item, a dark… Continue reading Unfinished Business
Halloween first appeared in ~1550 as a contraction of All Hallows Even. The evening before All Saints Day. The rituals we observe today may have originated in early Celtic harvest festivals that were Christianized to ease converts into the faith. The ritual observances of All Saints Day, while not as well known as Halloween, continue… Continue reading Already and Not Yet
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
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.